Scholarships for American Indians

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 KIRBY MCDONALD EDUCATION ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP FUND

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/designated.htm

Purpose - To provide financial assistance for undergraduate or graduate studies to Alaska Natives who are original enrollees to Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) and their lineal descendants.

Eligibility - This program is open to Alaska Native enrollees to CIRI under the Alaska Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA)  of 1971 and their lineal descendants. There are no Alaska residency requirments or age limitations. Applicants must be accepted or enrolled full time in a 4-year undergraduate or a graduate degree program. Preference is given to students in the culinary arts, but students in business administration and engineering are also eligible. They must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Along with their application, they must submit a 500-word statement on their educational and career goals and how they are contributing, or planning to contribute, to a positive Alaska Native community. Selection is based on that statement, academic achievement, rigor of course work or degree program, student financial contribution, financial need, grade level, previous work performance, community service, and relationship of degree program to career goals.

Financial data -  The stipend is $10,000 per year, $8,000 per year, or $2,500 per semester, depending on GPA.

Additional information - This program was established in 1991.

Number awarded - 1 or more each year.

Deadline - May of each year for annual scholarships; May or November of each year for semester scholarships.