Empowering Scholars Summit

*Rising Seniors in High School

Apply to attend “The Empowering Scholars Summit” in Summer of 2020 at Humboldt State University!
When: July 12 – 16, 2020

American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) in partnership with Wells Fargo, intends to support American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students to approach college with a preparation of financial capability, academic readiness, and social support, and thus, increase the number of students entering, progressing through, and graduating from college. American Indian Graduate Center will facilitate this by offering the American Indian Graduate Center Empowering Scholars Summit. During the summit, American Indian Graduate Center will create a culturally appropriate environment where students will learn about situations that can arise in their first year of college. Armed with this knowledge and with a peer support team of fellow students, attendees face a higher success possibility through having their unmet financial need met through education and scholarship opportunities, support through their first year, positive role models in other students and in AI/AN leaders.

The Empowering Scholars Summit is an opportunity for 100 rising AI/AN high school seniors to convene for three days of workshops to prepare them for their first year of college and for future success. Led by American Indian Graduate Center staff and Ambassadors, the workshops will include information such as scholarship information, college applications, filling out financial forms, mental health preparation, financial capability education, and an interactive session with notable AI/AN leaders from a wide variety of fields to introduce youth to possibilities and success through personal experience.

1. Fill out the General Application. When completing the General Application, please identify your top college choice, anticipated college major, and with anticipated graduation date. Please NOTE that the information provided is only for the Empowering Scholar Summit and you do not need to have applied or been admitted to a college or university.
2. Once you complete the General Application, you will be able to click on the Empowering Scholar Summit main application.
3. Please make sure to submit the Tribal Eligibility Certificate to your tribal enrollment office.
4. Submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor by March 1, 2020.

Rising seniors in high school who have outstanding academic achievements, leadership in school, civic and extracurricular activities, and motivation to serve and succeed. To be considered, nominees must have a have a minimum 3.0 GPA with an outstanding academic record; have demonstrated leadership and community service activities. Must be an enrolled member of a federally or state recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a federally recognized tribe.

All applicants are required to submit a Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC) Visit www.aigcs.org to review the AIGC Online Application Instructions.

Please note that all applicants are notified by email via FELLOWSHIPS@AIGCS.ORG of selection or non-selection. No information will be provided via telephone. If awarded, you will receive information regarding further instructions and additional required verifying documents.

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Supplemental Questions
  1. High School Name, HS City, HS State
  2. High School Address
  3. High School Graduation Date
  4. High School Cumulative GPA (Unweighted)
  5. Please upload your most recent high school transcript that indicates your GPA on an unweighted 4.0 scale.
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