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Also included are: Native American Awards

VSGC designates scholarship awards annually to Native American candidates in VT.  The competition is coordinated through a cooperative agreement with the Northwest Supervisory District and the Governor's Advisory Council on Native Affairs/ Title 5 Indian Education.This designation is in line with NASA's goals to promote opportunities for, and participation by, our nations' Native Americans in careers within, aerospace science, aeronautics, space and related fields.
Students are chosen by the  Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union (FNWSU) & The Abenaki Council to receive our Native American Award Scholarship Award.

Vermont Native American Affairs - Abenaki



Awardees for 2013-2014
Native American Scholarships

Amber Fitzgerald



Awardees for 2012-2013
Native American Scholarships

Chelsea Day_ VSGC Native American Scholarship Multicultural Award
Chelsea Day


Tazney Ryea
2011-2012 Native American Scholarship Recipeint_ Courtney Newton
Courtney Newton
2012-2013 Vermont Native American Scholarship Recipients

CHELSEA DAY  - A second  year recipient, and a resident of Swanton, Vermont. She is a first generation college student at Champlain College studying Social Work.  She is a first generation college student at Champlain College studing Social Work.  She has been fortunate to be able to have an internship in her first year as a college student.  She did fieldwork at the Integrated Arts Academy in the Old North End of Burlington.  The Integrated Arts Academy is an elementary school where the majority of the population are children from refugees from other countries.  Also, only 56 percent of the school population speaks English.  She worked in a fourth grade classroom where many of the students are not Caucasian and come from poor economic backgrounds.  She says what these children need is an opportunity to have a better life and the answer to this problem is a program like the Challenger Space Center.  This NASA sponsored program gets students to use their imaginations, to engage with other students of use teamwork.   She says the program will benefit them to a future without discrimination, without poverty and a future full of education and excitement for life. 


COURTNEY NEWTON  - A second year recipient, and a resident of Swanton, Vermont.  She is a second year student majoring in elementary education at Johnson State College.  She says growing up she always knew she wanted to be an elementary school teacher.  Education is important to her because without it people would not be able to lean and grow.  She could act as a model for other Abenaki students.  She would like to go back to her community so that she can teach students, especially other Abenaki students.  Courtney could teach them about their culture and help them learn more about it.  She also says she would like to take her interest in space to education elementary school children. She plans on teaching kindergarten through sixth grade so there will be different levels of space study that she will teach.  She would like to focus mostly on the solar system and how the sky works. She thinks it is important for children to learn about space so that they know what is going on around them.. The should know how the earth works and what makes up the solar system. Courtney says teachers and NASA work together to help each other learn and grow.  NASA uses their information and studies to further student's knowledge about space.  They get better and advance in technology because they learned and used that to help them.


TAZNEY RYEA  - A first year recipient, and a resident of Highgate Center, Vermont.  She is a first generation college student at University of Vermont studying Nursing.  She has always wanted to become a nurse once she started high school. She says becoming a nurse will allow her to make a change in someone's life by helping them regain strength and health.  Once she receives her bachelors degree, she will enroll in a masters program.  After she achieves her lifelong goal, she plans on coming back to Franlin County and help heal her community members.  In looking at nursing and NASA, there are exciting examples of the two working closely.  In the Gemini program, for instance, astronauts were taught about what to do if they encounted a lack of exygen or a lack of food.  They first needed a quick lesson in physiology and this was provided by nurses.  She is excited about the potential offered through NASA.  She says science is the cornerstone of nursing.