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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


March 8, 2003 - Issue 82


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Opportunities - Page 2


Here you will find listings of:


  • Positions Available - including Fellowships and Internships;
  • Scholarship, Award and Grant Information; and
  • Event Announcements.

We receive these announcements from various sources including Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP)


To view additional listing from previous issues, click here Opportunities Button



Counselors needed for 6th Annual
National Native American Youth Initiative
June 21 ? 29, 2003
Washington, DC

The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) is seeking Native American medical and health professional students to serve as counselors for a Health, Biomedical Research, and Policy Development program for Native American high school students in Washington, DC. The goals of AAIP's National Native American Youth Initiative are to motivate Native American high school students to remain in the academic pipeline and to pursue a career in the health professions and/or biomedical research.

Twelve Native American medical and health professional students will be chosen to serve as counselors for this intensive summer program for high school students. Counselors will serve as role models and guides throughout the entire week. Room, travel, and board will be paid, as well as a stipend upon completion of the program. Applications are being accepted now for these positions. An AAIP Primary Data Sheet, CDIB, letter of reference, photo, and a one page personal statement of why you are qualified/eager to work with the NNAYI students is required.

Application deadline is April 25, 2003. If you have any questions please contact Carla Guy at (405) 946-7072 or via e-mail at

The National Native American Youth Initiative (NNAYI) program is an intense academic enrichment and reinforcement program consisting of mini-block courses teaching leadership, communication, study and testing skills plus assertiveness, networking and professional behavior, interactive learning and time management. Courses are designed to increase the student's background and skills so he/she is better prepared to remain in the academic pipeline and pursue a career in the health professions and/or biomedical research. It is the goal of AAIP to prepare these students for admission to college and professional school, and empower them to utilize these skills.

Topics will be presented in a series of lectures, field trips, and tutorials. The summer program will inform students of the variety of health careers available to Native American youth. AAIP members, health professionals, and traditional healers will provide special lectures regarding personal experiences toward a health career and the collaboration between western and traditional medicine.

Native American high school students planning to enter the health professions between the ages of 16 through 18 years old are eligible to apply. Students must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA (A = 4.0).


  • One Page Essay expressing plans to enter the health professions (double
  • Current Academic Transcript
  • Letter of Recommendation from school counselor/teacher
  • Primary Data Sheet
  • Copy of Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) or other form of tribal membership
  • Photograph

Selected scholars will receive all expenses paid. Each participant will be provided with room, board and travel during the weeklong program. It will be necessary for individuals to bring extra monies for items (i.e. souvenirs) they may wish to purchase during their stay.

Applications are also available for download on the AAIP web site at nnayi. Only a limited number of students will be accepted, therefore early application is encouraged. Deadline is May 14, 2003.

Association of American Indian Physicians
1225 Sovereign Row, Suite 103
Oklahoma City, OK 73108
TEL: (405) 946-7072 FAX: (405) 946-7651

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American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
Offers Scholarships for Minority Law School Students

Deadline: February 28, 2003

The American Bar Association (ABA) Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund works to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to ensure that these students have the opportunity to attend law school for three years.

The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund will award $5,000 of financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school. An award made to an entering first-year student may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during his or her time in law school.

Evaluation criteria include whether an applicant is a member of a racial and/or ethnic minority that has been under represented in the legal profession; financial need; personal, family, and educational background; participation in community service activities; and the applicant's personal statement.

To be eligible, an applicant must meet all of the following requirements:

  • be an entering, first-year law student in the 2003 academic year;
  • have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
    at his or her undergraduate institution; and be a citizen or permanent
    resident of the United States of America.

For complete application information, see the ABA Website.

For additional RFPs in Education, visit:

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Nonprofit Sector Research Fund was established in 1991 to expand understanding of nonprofit activities, including philanthropy and its underlying values, by making grants to support research undertaken by scholars and nonprofit practitioners.

JOB TITLE: Summer Internship 2003


JOB DESCRIPTION: The Nonprofit Sector Research Fund, a grantmaking program of The Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C., offers the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship in conjunction with a summer internship program open to members of minority groups based on need and academic excellence.

