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Jamie Cruz-Sandoval – 2022 Bronze Scholarship and Michael A. Hiskey Nursing Scholarship winner

Meet Jamie Cruz-Sandoval, 2022 Bronze Scholarship and Michael A. Hiskey Nursing Scholarship winner. She is majoring in Nursing at the University of New Mexico. “I come from two Native American communities, and in Indian country in general, there are a lot of health disparities. Being awarded this scholarship allows me to continue furthering my education and earn a degree, allowing me to return and serve my communities as well as others.”
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Nathan Oswald in a hat and sunglasses on the river.

Nathan Oswald – Career Pathways Scholarship Winner

Meet Nathan Oswald from Taos, NM. He graduated from Farmington High School in 2001, spent two decades as a whitewater raft guide, and now attends UNM-Taos. He was awarded a Career Pathways Scholarship to study Pre-Science. “I am working towards a degree to be better able to find a permanent career in natural resource management in my lifelong home of Northern New Mexico.”
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Isa Bella Thomas in her cap and gown.

Isa Bella Thomas – 2022 John & Marti Browne Leadership Scholar

Meet Isa Bella Thomas, 2022 John and Marti Browne Leadership Scholar. She started Regent University in the fall of 2022 with plans to major in business. Isa Bella graduated from New Mexico School for the Arts where she took on numerous leadership roles. Sheco-founded the Women of Color Collective, which was featured in articles in the Albuquerque Journal, Source NM, The New Mexican, and Yahoo News
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Connection Before Direction in Rio Arriba County

The future success of any community depends on its ability to foster the wellbeing of its children. Research has shown that investment in high-quality early care and education services for children 0-8 will reduce the burden on schools, the justice…

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