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NativeVision offers annual scholarships to four deserving Native American students entering their first year of college in the fall. The application process for 2022 is closed. For more information, please contact Marlena Hammen at 


Landon Lee – Cherokee


Landon will be attending William Jewell College in the Fall of 2022 and majoring in Biology with intentions of attending medical school after college. His ultimate career goal is to be an ophthalmologist in the Indian Health Service so that he can provide optimal care, respect, and compassion to Native American patients. He has participated in local and global mission trips, volunteered in his community and mentored Native American elementary students.

Lauryn Maiyuraq Elyssa Nanouk Jones, Native Village of Unalakleet




Lauryn is interested in studying climate and food security to benefit Alaska’s Native communities. She has seen the negative impacts of gas and oil drilling, milling, and the timber industry on her state. Lauryn will attend Western Washington University to study Economics and Environmental Studies to help charter sustainable economic policies for the future of Alaska. Lauryn was part of the Unalakleet Cross Country Race Ski Team and has volunteered in numerous volunteer activities to benefit the environment.

Rylie Claire Spaulding - Muscogee Creek Nation




Rylie will be attending Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, OK to pursue a Biology/Pre-Med degree. She played varsity golf and volleyball all 4 years of high school and has signed to play golf at OBU. Rylie’s career goal is to attend medical school in Oklahoma and to work in a medical practice in her community focusing on the health needs of Native Americans.

Rylie was the valedictorian of her class. She was also one of the first from her school to earn an Associate’s degree while in high school through the concurrent enrollment system. 

Nicole Leonna Long – Sierra Miwok


Nicole grew up with Yosemite National Park as her backyard. This was a formative factor in guiding her to take Environmental Science in high school, which set the foundation for her future career plans. 

She learned how climate change has affected the health of forests in Yosemite, specifically the mpact on the California Black Oak, which is a source of traditional foods like acorn mush and soup. Her interest and concern in the environment led her to apply for the Environmental Management and Protection program at California Polytechnic State University. Nicole was the class president all 4 years of high school and played varsity softball, soccer and volleyball her freshman through senior years as well.

2021 Recipients

Kai Whitmore (Inupiaq Eskimo)
Damien Thompson (Kaherokwakeron)

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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