WIGA College Scholarships



WIGA Awards 38 Scholarships to Native American Students

 May 18, 2017

The Washington Indian Gaming Association (WIGA) is pleased to announce that $90,000 will be awarded to 38 Native American students for scholarships in the 2017-18 school year. Scholarship recipients are students who come from or attend school in Washington State. 

"We are pleased to contribute to young tribal members' education,” said WIGA chairman, W. Ron Allen. "We had so many qualified applicants to choose from this year.  While it made our selection process difficult, it also reflects the growing qualification among tribal members to attend institutions of higher education.” 

WIGA educates the Indian gaming community, the public and all levels of government about gaming issues in Indian country.  The WIGA Scholarship Program is designed to promote tribal self-sufficiency by providing scholarships for Native American students in Washington seeking to advance their own self-sufficiency and broaden their personal and professional potential through higher education. 

Enrolled members of the WIGA tribes, and state residents enrolled in other tribes, are eligible. The scholarships are awarded to students pursuing degrees at community and technical colleges, four-year colleges, and post-graduate and professional schools.

WIGA scholarships awarded six community college students, 22 undergraduate students and 10 graduate students.

Community College and Technical School Scholarship Winners

  • Boyd Nashoni, Colville Confederated Tribes, Bellevue College
  • Roberta Hall, Colville Confederated Tribes, Spokane Community College
  • Juliene Jojola, Lummi Nation, Northwest Indian College
  • Isabella Revey, Lummi Nation, Northwest Indian College
  • Samantha Stanger, Colville Confederated Tribes, Spokane Community College
  • Kaela Tyler, Makah Indian Tribe, Everette Community College

University Scholarship Winners

  • Scott Abrahamson, Colville Confederated Tribes, Washington State University
  • Vonte Aguirre, Makah Indian Tribe, University of Washington
  • Johnny Buck, Yakama Nation, Northwest Indian College
  • Kylee Butler, Makah Indian Tribe, Western Washington University
  • Cameron Buzzell, Makah Indian Tribe, Stanford University
  • Shelby Clark, Yakama Nation, Heritage University
  • Alicia Edwards, Colville Confederated Tribes, Eastern Washington University
  • Madison George, Suquamish Tribe, University of Washington
  • Aurora Gouley, Skokomish Nation, Lower Columbia College
  • Diane Hilderbrand, Colville Confederated Tribes, UCLA
  • Hannah Jantz, Lummi Nation, Northwest Indian College
  • Emma Johnson, Cowlitz Tribe, Washington State University
  • Dallin Mansfield, Yakama Nation, Brigham Young University
  • Ida Moses-Hyiper, Yakama Nation, Heritage University
  • Stormy Purser, Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, Northwest Indian College
  • Samantha Rae, Quinault Nation, Central Washington University
  • Samuel Reimertz, Cowlitz Tribe, Montana State University
  • Evan Rhoades, Quinault, Northwest University
  • Haley Smith, Makah Indian Tribe, University of Arizona
  • Cole Svec, Makah Indian Tribe, University of Washington
  • Cody Torstvet, Cowlitz Tribe, Central Washington University
  • Colton Twiddy, Skokomish Tribe, University of Washington 

Graduate Program Scholarship Winners

  • Alexis Ballew, Lummi Nation, University of Washington School of Social Work
  • Ryan Booth, Upper Skagit Tribe, Washington State University
  • Bryan Hall, Samish Nation, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine
  • Juanita Holtyn, Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, Fielding Graduate University Doctoral
  • Christian Kamkoff, Lummi Nation, Columbia University, School of the Arts
  • Angela Barnick, Cowlitz Tribe, Washington State University
  • Sandra Langford, Cowlitz Tribe, University of Washington
  • Sean Lawrence, Lummi Nation, University of Washington
  • Kayla Peters, Squaxin Island Tribe, Pacific University
  • Candice Wilson, Lummi Nation, Seattle University

2017 Bob Bojorcas Memorial Scholarship


In addition to these scholarship winners who applied through the WIGA Scholarship program, the Washington Indian Gaming Association will award a $1,000 scholarship to the Bob Bojorcas Memorial Scholarship Fund, administered by the Shoalwater Bay Tribe, in Tokeland, WA.

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