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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2021 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS!

Damien Thompson, Kaherokwakeron
Akwesasne Mohawk Nation

Damien Thompson

Damien will be attending Paul Smith's College in Fall 2021, studying Environmental Science. He would like to become an environmental scientist, environmental engineer, or a conservationist for his people and community. Since the 1980's, his tribe has done a lot of work to restore the environment after factories polluted their lands and waters, making people and animals sick. This is where his passion to study environmental science started. Damien is a traditional singer and hunter. These traditions have helped him understand the importance of his peoples’ natural connection to our earth.


Kai Whitmore, Inupiaq Eskimo
Native Village of Noatak Tribe

Kai Whitmore

Kai lives above the Artic Circle in Kotzebue, Alaska. His community has almost 3,000 residents and you can only get there by airplane. Many rely on traditional foods like fish, caribou, moose, seal, and berries. Community involvement and learning his Inupiaq culture is very important to Kai. He loves to hunt, fish, boat and camp. 

Kai will be attending Washington State University. His dream is to become a teacher and give back to his community. “Teaching is one of the most important jobs in the world”, says Kai. He wants to be a part of something that makes a difference beyond high school and college. As a teacher, he hopes to inspire and mentor his people and other Alaska Natives to follow their dreams.


2020 Recipients

Joleece Pecore
Rylee Desautel

2019 Recipients
Danielle Sandia (Jemez Pueblo)
Peyton Glenn (Cherokee)

2018 Recipients
Raily Reed (Navajo)
Shayla French (Chippewa)

2017 Recipients
Tyra Autumn Gloshay (White Mountain Apache)
Shelby Snyder (Navajo)

2016 Recipients
Jonathan Barbee (Cherokee)
Meeya Yazzie (Navajo)

2015 Recipients
Jacob Ty Belin (Navajo)
Shanell Natalie Yenchik (Navajo)

2014 Recipients
Zoey Hooper (Navajo)
Tyson Scott (Choctaw Nation) 

2013 Recipients
Christianna Wilson (Navajo)
Ashley Holiday (Navajo)

2012 Recipients
Briana Dohi
Jhett Williams

2011 Recipients
Alannah M. Yazzie (Navajo)
Jennifer Begay (Navajo)

2010 Recipients
Shelby Bobelu
Sara Chase

2009 Recipients
Katherine Atkins (Cherokee)
Michael Tate (White Mountain Apache)
Noel Hinton (White Mountain Apache)

2008 Recipients
Aaron Celario (Navajo)
Dion Francis III (Caddo Nation of Oklahoma)
Krishana Coriz (Santo Domingo)

2007 Recipients
Albert Her Many Horses (Sioux)
Ethan Amos (White Mountain Apache)

2006 Recipients
Billy Wayne Rankin (Western Cherokee)
Chase Andrew Velasquez (White Mountain Apache)

2005 Recipients
Micheon Gorman (Navajo)
Tara Hueston-Navajo Erik Yazzie (Navajo)

2004 Recipients
Jessica Marie Curtis (Cherokee)
Marcus Brian Dunn (Skaroreh Katenuaka Nation-Tuscarora)
Joannie Suina (Cochiti Pueblo)

2003 Recipients
Jason Langager (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians)
Dislorei Small - Rodriguez (Northern Cheyenne Tribe)

2002 Recipients
Alvin Garcia (Santo Domingo Pueblo)
Karla Martin (Poarch Band of Creek Indians)
Frances Ruiz (White Mountain Apache Tribe)

2001 Recipients
Leland Begay (White Mountain Apache Tribe)
Kimberly Begolin (White Mountain Apache Tribe)

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Damien Thompson, Kaherokwakeron

Akwesasne Mohawk Nation

Damien will be attending Paul Smith's College in Fall 2021, studying Environmental Science. Damien would like to become an environmental scientist, environmental engineer, or a conservationist for his people and community.

 

Since the 1980's, his tribe has done a lot of work to restore the environment after factories polluted their lands and waters, making people and animals sick. This is where his passion to study environmental science started.

 

Damien is a traditional singer and hunter. These traditions have helped him understand the importance of his peoples’ natural connection to our earth.

Kai Whitmore, Inupiaq Eskimo

Native Village of Noatak Tribe

Kai lives above the Artic Circle in Kotzebue, Alaska. His community has around 3,000 residents and you can only get there byairplane. Many rely on traditional foods like fish, caribou, moose, seal, and berries. Community involvement and learning his Inupiaq culture is very important to Kai. He loves to hunt, fish, boat and camp. 

 

Kai will be attending Washington State University. His dream is to become a teacher and give back to his community. “Teaching is one of the most important jobs in the world”, says Kai. He wants to be a part of something that makes a difference beyond high school and college. As a teacher, he hopes to inspire and mentor his people and other Alaska Natives to follow their dreams.

    

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