college scholarship for young native women
Nomadics has created a scholarship fund of $5,000 per student/year for up to four young Native American women out of high school who would like to study at a college on a reservation. Jeila Schuh, Kateri Denni, Raina Clifford and Sylviana Eagle Elk were the first recipients of this scholarship at the Oglala Lakota College in Kyle, SD, in 2019.
Each student has written an essay about their experience of life on the reservation and how they plan to contribute to change once they have earned their degree. They write: “Growing up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, we face difficult hardships such as Poverty, Unemployment, Substance Abuse, and Alcoholism. Growing up in such a place, can leave you wondering if it will ever change…” and “After graduation, I want to be able to help the youth not be in situations that I was in. I know the struggle here on the reservation. I believe in the Lakota way, I believe that I was put here to be the 7th generation that brings back the ways. I want to help and be there for the youth” . We hope to encourage these young women to be the change for their people.