Website: Cobell Scholarship
Indigenous Education, Inc. promotes The Cobell Scholarship’s goal to provide applicants and inquirers with the most beneficial information regarding this carefully established scholarship opportunity. The Cobell Undergraduate Opportunity is for students who have not yet earned a four year bachelor's degree while the Cobell Graduate Opportunity is for students who have earned a four year bachelor's degree and are in the pursuit of a master's, doctorate, or professional degree.
The Cobell Scholarship is the result of the Cobell vs. Salazar settlement. It is competitive, merit and need based, non-renewable, and available to any post-secondary (after high school) student who is; an enrolled member of a US Federally-Recognized Tribe, enrolled in full-time study and is degree seeking. Applicants must plan to attend or be attending any nationally, regionally and industry accredited non-profit, public and private, institution. Applicants must be pursuing a vocational certificate or diploma, associate’s, bachelors, masters, doctoral or professional degree, or certificate.
The most updated information will be available on the Cobell Scholar homepage and Online Application Student Information System (OASIS), additional FAQs, or by contacting IEI.
Both Merit-based and Need-based, the competitive Cobell Scholarship is annual, non-renewable, and available to any post-secondary (after high school) student who is; an enrolled member of a US Federally-Recognized Tribe, enrolled in full-time study and is degree-seeking. Applicants must plan to attend or be attending any nationally, regionally and industry accredited non-profit, public and private, institution. Applicants must be pursuing a vocational certificate or diploma, associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral or professional degree, or certificate.
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The 2023-2024 opportunity deadlines vary by program and are as follows:
- 2023-2024 Cobell Scholarship Academic Year opportunity - Closes March 31, 2023 at 11:59 PM MDT; Reference due April 7, 2023
- 2023 Cobell Scholarship Summer opportunity - Closes May 4, 2023 at 11:59 PM MDT; No reference required.
- 2023 Elouise Cobell Summer Research Fellowship opportunity - Closes January 10, 2023 11:59 PM MDT.
- Cobell Scholarship Vocational opportunity – Open year-round until funds run out. No reference is required.
Elouise Cobell grew up hearing her relatives tell the story of Ghost Ridge. The rising near her uncle’s house on the Blackfeet Reservation was a mass grave for over 500 Blackfeet who died of starvation and disease in the Starvation Winter of 1883 and 1884. Although the United States was supposed to provide rations under its treaties with the Blackfeet Nation, the local federal agent hoarded the rations to sell on the black market.
Driven by such stories, Cobell spent her life seeking accountability for government abuse of Indian property and restoring Indian control of their financial futures. Before she died in 2011, she had founded the first Native American bank, won a MacCarthur “genius” grant, been honored as a warrior by her tribe, and made the United States to agree to pay 3.4 billion dollars—the largest federal class action settlement ever made--for its mismanagement of Indian property
After the deadline, the Scholarship Reviewers will evaluate and score each complete application for overall academic strength including academic rigor, references responses, and all other information that is available on the application. Reviewers will also assess language, grammar, and writing skills from the applicant’s responses. Additional factors include selecting high achieving students who represent all tribal nations, at all levels of education, from a variety of institutions, academic pursuits, community engagement, and leadership.
IEI makes offers based on the number of completed applications and amount of money available each year. Scholarship amounts vary based on degree level. The Scholarship amounts for the Academic Year 2018-2019 are up to $5000 for Undergraduates including Vocational students and up to $10,000 for Graduate and Professional students. After a review of the Financial Needs Analysis and Verification form (FNAV), provided by the institution, some Finalists may receive less than the original scholarship offer to stay within the annual cost-ofattendance and unmet need. Note: Scholarship awards are divided and disbursed according to the number of terms at each institution.
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The Cobell Scholarship
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