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AISES will accept online applications for travel scholarships to this year’s Leadership Summit for one more week.  This year’s summit is being held at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa – in Santa Ana Pueblo, NM on March 19-21, 2015. These scholarships will provide support to 8 to 12 students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.  Students must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited four year college/university or a full-time student at a two-year college enrolled in a program leading to an academic degree.

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For more information about the Leadership Summit, please go to:  http://www.aises.org/news/events/2015-leadership-summit

Award Amount:  Awards will range from $350 to a max of $1,350.  The scholarships will help cover the followingactual expenses incurred: round-trip airfare (or mileage if local), lodging costs (roommates will be assigned to keep costs down), and conference registration fees. Depending on the size of the award, if funds remain, a small stipend may be awarded, post conference, to assist with other associated travel costs (such as airport parking, baggage fees, shuttles, and/or meals) not covered.  Please be aware that scholarships vary in size and individual student travel costs also vary depending on departure city, airline pricing, etc.  Students in more rural/distant locations often have travel costs that exceed the scholarship award and should budget accordingly.

  1. Scheduled roundtrip air, AISES will purchase directly.
  2. Hotel accommodations, AISES will purchase directly; students will be assigned a roommate to keep costs down.
  3. Registration fee, AISES will also pay directly.

Meals, not provided at the Conference, parking fees, and transportation to the airport are the student’s responsibility.  Expenses that exceed the scholarship are the student’s responsibility.  AISES will only provide lodging for three (3) nights on March 19-22, 2015.  Students’ travel days will be Thursday, March 19th and Sunday, March 22, 2015.

Students are expected to attend all events and to abide by the AISES Code of Conducthttp://www.aises.org/sites/default/files/documents/CHAPTER_CODE_OF_CONDUCT_.pdf

Failure to attend all scheduled events and violating the AISES Code of Conduct may result in the forfeiture of all or a portion of the scholarship.  As always, alcohol and drug use is not permitted at AISES events.

Eligibility   Eligible students must be pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.  Students must be currently enrolled as full-time students in their field of study during the spring 2015 semester.

Applicants MUST meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Must have a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA).  Latest Official Transcripts (issued by your school registrar’s office) will be required.
  2. Must be a full-time (12 credit hours or more) student at a two- year or four-year college or university, enrolled in a program leading to an academic degree (not a certificate) in a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) field.
  3. Must be a member of an American Indian tribe or otherwise considered to be an American Indian by the tribe with which affiliation is claimed; or is Alaskan Native; or considered to be an Alaskan Native by an Alaskan Native group to which affiliation is claimed; or is a Native Hawaiian.  Or, if not enrolled, have a federalCertificate of Degree of Indian Blood or Certificate of Degree of Alaska Native Blood indicating at least a 25% blood quantum.  Official Documentation identifying the student must be provided.
  4. Must be a member of AISES to apply.  To obtain an AISES membership go to http://www.aises.org/membership/

Application Deadline:  The application deadline is now Friday, February 20, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. MDT.

Notification:  Notification of scholarship awards will be made no later than February 25, 2015.  If you do not hear back from AISES by then, please call or email (preferred).

Application Process:
AISES only accepts applications submitted online via our online scholarship platform, https://aises.starsscholarshipsonline.com/stars/default.aspx.

A general application form is completed by the student online. No paper applications are accepted. This general application requires the student to complete questions and submit documents that are relevant to all AISES scholarship programs and which will allow the scholarship platform to determine which scholarships the applicant is eligible for. The system then prompts the student to apply for those scholarships and requests any additional information or documentation required by a particular scholarship that is not already addressed within the general application.

Students will create an account in the system. They will create their own user name and password, which they may use any time to re-access the system. This access is key, as students are responsible for ensuring that their documents and other requirements are in the system and that the information is up-to-date, especially contact information. AISES Programs staff and the scholarship platform communicates primarily via email, thus email addresses should be current and email checked regularly, If an email address changes, it is the student’s responsibility to inform AISES Programs staff.

Note:  Students with academic scholarship applications for 2014-2015 already in the scholarship system will just need to update contact info and submit a few extra documents.

Similarly, AISES does not inform students if their application is incomplete, letters of recommendation have not been received by the system, etc. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that requested and appropriate documentation has been uploaded into the system or received by it. Likewise, the student applicant must follow-up with references, registrar’s offices, etc., to ensure they are aware of deadlines and to allow sufficient time to get required documents in time. In order to keep the process fair and equitable, no exceptions are made for missed deadlines, as other applicants have worked hard to get their info in on time.

Students will submit an essay regarding why they would like to attend the Leadership Summit.

Required Documents include:  Just one letter of reference, official transcripts bearing a registrar’s signature or seal, official proof of tribal membership, official spring semester/term enrollment verification, and a current resume.

For more information about these travel scholarships, please contact Katherine Cristiano at 720-552-6123 or email her at kcristiano@aises.org.

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