The Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship recognizes determined Navajo women who strive to give back to their communities through advancing their education and who need help funding a challenging academic course of study.
The scholarship has been administered since 2011 by White Rock Presbyterian Church. It honors the memory of Julie Meadows, a young mother and LANL employee who died of a brain tumor in 2009. Shortly before she was diagnosed, Julie participated in a mission experience with White Rock Presbyterian Church on the Navajo Reservation, which profoundly touched her.
She returned from the mission trip determined to support Navajo women in their educational pursuits, as a way of positively impacting life on the reservation. Her family, her church (White Rock Presbyterian Church), her sorority (Alpha Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi) and the greater Los Alamos community come together each year to raise funds for the scholarship.
This year, three awards are being made to women who exemplify Julie’s spirit of family devotion, strong work ethic, community service and educational achievement.
$1,250 Scholarship: Chantell Yazzie — Chantell was recently admitted to the University of New Mexico School of Nursing and desires to work as a labor and delivery nurse at the Fort Defiance Indian Health Service Hospital on the Navajo Nation. She hopes to address the high incidence of teen pregnancy in her community. Her grandmother recognized Chantell’s caregiving nature, even as a teenager when she was working as a waitress to help support her family. With her grandmother’s encouragement, she finished an AA degree.
Chantell now has the support of her husband and her two children as she takes the big step to quit her job as a unit clerk at the Fort Defiance Hospital and become a full time Nursing student at UNM-Gallup.