WIGA Scholarship Program Gala & Auction 2023 – Investing in Future Generations


The WIGA Scholarship Program Gala & Auction was a vibrant celebration resonating with a powerful message of investing in the future for upcoming generations. The gathering held at ilani this past Saturday, November 18, 2023, served as a time to commemorate the triumphs of the year and explore ways to give back to the community. Participants from tribes across Washington state came together to create a sense of unity and shared purpose.

Investing in the Next Generation

Amidst the festivities, Paula Allen, a Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Member and Raving Partner in Leadership & Tribal Member Development, underscored the significance of self-development and leadership. She shared her joy in watching individuals nurture a sense of interest about their future and personal growth. Paula expressed, “There’s nothing better than watching someone gain that sense of curiosity about their career … It is so unbelievable to watch the excitement on their face as they begin their developmental journey.”

About the WIGA Scholarship Program

The Washington Indian Gaming Association (WIGA) is committed to advancing the lives of Indian people economically, socially, and politically.

Since 2006, the WIGA Scholarship Program has awarded more than $1 million to Native American and Alaska Native students pursuing bachelor’s and graduate college or university degrees, as well as degrees from community and technical colleges. These awards promote tribal self-sufficiency by advancing student potential and broadening higher education opportunities.

Learn more by visiting https://www.washingtonindiangaming.org/scholarships/