Final Gathering of Nations Scholarship Awards Handed Out

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown June 6th, 2017 Last Updated on: June 6th, 2017

The Gathering of Nations, Ltd. passed out their final awards to graduating students from the Native American Community Academy (NACA) back in May.

The Gathering of Nations Scholarship Foundation at the University of New Mexico was established in 1991 and a portion of the proceeds from the annual GON Powwow were set aside to award financial support to students attending the University of New Mexico. Over the past twenty-seven years the GON Foundation has presented nearly 250 scholarship awards to over 100 students.

In May 2017 the relationship between the University of New Mexico and the Gathering of Nations came to an end, although the scholarship fund remained intact. It was a unanimous decision by the Gathering of Nations (Derek, Dr. Lita & Melonie Mathews) to close the foundation and hand out the last scholarship awards to 2017 NACA graduating seniors entering the University of New Mexico in the Fall semester. One other award was presented to a NACA administrator that was entering a graduate program at UNM.

Each scholarship recipient received $3,627.33 to go towards the purchase of textbooks and supplies.

Congratulations to awardees Kaylynn Armijo-Sanchez, Sierra Chavez, Elizabeth Grey, Kendall Lopez, Clinton Marmon, Jonathon Meza, Brennan Ollivier, Fiona Slinky, and Azella Humetewa! Best wishes and good luck with your studies!

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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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