RENO, NV (MARCH 31, 2014)

Reno, NV (March 31, 2014) – Chairman Ernie Stevens of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) has endorsed the Egghart Certified Public Accountants Scholarship for Native American Accounting Students, a new scholarship offered by the Reno, Nevada-based accounting firm.

“I’m thrilled to announce that Egghart is investing in a new generation of Native accountants and auditors,” said Chairman Stevens. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Native youth to pursue higher education and help protect tribal sovereignty.”

The Egghart Certified Public Accountants Scholarship for Native American Accounting Students provides three awards of up to $5,000 each for the 2014 academic year. A competitive, merit-based scholarship, it was established to assist Native American students who plan to enter the accounting profession. Chairman Stevens will serve on the scholarship committee and help select awardees.

The inaugural scholarship from the Reno, Nevada-based accounting firm was awarded to Ida Williams, a 26-year-old graduate student at Gonzaga University majoring in American Indian Entrepreneurship. Williams is a member of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe but also identifies herself as Oglala Lakota, Cheyenne and Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe.

Ms. Williams has set the bar in what the scholarship committee is looking for in applicants. “We were simply floored by her track record, leadership and dedication to growing the American Indian business community and improving the lives of Native Americans,” said Burns. “She has really set the bar high, and we hope to support more students in the future who demonstrate her level of passion and commitment to their communities.”

“Ultimately, we hope this scholarship helps build infrastructure and human capacity in Indian Country,” said Egghart Partner and Director of Audit and Assurance Ryan Burns. “It’s our way of giving back to the communities we work so closely with.”

To apply for the Egghart Certified Public Accountants Scholarship for Native American Accounting Students, download an application at http://www.egghart.com/scholarship.

All documents must be submitted online no later than April 15, 2014, to [email protected] by 5:00 P.M. PST on the deadline date.

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