In the 21st century, a college degree is almost essential to achieving financial independence.
But college remains a hideously expensive, unattainable dream for many Native Americans.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, however, college can be affordable – if you know the secrets to earning the financial assistance you need.
It’s hard to believe. But if you – or someone you love – sincerely wants to get that college degree, read on to find out what you must know to make that dream come true.
First, forget the common myths about Native American scholarships
The deluge of information that comes from the Internet, colleges themselves and even other students makes it far too easy to become diverted from what a student must do to earn these Native American scholarships.
To cut through all that, this guide is written by Dr. Dean Chavers, co-founder of Catching the Dream, a national scholarship program for Native American college applicants. There is nothing Dr. Chavers doesn’t know about Native American scholarships, from the common misconceptions that surround them, to rules and best practices every student should know when applying for grants, financial aid and scholarships, to the grammar mistakes many students make in filling out those critical scholarship applications.
So what are some of the myths? Perhaps the most dangerous is this: A Native student does not need scholarships, because financial aid will suffice. Wrong, says Dr. Chavers: As he notes, “The typical Indian student on financial aid will get a degree only 18 percent of the time.”
What’s more, Native scholarships represent less than one-tenth of one percent of all scholarships. So unless you want to limit yourself to just a few Indian grants, you must read this guide to learn the truth about scholarships for Native Americans.
In fact, this FREE report is designed so you can …
- Discover the truth about earning a college degree, despite misconceptions you may have
- Learn what goes into a powerful, award-winning scholarship essay
- Find the scholarships you need to make your college dream a reality
- Understand what scholarship committees are looking for in a candidate
- Improve your writing skills and deliver an essay that gets scholarship dollars flowing
- Achieve your college dream, earn that important degree and launch a career you can be proud of
Of course, before you can earn the scholarships that make college affordable, you must know the what, how, when, why and where of applying for them – all of which are described in this guide. Download it now!
Native American scholarships – more than just Indian grants
One of those alarming myths that’s debunked in this guide is that Indians should only apply for Indian scholarships and grants! The truth is, those scholarships are drastically over-subscribed. Earning one of those is like winning the lottery – yet there are hundreds of other scholarships that Native students can apply for – but you have to know where to look.
Think outside the box and check out our ideas for many other scholarships and grants available to Native Americans. (Another myth that this guide cheerfully busts is that scholarships are hard to find). Because other students don’t know where to look, you will have an advantage over students who haven’t read this guide.
For example, many opportunities for scholarships are available at places such as Fastweb, Scholarships.com, and Sallie Mae Scholarships. It also explains that if you’re not finding plenty of scholarships to apply for, it could be because of a small error in your search, or because you haven’t checked off careers that are related to the ones you’re considering. These and other common mistakes in the scholarship hunt are clearly explained in the guide, so you can be sure you’re doing everything right after you read it.
Of course the guide also explains your options for scholarships that are exclusively for Native students, such as Catching the Dream, the American Indian College Fund and more. Interested in the STEM fields? Check out The American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Are you willing to give a two-year commitment to an Indian health program? You’re a candidate for an Indian Health Service scholarship.
In short, this guide is the gateway to hundreds of scholarships for which you are eligible, both inside and outside the Native community. Don’t miss a single opportunity – download this FREE report right now!
Follow these do’s and don’ts for getting Native American scholarships
What’s the #1 DO Rule for getting scholarships?
Is it having your English teacher help you with your application essay?
Is it taking the SAT or ACT in your junior year?
Is it sweating your way to a top grade point average?
It’s none of the above.
The #1 Rule is …. read.
Without even downloading the guide, you’ve just learned the very best thing you can do for yourself in earning scholarships and, of course, in getting accepted to the college of your choice. Why? I’ll let you find out more in the guide, because there are details that apply to both writing your essays and to taking the standardized tests, among other things. Reading prolifically will also help you with many of the other do’s and don’ts in the guide, such as following instructions and avoiding common grammar mistakes (more on that later).
Here are just a few rules to follow for earning scholarships taken from the guide:
- DO read at least two books a week all the way from middle school to high school.
- DO take the ACT or SAT starting in the fall of your sophomore year.
- DO your own work instead of depending on your parents to do it for you.
- DON’T count on just a high GPA; DO take the standardized tests and get a good score.
- DON’T send in essays that are less than A- work.
There are many more such tips in the guide, including real-life examples of the consequences of breaking the rules. And of course, a critical element in any scholarship application is proper grammar, which is why the guide features a list of common mistakes that will doom any flawed submission to the nearest wastebasket.
These 33 grammar lessons can save your submission! At Catching the Dream, experts review student essays and have compiled this list carefully from experience. Some of these may be familiar to any student; others apply specifically to Native students.
For instance, did you know you if you mention your mother in an essay destined for Indian scholarships, you should include her name, tribe, occupation and location? Many other grammar lessons in the guide are somewhat surprising. Perhaps you’re unaware of the difference between ensure and insure … or disburse and disperse.
Whether you’re fairly comfortable with written expression, or are only now taking it up for purposes of winning college scholarships, reading the guide gives you an exponentially better chance at scoring big.
And by the way, in case you’re wondering why you should trust this guide, rest assured that it comes from experts on the subject of Native American scholarships. In fact, there are few resources with more respect and a deeper understanding of Native cultures than Indian Country Media.
We offer in-depth, culturally sensitive coverage of Native Peoples and their many cultures, accomplishments and history, as well as Native education issues. Indian Country Media is an internationally recognized news service owned by the Oneida Indian Nation of New York, but its award-winning journalists cover all peoples.
So we urge you to download 101 Tips for Landing Native American Scholarships and Grants for College right now, while it’s fresh in your mind, and ensure that your scholarship submissions and qualifications are the best they can be! Otherwise, you’re just gambling with your future.
Indian Country Media Network
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