Bob Chavez Scholarship for the Arts 2020 Recipients

We are proud to announce the 2020 recipients of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s Bob Chavez Scholarship for the Arts. Isabel Otero of Isleta Pueblo and Christian Vicenti of Zuni Pueblo will each be awarded a $2,500 scholarship per semester for the 2020–21 school year to help offset the initial costs of higher education, such as books, housing, tuition, and supplies.

Part of IPCC’s mission is to preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture, and a key element of that is investing in our youth. This scholarship is named in honor of Manuel “Bob” Chavez of Cochiti Pueblo, who dedicated 50 years as a volunteer teaching art at St. Catherine’s Indian School.

Many students were able to explore Native arts and feel at home in Mr. Chavez’ classroom, and IPCC is able to continue his legacy of encouragement by offering $2,500 scholarships each year to two recent Pueblo high school seniors or college undergraduates who are pursuing visual arts in higher education. The scholarship requires the students to maintain full-time enrollment and a GPA of 2.0 or above.

Initial scholarships are for $2,500 per student per year, but matching funds from the Dume Wolverine Foundation have allowed IPCC to extend the amount to $2,500 per student per semester.

 Isabel Otero 

Isabel Otero is a member the Pueblo of Isleta, and a recent graduate of the Santa Fe Indian School. Isabel will be enrolling in the Studio Arts Program at the Institute of American Indian Art in fall 2020.

“Mi Abuela, Tomasita” by Isabel Otero (Isleta)
“Affection” by Isabel Otero (Isleta)

 

Christian Vicenti 

Christian Vicenti is a member of the Zuni Pueblo, and a recent graduate of La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He plans to major in Animation at Ringling College of Art and Design.

“Artist’s Madness” by Christian Vincenti
“Woman in Gold” by Christian Vincenti

The recipients of IPCC’s Bob Chavez scholarship are selected based on financial need, an essay addressing their purpose in pursuing arts, their grade point averages, and a portfolio featuring their works of art. Applications are evaluated by a scholarship review committee before the selections are made.

This year’s committee:

  • Bridget Neconie (Acoma Pueblo), Director of Scholarships and Programs, Cobell Scholarship-Indigenous Education Inc.
  • Christine Suina (Cochiti Pueblo), Program Director, College Horizons, Inc.
  • Glenabah Martinez, Ph.D. (Taos Pueblo), Associate Professor in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies at the University of New Mexico.
  • Natalie Martinez, Ph.D. (Laguna Pueblo), Lecturer III, Department of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies at the University of New Mexico.
  • Michael Lucero (San Felipe Pueblo), Membership and Volunteer Coordinator and Guest Experience Manager at IPCC.

Please join us in congratulating Isabel and Christian, and wishing them well in their academic and artistic endeavors. They have bright futures ahead of them, and are carrying on the proud legacy of Pueblo culture.

To learn more about the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s Bob Chavez Scholarship for the Arts, apply for 2021, or donate to the scholarship fund, click here.