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Western Shoshone Education Funding Programs
Deadline to apply: December 16, 2019 11:59 pm PST

This is the information and resource site for the Western Shoshone Education Funding Programs application. Please use the following information for the program eligibilities, required supplementary documentation and the steps to take for accessing and completing the application.

For the complete program details and information, please read the Western Shoshone Education Funding Programs Information Packet.

Application submission window(s) remaining for the 2019-2020 academic year:

  • Spring 2020 term: November 15, 2019 through December 16, 2019

For questions, please contact Scholarship America:

General Information

Your completed application must be submitted electronically by 3:00 p.m. CST on December 16, 2019.

Students are responsible for maintaining their username, password and User ID information to ensure account access at any time.

Scholarship America support for website access and application assistance is not available after 4:30 p.m. CST (2:30 p.m. PST) on weekdays, nor on weekends and holidays.

Submit your application by the deadline date, even if you do not yet have all of the additional required supporting documents (grades, registration, etc.). You will be able to add additional documents to your Scholarship America Hub account at any time after submitting the application.

Instructions for submitting your application:

Step 1:

Click on the “Scholarship America Hub” button at the bottom of this page:

  • New applicants: create an account on the Scholarship America Hub and complete the Profile. After saving, the application can be started under the Scholarships page. Students are responsible for maintaining their username, password and User ID information to ensure account access at any time.
  • Returning applicants: use your username and password to log in to the Scholarship America Hub. If you have started the current term’s application, it can be found on the Dashboard page. If you have not started the current term’s application, it will be found on the Scholarships page. If necessary, update the Profile.

Step 2:

Read the Western Shoshone Education Funding Programs Information Packet for the scholarship program.

Step 3:

Use the “Scholarship America Hub” button at the bottom of this page to login to the Hub. If you have started the application for the current term, you can find it under the Dashboard page of the Hub. If you are starting your application for the current term, it will be found under the Scholarships page of the Hub. See above for the application submission window for the current term.

Step 4:

Be sure to upload the required supporting documents with your application.

First-time applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Personal statement/education plan (written by the applicant not more than two typed, double-spaced pages) which includes the applicant’s goals, objectives and reasons for pursuing a higher education and how further education will enable him/her to contribute to the welfare of his/her community). Save as a PDF document for uploading to the Hub.
  • Transcript of grades – copy of grades/transcript reflecting a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA) from the most recent term completed.
  • Enrollment verification – class schedule for the upcoming term in which you are applying; the document must display number of credit hours, the school name, and student name.
  • Proof of membership – evidence of eligible tribal enrollment or evidence of Western Shoshone descent, residency or parental enrollment.

Students that have previously received the award must submit the following documents:

  • Transcript of grades – copy of grades/transcript reflecting a minimum 2.0
  • Enrollment verification – class schedule for the upcoming term in which you are applying; the document must display number of credit hours, the school name, and student name.
  • Personal statement/education plan – this document is required once per academic year. If you did not submit a personal statement for the fall 2019 term, you must upload this document to be considered for the spring 2020 term award.

Western Shoshone Scholarship Foundation Guidelines

Program Features

  • For students enrolled full-time in an eligible/accredited college, university or vocational program or institution
  • Full-time is a minimum of 11 credits (or equivalent as recognized by the school)
  • Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • $3,000 per term/semester, up to two awards per year
  • Award is paid directly to the student
  • May also be eligible for Nevada Gold Mines “GOLD” Mining scholarship
  • Not eligible for Tuition Assistance Program at Great Basin College

For full features and details for the Western Shoshone Scholarship Foundation, please read the Western Shoshone Education Funding Programs Information Packet, pages 6-8 and 14.

Eligibilities

To be eligible an applicant must be a Western Shoshone and:

  • Be a high school graduate (or have GED equivalent) and
  • Be enrolled full-time to attend an eligible educational institution and
  • Be EITHER a Western Shoshone descendant who is an enrolled member of one of the following Tribes or Bands:
    • Battle Mountain Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone1
    • Duck Valley Shoshone-Paiute Tribe
    • Duckwater Shoshone Tribe
    • Elko Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone
    • Ely Shoshone Tribe
    • Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribes
    • South Fork Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone
    • Wells Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone
    • Yomba Shoshone Tribe
  • OR
  • A Western Shoshone descendant who is not an enrolled member of any of the tribes/bands listed above, who is a resident of any one of the listed tribes/bands reservation or service area with a parent who is tribally enrolled in one of the Western Shoshone tribes/bands listed (need not be the same community in which the applicant resides).
  • OR
  • A member of the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation.

For full eligibilities and program information, please read the Western Shoshone Education Funding Programs Information Packet.

Residency Waiver Conditions:

The residency requirement for educational support from Nevada Gold Mines for a non-enrolled applicant with one parent who is an enrolled member of a partner community will be waived if the applicant has moved out of the reservation or service area of a partner community:

  • to join the United States military service,
  • to attend college, university or vocational school (so long as the applicant is still in school),
  • to attend Indian Residential School,
  • because the applicant was removed from his or her household by child welfare services, or
  • because a caregiver/parent of the applicant died and the applicant went to live with another relative.

There is no age limit on eligibility, however, scholarships may only be offered to applicants seeking to enhance their employment opportunities/career prospects and/or their ability to perform a service needed by their community.

1Applicants affiliated with the Battle Mountain Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone who are eligible based upon the eligibility criteria defined above will receive scholarships identical to WSSF scholarships but the funds for these scholarships will be provided directly by Nevada Gold Mines. Battle Mountain Band applicants must follow the same application process and associated requirements, selection criteria, and award levels will be the same.

