OCF Scholarships for Native American Students

The Oregon Community Foundation annually awards over $9.9 million in scholarships to Oregon students through our statewide scholarship program.  Two of these scholarship programs are targeted specifically to Native American students.

VERL AND DOROTHY MILLER NATIVE AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP

Eligible students include Native American residents of Oregon attending or planning to attend an accredited school in Oregon to study a career and technical (CTE) field (i.e., dental hygienist, nursing assistant, x-ray technician, etc.).  The awards are for $3,000 / year and are renewable for up to four years but students need to reapply each year.

HOWARD VOLLUM AMERICAN INDIAN SCHOLARSHIP

Eligible students include Native American residents of Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties seeking post-secondary education or training in science, technology, engineering or mathematics at an accredited school in the United States.  The awards are for $3,000 / year and are renewable for up to four years but students need to reapply each year.

 

Criteria for both scholarships

* Participation in school or community activities

* Personal accomplishments or achievements

* Preference given to students who have a demonstrated commitment to and involvement in the Native American community

* Open to students with a Certification of tribal enrollment or descendants of enrolled members

 

How to Apply: Applications and instructions are available on OCF’s website at http://www.oregoncf.org/receive/scholarships/scholarship-opportunities

Deadline: Scholarship applications are due March 1, 2019 for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Questions: Call OCF scholarship staff, Oleya Pearsall, at 503.227.6846 or email opearsall@oregoncf.org.

For additional scholarship opportunities, please check http://www.oregonstudentaid.gov/.

AIANTA Hospitality and Tourism Scholarship

At AIANTA, we understand the value of starting from the source—tribes in tourism—to develop a sustainable hospitality industry and to foster growth. We work hard to provide educational resources, training and technical assistance to our members, partners and friends.

AIANTA is proud to offer the Hospitality and Tourism Scholarship, established to provide American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students with financial assistance towards a degree or certificate in hospitality, tourism, recreation, culinary arts or related fields. Each year, AIANTA awards three individuals who have met all scholarship application criteria.

AIANTA would like to encourage Indigenous students to build their careers in the tourism industry while sustaining and strengthening their cultural legacy.

Award Amount

$1,000 per academic year (fall/spring semester only), $500 per semester

Deadline to Apply

July 27, 2019, for the Fall 2019 semester

December 7, 2019, for the Spring 2020 semester.

Applicant Requirements

  • Must be of American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian descent (student must show documentation).
  • Must be a high school senior or a student accepted into an accredited higher institution at the time of application.
  • Must submit a letter of acceptance from a college/university or technical/vocational institution.
  • Must be enrolled as a part-time or full-time student.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 is recommended, although ALL current or future undergraduate and graduate college students are encouraged to apply. Scholarship recipients must maintain a 2.5 GPA.
  • Scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate students only; online colleges are acceptable.
  • Scholarships must be used for books and/or tuition.
  • Applicants must fill out the scholarship application completely to be considered.
  • Awardee agrees to authorize AIANTA to use his/her photograph and any information provided in advertising, promotion, fundraising and publicity efforts.
  • Awardee agrees to return twelve (12) volunteer hours with AIANTA, a tribe, national park or public lands institution within the awarded year to be eligible for the following year. A letter of completion on company letterhead must be submitted by August 14, 2020 to the AIANTA office

Checks are made payable to the college/university and distributed/mailed to the financial aid/cashiers department of the institution the student attends.

Apply Today

To apply for an AIANTA scholarship, download the AIANTA Hospitality & Scholarship application. For more information, contact Sherrie Bowman at sbowman@aianta.org or 505-209-2479.

Scholarship opportunity for American Indian and Alaska Native graduate students in education

Steven R. Nelson Native Educator Scholarship Program

Supporting Native Graduate Students in Education

Camille Wynecoop
Camille Wynecoop – the 2018 Steven R. Nelson Native Educator Scholarship recipient

Education Northwest has had the honor of working with many Native educators, students, families, and community members throughout our 51-year history. These partnerships reflect a core value of our organization—the desire to address inequities within our education system and to ensure that all children and youth have the opportunity to reach their full potential. We believe that healthy Native communities are essential to the health and well-being of our region, and we remain committed to this effort.

The Steven R. Nelson Native Educator Scholarship Program is part of this commitment. This scholarship program strives to increase Native representation in the field of education by providing financial support, mentoring, and internships for Native students in the Northwest who are pursuing a master’s degree in education policy, leadership, technical assistance, research, or a closely related field. We view this program as an opportunity to create long-term partnerships that will improve our ability to meet the needs of Native communities.

