3. Cobell Scholarship - Undergraduate

The Cobell Undergraduate Opportunity for students who have not yet earned a four year bachelor’s degree.

Supplemental Questions
  1. READ CAREFULLY: Written reflections are requested to get to know more about applicants through their own words. There are no correct answers, but do be mindful to answer the question(s) thoughtfully. This section will allow reviewers to assess growth as a student or professional as well as writing skills and ability to articulate thoughts. Respond as in depth as necessary and remember to save this application and return to complete any unfinished questions before the posted deadline (see helpful tips for additional information). This is the applicant's work and not that of parents, family or others; any indications of work other than the applicant's will be grounds for disqualification. Helpful tips: the OASIS system may time out, please remember to save periodically or write responses in a word documents, then copy and paste final thoughts to the appropriate section. A response to all prompts is required and, unless noted otherwise, should be no more than 250 words and should reflect the applicant's own experience(s).
    • Describe your professional/career goals and aspirations. What issues, needs, or problems do you hope to address with this degree? Discuss how your chosen academic program and overall educational plans can assist you in achieving these goals while addressing the stated issues.
  2. REFLECTIONS ON ELOUISE COBELL: After reviewing the document in the help text, in 500 words or less, discuss how the life’s work of Elouise Cobell and/or the Cobell v. Salazar settlement have or will influence your academic pursuits, leadership choices, and engagement in community.
  3. LEADERSHIP: While responding to the following prompts, consider what you have learned about Elouise Cobell and the Cobell v. Salazar settlement. Consider how Elouise’s story can be influential in your decision making process.
    • 1. In your own words, provide a brief definition of leadership.
    • 2. In your own words, describe the important values a leader demonstrates?
    • 3. Describe a leadership experience in which you made a difference on campus or in your community?
    • 4. Describe your own current or past leadership experiences, including any lessons learned about leadership.
    • 5. Who, past or present, has taught you the most, been a role model, or inspired you to become a leader? How and why have they done so?
    • 6. List internships, assistantships, and jobs (including summer employment) in which you have engaged in the past four years. How long did you hold each position in weeks, months, or years?
    • 7. Do lessons learned along the path to leadership align with your own leadership values and definition of a good leader? Please explain why or why not.
  4. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Engagement in community, no matter how community is defined, is crucial for any successful career. Community may be as small as family/home and as large as the global community.
    • 1. How do you define community for the purposes of your academic and career choices?
    • 2. In what ways have you contributed to your own community? Which of these has been the most significant contribution? What has been the impact of this contribution on the community?
    • 3. Discuss any extracurricular activities or volunteer experiences in which you have engaged to advance your career and educational goals.
    • 4. List up to four (4) public service and community activities. Do not repeat items listed elsewhere.
    • 5. Either positively or negatively, describe how these experiences influenced your educational choices and career aspirations.
    • 6. List any programs and activities in which you have participated on campus or in your community while in school (such as clubs, publications, debate, dramatics, music, art, student government…). Please identify each as HS (high school) or CLG (college).
  5. VISION FOR THE FUTURE: Future-thinking can guide current decision making.
    • 1. What do you believe are critical needs and issues in the American Indian/Alaskan Native community?
    • 2. How will your degree and/or your research make a difference in realizing and resolving those needs and issues?
    • 3. How do you plan to leverage a Cobell Scholarship to advance or support future generations of American Indian and Alaska Natives?
    • 4. Describe a personal challenge(s) you have faced? How did you overcome this challenge?
    • 5. Do you anticipate any barriers to success in the future? If so, what strategies will you employ to reach your personal and career goals/aspirations?
    • 6. Describe a specific activity or experience that has been important in clarifying or strengthening your commitment to leadership and community involvement.
    • 7. Describe your life five years after completing your degree. What is your overall vision for the future?
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