NWIHA Youth Scholarship Program

Each year, NWIHA receives donations to support a Youth Scholarship Program, whereby students enrolled in NWIHA-member tribes are eligible to apply for monetary scholarships to be used for tuition and other school-related expenses.  To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled members of a dues-paying Voting Member of the NWIHA.

Scholarships are paid directly to the educational institution and can only be used for tuition, books, or other school-related expenses.  Eligible educational institutions include accredited universities, graduate schools, community colleges, and trade schools.  The successful applicants must verify their school acceptance at the time of award.

The following students were each awarded $1,000 in the 2021 Program:

Emily Abrahamson (Spokane IHA) – Washington State University

Vanessa Ankney (Colville IHA) – Washington State University

Ariana Bennett (Grand Ronde) – George Fox University

Jada Cargo (Lower Elwha) – Lower Columbia

Raven Clark (Colville IHA) – Gonzaga University

Rylee Desautel (Colville IHA)- Columbia Basin College

Justin Fasana (Grand Ronde) – Oregon State University

Darien Leno (Grand Ronde) – Oregon State University

Krista Marchand (Colville IHA) – Central Washington University

Maiya Martinez (Spokane IHA) – Fort Lewis College

Jordan Reyes (Grand Ronde) – State University of New York

Gabrielle Severson (Siletz Tribe) – The New School


Our goal is to fund EVERY eligible application we receive from our member tribal students – with at least a $1,000 scholarship.  In the past, due to a lack of funding, we’ve had to limit either the number or the amount of the scholarships awarded.  YOU CAN HELP us reach our goal by making a tax-deductible donation to the Scholarship Program Fund.

To make a donation, just click on one of the buttons below.  Any amount is appreciated, but remember, a $1,000 donation will ensure that one more of our students will be getting the help they need to attend the university, college, or trade school of their choice. 

If donating by credit card, just click on the DONATE button and you will be taken to a website where you can enter your credit/debit card information.  If you would rather donate by check, just click on the DONATE BY CHECK button, and you will be taken to a form that you can fill out online (or print and fill out by hand) and mail to NWIHA with your check.  Either way, 100% of your donation will be used to fund our scholarship program.



NWHIA Scholarship Recipient

Chantal McFetridge

“I will continue to remain engaged in leadership and advocacy as I think it is paramount that health care workers are politically engaged and advocate for the health status of populations that historically have poorer health outcomes. I am excited to see what changes my involvement in Aboriginal Health advocacy may incite! Once again, I wish to warmly thank the Northwest Indian Housing Association for your generosity.”

– Chantal McFetridge

University of Ottawa//MD Candidate 2017

Daneka McFetridge

“Due to the generosity of external funding, I have been able to pursue my goals and aspirations in becoming a registered nurse.”

– Daneka McFetridge

Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing