As a member of the Navajo Nation, Sheronnabah Harvey always wanted to pursue a career that would allow her to have an impact in her community. After earning a bachelor’s degree in social work, she decided that attending graduate school would strengthen her leadership skills. The Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies at the Brown School drew her attention to Washington University, where she earned a master’s degree in social work in December 2015.
“Being a student at the Brown School expanded my horizons,” Sheronnabah says. Her coursework deepened her interest in research, and she had the opportunity to publish a paper on first-generation graduate students. She plans to continue her education by seeking a doctorate in the future. “I want to focus on creating programs to address family violence in tribal communities.”
Currently, she is working as a community program coordinator with the Denver Indian Family Resource Center, where she completed her Brown School practicum. “The Brown School gave me the tools and experience I need to effect change in the lives of American Indians,” she says.
Sheronnabah’s parents were not able to help her pay for her education. The financial support she received from Washington University made it possible for her to attend a top-ranked school of social work.
“Scholarships give students like me the opportunity to reach our full potential,” she says. “They are an investment not only in the individuals who receive them, but also in the society that will benefit from the recipients’ knowledge and training.”
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