2014 Scholarship Recipients

Elise Clote, Patricia Waupoose and Shannon Jimmie

Announcing the 2014 recipients of the JoAnn Jeter Memorial Diversity Scholarship

In remembrance of JoAnn Jeter, Bonneville Power Administration’s dedicated Diversity Program Manager who died in 2012, the Jeter Family established this scholarship fund.  The  scholarship keeps alive the essence of Jo’s work – to support and encourage students who may face unique challenges to higher education.  Perhaps they are the first in their family to attend college or they have no financial support from their family.  The Pacific Northwest Federal Credit Union account 131978 remains an ongoing avenue for charitable donations.  A point of contact for the scholarship is Karen Graves Pyrch (503-230-3194).

Our independent panel of area educators evaluated 8 applications this year.  Below are the three students that the Jeter Family is generously encouraging this school year through its scholarship support:

$800 JoAnn Jeter Memorial Diversity Scholarship – Elise Clote

$600 JoAnn Jeter Memorial Diversity Scholarship – Patricia Waupoose

$500 JoAnn Jeter Memorial Diversity Scholarship – Shannon Jimmie (second year recipient)

Elise Clote

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During the summer of 2008 I made the decision to rid my diet of meat, thus becoming a vegetarian. I have always had a connection to the Earth and the desire to learn what it has to offer humankind, when we truly respect and use its resources wisely. I believe this interest stems from my American Indian lineage. I first became a vegetarian because I had read a paper on the mistreatment of animals in some slaughter houses. From this point I began to educate myself about food processing, harvesting, and overall production. You could say I am a bit “food crazy”. This deep interest led me to major in AgriBusiness Management and Marketing in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at University of Arkansas.

I enjoy learning about plants and their medicinal and nutritional functions. American Indians have relied on their knowledge of the various uses of plants and animals; through an education in agriculture I can learn these things too. My strong connection to my American Indian lineage has taught me to respect the Earth. Leading by example, it is my hope that my actions will influence others to regard the Earth in the same manner as I do.

Through the Osage Nation Education Department I was able to attend an educational program in Washington D.C. with the National Indian Education Association and the Close Up program. Through this experience I discovered my interest in politics concerning environmental, educational, and agricultural tribal policies. This discovery led me to consider going to law school after I complete my Agribusiness degree. I would like to change how agricultural and environmental policies are handled on tribal lands. The current situation is dismal. During my trip to Washington D.C. I met remarkable American Indian youth from across the United States of America. A group of youth, from the Shoshone Bannock Tribe of Idaho, informed me of a superfund site that was desecrating their sacred lands, agricultural fields, and water. This alarmed me and I would like to dedicate my future to helping those in these situations.

As a representative of the American Indian people and a member of the Osage Nation I will change things for the better on the reservations through the vast amount of knowledge and experiences I have collected at the University of Arkansas. I would like to improve the education systems on reservations as well as promote growing local produce for tribal consumption. This would help improve health and well-being on the reservations as well as the local economy.

In addition to improving nutrition on the reservations I would like to help improve the education systems. Many of the American Indian youth are dropping out of high school and are unable to attend college. The weekend of March 8th 2013 I hosted a Diversity Impact student who was from Skiatook Oklahoma and a member of the Cherokee Nation. She shared with me that her high school’s graduation rate is roughly 70%, the majority of the school being American Indian youth. I would like to strengthen the education system by maintaining a stronger staff of teachers, more financial help for basic school supplies, and provide more academic learning accommodations for students. I hope that one day any American Indian youth can have the opportunity to graduate high school, and attend college.

I have taken several trips to several reservations but the experience I had on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota impacted me the most. Poverty envelopes reservation life: dilapidated housing, dirt roads, poor education systems. The reservations are a place of struggle. I worked with many children on this trip, many of whom will never graduate high school, let alone attend college. I worked at a summer camp for local youth where I learned that many of the youth have started committing suicide at the age of six because they have no hope for their future. It was this moment when I knew the truly great opportunity I had. I was going to attend college, graduate, and pursue a successful life. I feel blessed for all of the opportunities life has presented me with, and I would like to use my education to create more opportunities for other American Indian youth.

