Northland Pioneer College CASO Scholarship helps winner seek to change the world through film

HOLBROOK-Commuting to Northland Pioneer College (NPC) classes from Pinon can be a challenge for future filmmaker Claudell M. Tacheene, but it has been made a little easier this fall with a scholarship from the NPC Classified and Administrative Support Organization (CASO).

"It's really fun going to school! It allows you to feel that you're going somewhere in life," noted Tacheene. "It's really hard though - the homework, gas expenses-especially for a commuting student like me-paying for books, and the list goes on and on. All you want to do is just finish school to get to your goals."

It is for students like Tacheene that non-teaching employees at NPC contribute to the CASO scholarship fund, which awards at least two $500 scholarships each year to deserving students. Tacheene received the stipend for the fall semester. Funds for the CASO scholarships come from NPC employee payroll deductions, silent auctions and other fundraisers throughout the year.

Tacheene is earning an associate of arts degree from NPC with plans to continue his studies toward a bachelor's degree in filmmaking. That was not his original career goal.

"I originally wanted to go to college to become a teacher. But I realized I was only doing that to make a secure living," he noted. "Now I realize I must follow my passion to becoming a filmmaker."

Living on the Navajo Reservation his whole life has instilled a desire to reach goals and an ambition "to see, to explore within my roots, to inspire, to believe and to grow."

His passion and career goal is to someday create a motion picture that "can really change the world." He emphatically added, "My cultural background as a Native American has always influenced me to go to school to help my people. I believe that small nations, small groups can help make a difference in this world."

If you would like to provide financial assistance to NPC students, please contact the NPC Foundation at (928) 536-6245, or toll-free (800) 266-7845, ext. 6245. Your gift to the Foundation is tax-deductible.

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