(Laramie, Wyo.) — Chief Washakie scholarships recently were awarded to 14 University of Wyoming students for the coming academic year.
They will be recognized at the American Indian Studies Honoring of Graduates ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, May 10, in the Garden Ballroom of the UW Conference Center, located at 22nd Street and Grand Avenue in the Hilton Garden Inn.
New recipients are Caitlin Brown, family and consumer science, junior, Lander; Rain Chippewa, juris doctoral candidate, Fort Washakie; Colleen Friday, environmental and natural resources/rangeland ecology and watershed management, junior, Laramie; and Lorraine Goggles, education, freshman, Lander.
Also, Mia Holt chemistry, sophomore, Lander; Nicola Holt, anthropology, junior, Lander; Franklin Lanier, psychology, sophomore, Riverton; Shane Lawson, elementary education, sophomore, Riverton; Jesse Moss, criminal justice, junior, Arapahoe; and Tacy Thornley, secondary art education, senior, Riverton.
Current recipients of the Chief Washakie Scholarship who will continue to receive support for the coming year are Melvin Arthur, a graduate student in kinesiology and health, Ethete; Kristie Asay, psychology, junior, Riverton; Vittrio Capitan, art (graphic design), junior, Fort Washakie; and Nan Craft, organizational leadership, junior, St. Stephens.
The scholarship program was created in 2003 when the Chief Washakie Foundation gave $200,000 to UW. Funds were collected to create Chief Washakie statues in the United States and Wyoming capitol buildings, and the joint tribal headquarters in Fort Washakie. The gift was matched by the state, creating a $400,000 endowment which annually produces income for the scholarships.
The Chief Washakie Memorial Endowment at UW was established to help students and educators — with significant ties to the Wind River Reservation community — gain formal knowledge, skills and abilities.
The selection committee is composed of representatives of the Wind River Reservation community and UW. Members are James Trosper, Chief Washakie Foundation chairman; Mark Harris, co-chairman of the Chief Washakie Foundation; Zedora Enos, great-granddaughter of Chief Washakie; May Raynolds, a Lander resident and member of the Chief Washakie statue committee; Debra Reed-LIttlesun, UW financial aid scholarships associate director; Angela Jaime, UW College of Education associate professor; and Tammy Mack, UW student financial aid scholarships assistant director.