Our former colleague, Steve Nelson, dedicated his career to working with tribes, communities, and schools to improve American Indian students’ success in academics and in life. This program honors his work by providing selected students with as many as three years of annually renewable scholarships. Awardees will receive a maximum of $5,000 each year, and we will award as many as five scholarships per year—one for a resident of each state in our primary service region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

Eligibility Requirements

Individuals need to:

  • Reside in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington.
  • Be a member or descendent of a federally recognized, state recognized, or terminated American Indian tribe; or Alaska Native village, council, or corporation; or Native Hawaiian; or identify as a Pacific Islander from a U.S.-affiliated Pacific Island jurisdiction (specifically, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, or Palau).
  • Be accepted to or enrolled in a master’s program in an accredited, public or private, nonprofit institution of higher education in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington and maintain a course load that ensures graduate degree completion within three years.
  • Pursue a field of study in education policy, leadership, technical assistance, research, or a closely related field.
  • Have graduated from a four-year, regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Complete an essay that answers the questions:
    • Why am I pursuing a master’s degree in the field of education policy, leadership, technical assistance, research, or closely related field?
    • What are my post-graduation goals?
    • How have I and will I contribute to strengthening my own community and/or rural or Native communities as a whole?
  • Submit three letters of recommendation (excluding letters from immediate family members), with at least one from a community member who can attest to the candidate’s Native heritage and his/her commitment to the designated course of study and to serving rural and/or Native communities after attainment of the master’s degree.
  • Begin school as a full- or part-time student no later than the fall semester immediately following the award.

Application Procedures

Applications for the Steven R. Nelson Native Educator Scholarship can be submitted annually from November 30 to March 31. No applications will be considered after the March 31 deadline.

Recipients will be notified of conditional awards no later than June 30, for study beginning the following fall term. Final awards will be made directly to the institution of higher education once an awardee has provided proof of acceptance and/or registration in an institution that meets the scholarship program requirements.

The scholarship program will be administered at the sole discretion of Education Northwest. Award funds will be deposited in the financial aid office of the institution attended by the recipient.

Education Northwest reserves the right to change or discontinue the Steven R. Nelson Native Educator Scholarship Program at any time and without notice.

Procedure for Continuing Awards

To maintain eligibility, a scholarship recipient must meet the following standards:

  • Maintain good academic standing
  • Demonstrate substantial progress toward the fulfillment of the graduate degree requirements
  • Fulfill all program reporting requirements
  • Maintain enrollment status during the academic year
  • Apply each year to request continued scholarship support until graduation (not to exceed three years)

Additional Benefits of the Program

  • Awardees will have the opportunity to work with an Education Northwest mentor both during and after the program.
  • Awardees may also pursue a paid internship with Education Northwest, either at our home office in Portland, Oregon, or in the awardees current residence/location.

Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in the Steven R. Nelson Scholarship Program! If you have any questions or would like additional information, we encourage you to reach out to us at:

Nelson Scholarship Administrator
c/o Human Resources, Education Northwest
101 SW Main Street, Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204

Harvard University Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Student&Prof SmallSpend your summer at Harvard University performing cutting-edge research in world-class laboratories. Focus on an in-depth research project while exploring multidisciplinary research topics and honing your science communication skills.

Participants are part of a large, diverse research community through organized and informal interactions with students, mentors, and faculty.  We provide a focused effort for mentoring and training undergraduates in several exciting branches of science and engineering, including biomaterials, materials science, nanotechnology, robotics, computer science, and energy and the environment. See the Program Details page for the REU program workshops, seminars and project deliverables. The Research Areas page describes the research centers or institutes that fund REU students. View previous research projects on the Participant Profiles page.

We are seeking undergraduates from chemistry, physics, biology, computer science, mathematics (applied and pure), statistics, and engineering. Students without prior research experience, including freshman and sophomore students, are especially encouraged to apply.

 

Click here to view the 2019 Flyer. 

Application Deadline is February 1, 2019.

Please click here to access the 2019 application.

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OHSU/PSU The School of Public Health Dean’s Scholarship Fund for Public Health

Dean’s Scholarship Fund
The School of Public Health
Scholarship Fund for Public Health invests in first generation students from historically
underserved, or otherwise marginalized groups.

Who can apply?

Undergraduate students: awardees will receive a scholarship of $5,000 annually for up to a total of $20,000 during their study.
 First generation students; no parent
has earned a Bachelor’s Degree.
 Newly admitted or returning
undergraduate students for
Academic Year 2018-2019
 Students who applied for or were
admitted to an undergraduate
program for Academic Year 2018-
2019. Students awaiting a decision
about acceptance to the
undergraduate program may also
apply.
 Minimum GPA of 2.5
 Full-time student
 US citizen, Permanent Resident, or
US non-citizen national

Graduate students pursuing a master’s degree: awardees will receive a scholarship of $10,000 annually for a total of up to $20,000 during their study.
 First generation students; no parent
has earned a Bachelor’s Degree.
 Newly admitted or returning
graduate students for Academic
Year 2018-2019
 Students who applied for Academic
Year 2018-2019 admission to a
graduate program. Students
awaiting a decision about
acceptance to the graduate
program may also apply.
 Minimum GPA of 3.0
 Enrolled or planning to enroll for a
minimum of 6 credits per term
(Fall/Winter/Spring)
 US citizen, Permanent Resident, or

US non-citizen national Graduate students pursuing a PhD degree: awardees will receive a scholarship of $15,000 annually up for renewal for a total of three years.
 First generation students; no parent
has earned a Bachelor’s Degree.
 Newly admitted or returning PhD
student for Academic Year 2018-
2019
 Students who applied for Academic
Year 2018-2019 admission to a PhD
program. Students awaiting a
decision about acceptance to the
PhD program may also apply.
 Enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits
per term (Fall/Winter/Spring)
 US citizen, Permanent Resident, or
US non-citizen national

 

How to apply?

