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BRIDGE - Winter 2006, Volume 23, #1
UMD Scholarship News
American Indian Student Support
Wayne State Professor and '59 UMD alumnus John Reed took an interesting memory journey and as a result he established a scholarship for American Indian students.
It all started when Petra Orloff, one of Reed's friends and a student at Wayne State, began researching what happens when different cultures integrate. Orloff studied how Black and American Indian music had influenced mainstream American music, and she shared her findings with Reed. Her research jogged Reed's memory. He remembered long forgotten events from the years he spent at UMD.
Reed didn't live in the residence halls; he lived at home in a neighborhood near downtown Duluth. There was an American Indian family, including three elementary-age girls, who lived nearby. Reed owned a car while he was in college, and he used to drive the family on errands. He remembered wishing those girls could have the same opportunities he had to attend college. He said, "I don't even recall the family's name, and now there is no one to ask."
Almost 50 years later, those memories caused him to take action. He established the Petra Orloff and John Reed Native American Scholarship, and the first scholarship was awarded in 2005 to Gillian Bujold, a graduate student in the social work program.
Reed, who wrote a book of poetry dedicated to his late wife, Ruth Yzenbaard Reed, says his wife is still an inspiration for him. "When Ruth saw a need, she would work to improve the situation. She volunteered for many social services organizations. She would have approved of this scholarship," he said.
Don and Sylvia Schmid established the Don and Sylvia Schmid American Indian Child Welfare Leaders Scholarship fund in 2002. The fund addresses the current and future needs of American Indian Social Workers trained at the master's level to administer and deliver child welfare services to American Indian communities, both on reservations and in urban areas.
Don Schmid is the past director of the Children and Family Service Division of the State of North Dakota Department of Human Services. The American Indian Projects (AIP) of the UMD Department of Social Work administers the scholarship. The scholarship's most recent recipients are George Spears and Shannon Blight.
John Day, AIP director, indicates, "The scholarship has enabled students to concentrate more on their studies and less on their financial need. In addition, the scholarship reinforces their commitment to child welfare service and leadership. The Schmid Scholarship's purpose is to increase the quality and number of child welfare providers."
Sylvia (Tibby) Siggelkow, widow of Edwin O. Siggelkow, presented Collin Zimmerman with the first Student Leadership Award. Collin is a senior accounting major from Wolverton, Minn. who served as the coordinator of the Kirby Program Board. Remembering Siggelkow's contributions to the university, current UMD Kirby Student Center director Neale Roth paid tribute to him, not only as the first director of Kirby, but as a president of the Association of College Unions International. "This generous award not only helps a student leader but bestows great honor as well because it bears the Siggelkow name. Ed was a national leader in the college union profession. He established policies and procedures for Kirby Student Center that continue to guide us today." Tibby Siggelkow and the Siggelkow Family have established this yearly award to recognize Kirby Program Board student leaders who have exhibited, by their example and actions, outstanding leadership, personal integrity and courage to act on their convictions. Those wishing to contribute to this award may do so by sending a gift to UMD Siggelkow Leadership Award, U of M Foundation, CM-3854, PO Box 70870, St. Paul, MN 55170-3854. Donations may also be made on-line: www.d.umn.edu/development.
UMD and the U of M Foundation have announced a change in gift processing. All gifts to UMD should now be mailed to a secure box at US Bank in St. Paul, Minn. The change will allow gifts to be processed faster and more efficiently and will provide even greater security of your checks and credit cards. You can be assured that your gifts will still benefit the UMD department, college, program or scholarship of your choice. Please use the Business Reply envelopes included in your UMD mailings to make your gifts.
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