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The Sault Tribe’s Education Division offers multiple Higher Education Programs:

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  • Scholarship Program
  • Grant Program
  • Self-Sufficiency Incentive Award Program

The 2017/2018 Higher Education Application Packet is GREEN!
— Click here to download the packet! —

(You must use the current 2017/2018 forms when applying.)

The application packet includes:

  1. The application page
  2. The W-9 form (not a tax related form)
  3. Page two also requests a copy of your current Sault Ste. Marie of Chippewa Indians tribal card
  4. A list of the 2017/2018 Higher Education Scholarships

 

Higher Education – Self-Sufficiency Incentive Award Program

OPENS: December 1, 2017

DEADLINE: January 31, 2018

 

All application packets and grade reports must be submitted during this timeframe in order to be considered eligible. This program is for FALL semester ONLY.

 

The Self-Sufficiency Incentive Award Program rewards Sault Tribe members for successfully completing college courses toward a degree or certificate program at a two or four-year college or university during their Fall semester. This is not a need-based program.

Incentive awards are paid to all Sault Tribe Native American students who submit a grade report for the Fall semester between Dec. 1 and Jan. 31. The amount per credit hour is determined by the amount of available funds divided by the total number of credit hours from all students who apply by the deadline. This amount will vary from year to year based on available funds and the number of students and credit hours.

Only grades of C or better, including ‘Pass’ or ‘Credit’ results will be counted toward the Self-Sufficiency Incentive Award. Due to limited funding, we cannot pay for repeat courses.

The program is funded through interest earned on the Sault Tribe’s Self-Sufficiency Investment Fund.

Sault Tribe members enrolled in any public or private college or university are eligible for the program and must submit their grades between the Dec. 1 and Jan. 31 deadline with the following information:

  1. Higher Education’s Annual Application Page
  2. W-9 Form
  3. Copy of current tribal card
  4. A FALL 2016 Grade Report. The grade report must be either printed directly from the college’s website or printed by someone at the college. The grade report should show the following information:
    1. Student’s full name
    2. College name or URL printed in the margin
    3. State the current semester as FALL 2016
    4. show final grades per course
    5. show number of credit hours per course.

It is the student’s responsibility to have all paperwork turned in by deadline. Incomplete paperwork will result in student being ineligible for Self-Sufficiency Incentive Award.

It is recommended to turn in your Higher Education Application, W-9 Taxpayer I.D. form, and submit a copy of your Sault Tribe membership card prior to Dec. 1, 2016. Due to large document volumes during this time; we also recommend saving confirmation of having sent your grade report, such as a confirmation email or a fax confirmation page (this is a page that the sending fax machine will automatically print when sending a fax).

 

LIST OF 2017/2018 Higher Education Scholarships:

 

Noah Thomas Leask Family Scholarships – (40) $1,000 awarded to a full-time student in any field of study who is working towards an undergraduate or graduate degree at any accredited college or university.

Bernard Bouschor Honorary Scholarship – (1) $1,000 awarded to a full-time student in any field of study who is working towards an undergraduate degree at any accredited college or university.

Pamela Cable Gershon Memorial Scholarship – (1) $150 awarded to a graduating high school senior with a minimum 2.50 GPA, must reside within the tribe's seven-county service area, any field of study, and must be accepted into a two or four-year college or university.

John P. Carr Scholarship – (1) $1,000 awarded to a full-time, undergraduate student in any field of study and must be a permanent resident of Unit 5.

Don Corp Scholarship – (1) $1,000 awarded to a full-time student enrolled at any accredited college or university who is pursuing an undergraduate degree in History, Historical Preservation, Museum Studies, or other history-related field.

June Curran Porcaro Scholarship – (1) $1,000 awarded to a student who has been homeless, displaced or in the foster care system and who is pursuing a degree to work with such individuals in the Human Services field. Must demonstrate financial need.

Fred L. Hatch Memorial Teacher Education Scholarship – (1) $1,000 awarded to a full-time student of at least junior year standing, at least one-quarter Indian blood quantum, at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, enrolled in a Michigan public college or university in a Teacher Education program. (Blood quantum must be verified by the Sault Tribe Enrollment Department and they must submit a copy of their transcript).

