July 18, 2022

Since 2008, the Washington Indian Gaming Association (WIGA) Scholarship Program has awarded more than $1 million to Native American and Alaska Native students* pursuing bachelor’s and graduate college or university degrees, as well as degrees from community and technical colleges. These awards promote tribal self-sufficiency by advancing student potential and broadening higher education opportunities.

The WIGA Scholarship Program awarded $70,000 to 26 students for the 2022-23 academic school year. Congratulations to this year’s awardees:

Community/Trade/Technical Colleges Scholarship Winners

  • Coralise Almojera, Nooksack Indian Tribe
    Behavioral Health/Chemical Dependency, Northwest Indian College

Community/Trade/Technical Colleges Scholarship Renewal Winners

  • Tabitha Herda, Makah Tribe
    Nursing, Peninsula College

Undergraduate Program Scholarship Winners

  • Branndi Bowechop, Makah Tribe
    Nursing, Seattle University
  • Talia Kallappa, Makah Tribe
    Communications and Film, University of Washington/Dartmouth
  • Robert Richardson Jr., Makah Tribe
    Environmental Science, Washington State University
  • Jayde Smith, Squaxin Island Tribe
    Teaching, St. Martins University

Undergraduate Scholarship Renewal Winners

  • Vanessa Ankney, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
    Fine Arts, Washington State University
  • Grace Buzzell, Makah Tribe
    Earth Studies, Stanford University
  • Raven Clark, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
    Education and Communications, Gonzaga University
  • Jessica Day, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
    Environmental Studies, University of Washington
  • Lily Rose Day, Samish Tribe
    Global Relations, University of Washington
  • Rylee Desautel, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
    Accounting, Eastern Washington University
  • Laila Greene, Makah Tribe
    Environmental Science & Resource Management, University of Washington
  • Mishani Jack-Gonzalez, Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation
    Psychology, Washington State University
  • Krista Marchand, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
    English and Language Arts Teach, University of Montana-Western
  • Anthony Martinez, Makah Tribe
    Economics, University of Notre Dame
  • Javier Ramirez, Quinault Indian Nation
    Computer Science, University of Oregon
  • Amaria Rosado, Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation
    Law, Societies, and Justice, University of Washington
  • Frances Ward, Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation
    Nursing, Washington State University
  • Shilaily Woodruff, Quileute Tribe
    Business-Entrepreneurship. University of Hawaii

Graduate Program Scholarship Winners

  • Bunni Peterson Haitwas, Skokomish Tribe
    MPA Tribal Governance, Evergreen State College
  • Evan Rhoades, Quinault Indian Nation
    Creative Writing, University of Saint Thomas
  • Haley Smith, Makah Tribe
    MPH Indigenous Health, Johns Hopkins or University of Hawaii

Graduate Program Scholarship Renewal Winners

  • Landon Charlo, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Nation
    Educational Psychology, Washington State University
  • Dane Sequoia, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
    Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education, Washington State University
  • Emma Johnson, Cowlitz Indian Tribe
    Anthropology, Portland State University


*WIGA Scholarship Program applicants must be enrolled members of Washington’s 29 federally recognized tribes, or American Indian/Alaska Native students enrolled in a federally recognized tribe who are attending school in Washington State.