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Students! You are required to apply for one outside scholarship per the revised Higher Education (January 27, 2022).

  • It is the responsibility of the applying student to research the scholarships to determine if they will meet your application requirement.
  • Scholarships and/or grants that are given via school will not count for requirement but will be counted in the students unmet need.

We have provided some resources for your convenience. Please watch this page for updates on new funding opportunities.

FAFSA Student Aid Report “SAR”-If the SAR is submitted to the EBCI Higher Education Program by March 1st (Fall deadline), July 1st (Spring deadline), December 1st (Summer Deadline) it will satisfy the scholarship requirement.

If the financial aid award letter (from school)is received by the EBCI Higher Education Program by funding deadline, this will meet the scholarship requirement.

(Cappex.com, scholarships.com or “sweepstake” scholarships will not be accepted)

Chief John Alfred Tahquette Scholarship

The Chief John Alfred Tahquette Education Trust Scholarship are available to undergraduate students, graduate students and to students enrolled in technical schools if the student is enrolled in a college, university or technical school that is located more than 250 miles from Cherokee, North Carolina.

Successful candidates will be notified of their selection by July. The completed application and letters of recommendation should be sent to: Brittany Beck, Higher Education Manager, P. O. Box 481 Cherokee, NC 28719. Email: Britbeck@ebci-nsn.gov by 6/4/2024.

The following links provide the scholarship information and application in a word document form.

Internship & Fellowship Programs

Click here for the College Internship Application

EBCI Education and Training - College Internship Application

College internships allow students the opportunity to consolidate and apply learning from college coursework into a meaningful and relevant on-the-job experience. College internships are a way of helping students understand the relevance of academics in relation to success in the workplace. Working with an adult mentor at the worksite enables students to develop a foundation of professionalism and to acquire skills in their chosen career.

Click here for College Internship Application

State of North Carolina Internship Program

RALEIGH, N.C. –  Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the State of North Carolina Internship Program. Since its establishment in 1969, more than 4,000 internship opportunities have been awarded to North Carolina college students. The internship program is open to all North Carolina residents attending a college, university, technical institute or community college.

Students interested in applying for summer 2019 internships have until Monday, January 14, 2019 to submit their application. The 2019 State Government Internship Guide provides opportunities that are now available to view online on the NC Council for Women & Youth Involvement website.

The N.C. Department of Administration’s Council for Women & Youth Involvement (CFWYI) administers the Internship program, which runs May 20 through July 26, 2019. Interns earn a stipend of $8.25 per hour and work 40-hours per week for 10-weeks during the summer.

“This is a valuable program for college students to learn more about state government and to make a difference in North Carolina,” said N.C. Department of Administration Secretary Machelle Sanders. “It also plays a valuable role in preparing North Carolinians for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

Governor Cooper’s State of North Carolina Internship Program offers students real-world experience in a wide range of state government workplaces. Internships provide opportunities for students to work in their chosen field and to consider careers in public service.

“These internships can open doors for students interested in careers in public service,” said CFWYI Internship Coordinator Candace Dudley. “The interns bring fresh ideas and perspectives to state government.”

The internships integrate education, career development and public service. Opportunities exist in numerous recognized fields of study, from accounting to zoology. Interns also will participate in other activities that broaden their knowledge of public service and state government, such as seminars and site visits.

Interns are selected through a competitive process overseen by the N.C. Internship Council. Selection is based on a thorough review of applications, including academic records and interest in state government. Qualified candidates may be selected to interview with prospective supervisors, and matches are made.

For more information, please visit the N.C. Council for Women & Youth Involvement Office online or contact the program coordinator, Candace Dudley at 919-807-4407. Information also is available in campus career services or cooperative education offices.

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Summer Internship

OneUSDA Internship

I am proud to announce that we are accepting applicants to our “OneUSDA Internship” opportunity for Summer 2019. Today’s students are the future of America and there are few things more American than agriculture. We’re aiming to find fresh talent, with diverse backgrounds, across all 50 states, to begin their careers as an intern with USDA.

As part of the Federal Pathways Program, the OneUSDA Internship will provide students a way to explore serving their country through a career in government while gaining work experience in agriculture, natural resources, rural development, and other career fields.

