The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of United Parcel Services, has contributed $50,000 in funding for academic scholarships to support Native American students at Brigham Young University in 1998.

The UPS Foundation has provided scholarship support for Native Americans at BYU for 24 years. This year's donation brings the overall contribution total to $683,000."We are pleased to make this award because we feel that now is the time for the corporate world to make investments to support organizations working to develop communities and help people nationwide," said Gary Lee, executive director of The UPS Foundation.

Qualification requirements for UPS scholarships at BYU are high. Native American students must complete one year of college before they can apply.

Students then write an essay describing their educational and career goals and obtain a recommendation from a faculty member, an employer, ecclesiastical leader or others who can testify the applicant is of good character and displays strong service abilities to others.

Scholarships for the 1996-1997 academic year assisted 21 students representing the Kiowa/Caddo, Navajo, Osage, Blackfoot, Lumbee, Cherokee, Paiute, Inupiaq Eskimo, Miwok, Iowa, Metis, Pomo, Klamath, Apache/Hopi and Tlingit/Haida tribes.