FOND DU LAC SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
POLICIES, PROCEDURES, GUIDELINES AND INSTRUCTIONS
Spring semester is right around the corner. Are you ready?
- Did you turn in your previous semester’s final grades to the FDL SP Office?
- Did you submit your spring class schedule? MUST show course names, course numbers, number of credits per class, and dates & times classes meet.
- If you are a grad or doctorate student, you MUST submit a bill to our office. The bill MUST have all other awards (scholarships) posted to that bill BEFORE you turn it in to us. Make sure to submit book receipts for reimbursement; all purchase receipts must show “paid in full and your name showing payment.”
- Undergrad students DO NOT submit a bill.
Historically, Anishnaabeg were a “performance based” people. The Leaders and Elders would reward a person for the good and positive contributions made to and for their families, community and tribe. Our people continue to practice this tradition which results in a healthy community; a place where people can meet their economic, social, physical, cultural and spiritual needs, work together for the common good and participate in creating their future. The Fond du Lac Scholarship Program’s mission is to follow this path by “rewarding” or providing scholarship assistance to eligible band members who seek to complete college degrees, technical school certificates or private career school diplomas.
Guide to Scholarships for Indigenous Students (offsite link)
One-time Federal Student Loan Debt Relief - Eligible borrowers can get a full or partial discharge of loans up to $20,000.
Contact the Scholarship Office:
1720 Big Lake Road.
Cloquet, MN 55720
Phone: 1-800-365-1613 or 218-878-2681
CareerForce Pathways to Prosperity Classes
We have two Pathways to Prosperity (P2P) classes starting on January 23, 2023:
Health Services will be held at Lake Superior College January 23 - April 19, 2023. The class is designed for those that are interested in working in the medical field in an administrative capacity and will prepare candidates for roles such as Patient Account Rep, Registration, Health Unit Coordinator and Medical Receptionist. Students will earn 1 college credit for LSC’s Medical Terminology class and a certificate in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook) with the opportunity to continue on to earn up to 3 credits for LSC’s full Microsoft Office class. Informational Flyer
Building Strong Communities is a hybrid online/in person class from January 23 – April 2023 where participants learn about the building trades and complete their OSHA10 and MC3 credentials, engage with employers/union representatives, experience hands-on activities at a number of trades training facilities, gain interview experience and feedback, and receive support through the job search/application process. Participants need to have at least their HS Diploma or GED and a valid driver’s license. Informational Flyer
Allete Summer 2023 Internships
The application process for over a dozen internship opportunities for this coming summer is now open. We welcome you to visit www.allete.com/careers to learn more about our careers and internship opportunities. (Click the Job Opportunities link, then type 'Internship' in the description search field to see all of the opportunities.)
Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation Scholarships
The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation offers nearly 100 scholarships together worth more than $800,000 to support students in our region pursuing postsecondary education. Applications open Dec. 1 and close at noon Feb. 15 for scholarships available during the 2023-24 academic year.
U of Mn School of Nursing Pathway
The University of Minnesota School of Nursing’s new Doctoral Education Pathway for American Indian/Alaska Native Nurses supports AI/AN nurses in completing a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or PhD degree at the University of Minnesota.
Minnesota Private Colleges Add New Majors
Creating a new major is a serious undertaking that requires careful planning, preparation and hard work. Learn about the planning and preparation that went into launching the new programs being offered by Hamline, St. Olaf and St. Thomas.
Cosmetology Schools Near Me Scholarships
Cosmetology Schools Near Me scholarships page is an aide to help find scholarships in the vocational trades, focusing on cosmetology. To see scholarships referred from this resource, click the link below. (Scholarships list is near bottom of page)
St. Cloud State Native Educators Standing Together
The Minnesota Indian Teacher Training Program (TTP) provides scholarships, mentoring and support for American Indian students starting, continuing or completing a teacher preparation program or another eligible program focusing on any area of Pre-K-12 employment.
