We know that pursuing higher education, having a job, raising a family, spending time with friends, spending time with family and/or having time for yourself, can be difficult.
We would like to praise, celebrate and recognize our Native Youth/ Pre-Professionals and their hard work!
2020 NAFWS NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
VICTOR LOPEZ, UNDERGRADUATE, SOUTHWESTERN INDIAN POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE
"Yá’át’ééh, I am Victor Lopez. I am Navajo, my whole family is from the Gallup area, I was born in Las Cruses NM, but I was raised in Seattle WA for all my prior education before college. I chose to return to New Mexico for school, to be back with family, and learn more about my culture. I attend Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute and am getting a degree in Environmental Science.
Right now, my primary goal is to simply graduate, but I am heavily interested in going into a program that will be able to let me help provide more food in needed areas. I try to learn my families culture hand in hand with my education, so that when I can I will be able to provide for my community not just in environmental issues but also to help intertwine modern methods with traditional methods so that my history and culture is part of all the work that I do."
SIERRA RED BOW, UNDERGRADUATE, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON - SEATTLE
"Háŋ mitákuyepi. Pheži Ĥóta Naĝí-wiŋ emáčiyapi kštó. I am an Oglála Lakȟóta student double majoring in Indigenous studies and environmental science. I aspire to advance Indigenous sovereignty through tribal resource management. I also strive to unsilo the field of environmental science and attempt to bridge Indigenous and western epistemologies to convince my settler relatives that there is much to learn from Indigenous communities, our lifeways, and our knowledge systems. Amidst the climate chaos caused by colonization, our communities make vital strides to achieving both ecological and cultural sustainability. Ultimately, this requires that we confront intergenerational trauma through integrative healing. By weaving Indigenous knowledge into the core of my work, I am reminding our communities that returning to a food sovereign people, reviving our languages, and carrying our cultures into the future are immensely interconnected. By walking the path of our ancestors and building relationships based in respect and reciprocity, we would not just sustain our world, but [sustain] sovereign futures and set the example for our settler relatives."
NAFWS REGIONAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Below are our Native youth and pre-professionals that have been recommended and/or self-submitted their work!