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Willamette and Chemawa Indian School students work on homework together as part of the tutoring program.Willamette and Chemawa Indian School students work on homework together as part of the tutoring program.

    Willamette Outreach Programs Receive Grant

    The Spirit Mountain Community Fund from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde recently awarded a $10,000 grant to two Willamette University outreach programs: Willamette Academy and the Chemawa Indian School Tutoring Program.

    Willamette Academy is a college access supplemental education program that helps local underrepresented middle and high school students become the first in their families to earn a college degree.

    The Chemawa Indian School Tutoring Program trains Willamette student volunteers to become mentors and tutors for high school students at a federal Indian school in Salem.

    Both programs bring local students to the Willamette campus regularly for lectures, sports events, classes and other educational programs.

    "Our tribe aims to help citizens who are struggling to gain a sense of identity and self-expression," said Shelley Hanson, director of the Spirit Mountain Community Fund. "Willamette Academy and the Chemawa Tutoring Program reach out to those young citizens, helping them build strength and character so that they may have a brighter future."