Ray Wilson, a doctor who worked for twenty years at the Everett Medical Clinic near the Tulalip reservation, is passionate about giving minority educators the opportunity to obtain a masters in teaching degree. The endowed fellowship is named for Dan Iyall, a retired teacher and enrolled member of the Yakama Nation, who coached Ray in baseball and basketball at Oroville High School in Northern Washington in the 1960s.
“Dan was an inspiration,” Wilson explains. “He was a prominent Native American leader who opened doors and minds in our town. As I started to think about establishing a fellowship to help get more Native American students through College, I was thinking of Dan. He had an incredible impact.”
As part of efforts to support and promote Williams, the first endowed fellow, the Martinez Foundation has generously offered to support the scholar until the endowment is invested. The Dan Iyall fellowship closely aligns with Edgar and Holli Martinez’ goal of providing diverse teacher candidates funding and programmatic support in order to increase the number of qualified diverse teachers in classrooms.