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LeRoy Staples Sr. and LeRoy Fairbanks Scholarship Fund View Full Blog


Bonita Goggleye, first scholarship recipient, and LeRoy Staples Fairbanks III during our 2014 Commencement.

When LeRoy Staples-Fairbanks III was running for election to the tribal council of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, he began to think of ways he could give back to his community. Following his successful election LeRoy pledged to give $50,000 over four years to endow a new scholarship fund at Leech Lake Tribal College - a gift of stunning generosity for someone so young. The fund is named after LeRoy's uncle and after his late grandfather, whom he cites as key influences on his life. Once it is fully endowed, earnings on this fund will go to support selected second-year students at Leech Lake Tribal College, and will continue to support them if they decide to pursue a four-year degree after graduating from LLTC. LeRoy says that one of his primary goals in making this gift is to challenge others to step up and make a personal investment in education as well. The challenge was accepted Monday by an anonymous donor who made a generous donation of $1000 to the scholarship fund.  On behalf of LeRoy and Leech Lake Tribal College we would like to say mii gwetch (thank you). Donations such as this can serve as a jump start to getting a scholarship to endowment. If you would like to contribute to the scholarship please click on: http://www.lltc.edu/donate/donate and click on donate.

 For more information regarding this fund and Leech Lake Tribal College, please contact the LLTC Advancement Office at 218-335-4262 or bill.blackwell@lltc.edu