NCIDC Scholarship Program

NCIDC Scholarship Program

NCIDC received $200,000 to provide scholarships over 2022/2023 and it has now been distributed. The scholarship program will be put on hold until NCIDC can find additional funding, but we are working diligently so we may offer scholarships in the future. We will let people know through social media and on this page if we obtain additional funding and re-open the program.

NCIDC’s objective is to support Native people in obtaining education or training so they can reach their full potential. As a part of this effort, NCIDC created a scholarship program which is funded by a grant provided by the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative.

This award is intended to help American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian students/trainees who live in California or are members of California Tribes. “California Tribes” includes federally-recognized, state-recognized, and non-acknowledged Tribes located at least partially within California. All awards are based on merit and dependent upon available funding. Current students should have at least a 2.0 GPA. NCIDC does not fund applicants who are living out of the country and/or enrolled in or seeking enrollment in an institution out of the country.

NCIDC prioritizes applications in three groups. Eligible applicants who live in Humboldt, Del Norte, Siskiyou, and Trinity Counties in California will be considered first and given highest priority. The second priority group will be eligible applicants living within California, followed by the third group which are eligible applicants who are members of California Tribes who live in other states or territories of the United States. This is a competitive and prioritized process with limited funding and not all eligible applicants are guaranteed to receive an award.

We are not accepting applications at this time.
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Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. Applicants attending an academic institution for less than full-time will only be eligible to receive $1,000. Applicants attending academic institutions full-time, or attending vocational or technical institutions will be eligible for $2,000. The number of units being taken by academic part-time students will influence their application competitiveness. All applicants will be notified by letter regarding the decision on their applications. The scholarship will be paid directly to the awardee and the awardee may decide the best way to use the funding to support their education/training.

Applicants may attend academic, vocational, technical institutions, distance learning or online programs. However, the institution that the applicant wishes to attend should be formally accredited. If your institution of choice is not accredited, you are required to describe why that institution would be beneficial for your education/training in your personal statement.

If you receive a scholarship, you will be required to provide NCIDC with updates on your progress toward graduation/training completion by responding promptly to NCIDC staff follow-ups.

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