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S’Klallam master carver earns key scholarship
Jeff Monson, a citizen of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, is all ready for his next year of study at Peninsula College after receiving a $1,000 scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year from the Washington Indian Gaming Association.
Monson is one of only eight community college and technical school WIGA scholarship winners in the state.
He is pursuing an Associate of Arts degree at Peninsula College.
“College has been a positive experience for me,” he says. “I’m discovering new things all the time, and it has brought out a lot of things that I didn’t know existed.”
One of those is a new career plan.
“I’ve discovered that I want to teach,” Monson says. He has been teaching the art of woodworking and carving for a number of years and knows he’s good at it, but his college experiences have made him want “to take my teaching to a new level.”
Outside of classes at the college, Monson is active in the campus Shades of Color Club and involved in tribal community activities, things he plans to continue as he works on completing his degree.