Media Advisory: UB's Wolf-Fire Scholarship Fall Feast to Benefit Students Working With Native American Communities

Release Date: October 7, 2011

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo's Native American Center for Wellness Research will hold a fundraiser to raise money for students active in the Native American communities during its Wolf-Fire Scholarship Fall Feast & Fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. today, Oct. 7, in UB's Center for the Arts on the North Campus.

The dinner and fundraiser will benefit Wolf-Fire Scholarships, awards that go to help students working in Native American communities and those who are themselves Native American, according to David A. Patterson, director of UB's Native American Center for Wellness Research in the School of Social Work.

"For a lot of Native American students, the main objective of their degree is to find ways to help those in their community, to give back," says Patterson. "The scholarships are open to any student, but to qualify, they have to be involved in the Native American community doing some scholarly work , such as health and wellness, cultural activities, mentoring, etc."

Five students received scholarships last year. The application process closes in November. The awards will be announced shortly thereafter.

In addition to being director of the Native American Center for Wellness Research, Patterson is assistant professor in the UB School of Social Work and a Cherokee descendant known as Silver Wolf (Adelv Unegv Waya).

Anyone interested in applying for the scholarship should contact Patterson at (716) 645-3381. Information on the program is also available by visiting or

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