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Applications for American Indian College Fund Scholarship open

By: - February 3, 2022 5:44 am

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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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Isiah Holmes
Isiah Holmes

Isiah Holmes is a journalist and videographer, and a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Holmes' video work dates back to his high school days at Wauwatosa East High, when he made a documentary about the local police department. Since then, his writing has been featured in Urban Milwaukee, Isthmus, Milwaukee Stories, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Services, Pontiac Tribune, the Progressive Magazine, Al Jazeera, and other outlets. He was also featured in the 2018 documentary The Chase Key, and was the recipient of the Sierra Club Great Waters Group 2021 Environmental Hero of the Year award. The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council also awarded Holmes its 2021-2022 Media Openness Award for using the open records laws for investigative journalism. Holmes was also a finalist in the 2021 Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards alongside the rest of the Wisconsin Examiner's staff. The Silver, or second place, award for Best Online Coverage of News was awarded to Holmes and his colleague Henry Redman for an investigative series into how police responded to the civil unrest and protests in Kenosha during 2020. Holmes was also awarded the Press Club's Silver (second-place) award for Public Service Journalism for articles focusing on police surveillance in Wisconsin.

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