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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
  • Pay It Forward: Career Mentoring

 

Students are required to complete an annual Higher Education Application Packet which includes an application, W-9 form, and requests a copy of their tribal card. Packets for the upcoming academic year are always released on April 1st.

Click here for the New 2014/2015 Higher Education Assistance Application Packet.

Higher Education – Scholarship Program

This program will be open between from April 1, 2014 until June 1, 2014.

The 2014/2015 Essay Topic: “You applied for and won a grant in the amount of $50,000 which must be invested into the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. You may ‘spend’ the funds in any way that you see appropriate. How would you invest the funds and in what ways would it create a positive impact for the Sault Tribe as a whole?”

 There will be a new topic for the 2015/2016 academic year.

 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 a Sault Tribe Higher Education Assistance Application, W-9 taxpayer I.D. form, and a copy of their Sault Tribe membership card for the approaching school year. Students must email Brandi MacArthur an electronic copy of their Essay Cover Letter (this was provided in the application packet) and a copy of their essay. It must follow the set Essay Topic and Essay Guidelines (also provided in your application packet).

 Please make sure that you are following the current year’s essay topic. A full listing of the available scholarships and their individual requirements are provided at the bottom of this page.

Higher Education – Grant Program

This program will be open between from April 1, 2014 until July 1, 2014.

The Sault Tribe Higher Education Grant Program is for Sault Tribe members attending a Michigan state-supported two- or four-year college or university full-time (12 credit hours or more).  Students must be an undergrad and have a completed FAFSA on file with their college. 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. 

Students must complete a current Higher Education application, a W-9 taxpayer I.D. form, and submit a copy of their Sault Tribe membership card.  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 1st 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

This program will be open from December 1, 2014 until January 31, 2015. 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. In 2010, the amount was $39.50 per credit hour. In 2011, the amount was $32.50 per credit hour. In 2012, there were 733 students who submitted a total of 8784 credit hours. The amount awarded per credit hour for 2012 was $31.00. 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 can not pay for repeat courses.

The program is funded through interest earned on the 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: Name of school, student's full name, semester and year, final grades, and credit hours per course. (The required information must be on the original report and can not be handwritten onto it.) Students must have a current Higher Education Assistance Application, W-9 taxpayer I.D. form, and copy of their Sault Tribe membership card on file by the stated deadline also. 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.  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.

 

Higher Education introduces Pay It Forward: Career Mentoring Program

    The Sault Tribe Higher Education Department recently developed the Pay It Forward: Career Mentoring Program to provide professional career education for members of our tribe through career oriented guidance, experiences, knowledge and networks provided by our members. The program requires all participants to be 18 or older prior to applying and is intended for mentees, currently enrolled college students, to be paired with college graduates or upperclassmen and post-graduate level college students who have experience with mentee colleges, majors or career focuses. The primary goal of the program is to assist students with the college process and their future careers.   
    
We currently seek mentors who are dependable, positive, proactive and fair in promoting mentee growth. They should be able to use their experiences, knowledge and professional contacts to educate and guide mentees. Mentors shall serve as links to assist mentees in obtaining educational and advancement objectives. It is important to find a balance between guidance and micromanaging. Mentors would be college graduates or current upperclassmen and post-graduate level college students.
    
We also seek mentees willing to set articulate, attainable and manageable goals and objectives. Mentees should seek educational guidance to successfully achieve their set goals and objectives. It is important for mentees to properly use both mentor and program. Mentees should be courteous and appreciative of the time and effort provided by mentors. Mentees would be students currently enrolled in college.

To apply, submit appropriate mentor/mentee application, a signed copy of the policy and procedures for, a signed copy of the do/do not list, complete YouTube training video and written test.  Successful mentee applicants will be paired with mentors based upon their colleges, majors and career interests. The recommended commitment to the program for mentors and mentees is six months. Program participants are encouraged to continue participation in the program beyond six months. If a mentor or mentee needs to withdraw from the program, Sault Tribe Higher Education will try to find a replacement as soon as possible.

 

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2014/2015 SCHOLARSHIPS: 

The 2014/2015 Essay Topic: “You applied for and won a grant in the amount of $50,000 which must be invested into the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. You may ‘spend’ the funds in any way that you see appropriate. How would you invest the funds and in what ways would it create a positive impact for the Sault Tribe as a whole?” 

NOTE: You may submit additional research documentation that was not included in your scholarship essay such as potential budgets, graphs or any other supplemental documentation that was used to develop your essay.

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

 

 

Noah Thomas Leask Family Scholarships (20) $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 1st, 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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