North Carolina American Indian Fund Scholarship

Administering Organization: Triangle Community Foundation

Purpose

Established in December of 2001, the North Carolina American Indian Fund is a collaborative effort of North Carolina American Indian tribes and organizations.  It was established in response to an understanding that resources for meeting the human and economic needs are limited, including scholarship assistance, funding for community based health, human services, education programs, and tribal organization infrastructure.

Recognizing that gaps in funding for education needs put Indian communities at risk in many areas, education was selected as the first priority to address these critical gaps.  The North Carolina American Indian Scholarship Fund will assist American Indian students in obtaining higher education by providing scholarships to selected applicants each year.  The number of scholarships awarded will be determined by the funds available for distribution each year.

Scholarships are for full-time students pursuing post-secondary education (two- or four-year degrees only) at any accredited college, university, community college, or trade school.

Criteria

In order to be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in a state- or federally-recognized tribe (with documentation)
  • Demonstrate sustained involvement in the American Indian Community and commitment to American Indian concerns and initiatives
  • Have family residency in the state
  • Be currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a post-secondary institution in the state of North Carolina
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA.
  • Plan to pursue a 2-year or 4-year undergraduate degree as a full-time student at an accredited public, private, or technical college or university

This scholarship is not available for students planning to enroll part-time or at for-profit or online institutions.  There are no restrictions on area of study.

Scholarship recipients will be selected based on 1) Commitment to and plan to give back to the American Indian Community in the future; 2) Involvement in extracurricular, volunteer, and community activities, 3) Demonstrated financial need; and 4) Academic merit and performance.

Amount

Individual awards will be valued at $1,000 and can be used for tuition, required fees and textbooks. The student must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and remain enrolled at an accredited public, private, or technical college or university to be eligible to reapply for additional years of funding.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019

How To Apply

Students should log on to the Foundation’s online scholarship portal and complete a brief eligibility quiz. They will then be shown a list of scholarships for which they are eligible to apply, with a link to each application.

Previous Recipients: You will be asked to submit an update on your academic and extracurricular activities and upload an up-to-date copy of your transcript. Please be sure you select the  ‘yes’ when asked in the eligibility quiz if you have previously received the NC American Indian Scholarship in order to access the correct form.

New applicants: Students will be prompted to complete the required questions for the application as well as enter the email address of 1 individual who will complete and upload a recommendation letter. Transcripts are required, and can be uploaded to the application by the student or mailed to Triangle Community Foundation, PO Box 12729, Durham NC 27709. Please be sure you select ‘no’ when asked in the eligibility quiz if you have previously received the NC American Indian Scholarship in order to access the correct form.

Eligible for this scholarship and have questions? Trouble accessing or submitting your online application? Please contact us via phone or email prior to the deadline! We are not able to accept late or paper applications.

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Questions?

Julia Da Silva

Programs & Scholarships Associate
Phone 919.474.8370 ext: 4028
Email julia@trianglecf.org