Applications open October 1 st 2018 and must be submitted online before February 1 st 2019. Please email the School of Public Health for more information on deadlines and the online application link
(sphcomms@ohsu.edu) or visit our website (www.ohsu-psu-sph.org).

SKANSA to hold late winter/ early spring Boost class

BOOST
Description of Program
The BOOST program is a ten-week hands on training program for certified minority,
women owned business contractors. The goal of the program is to provide training in
fundamental areas of construction business management and provides an opportunity
to network with other contractors, representatives from participating agencies,
Skanska and other relevant business organizations.
The course addresses topics that are challenging for all contractors, including
Accounting for Construction, Estimating and more. The format includes actual case
studies, group conversations and hands on demonstrations with proven business
practices. Course materials are presented by internal and external Skanska subject
experts. The program is free to participants.

 

Re-BOOST
Description of Program
This program takes our previous BOOST graduates and walks them through specific

projects from beginning to end with the full project team. Re-BOOST includes break-
out sessions that allow graduates to sit with project managers and first-tier contractors

to discuss project opportunities. Re-BOOST will not only prepare subcontractors
for opportunities on our projects, but will also inform bid packaging to maximize
MWBE firm opportunities.

 

BOOST Flyer

2018 UW Foster School of Business Minority Executive Program Scholarship

Multnomah County is once again looking to sponsor a deserving COBID Certified Business owner to the Foster School of Business Minority Business Executive Program, held in Seattle, WA, September 16 – 21, 2018.

The Minority Business Executive Program is a one-week residential program that takes place annually on campus at the University of Washington. The intensive curriculum grows minority and women-owned business leaders and helps them position their companies for today’s global economy.
Participants learn to utilize financial tools to make better business decisions, develop strategic plans for growth and sustainability, identify new technologies to scale operations, learn how to market their products and services more effectively, explore strategies to access global markets, and develop their leadership acumen. They return to their business with enhanced knowledge, a renewed personal energy, and an invaluable network of fellow minority and women business leaders.

Attached is the application to apply for the scholarship from the County and program brochure. The scholarship only covers the cost of the tuition; applicants must cover the costs of their room, transportation, and other costs. Attendees for the training stay at the Hotel Deca, located at 4507 Brooklyn Avenue NE, a short distance from the campus.

Deadline to submit applications is August 6, 2018.

2018 MBEP Brochure

UW Minority Business Executive Program Application – 2018

Applications open for the SOCAP18 Bush Foundation Scholarship for Social Business Creators

We’re excited to collaborate with the Bush Foundation for a second year to offer a special scholarship opportunity–the SOCAP18 Bush Foundation Scholarship for Social Business Creators. This scholarship is open to business creators based in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.

The Bush Foundation is based in St. Paul, Minnesota, and encourages individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. With the SOCAP18 Bush Foundation Scholarship for Social Business Creators, leaders from these states will have the chance to attend the SOCAP conference, to build valuable connections and stronger networks. We’ll select 25 outstanding business creators who have ideas that will improve their communities and region.

Details and Application

Deadline to apply is June 30, 2018!

Scholarship recipients will receive the following:

  • Free SOCAP18 full conference pass (valued at $1495)
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Hotel accommodations

Business creator selection process: Selected business creators will be determined by SOCAP.

Airfare and ground transportation: All business creators will be booked individually by SOCAP from the Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota region to San Francisco, departing Monday, October 22 and returning Friday, October 26, 2018. Transportation to and from the host hotel will be provided.

Hotel: All business creators will be housed individually in the host hotel or a similar hotel in the area.

Registrations: SOCAP18 registrations will be provided to all business creators, with full access to all the content including valuable sessions, networking events, and receptions.

Meals: Included with registration is 2-3 meals per day while at the conference

Verl and Dorothy Miller Native American Scholarship: Extended Deadline

VERL AND DOROTHY MILLER NATIVE AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP

Eligible students include Native American residents of Oregon attending or planning to attend an accredited school in Oregon to study a career and technical (CTE) field (i.e., dental hygienist, nursing assistant, x-ray technician, etc.).  The awards are for $3,000 / year and are renewable for up to four years but students need to reapply each year.

 

Criteria for scholarship

* Participation in school or community activities

* Personal accomplishments or achievements

* Preference given to students who have a demonstrated commitment to and involvement in the Native American community

* Open to students with a Certification of tribal enrollment or descendants of enrolled members

How to Apply: Applications and instructions are available on OCF’s website at http://www.oregoncf.org/receive/scholarships/scholarship-opportunities

Click on Scholarships through OCF, and look for the Verl and Dorothy Miller Native American Vocational Scholarship near the bottom (scholarships are in alphabetical order). Or, fill out the attached application.

Deadline: With the extended deadlinescholarship applications are due April 2, 2018 for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Questions: Call OCF scholarship staff, Oleya Pearsall, at 503.227.6846 or email opearsall@oregoncf.org.