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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

 Click here for: The 2018/2019 Green Higher Education Application Packet!

(You must use the current 2018/2019 forms when applying.)

The application packet includes:

  1. The application checklist
  2. The application page
  3. The W-9 form (not a tax related form)
  4. A list of the 2018/2019 Higher Education Scholarships
  5. Scholarship essay guidelines
  6. How to complete grant forms
  7. Grant application

Higher Education - Scholarship Program

DEADLINE: June 1, 2018

All essays MUST be submitted in Microsoft Word.

The Sault Tribe awards a number of scholarships named after individuals who have made a lasting contribution to the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The scholarship deadline is always June 1st for the upcoming academic year. Scholarships are paid directly to the student but after the official drop/add period has ended for Fall semester (late September.)

Applicants must submit one completed Higher Education Application Packet along with ONE copy of their scholarship essay.

A full listing of the available scholarships and their individual requirements are provided at the bottom of this website page.

2018/2019 ESSAY TOPIC:

Our tribal founders worked diligently to gain federal recognition in 1972. Our tribal constitution provides for the "perpetuation of our way of life."

Of course, this means different things to different people. What does it mean to you and what role do you plan to play in fulfilling this Constitutional value?

Higher Education – Grant Program

DEADLINE: July 1, 2018

The grant program requirements include:

  1. Must be attending a Michigan state-supported two- or four-year college or university
  2. Enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more)
  3. Must be an undergraduate student
  4. Must have completed the 2018/2019 FAFSA form at their college’s financial aid office

Please note: Grants are based on unmet financial need as determined by the individual college in which the student is enrolled.

 The Grant Program deadline is July 1. Students may be awarded up to $500 for two semesters (Fall and Winter) and they must maintain full-time enrollment (12 credit hours or more per undergrad) and a 2.5 grade point average (GPA). The Sault Tribe receives funding from the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs for this purpose.

 Applicants must submit the following by the deadline in order to be considered eligible:

  1. Higher Education’s Annual Application Page
  2. W-9 Form
  3. Copy of current tribal card (unless applicant submitted all of their completed paperwork for the 2018/2019 scholarship program)

The student will be notified via letter and any awarded funds will be applied directly to the student's financial aid account after the drop/add course deadline (which is usually in late September for Fall and late February for Winter).


IMPORTANT: Michigan has a deadline of March 1 for the FAFSA. In order to qualify for the Higher Education Grant, students must apply for the FAFSA.


Higher Education – Self-Sufficiency Incentive Award Program

OPENS: December 1, 2018

DEADLINE: January 31, 2019

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 2018 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 2018
    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, 2018. 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).

All documentation must be emailed to Loriann Fabry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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In order to take full advantage of the Higher Education Program, students should apply for our program starting after April 1, 2018, 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.


Sault Tribe Higher Education

ATTN: Loriann Fabry

2 Ice Circle
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

Ph: 906‑635‑7784, ext. 26312

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