DENVER, Nov. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As Native American Heritage Month comes to a close, the American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) announced today that Comcast and the Comcast Foundation pledged more than $2.4 million to promote Native access to higher education. The College Fund received more than $2.4 million in support from Comcast for scholarships, a fundraising gala, and national advertising to promote public awareness, and College Fund President and CEO Cheryl Crazy Bull participated in Comcast's Native American Heritage Month events as part of its employee enrichment activities.
Comcast donated more than $2.3 million in national airtime to the College Fund for public service announcements about Native scholarships and tribal colleges. In addition, the Comcast Foundation committed to $40,000 in funding for college scholarships for Native students pursuing a bachelor's degree in business, entrepreneurship, tribal administration, or a related field. As part of the scholarship program, selected students will participate in professional development opportunities and a 10-week paid summer internship program. Comcast also sponsored and provided advertising to support the College Fund's annual gala held in October, which raised more than $400,000 to benefit Native education.
"The American Indian College Fund is fortunate to have the support of the Comcast Foundation and Comcast NBCUniversal. Their scholarship and sponsorship support helps our students, their families, and communities live more productive and fulfilling lives; and their advertising support creates greater awareness about the need for Native scholarships and the importance of tribal colleges and universities to Native communities and how they enhance the quality of life for all peoples in the country," said Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund.
Bill Black, Executive Director and Vice President of the Comcast Foundation, said, "The American Indian College Fund is a national leader in empowering Native people to pursue their dreams of higher education. We are proud at Comcast to help the College Fund achieve this mission and further raise awareness of the important issues facing Native people."
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates 30 news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
About the Comcast Foundation The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—promoting service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow's leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $135 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.
About the American Indian College Fund The American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) is the nation's largest private provider of scholarships for American Indian students. Founded in 1989, the College Fund has been "Educating the Mind and Spirit" of Native people for nearly 25 years, and provides an average of 6,000 scholarships annually. The College Fund also supports the nation's 34 accredited tribal colleges and universities located on or near Indian reservations. The College Fund consistently receives top ratings from independent charity evaluators. For more information, please visit www.collegefund.org.
SOURCE American Indian College Fund