Che'nshish Scholarship

Che'nshish Scholarship

How it started:
In the fall of 2009 the Kootenai Tribe donated an amount of $2,000 to the American Indian Student Alliance (AISA) of North Idaho College with the intent to sponsor the club. In April of 2010, AISA club members decided to start a scholarship with the money received from the tribe. Club president Tim Clark and club member Ryan Carden suggested to create a self-funding scholarship and began brainstorming ideas. The ending result was the Che'nshish Golf Scramble. Ryan Carden had suggested naming the scholarship "given" and with the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's permission, the scholarship was named "Che'nshish." The word "che'nshish" is the Coeur d'Alene expression meaning to assist, provide for and to give to others. Also hosted by AISA to fund the scholarship are regular Frybread and Indian Taco Sales, and Silent Auctions/Raffles.




  • First or second generation native descendent (example: family member enrolled, but following family member not enrolled)
    1. Canadian enrolled and descendent
    2. Native American enrolled and descendent
    3. Alaska Native enrolled and descendent
  • Must be degree or certificate seeking
  • Full-time or part-time enrollment (minimum of 6 credits)
  • No minimum GPA required to apply for the scholarship



March of every year