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Communication Associate: Public Relations | Lori Melton | | (218) 726-8830

April 27, 2005
Susan Beasy Latto, Director, UMD Public Relations (218) 726-8830,
Mike Raschick, Head, Department of Social Work (218) 726-7642,

UMD Master of Social Work Student is
Recipient of Prestigious DOVE Fellowship

University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) Master of Social Work student, Muskadee Montano, has been awarded the prestigious Diversity of Views & Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship.

The DOVE Fellowship seeks to assist graduate programs to promote a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in the pursuit of research, scholarship, and creative excellence. This diversity is promoted through the recruitment and support of academically excellent students with diverse ethnic, racial, economic, and educational backgrounds and experiences. Programs are encouraged to consider students from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the graduate programs.

Montano, an enrolled member of the Red Cliff Indian Reservation, is graduating this May from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan with a bachelors degree in social work. She will be joining the UMD Master of Social Work program in fall 2005.

Ms. Montano was accepted at several top-tier schools of social work. She stated that she chose UMD for its caring staff, high quality program, and expertise in working with Native American culture. "I chose UMD because of the friendly and caring staff that I worked with during the application process," said Ms. Montano. "I felt that if I went to the other schools I would be just another number, whereas at UMD the social work staff already knows me by my first name. I decided that I wanted to be a student at a school where the staff cares as much about my education as I do."

The DOVE Fellowship is a one year fellowship with an approximate value of $29,500 (which includes a stipend of $17,500 and approximate tuition and health insurance of $12,000).

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