2021 Youth Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications

We are now accepting applications from enrolled NWIHA tribal members for our 2021 Youth Scholarship Program. To be eligible, applicants must be members of an NWIHA Voting Member tribe in good standing (2021 dues paid in full) , and must not have reached their 24th birthday by the application deadline. 

Applications can be obtained by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.
You can best notify your tribal members, local schools, or others you feel can get the word out, by forwarding this email to them, or be instructing them to go to the NWIHA website www.nwiha.org, and clicking on the Youth Scholarship Program tab.
We have extended our deadline. Please note that all applications and supporting documents must be submitted by email to info@nwiha.org on or before            5:00 PM PST, April 30, 2021. It is very important to advise your tribal applicants to be very careful in completing the requirements exactly as prescribed, and don’t wait until the last minute to submit!
All applicants, selected or not, will be notified of the NWIHA Executive Committee decisions. Successful applicants will be recognized at the Spring Conference to be held May 18-19, 2021.
Complete instructions are included in the Application Form. Any questions can be addressed to the NWIHA at info@nwiha.org, or by calling (360) 220-9212.


Best of luck to all our applicants!


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 2020 Program:

Miguel Adams    (Grand Ronde)  – McPherson College

Rachael Arthur (Nez Perce) – Eastern Washington University

Natalia Deanda (Siletz) – California State University (Fresno)

Rylee Desautel (Colville)  –  Columbia Basin College

Iris Domebo (Nez Perce) – North Idaho College

Justin Fasana (Grand Ronde) – Oregon State University

Izaiah Fisher (Siletz) – Northwest Indian College

Krista Marchand (Colville)  – Central Washington University

Maiya Martinez (Spokane) – Fort Lewis College

Antonetta Prairiebear (Spokane) – University of Montana

Anthony Simmons (Siletz) – Oregon State University

Payton Sobotta (Nez Perce) – Big Bend Community Collegey


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