Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College scholarships and external merit and need-based scholarships are financial aid options. Students research and apply for scholarships on their own. The Financial Aid Office staff at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is available to assist in this process by directing students to appropriate sources. Students are encouraged to apply for as many scholarships as possible. Scholarships typically do not need to be repaid.
Each year, scholarships are awarded by the college Foundation to current Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College students. Applications and information about these scholarships are available by contacting the Foundation Office at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. New scholarship opportunities occur regularly.
Many American Indian tribes have college scholarship programs available to enrolled members and sometimes descendants. Students are encouraged to contact their tribal agency to pursue the possibilities of scholarships. In Minnesota, the following reservations have established some form of scholarship program: Fond du Lac, Mille Lacs, Grand Portage, Nett Lake/Bois Forte, White Earth, Red Lake, Leech Lake, Upper Sioux, Lower Sioux, Shakopee Sioux, and Prairie Island.
The American Indian College Fund (AICF) was established in 1989 to provide scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native students attending tribal colleges, and to fund and create awareness about the community-based accredited tribal colleges and universities that offer students access to knowledge and skills alongside Native culture, language, and values. AICF offers two different scholarships: (1) Tribal College and University (TCU) Scholarships and (2) Full Circle Scholarships.
Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) AICF application for the tribal college you are attending will be open beginning with the first week of classes: https://aicfstudents.civicore.com
Full Circle: The American Indian College Fund (AICF) Full Circle application is completed online through the AICF website, and is open from January 1st through May 31st prior to the start of each year: http://www.collegefund.org/students_and_alumni/content/full_circle_scholarships_listings
The Cobell Scholars Program is intended to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native students to defray the cost of attendance at both post-secondary vocational schools and institutions of higher education, including graduate and professional schools. Cobell Scholars Undergraduate Scholarship applications open each spring for the next school year and generally have a deadline of June 1. Please watch your email for this opportunity during the Spring semester: http://www.aigcs.org/scholarships/undergraduate-scholarships/.
The following websites maintain an extensive database of available scholarships. These scholarship databases utilize a personalized profile search, which compares a student’s submitted information with the website’s database of potential awards. The website then sends the student a list of the possible scholarships for which they appear to qualify for, and who the student should contact for each scholarship.
Please note that these external web sites are not operated by Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and that you will be leaving the college web site if you choose to click on one of the links.
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There is a wide range of additional resources students may access to pay for costs related to a college education. Students should explore as many options as possible, such as: