6. Cobell Scholarship - Vocational

If your program starts on or after July 1, 2020, and before May 31, 2021, apply to this opportunity.

The Cobell Scholarship Vocational Opportunity is for any student who has not yet earned a college degree, is enrolled or will be enrolling in a vocational credential, vocational certificate or occupational license program. Vocational degrees typically are one year or less in duration, certify competency in a specific trade, or provide a license to perform certain occupations. If you are uncertain, check with your institution or review the “What is a Credential” Fact Sheet at www.acteonline.org.

Supplemental Questions
  1. VOCATIONAL DEGREE: Please select the type of VOCATIONAL certificate or credential you will receive. If you are uncertain, check with your institution and review the "What is a Credential" Fact Sheet at www.acteonline.org.
  2. What is the start date for the term you are requesting funds? This is critical for determining the term for which you will be funded (Summer, Fall, Winter, or Spring)
  3. 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.
  4. EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY: VOCATIONAL - This section allows reviewers to assess your growth as a student or professional as well as writing skills and ability to articulate your thoughts. Please respond as in depth as necessary and remember that you can save this application and return to complete any questions so long as you "submit" before the posted deadline.
    • a. Please provide a complete list of schools you have attended, beginning with high school(s), up to your current institution.
    • b. Please select from the following the career cluster the major in which you are enrolled.
    • c. Provide a brief description of the steps you are taking to reach your short and long term education goals.
    • d. What is the current overall GPA indicated on your most recent transcript? If your school does not issue grades, please ask your institution for a grade conversion or GPA equivalency. If you cannot provide a GPA please put 0.0 and provide an explanation.
    • e. Do you intend to pursue any additional degrees beyond the program in which you are currently enrolled? If so, please discuss which degrees and when you plan to pursue them.
    • f. Briefly discuss the higher education choices you have made. Include an explanation of how you decided upon your current area of study.
    • g. Have you had any educational challenges and what has been the greatest factor(s) leading to successfully overcoming the challenge(s)?
    • h. Briefly discuss any gaps (periods of time that you were not attending college, not including Summer) in your education and provide additional information you would like the reviewer to consider regarding your educational journey.
  5. VISION FOR YOUR FUTURE - Future-thinking can guide current decision making. This section allows the reviewer to learn about your ability to plan for the future as well as assess writing skills and the ability to articulate thoughts in writing. Please respond to each prompt thoroughly and thoughtfully.
    • a. Describe your life five years after completing your degree? What is your overall vision for the future?
    • b. What do you believe are critical cultural needs and issues in the American Indian community? How will your education/research make a difference in realizing and resolving those needs and issues? How do you plan to leverage a Cobell Scholarship to advance or support the American Indian and Alaska Native community?
    • c. Describe a personal challenge(s) you have faced? How did you overcome this challenge? Do you anticipate any barriers to success? If so, what strategies will you employ to reach your personal and career goals/aspirations?
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