San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Awards HEEF $20,000

Through their charitable giving program, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians recently awarded the Hopi Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) $20,000. Focused on education, health, economic development and special projects, the award will enable HEEF to support existing grants and scholarships for Hopi college students.

Starting this summer, HEEF will use the award to support current scholarships awarded through the Hopi Tribe Grants and Scholarship Program including the Hopi Education Award, Tuition/Book Award, Hopi Academic Achievement Award and Tribal Priority Scholarships. Faced with the continued financial needs of Hopi college students caused by increased tuition costs, among other things, the award will help HEEF provide additional opportunities for Hopi students.

"We thank the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and applaud their generosity for helping HEEF in creating additional scholarships for our Hopi people," HEEF Executive Director LuAnn Leonard said. "The financial support given will help us to sustain and strengthen the future of our Hopi people through education, which is essentially the core of our mission."

HEEF is a non-profit entity of the Hopi Tribe. More information about HEEF is available at or


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