Kayla Jackson

Kayla Jackson

Kayla Jackson, a student at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, was awarded the 2018 Spirit of Sovereignty Scholarship, which is given to well-qualified students attending tribal colleges across the country. Scholarship recipients are selected by their college, and funds can be used for any education-related expense, including but not limited to tuition, books, housing, travel and childcare.
Jackson is a graduate of South Ridge High School in Culver, Minnesota, and graduated in May 2018 from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College with an associate of science degree in environmental science. Jackson plans to continue her education by transferring to a four-year college and she has a career goal to work in natural resources.
While attending Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Jackson has been involved in basketball, volleyball, and works in the Environmental Institute. Her work in the Environmental Institute involved a research project about hazelnuts and using geographic information systems to track and determine what worked in the community gardens on campus during the summer growing season. Jackson is involved in the Indigenous Women Visionary fellowship, an effort that works to expand networks and connections among local colleges and plans earth week activities.
Spirit of Sovereignty is a National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA)-advised fund at the Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF), a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Little Canada, Minn. The Spirit of Sovereignty receives financial support from NIGA member tribes and associate business members, and from individual contributors who want to make higher education a reality for Native American students. For more information, visit www.spiritofsov.org.


I chose FDLTCC for a fresh start in life. It had been two years since I graduated High School and I wanted more than just working a 9-5. I was living in Florida at the time, and I had an opportunity to travel the world doing what I love playing the game of basketball.

I chose FDLTCC because of its size and the curriculum. When I first came here in 2019, I was just looking for what I needed to volunteer, perhaps in a crisis shelter. I met with Don Jarvinen, and the rest is history.

FDLTCC offered me a supportive environment I couldn't pass up, everyone and everything here at school is trying to help you succeed, from the programs, to the faculty, to the resources.