November 2019 – Undergraduate

AIGC Scholar Aiyana Pitts

Aiyana Pitts

Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California
Wells Fargo Undergraduate

University of Nevada, Reno
Criminal Justice
GPA 3.3

Community Service

I was involved in our local church here in my community, teaching Sunday School every week. I have been on several honor rolls in both middle and high school.  At Pau Wa Lu Middle School, I was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society and was a member for two years.  Once I got to high school, I was inducted into the National Honor Society and was a member for three years.  I earned many of my volunteer hours recycling and tutoring in the DHS Study Buddy Program after school twice a week.  During the summer of my senior year, I had the opportunity to go to Sacramento, CA and work with my Aunt.  During this internship, I performed administrative/clerical duties for a few months before coming home and starting my senior year.  This past summer, I worked for my tribe’s summer youth work program.  The job I had was a Juvenile Truancy Prevention Assistant.  The duties of this job were to be a positive influence and role model to the youth in the reservations.  From my experience of taking care of my younger siblings, I would say that I can connect and work with kids.  This position was an extreme learning experience for me because I did not know any of the kids that I worked with but was able to earn their trust and have then opened up to me.


My name is Aiyana Pitts and I am 18 years old.  I am currently a freshman at the University of Nevada, Reno.  I am happy to say that I was born and raised here in Nevada and am an enrolled member of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California.  Growing up on the Dresslerville Reservation, I am the oldest of four children.  This makes me the first child that my parents are sending to college. Ever since I was little, I have been blessed with the ability to do well in school, and because of this, I was always recognized by my tribe for my educational success.  By attending and succeeding in college, I hope to defy the odds and silence the stereotypes that can often be placed upon youth growing up on a reservation.  Coming from a community where family is highly valued, I tend to spend my free time with my family or taking care of my younger siblings. I finished my first semester with a 3.74 GPA and though I am proud of myself, I am working for a 4.0 from here on out because I know that it is possible. Currently, I do not know the specific field of law that I want to go into.  However, I hope to gain most of my experience and knowledge through internships before I make my decision.  In order to meet my career goal, I plan to keep attending the University of Nevada, Reno and graduate from the College of Liberal Arts with my Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  From there, I hope to get accepted into Stanford Law School and graduate there and graduate with my Juris Doctorate degree. Thank you very much for considering my application.