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NAFOA Scholarship

NAFOA will not be offering a scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year.


In 2012, the Native American Finance Officers Association awarded three scholarships to an outstanding MBA, undergraduate and tribal college student.

NAFOA Scholars

MBA Scholar
Ida Williams
Ms. Williams is an enrolled member of the Santee Sioux Nation and is also Oglala, Cheyenne and Ojibwe. She is in her first year of her MBA program at Gonzaga University. As an undergraduate, she studied Accounting at the University of Colorado at Denver. She was consistently on the Dean’s List and was a part of the Chancellor’s Leaders and Scholars program. She works for the Native American Bank. Ida is an active member of the Denver Native American community and regularly volunteers for the American Indian College Fund. She also helped to found a new American Indian Business Leaders Chapter and is a member of the Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Williams is an entrepreneur and started her a business with her sisters. Native Wisdom produces environmentally friendly skin care products. The company is in its third year of operation and has been profitable.
Undergraduate Scholar
Nicole Johnny
Ms. Johnny is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and grew up on the reservation. She is a senior at Azusa Pacific University studying Finance. She has been on the Dean’s List since her freshman year and is a Gates Millennium Scholar. She is dedicated to serving the American Indian community and is an academic tutor in math and reading for elementary students for the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians. She studied the Macroeconomics of Developing Nations at Oxford University in England. She also visited various corporations throughout the European Union and met corporate leaders in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France. She will soon complete an internship in London with St. James Place Wealth Management Group, one of the United Kingdom’s leading wealth management groups. She hopes to earn a Master’s degree in Finance and eventually return to work for her tribe on economic development projects.
Tribal College Scholar
Curt Pahmahmie
Mr. Pahmahmie is a member of the Citizen Band of Potawatomi Nation. He is a senior at Haskell Indian Nations University studying Business Administration. He recently participated in the Native American Political Leadership Program at George Washington University and interned with the Chief Financial Officer of Indian Affairs at United States Department of the Interior. He participated in the Potawatomi Leadership Program in Shawnee, Oklahoma where he learned about business enterprises of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. He served as the Executive Vice President of American Indian Business Leaders Club. Kurt is a proud father and strives to achieve in his educational endeavors for his family.
20010-2011 Scholarship Recipients
2009-2010 Scholarship Recipients
2008-2009 Scholarship Recipients
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