FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Nov. 1, 2022
Contact: Gregory Gehr, Executive Director
Secondary contact: Madison Flynn, Assistant Director 707-445-8451
NCIDC Announces New Scholarship Program and Events
to Lift Up Indigenous People
Eureka, CA (Nov. 1, 2022) – The Northern California Indian Development Council (NCIDC), has
partnered with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Elevate Youth California, American Civil Liberties Union,
and The California Endowment as well as the California Department of Community Services and
Development to create a new Native scholarship program and to hold traditional Indigenous family
wellness and education events in Humboldt and Del Norte County, California focusing on American
Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian people.
NCIDC Assistant Director Madison Flynn said, “the scholarship program was created to support Native
people in obtaining education or training so they can reach their full potential.” $141,000 was
distributed for the first round of scholarships in September, helping 76 Native students and trainees
across the state, including many CalPoly Humboldt and College of the Redwoods students. During the
next round, more than $55,000 will be awarded to an expected 28 Native Students and NCIDC is
looking for more funding.
“In addition to awarding scholarships, NCIDC’s Da’luk Youth program has hosted many free community
events that celebrate Indigenous knowledge and experiences while supporting general wellness and
education, including sports clinics, a cooking demonstration, and a roller-skating event, and even more
are planned,” said Flynn. NCIDC’s next community event will be the Native American Film Showcase
featuring short films produced by local filmmakers. The showcase will be held on November 5 at the
Eureka Theater. Local Indigenous people and families can also come together at the NCIDC GONA
(Gathering of Native Americans) happening November 18 to 20 at the Bear River Community Center.
NCIDC’s new scholarship program and events are driven by Tribal and community feedback through
conversations, partnerships, and the agency’s bi-annual Community Needs Assessment. NCIDC began
these efforts to answer community requests to further support Native youth’s mental health and
wellbeing and their ability to reach their goals in life.
For more information on our Scholarship Program, click here. Applications for the NCIDC
scholarship program are available at scholarship.ncidc.org and must be submitted
by February 28, 2023, for consideration. For more information on NCIDC programs,
visit www.ncidc.org or call 707-445-8451.
Founded in 1976, NCIDC is a private nonprofit corporation that annually provides services to 14,000 to
15,000 clients statewide. The agency offers a wide range of services designed to meet the needs of
Indian and Native American Communities, to provide support and technical assistance for the
development of programs, and for the conservation and preservation of historic and archeological sites
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