The decision of becoming a vegetarian began as an attempt to save a few cows, but turned into a change in lifestyle and has ultimately led to a future in the AgriBusiness field. My passion and interest concerning agriculture has grown immensely since residing at the University. I have learned more about the world and have been able to connect to other American Indian students while living here.  As the secretary of the Native American Student Association I have grown closer to my cultural roots, which has helped guide my career goals. It is my goal, to one day take the education I received at the University of Arkansas and share it with Indian Country by bettering the reservations for other American Indian youth.

Patricia Waupoose 


[hah-ch chee-EH] “Good morning”!  My name is Patricia Waupoose, my given name is Kwa sa Kwatts which was handed to me during a Pacific NW name giving “Potlatch” by my late father, Reginald Ward I who was the Tribal Historian for the Quinault Nation, and is well known for his TV role of “Mr. Whirlwind” in the TV series of Northern Exposure.  I am Native American, an enrolled member of the Quileute Tribe of Washington State, I come from the Wolf Clan which gives me the courage to learn from the environment and think of ways to survive in today’s society that is detrimentally being challenged by forces that we can’t control, or can we? 

I am currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (UWGB), studying Environmental Policy and am expecting a Bachelor’s of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies within the Adult Degree Program.  After years of “plugging” away at my degree, I can honestly say that I wouldn’t change a thing of raising my children, working full-time and taking classes here and there until my 2 oldest children were ready to be on their own.  While a full-time student at UWGB, I took on the challenge of also working full-time. I worked for the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, and am very proud of myself for receiving the Highest Honor’s in spring 2014 by receiving a 4.0. I felt it was not only a challenge, but also a commitment to my son to be able to take care of his needs, not just my own.

I grew up in the small town of Hoquiam & Aberdeen Washington, at a time during a very political policy movement of Fishing and Logging within the Pacific Northwest.  Being the only Native American minority within the school system, I was challenged with discrimination from those families affected by political issues not in my control.  I believe now that because of what I was exposed to at such a young age, it made me a strong person to leave my home state and study Tribal Management at Haskell Indian Junior College located in Lawrence, Kansas where I received my Associates of Arts Degree.  I returned to the Pacific NW where I began raising a family. I also worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and then for the Quinault Indian Nation under the leadership of the late Joe De La Cruz within the Self-Governance Office.

Today, I have three beautiful children, 2 daughters that are continuing their education while starting a new family, which makes me feel that I have showed them that it can be done. You have to give a lot of time and dedication, even if it takes half of your lifetime.  I also have a 10 year old Son that I look forward to teaching him things that I have learned at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay.  I also have a lot of support from my husband, without him, I don’t think I would have had the strength to cook meals after work, or getting the laundry done in a timely manner.

I am so honored at being selected a recipient for the JoAnn Jeter Diversity Scholarship fund, and would like to take this time of quietness and reflection in remembrance and prayer for such an important person that has touched many of our lives one way or another.  I am greatly honored and blessed, that because of this person and her honored award, I will be able to support my studies and family at the same time.  I look forward to another 2 semesters at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, and then apply what I have been taught to a job that will make a difference in today’s environment. I hope to make our planet a healthy one that will support our children and their children and their children.  Thank you again!

Patricia Waupoose ~

Shannon Jimmie 


First I would like to thank the JoAnn Jeter Memorial Scholarship Selection Committee for selecting me as a second year recipient. I am grateful to receive another scholarship that will go towards funding my education.

For a bit of background about myself, I am an Upper Tanana Athabascan who grew up in a tiny village in Alaska with a population of approximately 350 people. I am now a sophomore at George Fox University here in Newberg, OR studying cell biology with a chemistry minor. My career goal is to go onto graduate school to be a research scientist.

I had the opportunity to research with the National Institute of Health at the University of Alaska Fairbanks for the past two summers. I researched with archived sled dog samples; our primary research helped us better understand different factors that might indicate causes of type II diabetes and other metabolic syndromes.  The time and dedication during this internship gave me a hands-on experience with research techniques that will benefit my future as a scientist.

Receiving the JoAnn Jeter Scholarship is a blessing to receive because it helps fund my future. This brings me one step closer to my ultimate goal in the biomedical field, to help others. I hope to help students around me achieve their financial and career goals just as you helped me. This goes to show that many Native Americans are going to college to make a difference in their communities. Some of us come from small communities and it is rare to see students from that community to go to college; and I find that truly inspiring. I hope that I, as well as other scholarship recipients, will be an inspiration to rising college students, our communities, and the people around us. We are the future.

Tsin’ee (Thank you)