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Discover Chahta Foundation scholarships available to Choctaw students. The Chahta Foundation connects students with funding from the Chahta Foundation, Choctaw Nation and third party organizations that help cover college expenses.

Application dates | Open: January 15th | Close: March 31st

One application. Unlimited opportunity.
Our universal application process automatically matches you with every scholarship you qualify for.

Choctaw Nation Scholarships - Choctaw Scholarships | Chahta Foundation

Service requirements
Some of our Chahta Foundation scholarships require payback in service of the Choctaw community. To be eligible, you must be willing to participate in the service requirement. Specific information on the payback is detailed on the scholarship page. To learn more, click on the opportunity and be sure to select “YES” to the service requirement in your application.

Virginia Leflore Scholarship | Wilene D Marshall Scholarship | Kaneubbe Scholarship | Pink Warrior Scholarship

Please note: students who are selected will be informed of the payback requirements prior to scholarship acceptance and will have the opportunity to decline the scholarship.

How to apply for Chahta Foundation scholarships

Eligibility

  • Be a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
  • Currently admitted, enrolled or planning to enroll at a college or university for the upcoming fall semester.
  • Carry a 2.5 GPA or higher for both graduating high school seniors and current college/university students.

Process

  1. Fill out the APPLICATION for Chahta Foundation scholarships
  2. Be sure to answer the short answer questions
    Some are required, some are optional, but you should complete them all. The short answer questions on the application give you the opportunity to tell the scholarship committee more about yourself. This will help the committee identify and pair you with unique Chahta Foundation scholarship opportunities that require awardees to have specific aspirations or life experiences. All responses are required to be 250 words or less.
  3. Upload or mail in ALL required documents (see the list below)

    Resume
    Upload a brief account of your education, job experience, extracurricular activities and accolades. Need help? Check out this template.

    Tribal Membership Card
    Upload a copy or photo of your card with your application.

    High School or College Transcript
    High school students—submit your current high school transcript including grades earned through the end of your senior fall semester. College students—upload your most recent unofficial transcript as a PDF with your application.

    Letters of Recommendation
    Upload 2 letters of recommendation with your application. Recommendations cannot come from a relative. Not sure who to ask? Try a teacher, professor, or supervisor at work. The more they can tell us about you, the better!

    Financial Needs Analysis (FNA)
    This form is completed by your college/university’s financial aid department and will be sent to the Chahta Foundation by the school. You will need to initiate a request with your school’s financial aid department first. Click here to download the form you will submit. High school students—most schools will not give incoming freshman an FNA until they have been enrolled for one semester.

  4. Stay in touch
    Feel free to reach out to us with questions or just to check the status of your application. We’re here if you need us.

Chahta Foundation Scholarship FAQs

What is a competitive scholarship?

Chahta Foundation competitive scholarships are often geared toward students who plan to pursue advanced degrees, and who are making a difference to the Choctaw people and within their educational fields.

When does the scholarship application close?

The deadline to complete the scholarship application is March 31, 2018.

How do I convert my additional documents into PDF format?

Your transcript must be submitted in a PDF format. Your letters of recommendation and financial needs analysis (FNA) can be uploaded into the system as well, if you have them. This can be accomplished in several ways:

  1. Ask— request that your school provide you with an electronic copy of your resume and/or financial needs analysis. You should also ask the individual writing your letter of recommendation to provide a PDF. If you need help converting a word document to a PDF follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PIiwxDQ6yk
  2. Scan it—Connect your computer to a scanner and convert paper documents to PDF files. Process will vary by scanner. Please consult your scanner manual for instructions.
  3. Snap a pic— scan the documents using your phone and the Genius Scan app. It is a free app that can be downloaded to your smartphone. Using your phone’s camera, take a picture of your documents and turn them into a PDF. If you use this option, we suggest emailing the documents to your computer and uploading them from there into the scholarship application.
    Your additional documents may also be mailed, faxed or emailed to the Chahta Foundation at the address at the bottom of this page.

*Please note: These YouTube links offer sample videos and are referenced solely for the purpose of using computer and mobile software to help complete the scholarship application. These individuals are not affiliated with, nor represent, the Chahta Foundation. The Chahta Foundation does not endorse any views expressed by these individuals other than the examples provided for the purpose of helping individuals complete their scholarship applications.

How do I convert my tribal membership card into a picture that can be uploaded?

Your tribal membership must be submitted as a digital photo in PNG or JPEG format. The easiest way to accomplish this is to use a smartphone to take a picture of the card, then email it to yourself. You can, then, upload it into the scholarship application.

I live out of the 10.5 county service area and do not have a lot of activity with the tribe. Should I apply?

Absolutely! Cultural involvement is not the only element to this scholarship application. Many previous winners have lived outside of Oklahoma.

I am applying to school, but I will not know if I have been accepted until after the deadline. Should I apply?

Yes. We understand that some schools do not reveal their students until April. When you apply, be sure to note this on the application. Once your acceptance letter arrives, send it to us immediately so we can add it to your file for consideration.

May I apply for more than one Chahta Foundation Scholarship?

Yes! Our universal scholarship application will automatically match your application with every scholarship that meets your qualifications. Be sure to fill out the application completely to ensure you’re considered for every possible scholarship.

May I only use the space provided on the application?

Yes. We have restricted certain responses to 250 words. This helps narrow down responses to the most important things you’d like the scholarship committee to know.

Should I submit the application as a whole, or send the information piece by piece as it is completed?

Our online scholarship application allows you to save your work and return to it later. This will allow you to submit your completed your application in-full, as you wait for additional documents and information to become available.

Who makes up the Scholarship Committee?

The Chahta Foundation Scholarship Committee remains anonymous to protect the integrity of the application and selection processes.

I am receiving a scholarship from Choctaw Nation Higher Education and/or Career Development. If I am selected for this scholarship, will I lose that funding?

No. You are able to receive funding from all three sources simultaneously.

I have never made a resume before. Is there someone who can help?

Yes! The Choctaw Nation Career Development program has trained staff who will gladly help you build a great resume. Call 580-924-8280 x2600. You can view a sample resume here.

How do I submit the application?

The Chahta Foundation Scholarship application is completely online. Apply here!

Additional documents may also be submitted by mail to PO Box 1849 Durant, OK 74702, fax to 580-745-9023, or email to scholarship@chahtafoundation.com.

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