About us

Theresa A. Mike

Theresa A. Mike was born to Dean and Theresa Mike on January 7, 1974 in Palm Springs California. She was the 4th child of 7 siblings of Dean and Theresa Mike’s household. Theresa was an enrolled member of the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians located in Coachella, California, and a descendant from the Lummi Nation in Bellingham, Washington. She was raised in Bellingham, Washington for most of her young life. There she attended grade school at Parkview Elementary, Whatcom Middle School, and graduated from Bellingham High School in 1992.

On June 13, 1997 she gave birth to her one and only child whom she named after a family member. They had 3 wonderful months together as mother and daughter and Theresa was loving her daughter more than words could describe. Theresa tragically passed at the age of 23, leaving behind her 3month old infant daughter.
Turning their daughter’s tragedy into a positive, the Mike family created the Theresa A. Mike Scholarship Fund. The scholarship honors Theresa’s presence among us a young woman and mother. It honors her commitment to developing a sense of cultural richness, history and future for the people of her Tribe.
This foundation is helping the lives of those in need in her name. That is comfort for the family who love and miss her every day.

Our history

  • The Theresa A. Mike Scholarship Foundation was established.

    The Theresa A. Mike Scholarship Foundation was established in honor of her legacy and dreams.

  • Theresa A. Mike reaches $1 Millon Dollars in funds raised!

    In 2013 the Theresa A. Mike Foundation reached $1 Million Dollars in funds raised for our scholars to help fund their educational dreams.

  • Theresa A. Mike celebrates 20 years of fundraising!

    In 2017 the Foundation celebrates its 20th year of helping the community and its students and future leaders in achieving their dreams!

Our goals

This Scholarship honors Theresa Mike's presence among us as young woman and a new mother, and honors her commitment to developing a sense of cultrual richness, history and future for the people of her tribe.