of Triangle Native American Society Scholarship
fund was established in 1985 to assist Native American students
interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree. The primary focus
of the program is to provide financial assistance to those students
who can demonstrate a commitment to Native American people and
opportunities for American Indians to better their lives through
academic achievement and community involvement. More than twenty-five
Native American students have benefited from this program and
have gone on to careers in engineering, law, education, allied
heath and medicine. These students have served their communities
as volunteers in churches and community organizations and as mentors
and role models to younger students within their respective communities.
We believe such efforts benefits communities as a whole across
recipients are American Indian students in their sophomore, junior
and senior years of study.
Native American Society (TNAS) was founded in 1984 to provide
assistance and support for Native Americans in the Triangle
and surrounding area and was incorporated as a non-profit tax-exempt
organization in 1985. Since its inception, TNAS has endeavored
to promote and protect the Native American identity in the Triangle
area by increasing the public's awareness of the cultural and
economic contributions made by Native Americans and enhancing
the public recognition of the needs of Native Americans.
The TNAS Scholarship Application is available now for download by clicking on the highlighted link above. The application deadline is June 10 of each year. The Scholarship Committee, in conjunction with the Executive Committee of Triangle Native, will review all applications submitted and notify awardees of the scholarship by the last Saturday in July via telephone.
- If you would like to make
a donation to the scholarship fund. Checks may be made payable to
the Triangle Native American Society Scholarship Fund and mailed to:
Triangle Native American Society Scholarship Fund
Triangle Native American Society
P.O. Box 26841
Raleigh, NC 27611
- If you have any questions
about making a donation please e-mail our Treasurer Ms.
Gwen Locklear by clicking on her name.
to you our 19th Annual Native American Scholarship Gala was a success!
to check this site for pictures from the scholarship gala. Until then
please view images from last year's gala
Here to be connected to the gala page!
FINANCIAL AID LINKS
The time to start thinking about scholarships and grants is not at
the last minute.† Start thinking about scholarships and grants at the
same time you are considering schools and preparing for SATís.† (Plus
it helps to have and maintain your grades well above average when you
are seeking academic-based financial aid).
Visit your high school guidance counselor and speak with him or her about
your interest in getting information about any scholarships or grants
for which you may be eligible.† Do not do this just one time. Continue
to make follow up visits to your counselor throughout the year because
new information about resources for school can come in at any time in
the school year. Remember, you are on a quest for financial aid;
you cannot wait for people to come to you to give you financial aid.
Do your own research for financial aid!
- You are very fortunate that you
can access Internet financial aid search databases wherein you can answer
a questionnaire and they will sift through all the sources for only
those that apply to your situation.† It is much easier than the book
searches I had to do in the past- it was real research.†
- You may think it may take a while
to complete the questionnaires, but it is so well worth your time when
you see the scholarship information that they yield.
Below are a few Financial Aid Internet Web Sites you can
use in your search for financial aid for school:
Mae (this may sound like it is all about loans, but it is not- this
site has an excellent scholarship search engine)
Foundation of North Carolina(This
is NC's Excellent Gateway for Financial Aid!)
for American Indians- courtesy of University of Miami
American Financial Aid- courtesy of Eastern Oregon University
Health Education Fund
1701 Pleasant Green Road
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 383-1038 phone or fax
You have visited your counselor, visited the websites, so now what do
you do?† Organize your information, prepare correspondence, and begin
to complete applications.
Information. It helps to keep all financial aid information
in one binder.† All the information you will need is there in one place.†
- One section of this binder/notebook
could be set aside for scholarships/grants/financial aid applications
you have obtained from your counselor or through correspondence. †Placing
the applications in descending application deadline date order would
also be helpful.
- Another section could be set
aside for the financial aid Internet search results. Using this method,
you can record when you requested an application, when the application
was received, whether the scholarship did/not apply to you and rejections
- The last section could be a place
to keep copies of:†(a) completed scholarship applications, (b) scholarship
essays, and (c) other additional information that may be requested to
complete scholarship applications (e.g., copies of tribal enrollment
card, admission letters of college acceptance, and school transcripts).†
The benefit of keeping this information is that you will have it to
refer to later and it will save you the trouble of locating this information
later.† (Also, you may want to consider saving any word-processed scholarship
essays in a separate folder in your word-processing program.)
