The Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship (JHMS) committee has announced the recipients of its 4th Annual JHMS awards.
The annual scholarships are given to Navajo women who desire to serve their people and need help funding a challenging academic course of study.
The recipient of this year’s $2,500 JHMS award is Markie Bee, a senior at New Mexico Tech, majoring in chemical engineering. Bee is a single mom who hopes to serve the Navajo tribe by working with oil and gas industries to ensure more efficient processes and minimalize environmental damage to Indian Country. She has a passion for chemistry and has volunteered through the American Indian Science and Engineering Society to encourage other Native American youth to pursue college degrees. She will be the first in her family to graduate from college.
Tinisha Spencer. Courtesy/JHMS
A second scholarship of $1,000 has been awarded to Tinisha Spencer. Spencer just graduated with honors from Gallup High School and will attend the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She hopes to study athletic training and dance, with the career goal of becoming a physical therapist. She would like to serve the Navajo Nation by promoting healthy lifestyles and activity among her people who suffer from high rates of diabetes.
The Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship awards funds each year to one or two Navajo women who are seeking to further their college education and then serve the Navajo Nation in a professional capacity. Scholarships are based on academic merit, dedication to serving the Navajo people and financial need.
JHMS has supported seven young Navajo Women since 2011, when the fund was started to honor Julie Meadows, a caring member of the Los Alamos community, who died of a brain tumor in 2009.
Members of her loving family, her sorority (Alpha Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi) and her church (White Rock Presbyterian Church) coordinate the scholarship each year.
Since 2011, the scholarship has funded Navajo women in the fields of education, nursing, nutrition and engineering careers. Donations to the JHMS fund can be made to White Rock Presbyterian Church, designation: Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship.