First Nations Students Snag Scholarships

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 12:04



The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority has announced $25,000 in scholarships for First Nations students enrolled in post-secondary institutions.


Fourteen students received the scholarships in the province this year, for excellence in academics and community involvement.


The two $5,000 scholarships went to Sharidy Desnomie of Fort Qu’Appelle and Vanessa Peigan of Regina.


Desnomie is taking Business Administration at the University of Regina, while Peigan is in the Business Management course at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) in Regina.


The $2,500 scholarship winners are Belinda Nelson of Canwood, who is studying New Media Communications at SIAST, and Regina student Ntawnis Piapot, who is enrolled in the Indian Communication Arts program and the Intercultural Leadership Program.


The $1,000 recipients are:

– Jalal Alawes – Saskatoon – University of Saskatchewan, Biology

– Janice Apesis – Saskatoon – University of Saskatchewan, Indian Teacher Education Progarm

– Stevie Bird – Wadena – University of Regina, Bachelor of Applied Science

– Claire Denton – Warman – SIAST, Continuing Care Assistant

– Jenica Felix – Spruce Home – First Nations University of Canada, Indian Teacher Education Program

– Shane Keepness – Fort Qu’Appelle – First Nations University of Canada, Pre-Dentistry Environmental Health and Science

– Amy Lafreniere-Wasacase – Ile-a-la-Crosse – SIAST, Food and Nutrition Management

– Cara Merasty – Saskatoon – University of Saskatchewan, College of Law

– Cassandra Smallchild – Duck Lake – SIAST, Correctional Studies

– Jessica Wesaquate – Regina – University of Regina, Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Program