Student Highlight August 2020

August 17, 2020

Devon Hall is our August American Indian Services Scholarship Recipient Student Highlight. Devon overcame addiction and is driven to help others in his community do the same. Please read below about this admirable student and learn why we are proud to be funding his future!

My name is Devon Eagle Hall. I am a proud member of the Gros Ventre Tribe of Fort Belknap, Montana. Born in Seattle, WA, and raised in Olympia, WA, I lived right down the road from the Nisqually reservation where I am an active and positive member in the community. I attend and help set up and prepare for potlucks, sweat lodges, community dinners, and wellbriety meetings. I am looking into volunteer mentor positions in the native community as well as public speaking on my experience with addiction.

My role in the community has not always been so positive. My family has suffered from addiction, which caused financial stress as well.  I also suffered from addiction and have a troubled past to say the least. I am not proud of my past but I would not change a thing. My unique life experiences have given me the tools I need to help people in native communities. I have come a long way from where I was a year ago. With hard work, drive, and dedication I will continue my progress through school and life.

My educational goals are to obtain my A.A. then seek employment, and then go back for my B.A. I want to help as many people that suffer from addiction as possible. My first step is to become a Chemical Dependency counselor but my ambitious aspirations will certainly take me to other explorations. I am a leader in my own right; I am breaking the cycle of addiction in my family. Already I have an internship set up with the Evergreen Counsel on Problem Gambling. We have discussed me working with youth and public speaking and eventually getting a job with them once I have attained a degree.

The health of our people our native community is a big concern of mine especially when it comes to addiction. I know first-hand how addiction can affect a child, a family, and a parent. I have experienced addiction from many angles. There are good people that just got dealt bad hands. I understand that there are people who really want to do better and succeed and just don’t have the tools or anyone that believes in them. My past experiences and the knowledge that there are others out there that are going through what I went through and felt how I did. There are families that suffered like mine did, is all the motivation I need to push to make a change.

I hope that this paper sheds a little light on how grateful I am for this life, and how passionate I am about helping our people that suffer from addiction like I once did.  There is still a lot of progress to make in the chemical dependency field especially in the Native American community. And I believe that I am part of that progress. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Help Devon and students like him as they pursue their dreams. Donate to the American Indian Services Scholarship Program today.

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