Native American Student Spotlights

Udall Scholar Already Making Big Change in Tribal Communities

Nadira Mitchell knows she's on the right track. From collecting snails as a kid, to participating in science fairs as a teen, to now doing community outreach in college, she is well on her way to fulfilling her dream.

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Outstanding Native American Student Awardees, 2020-2021

Graduating Senior Award

Rita Valenzuela

Ms. Valenzuela also has an exceptional record of service, both to our University and to the larger community. As a first-generation student, she is particularly passionate about helping other students like herself to achieve their goals, much as in the way she herself was helped along the way. Ms. Valenzuela’s community service began as a Volunteer College Coach for the Metropolitan Education Commission, where she volunteered to help her peers obtain scholarships and apply to FAFSA.