Cara Sue Owings of Smith River has been awarded the 2013 Rodney T. Mathews Jr. Scholarship in the amount of $10,000 by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.
The scholarship is awarded annually to Native American students in California based on their academic success and community service.
She is a student at Humboldt State University where she is working on a bachelor's degree in Native American Studies. She plans to pursue an MBA in strategic sustainability and work within the Native community.
A 2005 graduate of Del Norte High School, Cara's parents are Janelle and Earl Brown of Smith River, and Eddie Owings of Crescent City.