AIGC SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The All Native American High School Academic Team (ANAHSAT):

  • The AIGC All Native American High School Academic Team (ANAHSAT) honors ten exceptional American Indian and Alaska Native high school students.
  • Students will be evaluated on outstanding original academic, artistic or leadership endeavor, as described in his or her own words.
  • The deadline to apply is March 6, 2015.

The Wells Fargo American Indian Scholarship:

  • Graduate and undergraduate scholarships awarded
  • Applicants must be pursuing a career and degree in fields relating to banking, resort management, gaming operations, management and administration (including accounting, finance, information technology and human resources).
  •  Undergraduate: Must be a college undergraduate junior or senior and must meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria.
  •  Graduate: Must be a full-time graduate student and have financial need.
  • The deadline to apply is May 15, 2015.

The AIGC Fellowship:

  • Applicants must be pursuing a masters, doctorate or professional degree as a full-time student, at an accredited graduate or professional school in the United States, and be able to demonstrate financial need.
  • The deadline to apply is June 1, 2015.

 BIE – Loan for Service:

  • Graduate level educational loan
  • Awarded to students who possess a minimum 3.0 GPA and are pursing a masters, doctorate or professional degree, as a full-time student at an accredited graduate or professional school in the United States.
  • Loan for Service recipients must agree to relocate, if necessary, to obtain acceptable employment for the service payback agreement.
  • The deadline to apply is June 1, 2015.

 REDW Native American Scholarship in Accounting:

  • Preference for undergraduate applicants; must be a full-time, accounting degree-seeking college undergraduate junior or senior and must meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria.
  • Graduate students must be full-time, accounting degree-seeking graduate student and have financial need.
  • The deadline to apply is June 1, 2015.

For more information about AIGC scholarships, click here.

Feds fund Navajo schools 11 years after replacement was deemed a priority

Here, from Cronkite News. An excerpt:

Quinton Roman Nose, executive director of the Tribal Education Departments National Assembly, said that he has dealt with the same gridlock in his work as president of a school board.

“By no means should it take as long as it takes,” he said. “I don’t like to think about it.”

“Some of these situations with bureau schools could have been alleviated if they had processed the building in a timely manner with the amount of funding that was available,” Roman Nose said.

While they wait, students have to continue trying to learn in those decaying buildings, some of which only meet the bare minimum to function, said Walter Phelps, a Navajo Nation Council delegate.

“If environmental health were to take a very close look, they might shut down some classrooms,” he said.

Washington SB 5433 – Requiring Washington’s tribal history, culture, and government to be taught in the common schools.

This Bill can be seen here, with the Senate’s amendment.  The Bill can be monitored here.  An excerpt:

The legislature recognizes the need to reaffirm the state’s commitment to educating the citizens of our state, particularly the youth who are our future leaders, about tribal history, culture, treaty rights, contemporary tribal and state government institutions and relations and the contribution of Indian nations to the state of Washington. The legislature recognizes that this goal has yet to be achieved in most of our state’s schools and districts. As a result, Indian students may not find the school curriculum, especially Washington state history curriculum, relevant to their lives or experiences. In addition, many students may remain uninformed about the experiences, contributions, and perspectives of their tribal neighbors, fellow citizens, and classmates. The legislature finds that more widespread use of the Since Time Immemorial curriculum developed by the office of the superintendent of public instruction and available free of charge to schools would contribute greatly towards helping improve school’s history curriculum and improve the experiences Indian students have in our schools. Accordingly, the legislature finds that merely encouraging education regarding Washington’s tribal history, culture, and government is not sufficient, and hereby declares its intent that such education be mandatory in Washington’s common schools.

CNAY Scholarship – Columbia University Summer High School Program

The full tuition and residential scholarship for Columbia’s Summer Program for High School Students  is offered in partnership by Columbia University’s Secondary School Programs and the Center for Native American Youth. One American Indian/Alaska Native scholar will be selected to attend the program during the 2015 summer in New York City.

Program Details:

Session I: June 28, 2015 – July 18, 2015
Session II: July 20, 2015 – August 08, 2015

CNAY accepts applications for both the Junior-Senior and Freshman-Sophomore Divisions:

  • Junior-Senior Division: Available to students who will enter grades 11 or 12 or first year of college in Fall 2015.
  • Freshman-Sophomore Division: Available to students who will enter grades 9 or 10 in Fall 2015.

Application Details:

Students can submit hard copy applications or apply online by following the following links:

Complete applications include:

  • Application Form, response to “Story of Inspiration” essay prompt;
  • Recommendation form from teacher/professor;
  • High school transcript; and
  • Proof of tribal enrollment or descendancy (includes letter from tribal leader of affiliated tribal nation or leader at urban Indian community).
  • Recommended: High School resume

Application Deadline: March 6, 2015 

For more information, click here to visit the Center for Native American Youth. If you have questions or would like to request additional information, please contact amber.richardson@aspeninstitute.org.

Utah Indian Education Bill – HB 0033

This Bill will be moving forward this session in the Utah Legislature.  The Bill can be seen here, and can be monitored here. It appears the Bill has already passed the Utah House and is now in front of the Utah Senate, already receiving a positive vote from the Senate Education Committee.  An excerpt:

Highlighted Provisions:

This bill:

– enacts a chapter providing for an American Indian-Alaskan Native Education State Plan, including:

  • defining terms;
  • providing the position of American Indian-Alaskan Native Public Education Liaison;
  • requiring reporting to the Native American Legislative Liaison Committee;
  • creating the American Indian-Alaskan Native Education Commission;
  • establishing the duties of the commission; and
  • providing for the adoption of a state plan to address the educational achievement gap of the state’s American Indian-Alaskan Native students; and

– makes technical and conforming amendments.

Job: Associate Deputy Director – Bureau of Indian Education

From Indianz.com, here.

Are you interested in working for an organization that is responsible for providing world-class educational opportunities to American Indian students? The Bureau of Indian Education is searching for candidates to fill two Senior Executive Service positions.

Associate Deputy Director – BIE Operated Schools

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Control Number: 391413100

Associate Deputy Director – Tribally Controlled Schools

Location: Bloomington, MN
Control number: 391425200

We look to fill these two Senior Executive Service positions with someone who has a proven success in management of school systems: has produced positive student outcomes; can build a strong management team that produces results; builds strong relationships with communities, other school districts and educational organizations; and has expert knowledge and experience in the field of educational administration.
Closing Dates for both Positions:

February 11, 2015

For More Information and Application Procedures:

http://www.usajobs.gov

Use the control numbers to search the database.

Or Contact:

Ms. April Gromadzki, HR Specialist at april.gromadzki@bia.gov