2020-2021 Arizona Indian Education Association (AIEA) Student Scholarship

Scholarship Updates:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, AIEA has decided to make the following changes to the current 2020-2021 AIEA Student Scholarship application process:

  1. Extend the AIEA Student Scholarship deadline to August 7, 2020 by 11:59p.m. in which applications must be submitted to AIEA.est2003@gmail.com.
  2. Completed applications received by July 17, 2020 at 11:59p.m. will earn you an extra 1.5 points on your score.
  3. The Scholarship Review Committee will be reviewing scholarship applications on a case-by-case basis as schools may be closed during the summer causing delays for transcripts requests. Please notify AIEA by email at AIEA.est2003@gmail.com or Jerri.thomas@itcaonline.com if your school is closed and you are having difficulty acquiring your transcripts or other materials.
  4. AIEA Student Scholarship Application

    AIEA Student Scholarship Application
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    AIEA Student Scholarship FAQ’s

    You can find answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Arizona Indian Education Association’s Student Scholarships below.

    1. Where and how do I apply?
      1. Answer:
        1. Download the Scholarship application and evaluate the three scholarship categories
        2. Complete the scholarship application
        3. Gather all of the scholarship application materials and send them to AIEA by EMAIL to: AIEA.est2003@gmail.com
        4. Or you can MAIL your application to: AIEA Scholarship, 2214 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004
    2. What are the scholarship categories?
      1. Academics – Students with a GPA of 2.0 or above and doing very well in school
      2. Exemplary – Students who excel in many areas including academics, extracurricular activities, and involvement in the community
      3. Make a Difference – Students who may not excel in academics, but excel in other areas including extracurricular activities, artistic abilities, or involvement in the community
    3. When are applications open?
      1. Answer: AIEA strives to continually release the scholarship application in a timely manner as to release funds by the start of the Fall semester. For updates of our annual scholarship, please visit the AIEA webpage in the Spring.
    4. When will I be notified if I am awarded a scholarship?
      1. Answer: AIEA will notify award winners via email and letter by the notification date listed on the scholarship application.
    5. What is required for complete applications?
      1. Answer: The following are the needed materials that make up a complete application:
        1. Completed application form
          1. Please check ONE award
        2. Copy of tribal enrollment card/CIB from a federally-recognized Indian Nation
        3. Two letters of recommendation
          1. Letters must be from a teacher/professor, counselor/advisor, mentor, church leader, or community leader. Recommendations are encouraged to include cultural aspects and highlights of the student.
        4. Copy of your current school transcripts. Unofficial copies are acceptable
          1. INCOMING HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMEN: Incoming high school freshmen are to provide Middle School/Junior High transcripts.
          2. INCOMING COLLEGE FRESHMEN: Incoming college freshman to college and/or university are to provide High School transcripts.
        5. Typed double-spaced essay (2 pages, 12 point font) referring to the designated theme listed on the application
          1. Please follow the essay directions as listed.
        6. Curriculum vitae or resume
          1. Please include information regarding your received awards, student government or leadership positions, extracurricular activities (i.e. clubs, sports, community organizations, etc.), education/career goals, and role of culture in your life.
        7. College/University students only: Copy of enrollment verification from college/university office
    6. Can I submit “recycled” or “old” Letters of Recommendation?
      1. Answer: No, AIEA does not accept recycled letters of recommendations that were addressed to other organizations. Also, AIEA does not accept old letters of recommendations. Letters must be recent and addressed to AIEA.
    7. Can I have my Letter of Recommendation sent by my recommender?
      1. Answer: Yes, but it is the student’s responsibility to check with the Recommender that he or she submit the letter before the deadline.
    8. What should I include in my essay?
      1. Answer: To write an excellent essay, be sure to address the designated theme listed on the application. This is to have students write their essay in a personalized manner of what the theme means to themselves. The theme changes each year so recycled essays will not be accepted.
    9. Can I submit a “recycled” or “old” scholarship essay?
      1. Answer: No, AIEA does not accept recycled student essays that were addressed to other organizations. Also, AIEA does not accept old student essays. Essays must address AIEA and must address the theme listed on the application.
    10. Can I apply even if I am attending an out-of-state school?
      1. Answer: No, AIEA does not accept applications from students that are attending or will be attending a school or college/university outside the state of Arizona. This scholarship is intended for students currently living in Arizona who are attending or will be attending an Arizona school or college/university.
    11. Can I apply even if I am a member of an Arizona-federally recognized tribe that is attending an out-of-state school/college?
      1. Answer: No. This scholarship is intended for students currently living in Arizona who are attending or will be attending an Arizona school or college/university.
    12. Does my transcript(s) have to be official?
      1. Answer: No, a copy of your unofficial transcript(s) is acceptable.
    13. Do the College scholarships fund certificate programs, vocational, or trade school?
      1. Answer: No. The College scholarships only fund degree-seeking students who are attending an Arizona school or college/university.

    Other Helpful Tips

    1. Contacting the Arizona Indian Education Association to confirm we have received your scholarship application materials is completely acceptable and encouraged to ensure your scholarship application is complete.
    2. Typed double-spaced essay (2 pages, 12 point font) referring to the designated theme listed on the application
      1. Follow the instructions and answer the prompt
      2. Use professional language
      3. Make sure to check spelling and grammar before submitting
      4. Have a teacher, professor, or writing tutor read over your essay for quality, organization, and readability
    3. Submitting your application
      1. For the fastest way to submit your application, please email the completed application to AIEA.est2003@gmail.com
    4. Have more questions about the AIEA Student Scholarship?
      1. Please email Ms. Jerri Thomas at Jerri.thomas@itcaonline.com or call (480) 452-4867.

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