Both graduate and undergraduate students are eligible for the award. Through this scholarship program, the Fund seeks to introduce a diverse group of students to issues relating to philanthropy, voluntarism, and nonprofit organizations. Recipients may arrange with their colleges or universities to receive academic credit for this experience.

ACTIVITIES: The student will learn about nonprofit organizations by reading and analyzing background articles and assisting in preparations for the Fund's annual conference. The annual conference brings together nonprofit leaders, researchers and policy makers to discuss issues of importance to the nonprofit sector. The student will also undertake general research and program support for the Fund's grantmaking and outreach efforts.

REQUIREMENTS: The ideal candidate for this scholarship is a highly motivated graduate or undergraduate student from an underrepresented community. She or he should have a good academic record, and also have the following:

  • Research and analytical abilities;
  • A background in the social sciences or humanities; Excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated financial need;
  • The intern must be able to be at The Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C. for 10-12 weeks during the summer.

PROJECT LENGTH: 10-12 weeks during the summer of 2003

COMPENSATION: A scholarship grant of between $2,800 and $4,200 will be awarded, depending on the recipient's educational level, financial need, and time commitment.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: A letter of interest, resume, transcript, a letter from the appropriate college or university financial aid officer certifying demonstrated financial need, and two letters of reference should be sent to Jill Blackford, Senior Administrative Assistant, at the address below.

Applications must be received by no later than March 15, 2003.

SELECTION PROCESS: A committee of the Fund's governing Council will select the recipient based on the requirements listed above.

To request additional information, please contact: Jill Blackford or write:

Nonprofit Sector Research Fund
The Aspen Institute
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036;
phone (202) 736-5838;
fax (202) 293-0525.

Leon Lawrence
Director, Multicultural Affairs
College of Architecture, Art and Planning
B-1 West Sibley
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-6701
Tel: 607-255-6900
Fax: 607-254-2848

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DEADLINE 2/15/03

The American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, is seeking applications from underrepresented minority students for its scholars program. The application deadline is February 15, 2003.

The ACS Scholars Program provides financial support to academically accomplished African American, Hispanic and Native American students in their pursuit of undergraduate studies in chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, environmental science and related disciplines in two- and four- year college and university programs.

Up to 100 scholarships will be awarded to minority students seeking a career in chemistry. Freshmen can receive up to $2,500 per academic year. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible for up to $3,000 per academic year.

According to the Society's ChemCensus Report, relatively few minorities major in science-related disciplines at the college level. In 2000, for example, those of Hispanic heritage - 12.5 percent of the U.S. population - represented 2.6 percent of the chemistry work force; African Americans - almost 12 percent of the population - made up less than two percent of the chemical work force; and Native Americans - one percent of the population - made up less than one percent of the chemical work force.

For more details on the ACS Scholars Program, including an online application form, please visit or telephone 1-800-227-5558, extension 6250.

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DEADLINE 3/28/03

The Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund is pleased to announce applications for its 2003-04 scholarship program are now available. Eligible applicants are civilian federal and postal employees with at least three years of service, and their dependents. Dependent applicants must be full-time students in an accredited degree program and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Employee applicants must meet the same academic criteria but may be part-time students. Additional qualifications and a downloadable version of the 2003-04 application are posted on FEEA's website,, in the "Educational Assistance" area.

To receive a printed application, send a self-addressed, stamped #10 envelope to: FEEA Scholarships; 8441 W. Bowles Ave., Suite 200; Littleton, CO 80123-9501. Agencies requesting applications in bulk should call FEEA at 1-800-323-4140, fax requests to 303-933-7587, or e-mail

Completed applications must be postmarked no later than March 28, 2003.

FEEA is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) agency, primarily funded through federal employee contributions to FEEA CFC Pledge #1234 and donations to special relief funds. Since 1986, the FEEA Emergency Assistance Program has provided over $2.7 million in financial assistance to federal families experiencing natural disasters such as floods, fires and hurricanes, and to those experiencing unforeseen personal emergencies such as illness or death in the family.