- For Help and Reference with
Grammar/Writing/English: Visit BJ
Pinchbeck's Homework Helper English Page this is an excellent site
with links that will help you in your letter and essay preparation.
(Don't think it is just for kids because it is on the Discovery Channel
Website/ it has links that will help college students!)
- Letters: Save
all word-processed letters in a separate folder in your word-processing
program for additional ease.
- Addressing: Always use
titles of address to show respect where appropriate (ex:† Mrs./ Ms./
Miss/The Honorable/Rev./Dr. /Mr., etc.)
- Financial Aid Application
Request:† Here is a sample letter format for requesting more information
from the organizations identified from your Internet searches:
Month, Day, Year
Dear Sir or Madam:
I am (Your Name),
an American Indian (describe here who you are a high school/college/graduate
student, teacher/what profession).† I have been accepted at
(Name of Your University) and I plan to pursue a (tell
what degree) in (tell what major).
(If you have any other
special considerations that would be beneficial to inform the
organization of concerning the application, ex: if your mother/father
was a veteran or an employee of this organization this would be
good to let them know very briefly).
Please forward an application
and any other additional information concerning your financial
aid program for higher education.† Your time and effort is greatly
Your Phone Number
Your E-mail Address
Enc: SASE (Enclosing a self-addressed stamped
envelope, SASE, is very important. You are seeking
financial aid, help them to get the information you need!)
- Letters of recommendation.
Here is a sample letter for requesting letters of recommendation.
Month Day, Year
Dear Individualís Name:
I am applying for a scholarship
from (name of organization, organization address here) and
I would like to ask you for a letter of recommendation to accompany
(Give here all the information
your reference will need about the organization and the scholarship
in this part of the letter.† Include copies of information on the
organization.† Remember, the purpose of this letter is to get a letter
of recommendation from this individual and as such you need
to supply them with the best information you can so they can write
the best letter of recommendation about you for you.† If it
would help, include a copy of your resume, a list of your accomplishments,
Enclosed is a self addressed
stamped envelope so you can send the recommendation with your signature
across the seal to my home so I can mail the recommendation along
with the application by (date that is at least 6 weeks before the
application due date so you donít have to worry about getting late
Your help is greatly appreciated!
If you have questions or need more information, please feel free to
contact me by phone (give #) or email (give email address).
Your Phone Number
Your E-mail Address
Enc: SASE (and any other documentation you need to attach)
- Always make a copy of your
blank applications to complete first before you actually type on the
original.† This way you have a guide to type from and you will not
make mistakes.†If you do make mistakes you have a blank application
you can use to start again. Again, by keeping a financial aid binder,
you will have most of the information organized that may be requested
on the application being completed.
- Essays: make sure your essay
addresses what the application asks, is clear and is understandable.†
Include in your essay information about how you will use the funds to
contribute to society and in your Indian community. That is the ultimate
goal of scholarships and grants - to help you so you will in turn be
better able to contribute and give back to others.† Be sure to save
your essays in your word processing program.† Sometimes essays can be
recycled or they can be used as a starting place for new ideas as you
Always complete a "Free Application
for Federal Student Aid (FASA)."† This comes from the US Department
of Education, Student Financial Assistance web site†and is used by the
school's financial aid office to evaluate not only financial need, but
other resources the university has for which you may be eligible.
Keep in mind as you conduct your financial aid search that the worst they
can tell you is "no." Why? If you do not ask or try, you will
never know if you could have gotten the scholarship that you applied for.†
It is better to deal with rejection, but regret is much harder.
Happy and Successful Scholarship
Triangle Native American Society
P.O. Box 26841
Raleigh, NC 27611
Maintained & Updated
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Giving Credit Where Credit is Due
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The background music is a sample
of R. Carlos Nakai's Song for the Morning Star from his 1989 Canyon Trilogy
his music which maybe purchased at Canyon
Records or CDNOW
. (Clicking on Canyon Records or CDNOW will take you to Nakai's discography
and more information)
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Animated Eagle courtesy of Crystal
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