For Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Students Pursuing the Arts
The Dream Warriors Scholarship was created by a handful of young Native Artists to pass on passion by encouraging youth from our communities and all across Indian Country to pursue their artistic dreams. As working and living artists, Kelly Holmes, Mic Jordan, John and Kenn Little, Tall Paul, Frank Waln, and Tanaya Winder all believe each person has a unique gift to offer the world. These gifts can heal and bring about change. As a collective, they believe we can all help to uplift each other. In doing what they love, the artists hope to show that a career in the arts can be realistic and achievable. The Dream Warriors Scholarship encourages high school Native American / Alaska Native / Native Hawaiian seniors to pursue their creative curiosities and passions by providing a scholarship geared towards these endeavors.
Ask yourself: what it is that you want to do or be in life, and when you know the answer to that question, just do it. And, if you do that in a positive way, you will epitomize what it means to be a Dream Warrior.
The Definition of a Dream Warrior:
- A Dream Warrior is someone who uses their passion, dream or gift to provide for their loved ones and community. Educated Warriors are vital to war.
- A Dream Warrior has integrity and respect.
- A Dream Warrior relentlessly pursues his or her dreams, passions, and goals, stopping at nothing until he/she is living them.
- A Dream Warrior takes action so that at the end of the day there is no room for regret or questioning of his/her own effort.
- A Dream Warrior understands the responsibility in using the gifts he/she has been given.
- A Dream Warrior always acts out of and from a place of love.
- Above all, a Dream Warrior does not step on others in order to reach his/her destination, but rather uplifts others in fulfilling their life paths.
Award: $500 (one-time scholarship dispersed over two (2) semesters in increments of $250 each semester or for quarter system schools in increments of $167, $167, and $166)
Purpose: The Dream Warriors Scholarship encourages undergraduates, high school seniors, and GED recipients to pursue their creative curiosities and passions by providing a scholarship geared towards these endeavors.
Types of Arts: Visual, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, creative writing, music, performance art, dance, and drama/acting. If you would like to apply for the scholarship under an art form that is not listed please email us at the address below to see if you are still eligible.
Selection Process: The scholarship will be awarded once per school year and are chosen by a national selection committee. Decisions are based on an overall assessment of the application. Winner will be notified by mid September.
Deadline: August 1, 2017 by 11:59 PM (Midnight) EST
Fill out and complete the Dream Warriors Scholarship application
- Application Includes:
- Your personal definition of a Dream Warrior and how you embody that definition.
- Scholarship Essay
- 2 letters of recommendation. (To be written by a counselor, tribal leader, teacher, etc.
- A portfolio containing 3-5 examples of your chosen art form. Send portfolio as PDFs, word documents, jpegs, mp3s, or internet (YouTube, sound cloud, etc.) links
- Copy of college acceptance letter (this is used for enrollment verification).
Applications must be completed via Indigenous Education Inc.’s Online Application Scholarship Information System (OASIS) by August 1, 2017 for consideration.