Even in this pandemic, higher education is vital and yes, costly, especially to families who cannot afford to save for college. The Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship Committee is currently raising funds for the 2020 financial awards.
The Meadows family and WRPC had the vision in 2011 to help make a systemic positive difference for Navajo people by investing in the education of young Diné women. Since then, the scholarship has awarded over $30,000 to 18 Navajo women in the fields of education, nursing, health, nutrition, social work, business and engineering.
The Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship committee awards funds each year to Navajo women who are seeking to further their college education and then serve the Navajo Nation in a professional capacity. Scholarships are based on academic merit, dedication to serving the Navajo people, and financial need.
This is a wonderful tribute to the life Julie Meadows, who died in 2009 of a brain tumor, and who had a heart to serve those in need.
We are proud that two of our past JHMS winners, Tinisha Spencer (Masters in Social Work, Arizona State University, and Jamy Malone, Bachelors in Business Administration, UNM) have graduated from their programs this summer, and continue their journey to serve their people.
Donations can be made to White Rock Presbyterian Church, memo line, Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship or at http://julieshelpers.com/
Submitted by Jennifer Holmes
Why every Navajo baby's first laugh is celebrated by Kyle Muzyka CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation):
During the time of the COVID-19 Pandmic of 2020, people around the world have missed out on cultural rights of passage, such as death, birth, marriage, and coming of age ceremonies. The Dine' have been suffering the same loss of mourning and celebration. A friend shared this delightful story of Jaclyn Roessel, founder and director of Grownup Navajo, Santa Fe, NM, made her niece laugh for the first time. It's worth listening to this interview for an insight into a unique part of the Navajo culture. It says a lot about a people who have a celebration of humor. Head the advice of Dine' aunties, "Make sure you have a payday coming if you're going to be playing with the baby." Please listen.