AUBURN, CA – Chapa-De Indian Health is proud to award seven scholarships this year as part of the April Moore Memorial Scholarship program, in which each recipient will receive $1,000.00 for the 2024-2025 school year. Since its inception in 2016, Chapa-De Indian Health has awarded over $20,000 to local students (from or attending school in Placer, Nevada, Sierra, Sacramento, or El Dorado County in California) through the scholarship program. This year’s recipients are Corey Ellis, Isabella Nguyen, Molly Briggs, Zachary Hatten, Zoey Hattan, Zienna Hatten, and Andres Ramos.

April Moore served 26 years as a Board Member and Chair of Chapa-De Indian Health before passing away in 2015. She spent her life working to advance the American Indian community and helped make Chapa-De Indian Health a robust native-directed healthcare system that delivers high quality and compassionate care to over 20,000 patients. April Moore’s memory lives on through Chapa-De’s April Moore Memorial Scholarship Program, which awards $1,000.00 to outstanding American Indian students who are attending or planning to attend college or a technical, trade, or vocational school.

“April Moore’s lasting impact in the American Indian community continues today through the April Moore Scholarship program,” said Brenda Adams, Board Chair of Chapa-De Indian Health. “It is a privilege to support the higher education goals of these exceptional students.”

Corey Ellis recently completed course work at Sierra College and plans to transfer to UCLA this fall to pursue his undergraduate degree in English. He is currently in the final revision stage of his first novel that details his family’s history living in Nevada County for five generations. Upon graduating from college, he looks forwards to returning to his hometown of Grass Valley with not only a degree but a broadened view of the world.

Isabella Nguyen is studying Anthropology at Portland State University. Her life goal is to serve, empower, and motivate American Indian youth and families navigating the challenges of language loss and underrepresentation within their tribe. With her degree, she hopes to utilize technology to revitalize native languages and showcase cultural heritage through artistic expressions in film. She aspires to work in the film industry while remaining closely connected to tribal communities to tell authentic stories that will help amplify the voices and experiences of Indigenous peoples.

Molly Briggs is attending Baylor University, majoring in Business Finance/Accounting and minoring in Economics. After graduating from college, Molly hopes to work in investment banking. She also hopes to build a community at Baylor where she can raise awareness of what it means to be American Indian today and support other native students who are striving for a college education.

Zachary Hatten attends Sierra College and is studying Nursing. He was recently accepted into the Sierra College and Sacramento State bachelor’s merger program where he will be able to obtain his bachelor’s degree just 6 months after graduating from Sierra College with an associate’s degree and an RN license. He plans on becoming a Registered Nurse in either the Emergency or ICU (Intensive Care Unit) departments. As a descendant of the Karuk Tribe, it is part of his life’s mission to help people in times of need, especially those in the Native community.

Zoey Hatten attends Sierra College with hopes of one day entering the medical field. Her career ambitions include becoming a registered nurse, inspired by both her grandmother and her brother who is also currently pursuing nursing. Zoey plans to use her education and career to give back to the American Indian community by sharing all the skills and knowledge she has acquired throughout her life.

Zienna Hatten will be attending Boise State University this fall, pursing a Criminal Justice major. It is her passion to learn more about law and order and how the judicial system works and how it can be improved. Her ultimate career goal is to become an FBI agent. She hopes to use all the knowledge she obtains to give back to American Indian communities.

Andres Ramos is working toward his Doctor of Medicine (MD) at UC Davis School of Medicine. His career ambition is to specialize in orthopedic surgery. He plans to practice medicine that is tailored to the cultural benefits and practices of American Indian patients, as well as addresses other social determinates of health that negatively affect American Indian communities.

“Chapa-De Indian Health is incredibly proud to acknowledge and support these talented American Indian/Alaskan Native students as they pursue higher education,” said Lisa Davies, CEO of Chapa-De Indian Health. “Their commitment to contributing to the American Indian community once they achieve their career aspirations is truly inspiring, and we are honored to play a part in their journey.”

For more information about Chapa-De Indian Health, please visit https://chapa-de.org

Chapa-De Indian Health (Chapa-De) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that was established in 1974 and operates community health clinics in Auburn and Grass Valley, California. Chapa-De offers comprehensive primary medical care, dental and orthodontics, behavioral health counseling, psychiatry, nutrition and health education, prenatal care, pharmacy, and optometry services.