CTNEAL Scholarships are funded through a percentage of tribal tax dollars and private donations. CTNEAL currently has 9 tribal scholarships that are awarded when funding is available.
Criteria for ALL tribal scholarships covers 5 points. The student ...
1. Must be enrolled in the Cherokee Tribe of Northeast Alabama for a minimum of three (3) years AND
a. Must be current in all applicable taxes and fees.
b. Must produce documentation of active participation in tribal/American Indian projects for the past year. Tribal projects could include presence at quarterly Council meetings, participation in youth retreat, participation in Cherokee or American Indian presentations within a school or community setting, etc. Documentation may include, but not be limited to, name/date/location of the event or project, photos of applicant participating in the event or project, letter of verification from a project supervisor or event coordinator, and/or paperwork reflecting participation in the development of, or preparation for, the project.
2. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
3. Must be an Alabama resident or an out of state citizen in good standing of the Cherokee Tribe of Northeast Alabama.
4. Must attach proof of acceptance or current enrollment from the school you plan to attend (school must be located in the State of Alabama unless the courses needed are not offered in Alabama).
5. Must attach an essay (at least 250 words but not to exceed 500 words); the subject is posted on the application. This essay will be used only in case of a tie.
Tribal scholarships are:
1. The Chief Jim Pell Scholarship
2. The Fred Hosey III Scholarship (based on financial need)
3. The Nancy J Long Scholarship (based on participation in Indian activities)
4. The Papa Gene Story Scholarship (for postgraduate students)
5. The Rebecca Brannon Scholarship
6. The Whitaker Family Business Scholarship for undergraduate students
7. The Whitaker Family Business Scholarship for postgraduate students
8. The Whitaker Family Engineering Scholarship for undergraduate students
9. The Whitaker Family Engineering Scholarship for postgraduate students
Scholarship application forms are available from the tribal office after January 1 of each year. The Brannan & Pell Scholarships have only basic requirements as listed above (click below to print a copy). Other scholarships have specific criteria; call 205-914-2070 to determine if you are eligible for one of those.
When you’re thinking about taxes and your charitable donations, please consider giving to the CTNEAL Scholarship Fund.
AIAC Scholarships – Through the Alabama Indian Affairs Commission, the Inter-Tribal Council of Alabama provides educational assistance to citizens in Alabama who belong to a tribe in Alabama. Information and application forms can be found at https://aiac.alabama.gov/Prog_Scholarships.aspx. Deadline: March 31.
AICF- The American Indian College Fund supports American Indian and Alaska Native college students seeking technical, undergraduate and graduate degrees. Any Native American U.S. citizen that is a member or descendant of a state or federally recognized tribe with at least a 2.0 GPA, and enrolled as a full-time student, can apply for the scholarship at https://collegefund.org/students/scholarships/. Deadline: May 31.
AIEF Scholarships – The American Indian Education Fund is one of the largest grantors of scholarships in the U.S. to American Indians. In partnership with Native Americans, they publish a scholarship directory and guidelines for getting into college. This guide focuses on American Indian education and lists over 40 scholarship sources for the American Indian. More information and applications can be found at http://www.nativepartnership.org/ … Deadline: April 4.
CTNEAL Scholarships – The Cherokee Tribe of Northeast Alabama awards up to 10 scholarships to tribal citizens in good standing who have been enrolled in CTNEAL for a minimum of 3 years, maintains a 3.0 GPA and is a resident of Alabama or an out-of-state citizen in good standing. Scholarships may be used for out-of-state schools only if the courses are not available in Alabama. More information and applications can be found at https://cherokeetribeofnortheastalabama.org/scholarships. Deadline: April 30
MAPS Health Equity Scholarship – This is a new scholarship available to therapy practitioners who identify as indigenous, black, and people of color. Contact for Charleen Justice: email@example.com
Candidates for the MDMA Therapy Training Program must meet one of the following eligibility criteria:
The Therapy Training application must be submitted before you submit the scholarship application. If you have any questions, please contact Charleen Justice at charleen@maps or at 1-541-591-1152 so that she can help you through this process. They will have future opportunities for scholarships if you miss the April 1st deadline for this round.
Therapy Training application: https://mapspublicbenefit.com/training
WIOA Grant – The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act includes resources for education and training programs. This project is funded 100% with federal funds with a portion set aside for indigenous peoples. More information can be found at https://wioa-alabama.org/.
This is just a few of available scholarships. Many scholarships designed for American Indians go unfilled every year, simply because no one applied for the scholarship.
In addition to the AIEF guideline (https://collegefund.org/students/scholarships/) that lists numerous Indian scholarships, an additional list can be found at https://www.mastersinpsychology.com/resources/native-american-scholarships/
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