FEEA has also provided more than $3.5 million in scholarships to civilian federal employees and their dependents. For more information about FEEA, visit or call 303-933-7580.

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NASA's Educator Astronaut Program: From the Classroom to the Cosmos* ...
DEADLINE 4/30/03

On January 21, 2003, NASA announced the beginning of nationwide efforts to recruit and select qualified K - 12 educators to join the NASA Astronaut Corps, supporting the Agency mission, "... to inspire the next generation of explorers ... as only NASA can."

For the first time, NASA is actively recruiting individuals with current specific educational experience and expertise in K - 12 education. NASA is looking for the Educator Astronauts to help lead, by example, mission participation and classroom applications, the Agency in the development of new ways to connect space exploration with the classroom, and to inspire the next generation of explorers. The Educator Astronaut Program is an equal opportunity program open to all qualified applicants.

An Educator Astronaut will be a fully qualified member of the NASA Astronaut Corps who has an expertise and recent/ongoing occupation in K - 12 education. Like all NASA astronauts, the Educator Astronauts will have to qualify and pass the rigorous certifications and tests required and will be trained to perform all of the functions and responsibilities (space walks, International Space Station deployment, experiment management, etc.) that the Agency's Mission Specialist astronauts are qualified to perform.

All aspects of the standardized traditional requirements for consideration in the NASA Astronaut Corps will continue: go to the NASA Astronaut Program website for further detailed information. In addition to personal and individual applications, potential candidates names may be submitted by students, educational colleagues and academic organizations and institutions.

Nominations and access to the Educator Astronaut Program are available through the Internet, along with additional information about NASA's education initiatives at:

Administrator Sean O'Keefe outlined this unique NASA program designed to show learning in a whole new light by giving students and teachers across the country an unprecedented NASA mission opportunity.

"We must excite school children into learning about science and mathematics". "This program is wonderful because it will reveal the endless possibilities of space exploration to a new generation, just like many of the today's NASA scientists were inspired by a similar calling in the 1960's".

The program's goals are to generate renewed interest in science and mathematics and cultivate a new generation of scientists and engineers by nominating and recruiting educators for NASA's astronaut corps. "NASA leads the most ambitious exploration and scientific research efforts in history," said Administrator O'Keefe. "It's a legacy that is in jeopardy unless we find innovative ways to get students and the entire education community excited about mathematics and science. We believe the Educator Astronaut Program will help us fulfill our mandate to inspire that next generation of explorers".

Teachers who want the chance to join the Educator Astronaut Program may apply using the Educator Astronaut website at: The application deadline is April 30, 2003. Educators with questions about the program, or who do not have access to the Internet, can call (877/332-7876) toll-free.

After April 30, 2003, NASA will review up to 600 applications and select Educator Astronaut candidates to begin training at the Johnson Space Center in Houston to join the astronaut corps. After graduation, new Educator Astronauts will be eligible for a Space Shuttle flight assignment as fully trained Mission Specialists.

"Educator Astronauts will be able to provide a direct connection between America's teachers and students, and the various careers and opportunities associated with space exploration through the Nation's aerospace program," said Associate Administrator for Education Dr. Adena Williams Loston, who will manage the program in Washington. "Education has always been a part of NASA's mission, and we have renewed our commitment to get students excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics again".

Teachers and representatives from approximately 15 national education organizations and associations, including the Challenger Center for Space Science Education and the National Science Teachers Association are working with industry, and other federal, state and local governments to engage educators, students and the public. Please feel free to encourage participation and share the information regarding this unique opportunity. Diverse and Minority candidates are encouraged to apply for the NASA - EAP.

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Scholarship Announcement

HBCU-CENTRAL.COM is excited to be offering several $1,000.00 academic scholarships to deserving students for the 2003-2004 academic year.

Applications must be submitted by May 1st, 2003.

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Over 100 places for Scholarships

The following is a list of links to scholarship programs for minority students.

  1. Ron Brown Scholar Program (major Scholarships)
  2. Scholarships On The Net (1,500)
  3. FastWEB Scholarship Search
  8. McDONALD'S Education Scholarships (with UNCF)
  9. Target Scholarships

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