If you know of anyone who may be interested in serving their country and working here at USDA, please pass this email along to them. We would love to hear from them and have them serve at USDA.

The OneUSDA Internship Program provides students with experience in a dynamic work environment that will enhance their educational goals and shape their career choices. At USDA, we are committed to teaching and shepherding the next generation of strong leaders.

USDA will start reviewing applications on December 9, and the application window will close on January 18, 2019. Help us spread the word!

In the Summer of 2019, USDA will hire Pathways Interns in hundreds of locations across every state for the following occupational fields:

  • Veterinary Science
  • Biological Sciences (e.g., natural resources management forestry, wildlife biology, fish biology, ecology, botany, rangeland management, recreation)
  • Engineering
  • Agribusiness, Contracting, Procurement, and Industry
  • General Administration and Office Support

After choosing the geographic region of preference and the career path that best matches with students’ area of study and professional aspirations at https://www.usda.gov/Internships, students simply follow the weblinks to https://www.usajobs.gov/ to set up an account, then follow the prompts to apply to the internship.

For more information, visit www.USDA.gov/Internships.

Health Policy Fellowship for Native Youth

Growing the Next Generation of Indian Health Advocates.
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) Health Policy Fellowship is a year-long program for Native youth 18-24 years old who are interested in making a difference in the health of their communities.

Health Policy Fellows:
• Work with Tribal leadership to identify one priority health issue
• Learn how to analyze policy in their issue area
• Create informed recommendations, and
• Advocate for change

Opportunities to Grow
Health Policy Fellows meet in-person 3 times and receive virtual trainings to strengthen their leadership skills and ability to effectively advocate for their communities.

NIHB covers Fellows’ travel for all in-person meetings.
We also provide free opportunities for professional development to current and past Fellows.

Got Questions?
Contact NIHB’s Native Youth Engagement Manager, Dr. Wendee Gardner at wgardner@nihb.org or (202) 548-7297.

CILA Pathway to Law

Are you a current college student, recent college graduate, student in a master’s degree program, or tribal leader? Do you identify as American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or First Nations of Canada? Are interested in applying to law school?

If so, you are invited to apply to CILA’s 2021 Pathway to Law Program, a two-day workshop that will guide you through the law school application process and pair you with an attorney mentor.

This year’s program will be virtual and take place March 5-6, 2021.

Click here for more information

PLSI Judicial Clerkship

The PLSI Judicial Clerkship Committee created this Judicial Clerkship Handbook to encourage and assist Native American law students in applying for and obtaining judicial clerkships across all levels of courts and tribunals.  Because judicial clerks play a central role in researching and drafting court decisions, Native American judicial clerks can help foster judicial understanding about tribes as sovereign governments and develop case law that respects tribal sovereignty and rights.  Many judicial clerks go on to become members of the judiciary.  We hope to encourage more Natives to pursue judicial clerkships and judicial positions on the state, tribal, and federal benches. 

PLSI Judicial Clerkship Handbook 2020

Field Biology Internship For High School Students

Native American Research Assistantship

The deadline to submit applications for 2019 Native American Research Assistantships has been extended to Dec. 1. To apply, please download an application form.

Research projects currently slated to be available for 2019 assistantships include:

  1. Assessment of camera trap surveys to estimate wild pig and white-tailed deer density
  2. Bat surveys and greater sage-grouse vegetation studies in the Buffalo Gap National Grassland of South Dakota
  3. Bioacoustic surveys for owls in Oregon’s Coast Range
  4. Evaluating restoration treatments to promote flora and fauna important to the Washoe Tribe

This program is facilitated by The Wildlife Society and the U.S. Forest Service, a Premier Partner of TWS.

Read more about this year’s program and application process here.

ZSR Fellowship

The ZSR Fellowship is a two-year, full-time, paid fellowship at the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (in Winston-Salem) for a recent college graduate or a graduating senior who is in interested in philanthropy, public policy, community service, and/or in the nonprofit sector. Eligible candidates must be a native or resident of North Carolina and/or graduate of an accredited North Carolina college or university. Women, persons of color, and members of the LGBT+ community are encouraged to apply. For more information or to apply, CLICK HERE.

Deadline for the ZSR Fellowship is Monday, January 7, 2019 at noon (12:00 p.m.)