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For Immediate Release 


  Eric Davis,  Marketing & Communications Director
                505.424.2351, or
  James Lujan, Chair, Cinematic Arts & Technology Department
                 505.424.5716, or
SANTA FE, N.M. - August 25, 2019.

During the annual IAIA Scholarship Dinner and Auction, held on August 14, 2019, The Institute of American Indian Arts  (IAIA) announced the recipients of the first  George RR Martin Scholarships.   

Last year, Martin, through his Literary Fund, generously pledged to fund one $15,000 and two $5,000 scholarships for IAIA students. To qualify, applicants must be seeking a BFA at IAIA in Cinematic Arts & Technology, maintain full-time enrollment, and at least a 3.0 GPA.

The $15,000 "Master Storyteller" scholarship was awarded to Jordana Bass (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska).

Carrie Dada (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma), will receive the $5,000 "Proven Storyteller" scholarship.

The $5,000 "Newcomer" scholarship went to Adensunset Levy.

George R.R. Martin with IAIA students.
Photo by Jason S. Ordaz. Courtesy of IAIA.

Cinematic Arts & Technology Chair James Lujan (Taos Pueblo) remarked "We're very grateful to George R.R. Martin Literary Foundation for providing these scholarships which highlight the core value of IAIA's Cinematic Arts program, that the foundation of any great film is a meaningful story, and these students have demonstrated their outstanding storytelling ability."

Offering undergraduate degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Indigenous Liberal Studies, and Museum Studies -- a minor in Performing Arts -- an MFA in Creative Writing -- along with certificates in Business and Entrepreneurship, Museum Studies, and Native American Art History -- IAIA is the only college in the nation dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts. The school serves 517 full time equivalent (FTE) Native and non-Native American college students from across the globe.  IAIA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission -- and is the only college in New Mexico accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. 

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About IAIA -- For over 50 years, the Institute of American Indian Arts has played a key role in the direction and shape of Native expression. With an internationally acclaimed college, museum, and tribal support resource through our Land Grant Programs, IAIA is dedicated to the study and advancement of Native arts and cultures -- and committed to student achievement and the preservation and progress of their communities.  Learn more about IAIA and our mission at


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