Navajo women studying pre-med and education receive $3500 to further goals of serving the Navajo Nation
Los Alamos Community Funds Scholarships for Navajo Women
by Jennifer Holmes, Nihitaa' Binnanish Secretary.
Scholarships are based on academic merit, dedication to serving the Navajo people and financial need. Donations are appreciated and can be made at julieshelpers.com or sent to White Rock Presbyterian Church, 310 Rover Blvd., White Rock NM 87547. More information about Julie Meadows, the scholarship application forms, past winners and photos can be seen at the scholarship website, julieshelpers.com.Jonnie Woodie is a junior at NM Tech and is doing biomedical research with one of her professors on treating type 2 diabetes. Marcella Kee is a freshman at UNM-Gallup who wants to inspire native youth as a teacher on the Navajo Nation. Both young women will be receiving scholarship aid from the Los Alamos-based Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship, administered through White Rock Presbyterian Church.
The scholarship honors the memory of Julie Meadows, a young mother and LANL employee who died of a brain tumor in 2009. Shortly before she was diagnosed, Julie participated in a mission experience with White Rock Presbyterian Church on the Navajo Nation. This experience left her with a desire to support Navajo women in their educational pursuits, as a way of positively impacting life on the reservation. Her family, church, friends and community have supported the scholarship for ten years, raising over $33,500 for 20 scholarships since 2011.
This year, two awards are being made to women who exemplify Julie’s spirit of family devotion, strong work ethic, community service and educational achievement.
Nihitaa' Binanish is a proud supporter and funder of the Julie's Helpers Memorial Scholarship.
White Rock Presbyterian Church donated over 60 individual plastic bottles which NB filled with hand sanitizer to distribute along with food boxes this week.
Deliveries this week included fresh fruits and vegetables as well as cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer and disinfectant . NB delivered items donated by Navajo Nation Christian Response Team and Rehoboth Christian School.
Construction work continues as families add on to their homes to create more space for infirm or out of work family members
Our Father’s Business
A registered 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving the Navajo Nation by improving the lives of low-income Diné people through mentoring and support with home building, home repairs, construction-skills training, life-skills coaching, educational opportunities and spiritual growth.
The Annual Meeting of Nihitaa’ Binaanish will be held at:
House of Fellowship,
41 Skeets Road, Bread Springs NM*
Saturday, June 27, 2020
10:00 a.m-12:00 p.m.
AGENDA OF MEETING -
Nihitaa Binaanish: Our Father's Business volunteers follow Navajo Nation public health guidelines: Social distance and wear a mask.
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