Eighth Annual Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship For Navajo Women Announced

Jamy Malone and family. Courtesy photo
JHMS News:
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.
Chantell Yazzie

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.
Allison Begay
$1,250 Scholarship: Allison Begay Allison is a sophomore at UNM and her goal is to become a labor and delivery nurse and eventually a doctor. She has already shadowed several physicians at a clinic in Gallup and is committed to help the Navajo Nation address high rates of obesity and diabetes. She is inspired by her family to participate fully in both of her worlds: traditional Navajo and modern mainstream American society. To this end she is continuing to improve her Navajo language skills so she can better serve elderly Navajo patients.
$500 Scholarship: Jamy Malone — Jamy is a repeat JHMS winner. She received a scholarship in 2017 and met her goals of completing her AA degree from UNM Gallup and being admitted to UNM’s Anderson School of Management. She will start work on a BA in Operational Management this Fall. She has managed to balance taking care of her three children and her mother while maintaining a 4.14 GPA with full-time classes at UNM-Gallup.
Jamy has been able to turn adversity to opportunity in her quest for an education and she hopes to serve the Navajo Nation by improving business practices, which promote economic growth for her people.
Scholarships are based on academic merit, dedication to serving the Navajo people and financial need. Donations are appreciated can be made at julieshelpers.com or sent to White Rock Presbyterian Church, 310 Rover Blvd., White Rock NM 87547.
More information about Julie Meadows, the scholarship application form, past winners and photos can be seen at the scholarship website, julieshelpers.com.