2018 Scholarship Recipients

This is the seventh year that the JoAnn Jeter Memorial Diversity scholarship has been offered.  Established by the Jeter Family in 2012, the scholarship honors the memory of JoAnn Jeter, Bonneville Power Administration’s dedicated Diversity Program Manager who died in 2012.  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, have limited family financial support and/or cultural/ethnic background.  The JoAnn Jeter Memorial Diversity Scholarship is administered by the Associates Foundation and as a 501(c)3 organization, the scholarship fund is an ongoing avenue for charitable donations.  Donations can be made directly at the Pacific Northwest Federal Credit Union, account #131978 and the Jeter Family matches private donations annually up to $500.  A point of contact for the scholarship is Karen Graves Pyrch (503-230-3194).

The independent panel of area educators evaluated 5 applications this year.  JoAnn Jeter’s scholarship calls for the minimum distribution of one $1,000 scholarship, or alternatively, two awards of $500 each.  However, the Jeter Family has extended again its generosity to three students.  Below are the very deserving students receiving scholarship support for the 2018-2019 school year:

  • $800 JoAnn Jeter Memorial Diversity Scholarship – Johnny Buck

  • $500 JoAnn Jeter Memorial Diversity Scholarship – Jocelyn Brown

  • $500 JoAnn Jeter Memorial Diversity Scholarship – Idil Osman

Johnny Buck


Thank you for believing in me and investing in my higher education goals. I am proud to be a recipient of the JoAnn Jeter Memorial Diversity Scholarship and am grateful for the donors and supporters to make this financial support possible. I am committed to carry forward Ms. Jeter’s values and vision for education, academic excellence and community leadership. Kwthlanute (Thank you)

My name is Johnny Buck and I am a proud father of a beautiful and intelligent daughter, Tatiwyat Buck. I am Wanapum (River People) from Priest Rapids on the mid-Columbia River and an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation. The Joann Jeter Memorial Diversity Scholarship has been instrumental in my academic success.

My professional aspirations are to obtain my PhD in Environmental Engineering and JD focusing in Environmental and Water Law. For my undergraduate research, I am developing an Indigenous plant phenology observation network to help strengthen communities’ resilience to climate change and natural disasters. An indigenous phenology observation network would also support the revitalization of native languages, traditional ecological knowledge and traditional phonological knowledge by strengthening relationships indigenous communities have with the natural world. This network will also empower global communities, researchers and organizations to solve major environmental issues we face today. Data collected will also be used by forest managers to improve land management practices and agriculturists can use it to make informed decisions to produce higher yields in crops.

For my graduate research, I will focus on environmental engineering design to protecting, preserving and enhance water resources. With engineering design I can integrate traditional ecological knowledge and cultural values to develop sustainable infrastructures for our communities.

I am dedicated to scientific research that makes a direct impact, Northwest Indian College continues to provide many opportunities with this. I am committed to bridge scientific research, engineering design, informed policy making and sustainable community development to maximize impact for the wellbeing of our communities.

I have overcome many challenges as a first generation college student and successfully relocated my family to the Lummi Nation to be able to study on the main campus of Northwest Indian College. I am nearing the finish line to graduation for my final year and excited to be the first from my Wanapum Tribe to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree. My daughter is also beginning middle school next week in an accelerated academic magnet program.

Thank you for being instrumental in my success and that of the communities I serve by investing in my higher education goals.


Johnny Buck

Jocelyn Brown

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My name is Jocelyn Brown, and I am extremely grateful to have received the Joann Jeter Memorial Diversity Scholarship for the 2018-2019 school year. I’m currently about to enter my second year of college at Eastern Oregon University. I had a wonderful experience my first year being able to establish myself in my classes and my community. I’ve always had a love for learning and being in college has only grown that passion. I’m still working on completing my prerequisites to apply to the Oregon Health and Sciences University to complete my Bachelors of Nursing Science. I plan to apply to my program this year, and if accepted, I look forward to being a part of the class of 2022. I cannot put words to how happy I am to not have any loans because of generous groups who offer scholarships to help young learners get their degrees. Receiving scholarships like these makes me more excited for the school year and they help me to know that others believe I will reach my goals. Thank you again for your generosity and contribution to my education.

Idil Osman

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My name is Idil Osman. I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon but consider myself first and foremost as Somali. I’m an avid lover of books, travelling, and ice cream. I will be attending Clark Honors College at University of Oregon next year, with a major in Human Physiology and a minor in Business. In the future, I hope to volunteer with Doctors without Borders and create a non-profit clinic for everyone but especially to help low income families and children. I would like to express how grateful I am to have received the Associates Foundation Scholarship and the Joann Jeter Memorial Diversity Scholarship. I am truly humbled to have not only received this money, but also the support and validation that come with it, to know that my goals and dreams are not as far off as they seem. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

The clear disparity between healthcare in developed and underdeveloped countries is a problem I knew I’ve always wanted to help resolve. My travels have taken me to many countries within the past couple of years where I have seen first-hand just how those in underdeveloped countries suffer under the visibly lacking healthcare. And this isn’t just a problem I’ve seen in underdeveloped countries. Inadequate healthcare exists in our own state. Volunteering in downtown Portland for the past four years with the homeless population of Portland has given me invaluable insights and has deepened my resolve. I always knew I wanted to be an advocate for those whose voices aren’t heard loud enough. My work in social justice and the various leadership roles I’ve had in high school has taught me much about the importance of all voices being heard, and when an issue arises, if there’s something you can do then do it. This mentality has helped solidify my future goals and dreams.

Medicine, as well, is no passing dalliance. My passion for helping others is one that I’ve always had, and I’ve always been certain that on the medical field was where I was meant to be, before I knew anything about anything. To grow means to evolve and adapt as the times change. Many of my passions have shifted as I grow and learn more everyday. But my desire to help others has not. I’m glad to have found such a deep-rooted passion that combines so many of my interests in this way. I am excited for all that the future holds for me.  I have no doubt that the road ahead will be long and at times very challenging, but this scholarship will make the road that much easier to travel.