Photo Caption: Mouz Pamp, Director of “The Bridge Between Two Worlds”
Bay College is pleased to announce the Mouz Pamp Memorial Scholarship, honoring Mouz Pamp from the Lansing area. The fund, established in 1982 by the Bay de Noc Indian Culture Association, has provided over 114 scholarships to Native American students in Michigan and Wisconsin. It is now being managed by the Bay de Noc Community College Foundation and will continue to be distributed to eligible Native American students.
Mouz Pamp was instrumental in aiding schools across Michigan in setting up their Indian Education programs. Of Ojibwa, Ottawa, and Potawatomi descent, Pamp directed a program called “The Bridge Between Two Worlds” where he advised schools on how to meld Native American history and culture with current educational programs. He aided local families in starting mid-winter powwows and believed it was important for all people to become acquainted with true Native American culture while breaking the barriers of stereotypes and misunderstanding. Mouz believed in opening powwows to all people. “The purpose of the powwow is to bring people together, to express this sense of community, this sense of oneness with each other and with the universe, this sense of sharing,” he once stated. These mid-winter powwows are the source of funding for the scholarship.
The Mouz Pamp Memorial Scholarship is available to Native American students who have tribal registration or have a parent who is federally recognized, including membership in the Brothertown Nation of Wisconsin. Eligible students will be required to apply online for scholarships and submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty or a Native Community Elder who has personal knowledge of them. The funds may be used on tuition, fees, books, and costs of living.
The deadline to apply for fall scholarships is March 15. To find the online application and more information regarding scholarships at Bay College, visit www.baycollege.edu/scholarshipapp