Scholarships for American Indians

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Cook Inlet Region, Inc.

Attn: The CIRI Foundation

3600 San Jeronimo Drive, Suite 256

Anchorage, AK 99508-2870

(907) 793-3575                                                       Toll-free: (800) 764-3382

Fax: (907) 793-3585                                               E-mail: tcf@thecirifoundation.org

Web: www.thecirifoundation.org/grants.htm

Purpose - To provide financial assistance to Alaska Natives who are original enrollees to the Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) or their lineal descendants and do not currently meet the GPA requirements for other scholarships offered by the foundation.

Eligibility - This program is open to Alaska Native enrollees to CIRI under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) of 1971 and their lineal descendants. Applicants must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or technical skills certificate program but have a GPA below the 2.5 requirment in 1 semester. There is no Alaska residency requirement. Along with the application, they must submit a 500-word statement on their educational and career goals and how they are contributing, or planning to contrbute, to a positive Alaska Native community. Selection is based on that statement, academic achievement, rigor of course work or degree program, student financial contrubution, financial need, grade level, previous work performance, community service, and relationship of degree program to career goals.

Financial data - Up to $2,000 may be awarded to each recipient during the calendar year.

Duration - 1 year; nonrenewable.

Number awarded - Varies each year; recently, 3 of these awards were presented.

Deadline - March, June, September, or November of each year.