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There are two recipients for the third annual Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship, Valentina Dawn Chee and Celine Yazzie Olson each earned the $2,500 Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship.
To apply for this scholarship, universities around the state posted qualifications on their websites. Applicants had to show need, proof of a grade point average of 2.5 or above and their goals pertaining to how they would give back to the Navajo Nation.
Valentina Dawn Chee, a junior at the University of New Mexico majoring in nutrition/dietetics. Chee wrote to the scholarship committee that she aspires to serve the people of the Navajo Nation through community workshops on the nutrition and lifestyle choices that will help overcome Type-2 diabetes, an epidemic in her community.
This summer, Chee is working at New Mexico State University as a lab assistant, participating in cancer research, applying microbiology techniques. She hopes this will further her lifelong goals of improving the health of her Navajo people. Chee is from Vanderwagen, south of Gallup.
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