The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has donated $6 million to the University of Redlands, money that will be used for scholarships and outreach to prospective Native American students in Southern California.
The grant will help extend the San Manuel Excellence in Leadership Scholarship Program, which provides financial assistance and instruction for Native American students, according to a statement.
“The University’s Native student programs exist to provide a safe, supportive environment for those seeking a high-quality education, while enjoying a campus community rich in opportunity,” said university President Ralph W. Kuncl in the statement. “This funding will allow us to continue to advocate, mentor, and advise these students prior to and throughout their educational journey at the University of Redlands.”
The university will also expand its outreach to Native American students in the region by establishing relationships with tribal nations and schools, and supporting the University’s native student programs, according to the statement.