Frank J. Caverly Scholarship

The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. is excited to announce a scholarship opportunity for the new Fall 2020 academic year. The Frank J. Caverly Scholarship Fund is to provide financial support for American Indian students pursuing post-secondary education at a junior college, college, university, or accredited vocational/technical school in Arizona.

Please share information as completed applications including all forms and documents are due Friday, July 31, 2020 and no exceptions.

Due to the pandemic and current events, our office is closed, but we are receiving mail. We apologize for the delay in response of confirming mailed scholarship packages.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be tribally enrolled
  • Be a high school graduate
  • Must be residing and living in Arizona
  • Be accepted and attending a community/tribal college, college, or university or vocational/technical school in the state of Arizona
  • Student’s educational objective must benefit tribal communities, directly or indirectly; and
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 for Undergraduate students and 3.0 for Graduate students

Completed application must be emailed or mailed to:

Inter Tribal Council of Arizona
Caverly Scholarship
2214 North Central Ave, Suite 100
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Attn: Monique Tsosie

Email submissions to: Monique.Tsosie@itcaonline.com

Deadline

Applications are due on Friday, July 31, 2020 (postmark will not be accepted).

If you have any questions please contact Ms. Monique Tsosie at (602) 258-4822 or via email at Monique.Tsosie@itcaonline.com.

2020 Frank J Caverly Scholarship Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification Form W-9
Application W-9 Form

2020 Frank J. Caverly Scholarship FAQ’s

You can find answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Frank J. Caverly Scholarship below:

  1. Where and how do I apply?
      Answer: Download the Scholarship application and read over all forms included then begin to complete the scholarship application. Gather all of the scholarship application required documents and materials. Once completed you have two options to submit your application.

      Email:

      Postal Mail:

        Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.
        Frank J. Caverly Scholarship
        2214 North Central Avenue Suite 100
        Phoenix, Arizona 85004
        Attn: Monique Tsosie

  2. What is required for complete applications?
      Answer:
      • Personal Information (Form);
      • Estimated Expenses and Income and Applicant’s Statement (Form);
      • Proof of Enrollment in a Tribe (acceptable documents include a copy of a Certificate of Indian Blood, Tribal Enrollment Card, etc.);
      • Proof of achievement of a high school diploma or GED (or GED equivalent) (copy of diploma or GED certificate);
      • Copy of acceptance letter or proof of enrollment for the Academic Year of Fall 2020;
      • Verification of a minimum grade point average of 2.5 for Undergraduate students or 3.0 for Graduate students (copy of your most recent transcript);
      • Completed W-9 tax form (see attachment);
      • Two Letters of Recommendation from an academic counselor, mentor and/or instructor along with a community member whom can both speak on your behalf of your academic, extracurricular activities, and/or volunteer work within a Tribal community;
      • One page single-space (not exceed 2 pages) essay that includes your achievements, activities, educational goals, and career goals for service to your tribal community including how the scholarship will help reach your goals.
  3. Am I eligible for apply for the Frank J. Caverly Scholarship?
      Answer: Applicants must meet the following qualifications:
      • Be tribally enrolled
      • Be a high school graduate
      • Must be residing and living in Arizona
      • Be accepted and attending a community/tribal college, college, or university or vocational/technical school in the state of Arizona
      • Student’s educational objective must benefit tribal communities, directly or indirectly; and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 for Undergraduate students and 3.0 for Graduate students
  4. When are the Frank J. Caverly Scholarship applications open?
      Answer: The Frank J. Caverly Scholarship is offered once a year and ITCA strives to continually release the scholarship application in a timely manner to release funds by the start of the Fall Semester. For updates, please visit the ITCA webpage and search Frank J. Caverly Scholarship for announcements.
  5. When will I be notified if I am awarded a scholarship?
      Answer: The Scholarship Committee will review all applications and ITCA will notify award winners via email and letter by the mid-August 2020.
  6. Can I submit “recycled” or “old” Letters of Recommendation
      Answer: No, Scholarship Committee does not accept recycled letters of recommendations that were addressed to other organizations. Also, the Scholarship Committee does not accept old letters of recommendations. Letters must be recent and addressed to Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. with attention of the Frank J. Caverly Scholarship.
  7. Is it required for Letter of Recommendation sent to ITCA directly or can it be submitted with the application packet?
      Answer: It is not required for Letters of Recommendation to submit directly to Ms. Tsosie. You may submit the LORs with your application packet as long as signature and contact of the LOR is provided but it is the student’s responsibility to check with the Recommender that he or she submit the letter before the deadline if submitting directly to Ms. Tsosie at Monique.Tsosie@itcaonline.com.
  8. Can I apply even if I am attending an out-of-state school?
      Answer: No, the Frank J. Caverly scholarship is intended for students currently living in Arizona who are attending or will be attending an Arizona tribal college/college/university or vocational/technical school in the Fall 2020.
  9. Does my transcript(s) have to be official?
      Answer: No, a copy of your unofficial transcript(s) is acceptable.
  10. Why is a W-9 form required?
      Answer: The W-9 form is required by the funding institution therefore, if you are awarded the scholarship they need a W-9 form to disburse the funds to your financial aid office. Please print clearly returning page one of the form with your signature and information.
  11. What is the required GPA to apply for the Frank J. Caverly Scholarship?
      Answer: Minimum GPA of 2.5 for Undergraduate students and 3.0 for Graduate students. If you just graduated high school in Spring 2020, your high school transcripts will be accepted.
  12. Do I send the Expense/Income Sheet to my Financial Aid Institution?
      Answer: No, do not send your Income/Expense sheet to your financial aid institution. This form is self-reported therefore, it needs to be completed by you.
  13. What is the scholarship amount request?
      Answer: Scholarship Amount Request is self-report based on what you need from your expenses.
  14. What font size is recommend for the essay?
      Answer: Your paper should be written using a standard sheet of paper (8.5×11 inch) using a common font such as Times New Roman with 12 Font size. The essay required is a one page single-space (not exceed 2 pages) essay that includes your achievements, activities, educational goals, and career goals for service to your tribal community including how the scholarship will help reach your goals.

Other Helpful Tips

  • Contacting the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona to confirm we have received your scholarship application materials is completely acceptable and encouraged to ensure your scholarship application is complete.
  • Follow the instructions and answer the prompt
  • Use professional language
  • Make sure to check spelling and grammar before submitting. Have a teacher, professor, or writing tutor read over your essay for quality, organization, and readability.

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