Editorial: Scholarships help Navajo students

"The quote said it all.

"Always remember who you are. You are Diné," Navajo Nation Vice President Ben Shelly said. "Identify yourself as Navajo, a unique tribe. You won't lose your way. Go into this world, fill your mind with information. There's nothing in the world you can't do."

Many proud Navajo parents, grandparents and siblings shared the same sentiments last week at Navajo Preparatory School when they gathered to honor 72 recipients of the 2007 Chief Manuelito Scholarship.

Each of the 72 Navajo high school graduates will receive about $7,000-per-year in funds to continue their education.

Named after the man who, more than a century ago, urged the Navajo people to seek an education, the scholarship is available to Navajo students who maintain a 3.0 GPA and score a 21 or higher on the ACT. To be eligible, students also must complete a unit of Navajo language and half a unit of Navajo government.

"The Chief Manuelito scholars are the best and the brightest in the Navajo Nation," said Kay Nave-Mark, senior financial aid counselor for the Shiprock Agency of the Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance. "It's the highest award going to Navajo students.""

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Editorial: Scholarships help students continue their educations and realize their potential (The Farmington Daily Times 8/2)

$rl Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance - http://www.onnsfa.org
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