External Scholarships and Programs

We provide information on scholarships and programs available outside of our organization so our youth can have the necessary resources for success. Check back regularly for more opportunities.

Summer Programs 2019

The Pokagon Band Department of Education would like to share the following four summer opportunities for high school students. Each program is unique in focus ,but all programs have been recognized by the Department of Education as university sponsored programs that will qualify for funding through the Department of Education for accepted students. Please visit each website for program details and do not hesitate to ask for application assistance. If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Education.

The Native American Business Institute

The Native American Business Institute (NABI) is a FREE weeklong pre-college summer program for Native American high school students who will be entering the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade during the 2019-2020 school year. Participants work with MSU admissions officers, college counselors, tribal community leaders, and corporate representatives in a seven-day “business boot-camp” that prepares students for the college and exposes them to numerous academic and professional opportunities.

Program dates: June 22–28, 2019
Deadline to apply: May 3,2019
Cost: Free of charge

Michigan Indian Leadership Program (MILP)

MILP is designed to give Native American youth in grades 8-12 the opportunity to experience college life and explore the many exciting educational opportunities available at Michigan State University as well as the many career opportunities available in the agricultural, food sciences, natural resources and related fields. Although the program is not limited to Native American youth, the program content is based on issues of relevance to Native American students.

Program dates: July 14–19, 2019
Deadline to apply: April 12, 2019
Cost: Free of charge


Michigan Indian Elders Association Student Incentive Program

A Student Incentive Program is being offered by the Michigan Indian Elders Association (MIEA) to  recognize students who achieve all “A’s” for a marking period as well as students who achieve perfect attendance for a marking period. There will be a minimum of $3,000 available to fund this program this year. An award of $25 will be made for each qualified entry up to the minimum available funds in the program. In the event that the number of qualified entries exceeds the funds available, the winners will be determined by lottery.

Michigan Indian Elders Association Scholarship Program

The Michigan Indian Elders Association (MIEA) is pleased to announce that it will make available (3) $1000 scholarships and (6) $500 scholarships. The scholarships will be awarded to at least nine qualified students with the $1000 scholarships being awarded to top 3 qualified student, as determined by committee review and lottery, if necessary. Each student must be currently enrolled in a course of study at, or have a letter of acceptance from, a public college or university or technical school and must meet the qualifications listed on their website.

The Caring.com Scholarship

The Student-Caregiver Scholarship provides financial assistance to students who are caring for an adult relative while enrolled in college. Two scholarships of $1,500 are awarded each year to student-caregivers to help cover costs of tuition and books. Applicants must be full-time college students at an accredited two-or-four-year college or university in the United States, or full-time high school students who are registered to attend a qualifying institution the following semester.

Scholarships for Native American Students

Only 17 percent of Native American students enroll in college after high school, while the national average for all students is about 70 percent. Of the Native American students who start college, 82 percent drop out before they finish. This staggering number is mostly due to the lack of academic and financial resources available to many Native American students. Native American students who want to attend college have resources available. This guide provides an overview of the scholarships, grants and potential help available through tribal colleges for Native American students.