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Applications have opened online for an American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarship. It’s a program open to any Native American U.S. citizen who is an enrolled member, or the decedent of an enrolled member, of a state or federally recognized tribe. Applicants must also have a minimum 2.0 grade point average, and plan on enrolling at an accredited, nonprofit college or university.
Jasmine Neosh, a member of the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin, called the program “a lifeline” for Native American students. Neosh, who is a senior at the College of Menominee Nation where she studies public administration, is a recipient of the scholarship herself. After she graduates, Neosh aims to attend law school, and is currently a fellow with the Forge Project, which brings together indigenous leaders in land justice, education, and cultural fields. According to her bio on the Forge Project, Neosh is also currently working on a field guide to “restore knowledge loss surrounding food systems and native plants.”
More information about the scholarship application process can be found on the American Indian College Fund’s webpage. The fund offers tips for completing the application, as well as a FAQ’s page that offers answers to commonly asked questions about the application process. The American Indian College Fund is the nation’s largest charity supporting Native Americans seeking higher education. It’s a role the fund has maintained for 32 years. Since its founding, the college fund has provided over $259 million in scholarships. Over $15 million in scholarships were provided to support Native American students in 2020-21.
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