Lori Jump Survivor Honorary Scholarship – (1) $1,000 awarded to a full-time student at an accredited two- or four-year college or university pursuing an undergraduate degree in Social Work or Social Services.

Joseph K. Lumsden Memorial Scholarship – (1) $1,000 awarded to a full-time student of at least junior standing, at least one-quarter Indian blood quantum (must be verified by the Sault Tribe Enrollment Department). A 3.0 cumulative grade point average is required (must submit transcript).

Victor Matson Sr. Tributary Scholarship – (1) $1,000 awarded to a full-time student enrolled or accepted into a two- or four-year college or university pursuing a degree in Fisheries or Natural Resources Management or a related field of study. Must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree.

Ken McCoy G.E.D. College Scholarship – (1) $1,000 awarded to an individual who earned their General Educational Development (G.E.D.) certificate. Must be a full-time student at an accredited two- or four-year college or university pursuing an undergraduate degree in any field of study.

Mary and Harold “Cub” McKerchie Tributary Scholarship– (1) $1,000 awarded a non-traditional student who is enrolled full-time in any field of study who is working towards an undergraduate degree at any accredited college or university.

Martha Miller Tributary Scholarship – (1) $1,000 awarded to a full-time student at a two- or four-year college or university pursuing a degree (either undergraduate or graduate) in Social Work, Social Services, or a related human services field of study.

George K. Nolan Tribal Judicial Scholarship – (1) $1,000 awarded to a full-time student of at least sophomore, in good academic standing, pursuing a degree (either undergraduate or graduate) in Tribal Law, Law Enforcement, Legal Studies, Political Science or Public Administration. Student must submit a copy of their transcript.

Barb and Ed “Pie” Pine Tributary Scholarship – (1) $1,000 awarded to a full-time student in any field of study who is working towards an undergraduate degree at any accredited college or university.

Wright-Hatch Journalism Scholarship – (1) $1,000 awarded to a full-time student at an accredited two- or four-year college or university pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism.

The Nokimos Scholarship: Mary Sabina Osagwin & Christine Muscoe Anderson – (1) $1,000 awarded to a full-time student in any field of study who is working towards an undergraduate degree at any accredited college or university.

Donald “Duck” Andress Honoree Tributary Scholarship – (1) $1,000 awarded to a full-time student in any field of study who is working towards an undergraduate degree at any accredited college or university.

Lorrie Brackenbury Honoree Tributary Scholarship – (1) $1,000 awarded to a full-time student in any field of study who is working towards an undergraduate degree at any accredited college or university.

Joe Gray Honoree Tributary Scholarship – (1) $1,000 awarded to a full-time student in any field of study who is working towards an undergraduate degree at any accredited college or university.

Special Needs Scholarship –(4) $1,000 (2 awards for under 18; 2 awards for age 18 and older) awarded to a student who has a documented physical or emotional disability. (Student must submit a letter from their physician, mental health provider, or special education professional). Must indicate what educational purpose the scholarship will be utilized for and a provide an itemized list of expected costs (for the entire $1,000).

 

PLEASE NOTE:

In order to take full advantage of the Higher Education Program, students should apply for our program starting after April 1, 2017 if they will be attending college for upcoming Fall semester. All students will be required to submit a new Higher Education Assistance Packet which includes a Higher Education Assistance Application, W-9 Taxpayer I.D. form, and a copy of their tribal card each year they wish to apply for our Higher Education Program. (This packet is offered in the download folder on this site). All programs are offered annually. Students must complete and sign their own forms in order to be eligible (this includes the W-9 form). Students must complete a FAFSA in order to be considered eligible.

Students wishing to apply for multiple scholarships may submit ONE Higher Education Application, W-9 Taxpayer I.D. form, copy of their Sault Tribe Membership card, a cover letter and one essay focused on that year's topic.

ALL APPLICATIONS & DOCUMENTATION CAN BE SUBMITTED TO:

Sault Tribe Higher Education

ATTN: Brandi MacArthur
523 Ashmun Street
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

EMAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OR FAXED TO: 906-635-7785

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