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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


December 13, 2003 - Issue 102


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Opportunities - Page One


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Here you will find listings of:


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

We will update this page if we receive additional opportunities for events, etc. that will occur before our issue publication date.


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


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



The Association of American Indian Physician's (AAIP) annual National
Native American Youth Initiative (NNAYI) will be held in Washington, DC,
June 19-27, 2004.

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 spaced)
  • Current Academic Transcript
  • Letter of Recommendation from school counselor/teacher
  • Primary Data Sheet
  • Photograph

Selected scholars will receive all expenses paid. Each participant will be provided with room, board and travel during the week long 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

Only a limited number of students will be accepted, therefore early application is encouraged. Deadline is May 14, 2004. For more information, please e-mail Carla Guy at or call (405)946-7072.

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Educational Foundation of America
Scholarship Grant

Grants up to 80% of course fees are available to 12 students during 2004 and are intended for people who would be unable to take a course without financial assistance. Applications for EFA scholarships must be US citizens but can be of any age and background and should have leadership potential and be in a position to bring about positive change in their own communities. They should be, for example, educators, journalists, public officials, social or environmental activists or working in green businesses.

Applicants will be asked to describe how they can use and disseminate what they learn at the College as a part of the application process.

Courses for which grants are available in 2004 include:

  • Indigenous Wisdom, January 11-30 with Hugh Brody, Rebecca Hossack, & Gregory Cajete
  • Fairness in a Fragile World: Globalization and Equity, February 8-27 with Ann Pettifor, Martin Khor, & Wolfgang Sachs
  • Agri-culture and Agro-Ecology: A New Future for Rural Systems, March14-April 2 with Tewolde Egziabher, Jules Pretty, & Miguel Altieri
  • Earth, Spirit & Action, April 25-May 14 with John Seed, Ruth Rosenhek, Starhawk, Alstair McIntosh, & Verene Nicolas
  • Ecological Design, May 16-June 4 with John and Nancy Jack Todd, Bill Dunster, & Alan Powers
  • Living Earth, June 13-July 3 with Stephan Harding, James Lovelock, Lynn Margulis, Ricardo Guerrero, & Tom Wakeford


The Administrator, Schumacher College, The Old Postern
Dartington, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EA
Tel +44 (0)1803 865934 Fax +44 (0) 1803 866899
The Newberry Library Frances C. Allen Fellowships

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Scholarship Announcement
Application Deadline: 01/04/04

Intertribal Timber Council

The Intertribal Council is pleased to invite all interested Native American/ Alaskan students to apply to our Truman D Picard Scholarship Program. We are dedicated to supporting students in pursuing a higher education in Natural Resources.

This year we will award scholarships in the following categories: 2004 graduating senior high school students ($1,200 scholarships) seeking an education in Natural Resources, and students who currently attend an institution of higher education and are studying Natural Resources ($1,800 scholarships).

Interested students must provide the following information by close of business (5:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time) January 30, 2004 to the Intertribal Timber Council Education Committee:

  • Letter of Application demonstrating
    1. an interest in Natural Resources,
    2. a commitment to education, community/ culture,
    3. academic merit and
    4. financial need.

    The Education Committee reviews and ranks each application. All four point should be addressed in the letter. The letter maybe up to two pages in length.

  • Resume.
  • Three letters of reference
  • Validated enrollment in a federally recognized Tribe or Native Alaska Corportation, as established by the U.S. Government.
  • 2004 GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS: Please provide documented proof of application to an institution of higher education to study in the area of Natural Resources along with school grades.
  • COLLEGE STUDENTS: If you are currently enrolled in a higher education program please provide documented proof of study in the area of Natural Resources, along with grades.

1112 N.E. 21st Avenue
Portland, OR 97232-2114
Phone: (503) 282-4296
FAX: (503) 282-1274

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Scholarship Announcement
Application Deadline 01/15/04

Talbot's Scholarship

Talbots scholarship Fund is a $100,000 scholarship program that awards five $10,000 scholarships and fifty $1,000 scholarships annually to women seeking a bachelor's or associate's degree later in life. Since its inception in 1997, the fund has awarded college scholarships to 330 women ranging in age from their late twenties to their early sixties.

To be eligible, applicants must be women currently residing in the United States who earned a high school diploma or GED at least ten years ago; be seeking a degree from an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school; and have at least two full-time semesters or twenty-four credits remaining to complete their undergraduate degree.

The deadline for entries is January 15, 2004, or until one thousand eligible applications have been received.

Application forms will be available at the Talbots Website.

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Scholarship Announcement
Application Deadline: 02/08/04

"National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds (UGSP)." The NIH is the world's largest biomedical research institution and is the Federal Government's focal point for medical research.

The application deadline for the 2004-2005 academic year will be February 28, 2004. Application materials are available on our Web site at Additionally, NIH will be happy to mail an application packet to you upon request.


The NIH UGSP helps students launch their careers on the cutting-edge of biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research.

The scholarship provides:

  • Up to $20,000 a year in scholarship support
  • Paid research training at the NIH during the summer and after graduation
  • Mentoring, research experience, career guidance, and skill development

Minimum requirements, students must be:

General Information about the scholarship can be found at the website below.

Please do not hesitate to be in touch with me with any questions you may have.


Amanda E. (Burton) Lapham
Assistant Director, Excellence Through Diversity
New England Board of Higher Education
45 Temple Place
Boston, MA 02111
phone: 617/357-9620 x130 fax: 617/338-1577 e:mail

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