WIGA College Scholarships

WIGA Awards 41 Scholarships to Native American Students

May 12, 2016

The Washington Indian Gaming Association (WIGA) is pleased to announce that $90,000 will be awarded to 41 Native American students for scholarships in the 2016-17 school year.  Scholarship recipients are students who come from or attend school in Washington State.  

"We are pleased to contribute to 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 7 community college students, 25 undergraduate students and 9 graduate students.

Community College and Technical School Scholarship Winners 

  • Alvin Benson, Yakama Nation, Northwest Indian College
  • Arielle Burnett, Chehalis Tribe, Lower Columbia College
  • Avery Jones, Yakima Nation, Northwest Indian College
  • Monica Little, Lummi Nation, Northwest Indian College
  • Sierra Seward, Cowlitz Tribe, Tacoma Community College
  • Samantha Stanger, Colville Confederated Tribes, Spokane Community College
  • Judy Warbus, Lummi Nation, Northwest Indian College

University Scholarship Winners 

  • Scott Abrahamson, Colville Confederated Tribes, Washington State University
  • Austin Andy, Yakama Nation, Northwest Indian College
  • Olivia Barrell, Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, Digi Pen Institute of Technology
  • Johnny Buck, Yakama Nation, Northwest Indian College
  • Rhea Cree, Yakama Nation, Gonzaga University
  • Jared Douglas, Swinomish Tribal Community, Oregon State University 
  • Alicia Edwards, Colville Confederated Tribes, Eastern Washington University 
  • Emma Johnson, Cowlitz Tribe, Washington State University 
  • Krista Johnson, Makah Tribe, Evergreen State College
  • Mackenzie Kutz, Cowlitz Tribe, Whitworth University
  • Dallin Mansfield, Yakama Nation, Brigham Young University
  • Keith Matt, Colville Confederated Tribes, University of Washington
  • Bobbi McGinnis, Cowlitz Tribe, Western Washington University
  • Ida Moses-Hyiper, Yakama Nation, Heritage University
  • Shaniah Pinkham, Yakama Nation, Eastern Washington University
  • John Pugh, Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe, Colorado School of Mines
  • Stormy Purser, Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, Northwest Indian College
  • Samantha Rae, Quinault Nation, Central Washington University
  • Cody Torstvet, Cowlitz Tribe, Central Washington University
  • Colton Twiddy, Skokomish Tribe, University of Washington
  • Xavier Webb, Cowlitz Tribe, Sul Ross State University
  • Candice Wilson, Lummi Nation, Northwest Indian College
  • Julia Wilson-Peltier, Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe, Western Washington University
  • Edna Wyena, Yakama Nation, Northwest Indian College
  • Hannah Zollner, Lummi Nation, Northwest Indian College

Graduate Program Scholarship Winners 

  • Alexis Ballew, Lummi Nation, University of Washington School of Social Work
  • Bryan Hall, Samish Nation, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine
  • Juanita Holtyn, Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, Fielding Graduate University Doctoral
  • Sandra Langford, Cowlitz Tribe, University of Washington 
  • Sean Lawrence, Lummi Nation, University of Washington
  • Chantal McFetridge, Samish Nation, University of Ottawa School of Medicine
  • Talicia Miller-Poole, Colville Confederated Tribes, Western Governors University
  • Lyda Nicodemus, Spokan Tribe of Indians, Washington State University
  • Lauren Smith, Skokomish, Western University of Health Sciences 

2016 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.

If you have any questions please contact Abriel Johnny-Rodriguez at (360) 352-3248 or email her at .

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