The Seneca Diabetes Foundation (SDF) awarded $40,000 to their 2014 scholarship winners on Aug. 5 at a ceremony at Brierwood Country Club in front of family and friends.
Diabetes affects a high percentage of the Seneca population and the Seneca Diabetes Foundation is leading the effort to combat this disease on the Seneca Nation. A portion of the monies raised by SDF supports yearly scholarships for students wishing to enter the health/service/medical profession.
"I feel strongly that our Seneca students must have the skills necessary to compete in what is now a global economy by providing them with the educational opportunities and resources to succeed," said SDF Founder and Chairman Barry E. Snyder, Sr. "For our Nation to continue to grow and establish its economic sovereignty, our young people must have access to schools and courses that prepare them for college, a career and life."
The Seneca Diabetes Foundation named its 2014 scholarship winners. Pictured from left to right are: Keith Kettle, Alyssa Deboy, Paige Priest, SDF founder Deanna Snyder, and Chairman Barry E. Snyder, Sr., Shaela Mohawk, Shanice Mohawk, Hanna Sheridan, Wehonna Toth and Franchesca Cooper.
Five students received the Barry and Deanna Snyder, Sr. Chairman's Scholarships which is a $10,000 two-year award.
Second-year recipients are Shaela Mohawk, attending a master's program in health services administration at D'Youville College; Keith Kettle, attending a master's program in health services administration at D'Youville College; and Wehonna Toth, attending a program in sports medicine at Penn State.
First year recipients are Page Priest, attending a physician's assistant program at Syracuse University and Franchesca Cooper attending an emergency management program through Empire State College.
Five thousand dollar annual awards were presented through other scholarships. The Geraldine Memmo Scholarship was awarded to Shanice Mohawk who is pursuing a program in sports management/marketing at Gannon University. Hanna Sheridan, who is studying public health at Yale University, was awarded the Seneca Gaming Corporation Scholarship. Alyssa Deboy, who is attending the program in nursing at Jamestown Community College was awarded the Ruth Goode Scholarship.
In 2005, Barry E. Snyder Sr. formed the Seneca Diabetes Foundation. Its mission is raising awareness of the disease that affects American Indians more than any other ethnic group. One in two Seneca Nation members are diagnosed with diabetes.The SDF works to provide educational outreach, prevention awareness, and fund research for the members of the Seneca Nation.
Further information about the Seneca Diabetes Foundation can be found at www.senecadiabetesfoundation.org