Maadaadizi Program Weekly Update

Week of January 8, 2016

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IMPORTANT Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors

There are two, great scholarship opportunities for American Indian seniors.

  1. Minnesota Indian Scholarship- if you are going to stay in Minnesota for college, if you have at least 1/4 degree of Indian blood, and if your are eligible for Pell grants (you must submit your FAFSA for this), you may be eligible to receive up to $4000/year for college. Check out their website for more information and the application (very simple application).
  2. Cobell Scholarship - this scholarship is directed to original Cobell Settlement Class members or Direct descendants. The scholarship is distributed through the American Indian Graduate Center, and the amount of the scholarship will vary. Students MUST complete a Tribal Eligibility Certificate (not enrollment card) and complete the application. Kerrie called the American Indian Graduate Center on Thursday and they indicated that the application will open up in the next few days. Deadline is May 1, 2016.

Also, please check with your Tribe/Nation to see if you are eligible to receive a college scholarship. To see a listing of Minnesota Tribal contact information for scholarships, please click here and scroll to the 12th page.

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SPPS/Princeton Review ACT Prep Course

SPPS is offering a free ACT Prep Course to any current Junior. There are three options available; however, students choose the option that corresponds to their ACT PLAN score. If you do not know your ACT PLAN score, please ask your school counselor, email Kerrie, or review it under the "About Me" tab in your Naviance account.

The following are the three options - - You will need to register online through the provided link by 1/28/2016:

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Seniors -FAFSA

Seniors can now begin to fill out and submit their FAFSA applications for Federal Financial Aid.

To start:

  1. Sign up for a PIN at Both you and your parent/guardian will need to create a PIN. You will need your social security number to begin this process.
  2. Access the FAFSA application at and complete.

Please try to have your FAFSA submitted by March 1. To watch a tutorial on how to complete the FAFSA, click here.

Additional FAFSA support and MN Indian Scholarship application assistance will be available at the January 15th powwow or students can contact Kerrie Troseth or their high school school counselor for more support.

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Kerrie's Schedule for January 11-15

  • Monday- Meetings at the Indian Education Office.
  • Tuesday- Harding High School
  • Wednesday-Central High School
  • Thursday- Johnson High School
  • Friday -Harding High School

School Counselor Visits to High Schools

Kerrie will regularly be visiting Central, Como Park, Harding, Highland, and Johnson High Schools this school year. If you do not attend one of these high schools, you still can receive Indian Education counseling services. Please email Kerrie ( if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet.
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  • Conversation Corps: Minnesota‚Äôs afterschool program, Youth Outdoors, connects urban teens to the natural environment through hands-on conservation and neighborhood beautification projects. It empowers young people to become active, engaged citizens and leaders. Conversation Corps is currently taking applications for Spring 2016.
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February 1, 2016 Deadline: AIGC's College Horizon Program.

February 2, 2016 Deadline: The Jackson Laboratory 2016 Summer Student Program. The Summer Student Program is designed to help students understand the nature of research science. All students receive a stipend of $4,750 for the 10-week program, including room and board at Highseas or Avon Old Farms. The cost of round-trip travel between the student's home and the Laboratory is also provided.

No Deadline: The Ninijanisag (Our Children) Program teaches youth ages 10-21 problem-solving, leadership, and communication skills in a community and cultural context. Traditional American Indian cultural activities are offered weekly and include drum and dance, sweat lodge, traditional crafts, talking circles, traditional storytelling, and intergenerational language tables. Leadership opportunities include public speaking, mentoring, and planning community cultural events. The long-term impact of Ninijanisag is to provide American Indian young people with cultural and community connections to sustain them and deter them from substance abuse, crime, violent behavior, suicide, and other destructive behaviors. Click here for more information and an application.

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Upcoming Events

  • Jan. 15: SPPS Indian Education Powwow at AIMS. Starts at 6:00 pm.
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American Indian Scholarship Updates

For a comprehensive listing of scholarships and financial aid opportunities and information for American Indian students, please click here.

For specific Tribal scholarship programs, click here and scroll to page 12.

Deadlines for Scholarship Opportunties:

Ongoing: Sign up for the American Indian Graduate Center's e-newsletter for updated American Indian scholarship opportunities. Click here to register for the newsletter. Students can apply for the Cobell Scholarship through the AIGC's scholarship page.

January 13, 2016: The Gates Millennium Scholars Program

January 15, 2016: Lara Gerhardson from the Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program will be available at the SPPS Indian Education powwow. She can answer questions regarding the scholarship and FAFSA program.

May 1, 2016: Cobell Scholarship through the American Indian Graduate Center.

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Volunteering & Service Opportunities

  • Tradition Not Addiction through Indigenous People's Task Force is currently recruiting youth ages 12-18 for their program. Youth receive $120 gift card for participating. For more information, an application, and schedule of days, please email or call 612-722-6248 and ask for Suzanne.

Contact Kerrie

Have questions about this newsletter? Contact me.