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Scholarships
Catching the Dream operates three scholarship programs:
MESBEC program
NALE program
TBM program

 

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1SGT Doug DeHorse, Camp Casey, Korea, 1967

 

First Sergeant Doug DeHorse is an enrolled member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.  He was raised in the town of LaPlant on the Cheyenne River Reservation and attended St. Joseph School in Chamberlain South Dakota before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1947.   He served with the 11th Airborne Division on occupation duty in Japan following WWII, with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team (“The Rakassans”) during the Korean War, and with the 82d Airborne Division during the Dominican Republic intervention of 1965.  His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with “V” device, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the Master Parachutist Badge  with stars for combat jumps with the Rakassans at Munsan-Ni and Sukchon.  He and Charlotte, together for 53 years, make their home in Fayetteville, North Carolina.    

“Education is the seed  that provides spiritual and individual growth.”

The First Sergeant Douglas and Charlotte DeHorse Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

American Indian students who...
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Have completed one year of any Army, Navy, or Air Force Junior Reserve Officer          Training program; or
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Are enrolled in a Army, Navy, or Air Force Reserve Officer Training program; or
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Are a veteran of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Merchant Marine, or Coast Guard; and,
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Are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program of study.

DEADLINES
Fall Semester / Autumn Quarter       April 15th
Spring Semester / Winter Quarter       September 15th
 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS 
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A completed application.
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Letters of Recommendation 
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Personal essay
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Other as required by CTD
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High School transcripts    

The First Sergeant Douglas & Charlotte DeHorse Scholarship was established in 2007 as a restricted fund administered by Catching The Dream, a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization based in Albuquerque, N.M. To our knowledge this is the only scholarship ever specifically established for American Indian veterans to honor American Indian veterans. 

The vision is simple: honor the 20th Century record of American Indian military service and the contributions those veterans make to their communities by encouraging new generations of veterans to pursue post-service education as the springboard to progress in the 21st Century. Why is this innovation important? In the 1990’s about 27% of the American Indian population were veterans. But an equally important reality is that those veterans also served in tribal leadership roles in significantly large numbers - about 49% of those veterans served as the chief executives of their tribes. An untold number of other veterans serve today as legislators, public safety officials, educators, small business owners, and in other public and private capacities that benefit their communities and, by extension, society as a whole. Although education is the focus the ultimate result is expected to be community building, young leader development, patriotism, outreach, young leader development, and encouraging social responsibility.

A unique design feature of this scholarship is that it bridges several hundred tribal cultures emphasizing the common thread of veteran status. It is inter-generational since it is available to High School Junior Reserve Officer Training students, young veterans and older retired veterans alike. The idea for all is to use higher education as a springboard to better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. While many social, cultural, spiritual, and lifetime experiences shape these and all community leaders, your financial support will contribute to the long term community development by supporting the education of a group of men and women known to commit themselves to public service.


A special incentive exists for contributions exceeding $5,000.00. For such generosity Catching The Dream will honor the veteran, veteran group, or military organization chosen by the donor. This will be done by designating selected scholarship recipients as, for example, “the Captain ______ Scholar.” Since awards will be made from interest rather than principal, the hope is to one day find several generations of such scholars working for their communities. 

There is a proud exclamation one can hear at every American Indian Pow Wow: that more American Indians have served in the U.S. military than any other ethnic group. With your financial support, the deep well of meaning in that exclamation can take on additional significance after the veteran leaves military service. 

TO APPLY OR DONATE

Administration is by Catching The Dream.  Application materials are  at www.catchingthedream.org   TEL:   (505) 262-2351

Or write to:
Catching The Dream
8200 Mountain Road, NE
Suite 203
Albuquerque, N.M. 87110

(If donating, request a tax receipt in your letter)  
 
PLEASE CALL US BEFORE YOU APPLY. OR SEND US AN E-MAIL WITH YOUR PHONE NUMBER AND WE WILL CALL YOU. OR SEND US AN E-MAIL REQUEST AND WE WILL SEND YOU A SET OF INSTRUCTIONS ON "HOW TO FIND AND WIN SCHOLARSHIPS."


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