The MESBEC program is the oldest of CTD's programs. The
six priority fields of study are math, engineering, science, business,
education, and computers. Science includes all the medical fields.
These fields are the ones in which tribes need graduates the most,
and the fields in which there are the fewest Indian graduates.
The Native American Leadership Education program (NALE)
is for Native students who are paraprofessionals in Indian schools,
and who plan to complete their degree in education, counseling,
or school administration. Since only 7% of teachers in reservation
schools are Indians, the need for more Indian teachers is huge.
The Tribal Business Management program (TBM) is for students
in business, finance, management, economics, banking, hotel management,
and related fields who plan to work in economic development for
- Students must be 1/4 or more degree American Indian,
and be an enrolled member of a U. S. tribe. "U. S. tribe" is defined
as federally recognized, state recognized, or terminated.
- Students must be attending or planning on attending a college
or university within the U. S. on a full-time basis that is
fully accredited. Study must be at the college level, and can
range from bachelor's degrees to postdoctoral study. Applicants
must have excellent grades, high ACT or SAT scores, some work
experience, a track record of leadership, and a strong commitment
to their Indian community.
- Student applying to any of these three programs are required to apply for all other sources of funding which is a minimum of forty (40), write a comprehensive essay about themselves and their plans,, and provide proof of high
school completion, college admission, and tribal enrollment. "All
other sources" includes federal financial aid, tribal scholarships,
private scholarships, loans, and grants. The search for scholarships
must be exhaustive, using the Internet, printed scholarship directories,
and identification of scholarships in the student's local community.
Students should have clear goals about what they want to accomplish
in life, and should have begun preparing for this work. Their goals
must be related to the betterment of an Indian tribe or community.
Progress toward accomplishing a goal may be demonstrated by study,
work, volunteerism, extracurricular activities, leadership roles,
and letters of recommendation.
Our scholarship program operates nationwide. Scholarships
range from $500 to $5,000 per academic year. Scholarships are awarded
on merit and on the basis of the students we feel will most likely
improve the lives of Indian people. CTD provides supplementary scholarship
funding for those who have received college funding from other sources.
Competition is very intense, with only 55% of applicants receiving
The Board of Directors reads and ranks the applications from students.
All applications and supporting materials are confidential and cannot
be released to any other entity without the written consent of the
All applicants use the same application form. Please email, phone,
or write your request for an application. Application must be postmarked
by deadline date. If the 15th falls on a Sunday the deadline moves
to the next day, Monday 16th.
Deadlines for Applications: March 15th...........Summer School
April 15th.............Fall Semester or Quarter
September 15th....Spring Semester or Quarter
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Phone: (505)262-2351 ext. 116
Mail To: Catching the Dream
Attn: Scholarship Affairs Office
8200 Mountain Road NE., Suite 203,
Albuquerque, NM 87110
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