Cheyenne Siverly, a junior at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has been selected as one of 50 students nationwide to be a Udall Scholar. The scholarships support students of Native American and Native Alaskan descent who are studying for careers in environment, native healthcare or tribal public policy. Siverly is the first UH Mānoa student to receive the Udall scholarship since 2005.
Siverly is a kinesiology and rehabilitation sciences major. She is of Alaskan Native descent from Tlingit and Athabascan tribes. Her father’s family hails from the village of Hoonah.
Her career goals include integrating traditional medical approaches into modern medicine and serving as a role model for Alaskan Native youth to empower them to aspire to professional careers. Siverly is passionate about Native healing practices and culture, and has served multiple internships at the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium with the Indian Health Services. During her free time, she enjoys volunteering and traveling abroad.
This year’s Udall Scholar class was chosen from nearly 500 candidates nominated by 224 colleges and universities. Each scholarship provides up to $7,000 for the scholar’s junior or senior year. Since 1996, the Udall Foundation has awarded 1,574 scholarships totaling more than $8 million.
For more about the Udall Scholarship, email UH Mānoa Honors Program Director Vernadette Gonzalez.