Important Scholarship Information

We encourage you to read through the information below to inform yourself about the scholarships offered, their requirements and guidelines.

The Higher Education Scholarship is a Public Law 93-638 Contract and funds are appropriated annually by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (CRST) Scholarship is funded annually through appropriations by the Public Law. 106-511 Tribal Equitable Compensation Act (TECA), more about TECA here.

Both are annual, non-renewable, and available to college students who are an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, full-time, (limited part-time funding is available), and attending any nationally, regionally and industry accredited post-secondary institution. Applicants must be accepted for admission to a nationally accredited institution of higher education which provides a course of study conferring the Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts or science degree, a vocational certificate or diploma, Masters, Doctoral, professional degree or certificate. All applicants must demonstrate financial need as determined by the financial aid officer of the collegiate institution.

In order to receive priority consideration for a scholarship, application files must be complete by the following deadlines.
Academic Year June 15th
Spring Only November 15th
Summer Session April 15th

To remain eligible for the Higher Education and CRST Scholarship Program(s), students must maintain a grade point average (GPA) minimum of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and complete the semester earning no less than 12 credit hours. Freshman students may be placed on probation if the GPA is less than 2.0 but higher than a 1.75. Sophomores, juniors and seniors with a GPA less than 2.0 will be placed on suspension. Withdraws during a semester or discontinues training without providing written notification to the CRST Education Services office will be placed on suspension. Only withdrawals for the following reasons will prevent termination of funding:
a. Medical-must present medical statement signed by your physician.
b. Death in family (immediate family members only)

Reason must be verified in writing and presented to the CRST Education Services office before the end of the semester.

Reinstatement Process

Students that fail to meet the minimum academic requirements of the Higher Education/Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Scholarship shall not be considered for future funding until the student through other funding sources earns a minimum of 12 credit hours with a 2.0 GPA in one term. The student shall submit an official transcript for review at the end of the term to the Education Services Office. Funding may be reinstated if the student successfully completes one semester earning a 2.0 GPA with no less than 12 credit hours and as long as funds are available.

Appeals Process

Students must appeal in writing to the CRST Education Services Office within 10 days of receipt of notice of termination of funding. If the decision is upheld by the Higher Education Director, the student may appeal to the CRST Education Committee within 10 days of receipt of notice from the Higher Education Director ruling. The decision rendered by the CRST Education Committee will be final. Students in default on a student loan are not eligible to participate in the scholarship programs until the student is no longer in default status and is eligible for federal financial aid. Students in default status may contact the office for a CRST Education Hardship Grant application.

Privacy Act and Paperwork Reduction Act Statement

The information you provide on this site is pursuant to Public Law 93-579 (Privacy Act of 1974), December 31, 1974. Although furnishing personal information to this office is voluntary, failure to supply complete and accurate information may preclude the applicant from eligibility for assistance under the scholarship programs available to us.
The information is being collected to determine elibigility of individuals applying for services. This information will be used to produce statistical records required of the Office of Indian Education Programs. Response to this request is required to obtain a benefit.

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