This year's scholarships include:
- Scholarships for STEM and Business majors
- Scholarships for future teachers and nurses
- Scholarships for underrepresented populations, Indigenous students, and first-generation students
- and many more!
University of Minnesota Native American Promise Tuition Program
U of MN has announced its Native American Promise Tuition Program. Starting in Fall 2022, they are expanding the Morris Campus program to the remaining four system campuses, giving substantial financial support, and in many cases completely free tuition, to first-year undergraduate students and transfers from Tribal colleges who are enrolled citizens in one of Minnesota’s 11 federally recognized Tribal Nations.
Augsburg University Full Tuition Program
Starting this fall, Augsburg University of Minneapolis, will launch the American Indian Recognition Full Tuition Program to support and promote the importance of American Indian students on campus. While several states have enacted laws providing financial aid to American Indian students, this full-tuition program appears to be one of the first of its kind among private U.S. colleges and universities. Unlike many public institutions, Augsburg’s program does not limit eligibility to American Indian students who live in the state. See related links below:
Scholarships for Native American Students
The website, BestColleges.com, has a helpful section for Native American students. Learn about scholarships available to Native American students, and discover ways to help pay for your postsecondary education.
Students United Scholarships
Students United, a nonprofit in MN that advocates for students' rights, has scholarships available for students who are attending any MinnState system college/university.
We offer/promote 8 scholarships with varying criteria.
- Some of them are open to graduate students as well as undergrad.
- Most are about leadership and advocacy, but we also have some need-based scholarships as well as an emergency relief fund.
- There are two that are only available for those who identify themselves as a person of color (being the Elizabeth Pegues Matching Scholarship and the Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship).
UMD Master's Programs
For anyone who is considering either UMD’s Master of Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship program or the Master of Tribal Administration and Governance program; The 1854 Treaty Authority and the University of Minnesota are partnering to create a fully-funded graduate assistantship which will cover tuition, living stipend, and health insurance throughout the two-year master’s degree (Fall 2022 - Spring 2024).
University of Minnesota Native American Promise Tuition Program
U of MN has announced its Native American Promise Tuition Program. Starting in Fall 2022, they are expanding the Morris Campus program to the remaining four system campuses, giving substantial financial support, and in many cases completely free tuition, to first-year undergraduate students and transfers from Tribal colleges who are enrolled citizens in one of Minnesota’s 11 federally recognized Tribal Nations. For more information about the University of Minnesota Native American Promise Tuition Program, please click here.
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Opportunities
Weekend College Learning Community - every-other weekend, meeting Friday evening and all day Saturday for two years Degree Me Learning Community - meeting Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for two years
University of Phoenix Scholarship
The University of Phoenix and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa have teamed up to provide educational opportunities to the tribal community while minimizing or eliminating the need for student loan debt.
Minnesota Power Foundation “Positively Powerful” Scholarship Fund
The fund provides need-based scholarships to deserving students in Minnesota Power’s service area who demonstrate integrity, academic achievement, grit and perseverance. This scholarship provides an opportunity to minimize the financial barriers of higher education while creating an economically thriving and culturally vibrant talent community in northeastern and central Minnesota.
Benefits.Gov Grant Matching Program
Two programs are available from Benefits.Gov; Matching Grants to Tribes for Scholarship Program, and Indian Higher Education Grant Program. The Matching Grants program is specifically for students in the Health Care field. The Higher Education Program is for any college students. For details and qualifications, see the links below:
University of Arizona Indigenous Governance Program
The Indigenous Governance Program (IGP) provides educational opportunities for individuals interested in a deep, practical understanding of Indigenous governance and rights. Our internationally renowned faculty teach a combination of live and online courses for tribal leaders and other professionals to collaborate on how to strengthen Indigenous governance.
January in Tucson - Three weeks of three-day courses.
Grad Program - Master of Professional Studies in Indigenous Governance
Scholarship Office Staff
Rachelle A. West
Scholarship Program Assistant