Wassaja Scholarship, Donor
Northern Arizona University
Treasurer, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Tribal Council
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Tribal Council
“I am impressed with Northern Arizona University. One of our leaders, Dr. Pattea, is an alumnus, and this gives us hope that other leaders will graduate from NAU. Once Native American students graduate from universities, they pass on a legacy to their children. The NAU Native American Cultural Center connects students with each other, bringing them a sense of home and family, it helps our students stay in school. Then they can return to their communities and find good jobs or even go to Washington D.C. and help Native Americans across the country, not just those back home.”
The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation has supported the Wassaja Scholarship program for nearly ten years and, more recently, the Native American Culture Center which opened in 2011.