Inspiration: Why We Are Hosting This Tournament

Walking Shield, Inc. is hosting its 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament to help American Indian college students. The proceeds will assist these students with the rising cost of college tuition and college related expenses. These funds make it possible for them to achieve their dream of a college degree.

Fifteen students are on track to graduate this June and we are very proud of them!

Here are a few of the many stories from our college scholarship recipients. Our hope is that you will become as inspired as we are in helping these young men and women achieve their educational goals.

Mario Lario Castellano is an enrolled member of the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla/Cupeño Indians. He’s a student at Riverside City College working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering with a minor in Native American Studies. He plans to transfer to the University of California, Riverside campus in 2014 .

Melissa Raymond has always had a dream of helping her community. She is a double major at the University of California, Irvine in Social Ecology and Earth System Science. When she graduates, she plans to go back to her tribe Lac Courte Oreilles band of Ojibwe in Wisconsin, where she hopes to work for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Duncan Wayne Deon grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He ventured out of the reservation to obtain a degree in Political Science at Cal State Long Beach. Primarily, Duncan wanted to create financial stability for his two daughters who currently reside with their mother on the Oglala reservation. Duncan’s hope is that with his degree, he will be able to bring assistance to those in his reservation, especially children, who without aid would grow up in less than satisfactory conditions.

As the youngest of seven children, Jennifer Lopez witnessed her family’s struggles and hardships. This gave her a deep desire to achieve her educational goals of becoming a doctor. She witnessed first hand, what life would be like without an education and dedicated herself to her studies in order to make a difference not only in her family’s lives but also throughout humanity. Jennifer was the first of her siblings to be college bound and hopes that her dedication to school will inspire other Native American youth to follow their dreams and aspirations. Jennifer is a member of the Seminole tribe of Oklahoma.

As a single parent of three children, Jenifer Webster wants nothing more than to be a role model for her children. She has faced many challenges in her life including breast cancer and the destruction of her home in a fire. Through these obstacles, she found the strength and courage to accomplish her dreams of being an oncology nurse. Through Jenifer’s experiences with cancer, she discovered her calling in life is to assist others with their battle against cancer. Jenifer is Ojibwe and a member of the Oneida tribe.

Jessica Arvizu Carmelo always had dreams of inventing new technology and other innovations specialized for women that will help transform the engineering world. She felt that women are underrepresented in the engineer work force and plans on bringing her creativity and ideas to this field. Jessica currently attends Cypress College and interns at an engineering firm in Santa Ana, CA. Although the engineering courses are difficult, Jessica has the intelligence and passion to reach her goals. Jessica is a member of the Tongva-Gabrielino tribe.

Temet McMichael, an enrolled member of the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians, has chosen a career path in medicine. “My plan is to obtain a Ph.D. in biomedical research with a focus in virology. I aspire to make a difference and contribute to the research field that finds cures and treatments for modern diseases.” Temet not only wants to help Native American people, he wants to help everyone with his research in virology, which is the study of viruses. He is pursuing his Ph.D. at Ohio State University.