NYPA Announces Winners of
Scholarships for Tuscarora Nation Funded Through Relicensing of
August 13, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LEWISTON—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
recently honored two winners of this year’s Niagara Power Project
Relicensing Scholarships for Members of the Tuscarora Nation.
NYPA Regional Manager for Western New York, Horace
Horton, presented the scholarship award certificates to Mia McKie of
the Turtle Clan and Wayland Wilson from the Deer Clan at the Power
Vista, the visitors center for the Niagara project, as families of
the two scholarship winners looked on.
“The new license for the Power Authority’s Niagara
project brings many benefits to Western New York, not the least of
which are these scholarships since investing in education for
students like Mia and Wayland makes an investment for the future of
our state and the Tuscarora Nation,” said Regional Manager Horton.
“On behalf of everyone at the Power Authority, we congratulate these
bright young people on their efforts and salute their families for
giving them the confidence to achieve.”
The Power Authority provides two full tuition
scholarships annually—for both academic excellence and community
service—under a settlement agreement with the Tuscarora Nation for
its support during the relicensing of the Niagara project. This is
the second year of a 50-year annual commitment by NYPA to fund these
The full-tuition scholarships, to any school in the
State University of New York (SUNY) system, were awarded on May 15
at Culture Night at the Tuscarora Elementary School by the Tuscarora
Both McKie and Wilson graduated this year from
Niagara Wheatfield High School.
McKie will attend the College of Agriculture and
Life Sciences at Cornell University, a contract college in the SUNY
system, to study Agriculture. SUNY has five contract colleges, with
four at Cornell and one at Alfred University, offering courses of
study at a blended tuition rate.
Wilson will be a student at Niagara County
Community College where he will study Digital Media.
Both McKie and Wilson have made significant
achievements in their academic studies and in community service.
McKie maintained a 4.0 grade point average
throughout high school, and received numerous awards for academic
and athletic accomplishments. Among those awards are the 2007
Tewaaraton Scholarship and Native High School Player Award, the
2005-2006 Scholar Athlete Award for Basketball, the 2006-2007
Scholar Athlete Award for Soccer and the 2003-2004 United States
Congressional President’s Award. In 2007, she was also nominated
for scholar athlete in Section VI Western New York Girls
McKie’s community service efforts include
participating in the Indian Defense League of America Border
Crossing, volunteer tutoring at the Niagara Charter School and
training beginner girls field lacrosse players from the Tuscarora
Wilson’s academic honors for 2008 include First
Place, Skills USA Competition TV-Video Production Category; Second
Place Digital Media Class Video Competition; and Orleans-Niagara
Teachers’ Center Logo Competition Winner. In 2006-2007, he received
the Certificate of Dedication and Work Ethic.
Wilson participates in a wide variety of community work, including
preparing and delivering holiday baskets, holiday gift wrapping at
the Tuscarora Elementary School, organizing the Community
Halloween’s celebration and parade, assisting at the Tuscarora
Community Fair and helping in the fundraising efforts for the North
American Indigenous Games Athletes.
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technologies and electric transportation initiatives. ■ It is
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generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than
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