Looking for support for AICCW Indian College Scholarship Program

Dear Editor

The purpose of this letter is to seek your financial and/or in-kind support for the 2009 AICCW American Indian College Student Scholarship Program - as an investment in the next generation of American Indian business leaders. In kind support can include silent auction items for the annual awards luncheon(where all proceeds go to the scholarship fund) or door prizes and goody bag items for the AICCW Annual Golf Outing, to be held May 15th, 2009 at Pine Hills Golf Course/Stockbridge-Munsee, which is also a fundraiser for our scholarship fund.

Like in 2008, we plan to offer as many $2,000 scholarships to needy and qualifying students as funds allow – if possible exceeding the $40,000 raised from generous donors in 2008, which supported 16 of the neediest qualifying students – including one special $10,000 scholarship.

And like last year, those donors providing $2,000 or more will have the scholarship named for their businesses, and be recognized at the annual AICCW Business and Scholarship Awards Banquet - to be held June 19, 2009 at the Potawatomi Bingo-Casino facility in Milwaukee – as well as in subsequent news releases and our Web site features (please see <http://www.aiccw.org/>www.aiccw.org which also includes the scholarship application). Other levels of contributions for the scholarship program are also greatly appreciated and will also be recognized and acknowledged!

The American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin (AICCW) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, founded in April 1991, therefore all of your contributions are tax deductable. As a membership organization, AICCW exists to promote economic development in Wisconsin Indian Country through statewide business management education, technical assistance, networking, promotions and advocacy for American Indian entrepreneurs – both on and off reservations.

The AICCW scholarships – now totally some $200,000 over the past 10 years -  have demonstrated to make a positive difference in the support and development of American Indian students over the years – as illustrated for the following note:

“Dear Members of AICCW: Thank you very much for selecting me to receive the AICCW scholarship. To be recognized by you, American Indian businessmen and women – is a highlight I will remember over and over with gratitude. I appreciate the farsightedness of your organization’s leadership in establishing such awards to encourage excellence. I sincerely thank you.” Elizabeth Lucero

We sincerely hope to receive a favorable reply to our request for support – particularly this year as we are beginning to hear from past donors that the economic downturn is affecting them and their ability to give, as well impacting the American Indian students in need that we seek to support.

Finally, for all of you who have generously donated to the AICCW scholarship program in the past, we thank you on behalf of the Board and the students serve. For all others, thank you for your consideration, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or if additional information is required.


Craig Anderson, President/Executive Director
Executive Director/President
American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin
10809 W. Lincoln Ave, Suite 102
West Allis, WI 53227

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