Central prides itself on being committed to maintaining an accepting environment for people from all walks of life. Through these past few years, President James Gaudino has been extremely vocal about the importance of inclusion here in Ellensburg.
One way the university has gone about establishing this culture is through partnerships with groups who are committed to helping students reach their dreams of a college education.
A partnership that has been growing throughout the years is with the Muckleshoot Charity Fund. The scholarship can go to Native Americans who are not members of the Muckleshoot Tribe. The Muckleshoot Tribe provides scholarships directly to Tribal members, wherever they might choose to go to college, but the scholarships in this program are for Non-Muckleshoot Native Americans. The generosity of the Muckleshoot Tribe in this case, has been amazing for students to see. The money will then go towards the cost of tuition of a higher education institution.
Here at Central, there are three recipients of the scholarship on campus currently. Taylor Martin, Cheryl Ann Eadie, and Allison Meshke have expressed just how much the scholarship has meant to them and their academic pursuits. Taylor Martin, whom is affiliated with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe and is a current sophomore at CWU, had this to say about the scholarship:
“This has been such a blessing to my family and I, I cannot thank the Muckleshoot Tribe enough,” Martin said. “This scholarship has given me more opportunity here at Central, and I am going to use it to accelerate my education even more and seek a Master's Degree. Not only has it set me up to achieve my dreams in the academic atmosphere, but it has symbolic meaning to my family heritage as well. Growing up I have never received any type of recognition for being Native American and I finally did. My grandfather would be nothing but proud looking down from Heaven as he was the bloodline for my Nationality. Endless thanks to everyone who was involved.”
For Cheryl Ann Eadie, whom is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, this has given her the opportunity to not only find her future profession, but a way to give back to her community that has given her so much.
“When I got the call on Christmas Eve, I never scream and cried so hard,” Eadie said. “This was the first scholarship that I have ever gotten. The $5,000 dollars really helped me financially for this school year of 2016-2017. I had not come to a complete decision on what to do with my degree, but since the gift from the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, I will finish up the last two quarters so that I will be able to graduate this spring [June 2017]. After graduation, I want to get my Master Degree in teaching and then hopefully find, in the state of Washington, an Indian tribe that needs an art instructor. In that way I can give back to the Native People that what was given to me.”
For Allison Meshke, whom is a member of the Navajo Nation, it was her first time receiving a scholarship from the charity fund.
"I am very honored and surprised that I received the Muckleshoot Scholarship,” Meshke said. “This is my first time receiving a scholarship from the Muckleshoot Charity Fund. I am currently working towards my B.A in Business Administration and Management with a specialty in Finance to become a Business Analyst. And receiving this scholarship, I can continue my education to obtain my career goal. I am very grateful to be awarded this prestigious scholarship. Thank you Muckleshoot."
The students, through the gift from the Muckleshoot Charity Fund, plan to make the world around them a better place by putting in to practice what they learned here at Central.
Central will continue to push to be the best undergraduate experience available to everyone from all walks of life. From the president all the way down to the department chairs and professors, Central works to educate all and leave out none.
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