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Chief Washakie Scholars Selected at UW

April 26, 2011 — Chief Washakie scholarships were awarded to 17 University of Wyoming students for the coming academic year.

They will be recognized at the American Indian Studies Honoring of Graduates ceremony, Friday, May 6, at 6 p.m. in Salon A of the UW Conference Center, located at 22nd Street and Grand Avenue in the Hilton Garden Inn.

New recipients are Aaron Brannan, business administration junior from Riverton; Joseph Broken Leg, biology freshman, Laramie; Nicole Brown, social science junior, Fort Washakie; Vittrio Capitan, art junior, Fort Washakie; and Elizabeth Jude Haas, education graduate student, Lander.

Also, Coburn No Ear, fish and wildlife management junior, Crowheart; Kristin Raeesi, communication and journalism graduate student, Laramie; and Cacey Sage and Leslie Underwood, both psychology seniors from Fort Washakie.

Current recipients of the Chief Washakie scholarship who will continue to receive support for the coming year are Melvin Arthur, social work senior from Ethete; Nan Craft, organizational leadership senior, St. Stephens; Marrisa Goggles, criminal justice senior, Fort Washakie; and Caleb Her Many Horses, kinesiology sophomore, Lander.

Also, Ernest Lawson, American studies and environment and natural resources senior, Kinnear; Signa McAdams, marketing junior, Fort Washakie; Yufna Soldier Wolf, anthropology senior, St. Stephens; and Donelle Warren, psychology senior, 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 spirit of the award assumes that the recipients have, as part of their ultimate goals, some direct participation, appropriate to their educational background, in activities that will further the common good of the people of the reservation," says John Nutter from the UW Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

For more information about the Chief Washakie scholarships, call Nutter at (307) 766-5123.

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