USRT Scholarship

Lee Juan Tyler

The Upper Snake River Tribes (USRT) Foundation Tribal Scholarship was established in 2017 to support a tribal member from one of the USRT’s four member tribes in pursuit of a career in the environmental, fish & wildlife, and/or natural resource fields.  The awardee will receive a one-time scholarship of $1,000.00.  Each academic year, the USRT scholarship will honor a USRT Tribal Leader who has exhibited dedication and passion in one or more of those fields and has been a cornerstone of USRT’s success.  The 1st Annual USRT Tribal Scholarship honors Lee Juan Tyler, a long-time Fort Hall Business Councilmember and USRT Commissioner and former Chairman.

Lee Juan was awarded this honor at the 2nd Annual USRT Banquet in Boise on March 15, 2017. For many years, Lee Juan has tirelessly advocated for the environment, fish & wildlife, and natural resources, which has seen him attend hundreds of meetings and travel tens of thousands of miles or more. His sacrifice for these issues cannot be overstated and he has been instrumental in the growth and development of USRT.

Eligibility requirements include the following:

  • Completion of USRT Scholarship Application form
  • Be an enrolled member of the Burns Paiute Tribe, Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation, or Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation
  • Be seeking a degree/career in the fields of study including: environmental, fish & wildlife, and/or natural resources
  • Be enrolled in or entering in (verification required) a U.S. accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking student
  • High School/College transcript must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater, on a 4.0 scale
  • In a 500 word, one-page essay, demonstrate commitment to the environmental, fish & wildlife, and/or natural resource fields and how you intend to use that knowledge in your post-collegiate career
  • At least 1 letter of recommendation, with contact information, from someone who can attest to your academic ability, work ethic, and/or interest in sciences. For example: Tribal leader, teacher, school counselor, employer, volunteer group leader, etc.

Submit your application and required documents to or by mail to USRT.  Application packages will be reviewed by the USRT Scholarship Committee.



Congratulations to the 2020 USRT Scholarship recipient, Wayne Crue! ​

My name is Wayne Lawrence Crue, I am a Shoshone-Bannock Tribal member from Fort Hall ID. I am 32 years old currently pursuing my degree in Biology with an emphasis on stream ecology. I have been a permanent Aquaculturist with the Fish and wildlife Department in Fort Hall since 2013. Since then me and my companion Shaneesha Mountainsheep have been raising our children of two, Neena (4) and Ben(2).

I would like to thank the Upper Snake River Tribes for accepting my application on receiving your scholarship. I will continue on my path to further my education that will ultimately help me provide a better service to my people and community. Fish and Wildlife has always been a concern to me since its easily overlooked of how important natural resources are to our very existence. It is not only an important factor in our culture but is essential to our future generations. It is important that we can find ways to mitigate and predict solutions for the environments that are changing rapidly due to human consumption. We are constantly reminded that our future heavily depends on the wellbeing of our planet along with all its natural beautiful ecosystems. Thanks for your help in my endeavors.


Congratulations to the 2019 USRT Scholarship recipient, Daranda Hinkey!

Hello, my name is Daranda Hinkey. I am a proud member of the Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe. I am a senior at Southern Oregon University and apart of the SOU Women’s Basketball team. I am seeking a major in Environmental Science and Policy with a minor in Psychology and a certificate in Viticulture. After graduation, I hope to help Native communities in Environmental issues. I held my first annual youth basketball camp in McDermitt, Nevada this past summer and also hope to engage indigenous youth in every aspect.