TAHLEQUAH – The American Indian Resource Center is offering two scholarship opportunities – the Fount Holland Memorial Scholarship and Wathene Young Scholarship – to candidates who are citizens of federally recognized tribes.

According to the AIRC, Holland worked as a reporter for the Guymon Daily Herald and later moved into a career in education. He taught in Norman and as a principal in Oklahoma and Kansas. Holland also served as the dean of education at Northeastern State University and a professor of education in which he taught grant writing and graduate-level courses. 

This scholarship is open to a high school senior participant of the AIRC’s Education Talent Search program, who is a full-time student seeking a college degree or technical certificate at an accredited institution. A 2.5 cumulative grade point average or higher is required. 

According to the AIRC, Young, also a career educator, taught speech and drama. In 1972, she became the first director of Indian education for the Tulsa Public Schools. As a founder of AIRC, she served as its executive director from 1983 to 2015, and while serving, she initiated educational and leadership opportunities for American Indian students preparing for their careers. 

This scholarship is open to high school seniors living in Adair, Cherokee, Delaware, Mayes, Muskogee Nowata, Rogers, Wagoner or Sequoyah counties. They must also be full-time students seeking a college degree or technical certificate at an accredited institution and be holding a 2.5 GPA or higher. 

The deadline for both scholarships is 11:59 p.m. on May 31. 

For information visit www.aircinc.org/news. Those interested in applying for the Fount Holland Memorial Scholarship can visit https://forms.gle/t9AjjNQYT3DtkFbs6. Students interested in applying for the Wathene Young Scholarship can visit https://forms.gle/xtUwDZAZAjbNAbU2A.