Deadline: July 31, 2014

The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) is pleased to announce the limited availability of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) specific graduate-level Loans for Service made available through the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) for the academic year 2014-2015.

The specific purpose of the Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund (SPGSF) program is to provide financial assistance to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and professional degree candidates to promote STEM research in and opportunities for careers with Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) and BIE funded organizations on and off reservation and tribal governments.

Future employment with other federal and state agencies and private entities may be eligible if the organization’s primary mission is assistance and support to tribal communities or individuals. The SPGSF is a loan for service program to be served on a 1 per 1 basis, i.e., one year of funding per one year of service. The maximum amount of an award will be up to $20,000 per year. Actual award amounts and the number of awards will be determined based on the number of funded students at each academic level (master’s, professional and doctoral).

Basic eligibility for the SPGSF include:

• Must be an enrolled member of a United States federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group, or possess ¼ degree federally recognized Indian blood to be verified only through submission of the AIGC Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC). The TEC can be downloaded from the instructions page of the AIGC website.
Must be able to demonstrate financial need through submission of the AIGC Financial Need Form (FNF). The FNF can be downloaded from the instructions page of the AIGC website.

• Must be (or will be) pursuing a master’s or doctorate degree as a full-time degree-seeking student at an accredited graduate school in the United States. Exclusive consideration is paid to degree candidates in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields to be verified through the submission of current transcripts or proof of acceptance to an eligible program;

A complete application packet consists of:

• A fully completed and signed application form submitted electronically via aigcs.org;

• A certificate of tribal eligibility indicating the applicant is an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe or possesses ¼ degree federally recognized Indian blood, and;

• A financial need form prepared by the institution’s financial aid office indicating the applicant has applied for federal financial aid and campus-based aid, and;

• 2 references – one academic and one community, and;

• A 500 word (or less) personal statement. The prompt for the statement is found within the application system, and; Self-reporting of up to 4 most recent paid and unpaid positions, 4 community engagement opportunities and 4 leadership roles, and;

• Submission of a recent transcript and letter of acceptance to an accredited graduate school.

More information, full eligibility requirements and a link to the online application system can be found at www.aigcs.org. The SPGSF application will be available July 1, 2014 and has a full packet deadline of July 31, 2014.