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Chaweka Lynn Fisher Memorial Scholarship

1 winner$1,500
Application Deadline
May 19, 2022
Winners Announced
Jun 20, 2022
Education Level
Undergraduate, Graduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Undergraduate or graduate student
Native American

Chaweka Lynn Fisher was a selfless mother, sister, wife, daughter, aunt, and friend who died too soon.

Chaweka was a proud and determined indigenous woman. She dedicated her 17-year nursing career working as a registered nurse for her tribe on the Colorado River Indian Tribes Reservation in Parker, Arizona.

This scholarship aims to honor Chaweka Lynn Fisher’s legacy by supporting indigenous students who are pursuing higher education. 

Any indigenous student pursuing a two or four-year undergraduate degree or graduate degree in any field may apply for this scholarship. 

To apply, tell us how your Native American heritage has positively affected your life and how this scholarship will help you pursue your education goals.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published February 4, 2022
Essay Topic

How has your Native American heritage positively impacted your life, and why do you want to pursue higher education?

400–600 words

Winning Application

John Bullock
University of Alaska SoutheastKetchikan, AK
I am Alaska Native. I am Tlingit and Haida. I will be the first in my biological family ever to attend college. I was taken into the foster care system at the age of 2, and was adopted into a non-Native family at the age of 7. During the adoption process my Tribe told my adoptive family to identify any Alaska Native friends they had who could mentor them in raising an Alaska Native. My parents thought that was great advice, and have followed through on that. I have grown up in a non-Native family, but my adopted family has always encouraged me to be connected to my culture and my heritage, getting me involved in every activity they could through my Tribe. Over the years I have taken Haida language courses through the Tribe, and have taken two years of Alaska Native language in high school. I have taken weaving classes both through the Tribe and through the high school. I've learned to weave cedar bark, and will be wearing the cedar bark hat I wove as part of my graduation attire. I've participated in culture camps and cultural activities that have taught me how to harvest Native foods, and how to prepare them. I've learned how to make drums, and how to draw formalize design. Most recently, I have taken an internship on regalia making through the Tongass Tlingit Cultural Heritage Institute. My mentors through this internship, Richard and Janice Jackson, have taught me more about my heritage, even including who some of my ancestors are. It has been a great experience to be able to learn more about my heritage, and where I come from. Also, through this internship I completed a vest which I designed myself; I'm hoping to wear my vest at my graduation. My heritage means a lot to me. It's who I am, and where I come from. My involvement with my Tribe, and with mentors I've developed through the Tribe, has reinforced for me how important my culture and heritage are. I am proud of who I am. I am planning to go to college and get a degree either in counseling psychology or education. I would like to work with kids. As an Alaska Native male, particularly one who was in the foster care system, I see the role of mentors as being tremendous. I know that I wouldn't be who I am today without the mentors I've had, both the Alaska Native mentors and non-Native mentors. I plan to go into either the psychology or education fields because I would like to be a mentor to other kids, particularly Alaska Native kids. According to the National Working Group on Foster Care and Education, less than 20% of kids who have been in the foster care system attend college, and only between 2 - 9% graduate from college. I will be in that 2 - 9%!


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is May 19, 2022. Winners will be announced on Jun 20, 2022.

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