UNM Student Earns Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship

Tinisha Spencer. Courtesy photo


The Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship Committee announces the recipient of the fifth annual scholarship, given since 2011 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 Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship is University of New Mexico sophomore Tinisha Spencer from Mentmore, N.M.

Spencer is majoring in athletic training and minoring in dance and was named to the Dean’s List for both semesters of her freshman year.  She was active in intermural soccer and also served as the health chair in her residence hall, where she was active in planning weekly events to improve dormitory life.

Spencer is the first in her family to go to college and hopes to serve the Navajo Nation by being a positive, healthy role model for Navajo youth as she pursues a career of dance and athletic training.

Spencer will be in Los Alamos Saturday, July 25 to help raise funds for future scholarship recipients by making and selling Navajo tacos 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at White Rock Presbyterian Church, 310 Rover Blvd.

In addition, funds raised from the concurrent rummage sale at the church will help benefit Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship. The community is invited this fundraising event.

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 nine 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 awarded more than $15,000 to Navajo women in the fields of education, nursing, health, nutrition and engineering careers.  

Donations can be made to White Rock Presbyterian Church with the designation of Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship.


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