Tuition Assistance Program for Part-time Coursework at Great Basin College Guidelines

Program Features

  • For eligible students taking part-time course work through Great Basin College who are ineligible for the Western Shoshone Scholarship Foundation
  • Only for degree/certificate programs which promote career enhancement, increased potential for employment, or increased earning potential
  • Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA to be eligible
  • Covers tuition and fees for course work, up to 10 credit hours per semester
  • Award is paid directly to Great Basin College for credit to student account

For full features and details about the Tuition Assistance Program for Great Basin College, please read the Western Shoshone Education Funding Programs Information Packet, pages 9-11.

Eligibilities

To be eligible an applicant must be a Western Shoshone and:

  • Be a high school graduate (or have GED equivalent) and
  • Be enrolled full-time to attend an eligible educational institution and
  • Be EITHER a Western Shoshone descendant who is an enrolled member of one of the following Tribes or Bands:
    • Battle Mountain Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone
    • Duck Valley Shoshone-Paiute Tribe
    • Duckwater Shoshone Tribe
    • Elko Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone
    • Ely Shoshone Tribe
    • Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribes
    • South Fork Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone
    • Wells Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone
    • Yomba Shoshone Tribe
  • OR
  • A Western Shoshone descendant who is not an enrolled member of any of the tribes/bands listed above, who is a resident of any one of the listed tribes/bands reservation or service area with a parent who is tribally enrolled in one of the Western Shoshone tribes/bands listed (need not be the same community in which the applicant resides).
  • OR
  • A member of the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation.

For full eligibilities and program information, please read the Western Shoshone Education Funding Programs Information Packet.

Residency Waiver Conditions:

The residency requirement for educational support from Nevada Gold Mines for a non-enrolled applicant with one parent who is an enrolled member of a partner community will be waived if the applicant has moved out of the reservation or service area of a partner community:

  • to join the United States military service,
  • to attend college, university or vocational school (so long as the applicant is still in school),
  • to attend Indian Residential School,
  • because the applicant was removed from his or her household by child welfare services, or
  • because a caregiver/parent of the applicant died and the applicant went to live with another relative.

There is no age limit on eligibility, however, scholarships may only be offered to applicants seeking to enhance their employment opportunities/career prospects and/or their ability to perform a service needed by their community.

Nevada Gold Mines “Gold” Mining Scholarship for Western Shoshone Program Guidelines

Purpose of the program

To encourage and support Western Shoshone community members from Nevada Gold Mines’ partner communities to pursue and complete university/college educational programs in career fields in the mining industry and to join Nevada Gold Mines’ operations as employees.

Eligibility Pool

Current Western Shoshone Scholarship Foundation (WSSF) award recipients who maintain eligibility for the WSSF awards for every semester/term for which the Nevada Gold Mines “Gold” Mining Scholarship is offered.

Scholarship Benefit

  • $1500 per term/semester up to 2 times per year until degree granted (in addition to the WSSF scholarship).
  • Paid summer internship at Nevada Gold Mines mining operation in Nevada between sophomore/junior and junior/senior years.
  • High potential for job offer following granting of degree in mining related major.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Minimum GPA 2.5 or the minimum set by the educational institution if a GPA higher than 2.5 must be maintained
  • Full time student status
  • Sophomore, Junior or Senior status as an undergraduate, or MSc or PhD program
  • Majoring in one of the following degree fields:
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Environmental Engineering or Environmental Science
    • Geological Engineering
    • Geology
    • Geophysical Engineering
    • Geotechnical Engineering
    • Metallurgical Engineering
    • Mineral Processing
    • Mining Engineering
    • Wildlife Ecology/Conservation
  • Must be willing to work paid summer internship jobs at Neveada Gold Mines’ mines every summer that follows a semester funded with a scholarship (except semester preceding graduation)
  • Must be diligently pursuing degree in the declared major with full-time status and be able to provide course curriculum verification from school

Application Requirements

Applicants who receive funding from the Western Shoshone Scholarship Foundation will be screened for eligibility for the Nevada Gold Mines “Gold” Mining Scholarship. No additional application or documents are required.

Payment of Support

Payments will be made directly to the student.

The following documents must be submitted by first-time applicants seeking an initial tuition support award:

(For WSSF and Tuition Assistance programs)

  • Application for Scholarship Funds – completed online
  • Copy of grades/transcript reflecting a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA) cumulated or recent term, from any post-secondary education efforts or high school diploma with final high school transcript or GED certificate for those who have not previously pursued post-high school education
  • Copy of registration reflecting enrollment in a minimum of 11 credits for upcoming term (WSSF) or registration for upcoming term verifying part-time enrollment in courses at Great Basin College (TAP)
  • Evidence of Eligible Tribal Enrollment or evidence of residency and parental enrollment (see eligibility flowchart at the end of this packet)

The following documents must be submitted by applicants seeking a continuing tuition support award:

(For WSSF and Tuition Assistance programs)

  • Application for Scholarship Funds – completed online
  • Copy of grades/transcript reflecting a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA) from most recent term completed
  • Copy of registration reflecting enrollment in a minimum of 11 credits for upcoming term (WSSF) or registration for upcoming term verifying part-time enrollment in courses at Great Basin College (TAP)
  • Evidence of Tribal Affiliation or Residency/parental enrollment – only required if applicant’s tribal affiliation/enrollment has changed since original application (photocopies are acceptable)

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