Indian Pueblo Cultural Center announces scholarship recipients

Pictured: The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.(Photo: Indian Pueblo Cultural Center)

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Recipients to each be awarded a $2,500 scholarship per semester for the 2020–21 school year

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Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) located at 2401 12 Street NW in Albuquerque, New Mexico is proud to announce the 2020 recipients of its 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.

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 in Santa Fe. Many students were able to explore Native arts and feel at home in Mr. Chavez’ classroom, and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center 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 Indian Pueblo Cultural Center to extend the amount to $2,500 per student per semester.

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

Pictured: Isabel Otero, Isleta Pueblo.
Pictured: Isabel Otero, Isleta Pueblo.(Photo: Isabel Otero)

Christian Vicenti is a member of 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.

Pictured: Christian Vincenti, Zuni Pueblo.
Pictured: Christian Vincenti, Zuni Pueblo.(Photo: Christian Vincenti)

The recipients of Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s Bob Chavez scholarships are selected based on financial need, an essay addressing their purpose in pursuing arts, their grade point average, 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 included 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; and Michael Lucero (San Felipe Pueblo), Membership and Volunteer Coordinator and Guest Experience Manager at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

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

Founded in 1976 by the 19 Pueblo tribes of New Mexico, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is a world-class museum and cultural center located in the historic 19 Pueblos District. The IPCC’s mission is to preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture, and to advance understand by presenting with dignity and respect the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo peoples of New Mexico. Visitors can learn fascinating history, shop for Native jewelry and art, watch a cultural dance, hear Native languages, and experience the flavors of traditional and contemporary Native cuisine. To learn more, please visit: and

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