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  Eric Davis,  Marketing & Communications Director
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  Jon Davis, Director IAIA MFA Program
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 Jennifer Brady
Selected as Recipient of the
Creative Writing Program's
First Annual
MFA Alumni Scholarship
SANTA FE, N.M. - April 9, 2018.

The Institute of American Indian Arts' (IAIA) Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing  has announced the recipient of the first annual MFA Alumni Scholarship .  

Jennifer Brady  ( Pyramid Lake Paiute ) will receive $7,500 per semester for four semesters, for a total of $30,000, $24,000 of which will be applied to tuition. The remaining $6,000 will help pay for her travel, lodging, books, and meals during the five residencies in Santa Fe.

Jennifer  was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Following high school, she went straight into the workforce. After 7 years as a legal clerk she decided that she was ready to pursue her passion for writing and film. In 2014, she enrolled in community college, and received her Associate in Arts from Phoenix College in May 2016; then spent a year at the Scottsdale School of Film and Theatre to attend their Film Production program. As a film student, she's produced short films and screenplays. In 2017, Jennifer won two awards for her documentary short entitled,   Not a Girl  (2016), which t ook 2nd Place in the Documentary/Drama category at the 2017 Artists of Promise Awards and Best Editing at the 2017 Scottsdale Short Film Festival

She currently attends Northern Arizona University and in May, she will receive a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies - Humanities. Jennifer developed a love for the Humanities and tailored her studies to explore the relationship between modern history and indigenous expression through film and media.

When notified of the scholarship, Jennifer stated, "I was honored to hear that I was selected to receive the IAIA MFA Alumni Scholarship because I believe in the school's mission: 'To empower creativity and leadership in Native Arts and cultures . . . ' It is my hope that through the MFA program I am able to fulfill this mission by creating a legacy for my children, family and people." 

IAIA MFA Program Director Jon Davis  noted, This year, we received many qualified applications for the MFA Alumni Scholarship. Among them, Jennifer Brady's screenplay stood out for its precise use of language and compelling story arc. The panel of indigenous faculty also selected Vivian Carroll  (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) and  Shaina Nez  (Navajo Nation) and  as finalists. Both finalists will receive significant scholarships.

All applicants to the Institute of American Indian Arts' MFA in Creative Writing who are enrolled members of a Native American tribe or First Nation were automatically considered for the scholarship. The application to the MFA program serves as the scholarship competition entry. No other application is required.

Jennifer Brady

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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