Office of the Tribal Liaison

MOU Tribal Scholarship

Tribal Nation Building Leadership Program

Scholarship Description: 

The MOU Tribal Scholarship was developed through the Provost Office of WSU for members of tribes that are signatory to a Memorandum of Understanding with WSU.  Signatory tribes include the following:  Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Colville Confederated Tribes, Confederated Tribes of the Salish and Kootenai, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, Cowlitz Tribe, Kalispel Tribe, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, Nez Perce Tribe, and Yakama Nation.

Each award is for $2000 per year for new incoming students.  New incoming students include freshmen and transfer students.  The award is renewable for an additional three years for freshmen and up to an additional two years for transfer students if criteria is met.  A student is considered a transfer student if they have at least 27 semester hours or 40 quarter hours of college-level work.  Students with fewer college credits will be considered freshmen.

WSU Pullman Campus Applicants:  Two awards are available per signatory tribe to new incoming students for fall 2014 at the Pullman Campus.  Priority will be given to incoming freshmen.  One student will be selected from all applicants to receive a $10,000 per year award, also renewable if criteria are met.  The MOU Tribal Scholarship is linked to the Tribal Nation Building Leadership Program on the Pullman Campus.  Recipients will be enrolled in an introductory student success course (2 credits) during their first semester, and a one credit Tribal Nation Building Leadership Course their first semester and each subsequent semester.     

WSU Tri-Cities Campus Applicants:  Two awards total are available at the WSU Tri-Cities Campus to new incoming students who are members of a Signatory Tribe for fall 2014 on the Tri-Cities Campus.  The WSU Tri-Cities awards are in the amount of $2000 per year, also renewable for up to an additional three years for a freshmen student and up to an additional two years for a transfer student (number of years dependent upon status at time of admission) if criteria are met.  Freshmen and transfer applicants will be equally considered.  The Tribal Nation Building Leadership Program is currently available only on the Pullman Campus.

WSU Vancouver Campus Applicants:  Two awards total are available at the WSU Vancouver Campus to new incoming students who are members of a Signatory Tribe for fall 2014 on the Vancouver Campus.  The WSU Vancouver awards are in the amount of $2000 per year, also renewable for up to an additional three years for a freshmen student and up to an additional two years for a transfer student (number of years dependent upon status at time of admission) if criteria are met.  Freshmen and transfer applicants will be equally considered.  The Tribal Nation Building Leadership Program is currently available only on the Pullman Campus.


Scholarship Criteria: 

  • Applicants must be an enrolled member of one of the WSU Signatory Tribes.
  • Applicants who are seniors in high school must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.3 through their first semester senior year of HS.
  • Applicants who have prior college credits must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for their college credits.
  • Applicants must have applied for WSU Admissions www.apply.wsu.edu.
  • Applicants must submit a complete MOU Tribal Scholarship Application Packet to their Tribal Higher Education Office by February 25, 2014.  The application packet includes:  Student checklist, student information sheet, copy of tribal enrollment documentation, copy of high school transcript/transfer transcript, essay, a consent form for release of information, and two letters of reference.

 

Priority Consideration:

To Apply:

  • Submit Application Packet to your respective Tribal Higher Education Department by February 25, 2014.  Packets are available on-line and from each of the MOU Tribes Tribal Higher Education Office
  • The Tribal Higher Education Manager will sign off on the application and forward it to the Tribal Chairperson or his or her designee for completion of the nomination form. 
  • The Tribal Chairperson or designee will submit the application packet along with the nomination form to the WSU Tribal Liaison Office by March 25, 2014.
  • Award announcements will be made to the signatory tribes and scholarship recipients by the WSU Tribal Liaison Office by April 7, 2014.

 

Questions: 

Contact Barbara Aston at aston@wsu.edu or 509-335-8618 OR Faith Price at faith.price@wsu.edu or 509-335-8618.

Forms:

Application Packet (PDF)

Overview of MOU Scholarship for Tribal and University Officials

Tribal Liaison, PO Box 641046, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-1046, 509-335-8618, Contact Us