Four St. Cloud State University students have earned a scholarship through the Minnesota Indian Teacher Training Program (MITTP) to support their studies in the field of education.
The $3,000 MITTP scholarship helps prepare American Indian students who are pursuing a degree or certification in the field of education.
Earning the scholarship awarded in Fall 2019 were Jei Herald-Zamora, Kelly Steinke, Nichole Biewerth and Martina Thunder Hawk.
Herald-Zamora, Hayward, Wisconsin, is a senior studying Communication Arts and Literature. They are from the Lac Courte Orilles Ojibwe Nation and also the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation. Herald-Zamora is involved in queer and native advocacy groups on campus along with the Non-Traditional Student Center, the LGBT Center and the American Indian Center. Their goal is to contribute to Ojibwe and Dakota language revitalization efforts in Minnesota.
Steinke is a graduate student in the Special Education-Academic Behavior Strategist Graduate Certificate program and is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota.
Beiwerth, White Bear Lake, is a senior majoring in Elementary Education and is a member of the Spirit Lake Sioux.
Thunder Hawk, Slayton, is a sophomore majoring in Social Work.
The MITTP is a program established by the Minnesota State Legislature to assist American Indian people to become teachers and to support American Indian teachers in advancing their education.