3. Cobell Scholarship - Undergraduate

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

DEADLINE EXTENSION ANNOUNCEMENT: The Final Deadline for the Cobell Scholarship 2020/2021 Graduate and Undergraduate Scholarship applications has been extended. Click here for more details.

All offer amounts are for the full academic year; however, awards are distributed based on the number of academic terms on which the institution operates – 2 semesters or 3 quarters; therefore, awards for only one term, will be divided by the appropriate number of terms and reduced to reflect one term only.
Summer 2020 Awards are not included in this offer.

Up to $6000 per academic year
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 document, 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). By entering my initials below, I acknowledge that I have read the above information and that I am aware that the student portion of this application is due to be submitted by 11:59:59 PM MST, MARCH 31, 2020; and, that my reference will be due to be submitted by 11:59:59 PM MST, APRIL 8, 2020.
  2. REFLECTIONS ON ELOUISE COBELL: As a Cobell Scholar, you carry with you the legacy of Elouise Cobell. After reviewing the document found at www.cobellscholar.org ( https://cobellscholar.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/cobell_chapter.pdf ) and ( https://cobellscholar.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/In-Memoriam_A-Tribute-to-Elouise-Cobell.pdf ), in 500 words or less, write a reflection on 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. Do not synthesize or summarize the documents – this is a reflection on the impact Elouise Cobell will have or has on your life.
  3. EDUCATION PATHWAYS: Briefly discuss the higher education choices that you have made by responding the following:
    • a. Please enter the Cumulative GPA as listed on your most recent transcript. "Most recent" may be your high school or undergraduate GPA; therefore, do not enter "0", rather enter your last reported GPA.
    • b. How many credits does your institution and degree area require for graduation?
    • c. How many total credits toward this degree area and graduation have you earned as of today’s date?
    • d. Approximately what date do you expect to receive your degree (MM/DD/YYYY)? This need not be exact and may change, but please enter the date you intend to complete this degree, not any potential next degrees.
    • e. Please provide a list of all schools you have attended, beginning with high school(s), up to your current institution and including any for summer or special courses. If you have obtained a high school equivalency diploma, please also include that information in this section.
    • f. Please provide a brief explanation of how you decided upon your current area of study.
    • g. Please describe factors that have contributed to academic success in your current area of study.
    • h. List any awards, honors, or scholarships you have received as they relate to academic success and achievement.
  4. LEADERSHIP: Reflecting on the Elouise Cobell documents, please respond to the following prompts about leadership.
    • a. In your own words, provide a brief definition of leadership and describe the important values a leader demonstrates?
    • b. Describe a leadership experience in which you have made a difference on campus or in your community? Describe any positive or negative lessons learned about leadership.
    • c. Other than Elouise Cobell, 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?
    • d. List internships, assistantships, and jobs (including summer employment) in which you have learned leadership skills. What was the most valuable skill you learned? Sometimes a negative experience models how not to lead and has greater impact on our own skills-building. Feel free to share experiences either positive or negative.
    • e. Reflecting on previous responses in this section, 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.
  5. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Engagement in community, no matter how community is defined, is crucial for any successful career. Community can be as small as family/home and as large as the global community. Reflecting on the Elouise Cobell document, please respond to the following prompts about community engagement. Note: IEI may rely on this section to refer highly engaged applicants to some of our funding partners; therefore, be very thoughtful and thorough in this section.
    • a. How do you define community for the purposes of your academic and career choices?
    • b. In what ways have you engaged with your own community? What has been the impact of this engagement on your community? How have these experiences influenced your educational choices and career aspirations? For this response, up to 500 words is allowable.
    • c. Discuss how any extracurricular activities or volunteer experiences in which you have engaged will serve to advance your future public service, career and educational goals.
    • d. List and describe up to four (4) other recent public service, community activities, programs, or other activities in which you have engaged on campus or in your community (such as student organizations, publications, speech and debate, performing arts, student government, local advocacy, etc…). These need not have been leadership experiences. Will any of these activities or public service engagements continue after graduation and during your career and if so, discuss why it will continue.
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