Joshua Washburn accepting the Barry and Deanna Snyder, Sr. Chairman’s Scholarship.

The Seneca Diabetes Foundation (SDF) has established an endowed scholarship program to benefit young members of the Seneca Nation. The scholarships, ranging from $5,000 annually to $10,000 over the course of two years, will be awarded to Seneca students pursuing higher education in the health and human services fields.

Each of the scholarships focus on a central theme in order to best fit an applicant’s individual talents. While a student can apply for more than one scholarship, the application questions are designed so that a student’s specific strength or experience would be most effectively conveyed in a particular scholarship.

Below are the scholarships and their topics:

Barry and Deanna Snyder, Sr. Chairman’s Scholarship (Three awards): $10,000 over two years with a focus on students who have experience in a leadership position. Click here to apply »

Ruth Goode Nursing Scholarship:  Open only to students pursuing a degree in nursing, the recipient of this $5,000 scholarship will have demonstrated qualities that Ruth Goode embodied throughout her long and illustrious career. Click here to apply »

Geraldine Memmo Scholarship:  For students who have shown an interest in Seneca and/or Native American history, $5,000 will be awarded to a student who demonstrates knowledge about our peoples’ rich and diverse heritage. Click here to apply »

Seneca Gaming Corporation Scholarship: For students interested in pursuing a degree in healthcare business and administration. Click here to apply »

The Stephen Washburn Scholarship: This $5,000 scholarship is awarded annually to an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation or descendant of an enrolled member seeking to pursue a course of study at an accredited college or university in a full-time undergraduate or post-graduate degree program in a health related field of study, including clinical studies or health administration.   Service veterans will receive preferential consideration.

The Scholarship honors the memory of Stephen P. Washburn, a member of the Seneca Nation and a US Marine Corps Veteran who served his country in the Vietnam War from 1969-1971, receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnamese Campaign Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon. After leaving the military, Mr. Washburn had a 30-year career as a member of the Buffalo Police Department. Upon retirement in 2002, he became Vice President for Security of the Seneca Gaming Corporation, a position he held until his death in 2013. Mr. Washburn was active in the affairs of the Seneca Nation, and received the Warriors Medal of Valor from the Native American Nations of the U.S.A. Throughout his life, Mr. Washburn had an exemplary respect for the values of service, community, community, and leadership, and the importance of higher education.