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Shandiin Church, MSW 2017

I’m Going to Change the World by Helping At-Risk Native American Youth

I am the oldest of five kids, so mentoring comes naturally to me. In my field placement I work on a project addressing suicide prevention. Suicide is the number one cause of death among Native American youth.

Why I'm Here

For my MSW at the U-M School of Social Work, I’ve chosen to study management, because I hope to be an agency director.

Impact of the Scholarship

Scholarships helped me attain my dreams, so I can be an example for my siblings and cousins. They are discouraged because of how much education costs. When I tell them about my scholarships it changes their minds. I am here to help bring knowledge and services back to my community. In Indian country it’s ingrained that you come back, and you give back.

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