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

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

Click here for: The 2020-2021 Higher Education Packet!

(You must use the current 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 Higher Education Scholarships
5. Scholarship essay guidelines
6. How to complete grant forms
7. Grant application

Higher Education-Scholarship Program

DEADLINE: The Higher Education Scholarship and Grant applications have been extended to July 15, 2020, due to COVID-19.

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 July 15 for the upcoming academic year. Scholarships are paid directly to the student after the official add/drop 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.

Students wishing to apply for multiple scholarships may submit ONE Higher Education Application, W-9 from, copy of their tribal card, a cover letter and one essay focused on that year’s topic.

2020-2021 ESSAY TOPIC:

As a member of Sault Tribe and an Anishinaabe person, how will you use your education to give back to the Tribal community?

Higher Education – Grant Program

DEADLINE: The Higher Education Scholarship and Grant applications have been extended to July 15, 2020, due to COVID-19.

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 2020-2021 FAFSA form at their college’s Financial aid office

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

The Grant Program deadline is July 15, 2020. 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 Application Page
2. W-9 Form
3. Copy of current tribal 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 add/drop 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: Dec. 1, 2020

DEADLINE: Jan. 31, 2021

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 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 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 2020 Grade Report (showing name of college or university, students name, final grades per course and credit hours per course)

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

In order to take full advantage of the Higher Education Program, students should apply for our program starting in April if they will be attending college for the 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 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 page). 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 for the Higher Education Grant.


*The Higher Education Staff is only allowed to discuss the student’s files and information with the students. All information is confidential!


Sault Tribe Higher Education
2 Ice Circle
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Phone: 906‑635‑7784 Ext. 26312
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