By Carol A. Clark
The community is invited to enjoy authentic Navajo frybread and Navajo tacos at the second annual Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship Navajo Taco Sale.
The event is set for 5-9 p.m., Friday June 15 at Ashley Pond in conjunction with the Gordon’s Summer Concert and kickoff of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship Navajo partners will prepare the Navajo frybread and Navajo tacos for the event. All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund.
Before her passing from a brain tumor in December of 2009, Julie Meadows and her family received all kinds of practical help from friends, the community and fellow church members, organized as “Julie’s Helpers.”
Launched in May 2011, the Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship Fund seeks to provide, annually, the kind of practical help that Julie would have been proud of.
Wife, mother of two young sons, respected staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory, active member of Alpha Zeta Chapter of her Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and member of White Rock Presbyterian Church, Julie had been tireless in doing good.
Shortly before being stricken with the tumor, she had been especially moved to encourage and help young Navajo women, which in turn is now the aim of this scholarship established in her memory.
Samantha Lee is the recipient of this year’s $2,500 Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship.
Lee is a junior at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces majoring in pre-nursing.
She wrote to the scholarship committee that she aspires to become a public health nurse “to educate and provide direct health care service for disease prevention in my Navajo community.”
Lee said that she hopes to “be seen as a role model to other Native American girls and women to complete their college education.”
The scholarship committee also is excited to announce a second award this year for $1,000 to Krysten Willie.
Willie is a junior majoring in electrical engineering at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.
She also aspires to be a positive role model for young Native American girls in her community as a practicing electrical engineer.
For information about the scholarship, visit www.wrpchurch.com and click on “Julie’s Helpers.”