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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions

  1. Who can apply for Doyon Foundation scholarships?
  2. What are the deadlines to apply for scholarships?
  3. How do I apply for a scholarship?
  4. Must I declare my scholarship funding as income when I do my taxes?
  5. I am a Doyon, Limited shareholder because I received gifted or inherited stock; does that make me eligible for the Doyon Foundation scholarship?
  6. I am a shareholder of two regional Native corporations – Doyon is one of them. Can I apply for a Doyon Foundation scholarship?
  7. Are Doyon Foundation scholarships based on an individual’s income?
  8. Are Doyon Foundation scholarships just for younger students just starting college?
  9. Will my fall application count for the entire school year?
  10. Do I have to be ¼ Native to receive a scholarship?
  11. Does the Doyon Foundation only fund scholarships for colleges?
  12. I want to attend school for the first time, but my GPA is below 2.0. Can I still be considered for a scholarship?
  13. How does Doyon Foundation determine who receives a competitive scholarship?
  14. If I apply for a competitive scholarship and am not selected to receive one, will I receive any funding?
  15. How do I apply for short-term vocational funding? How much can I receive and is there an application deadline?

Answers

  1. Who can apply for Doyon Foundation scholarships?

    To be eligible for a Doyon Foundation scholarship, applicants must:

    • Be enrolled to Doyon, Limited or be the child of an original enrollee. If applicant is not an original enrollee, but is the child of an original enrollee, please submit an original birth certificate, which will be copied and returned. Gifted or inherited shares do not qualify.
    • Be accepted to an accredited college, university, technical or vocational school.
    • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 for undergraduates, 3.0 for graduates or masters, and 3.25 for specialists or doctorates.
    • Be enrolled in 12 or more credits (undergraduates), or 9 or more credits (graduates) to be considered full-time students.
    • Be enrolled in 6 to 11 credits (undergraduates), or 2 to 8 credits (graduates) to be considered part-time students.

    For more information, view our student scholarship brochure.


  2. What are the deadlines to apply for scholarships?

    All scholarship application materials must be submitted online by 5 p.m. on:

    • March 15 – Basic scholarships for summer semester.
    • May 15 – Basic and competitive scholarships for fall semester.
    • November 15 – Basic scholarships for spring semester

    Please note: If a deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will automatically be adjusted to the next business day. For example, the November 2015 deadline will be Monday, November 16, as November 15 is a Sunday.

    For more information, view our student scholarship brochure.


  3. How do I apply for a scholarship?

    Competitive scholarship applicants must submit:

    • Online competitive scholarship application.
    • Signed release and consent form.
    • Online personal essay.
    • Official transcripts* from last school attended or GED scores.
    • Proof of academic enrollment; acceptable examples include an acceptance letter showing degree program and field of study, or a class schedule.
    • Two professional letters of reference (to be sent directly from the author to the Foundation).

    Basic scholarship applicants must submit:

    Short-term vocational and advanced college credit scholarship applicants must submit:

    * Official transcripts must be submitted the first time a student applies for a scholarship in an academic year, which runs August through July. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for subsequent applications during the same academic year.

    For more information, view our student scholarship brochure.


  4. Must I declare my scholarship funding as income when I do my taxes?

    Per federal tax regulations, money received as a qualified scholarship is generally excluded from a recipient's gross income. Therefore, a scholarship recipient does not pay tax on their scholarship funding. Please consult your tax advisor for additional information.

  5. I am a Doyon, Limited shareholder because I received gifted or inherited stock; does that make me eligible for the Doyon Foundation scholarship?

    Gifted or inherited shares do not qualify an individual for Doyon Foundation scholarships. To be eligible for a Doyon Foundation scholarship you must be an original shareholder, or be the child of an original shareholder. An original shareholder is defined as an individual holding class A, B, C or D shares.

  6. I am a shareholder of two regional native corporations – Doyon is one of them. Can I apply for a Doyon Foundation scholarship?

    It depends. Individuals who hold dual enrollment in regional corporations are qualified if their first enrollment was Doyon, Limited.

  7. Are Doyon Foundation scholarships based on an individual’s income?

    No, Doyon Foundation does not award scholarships based on a student’s income or funding needs. Each applicant is considered according to the Doyon Foundation scholarship program guidelines. In general, to be eligible for Doyon Foundation scholarships, applicants must:

    • Be enrolled to Doyon, Limited or be the child of an original enrollee. If applicant is not an original enrollee, but is the child of an original enrollee, please submit an original birth certificate, which will be copied and returned. Gifted or inherited shares do not qualify.
    • Be accepted to an accredited college, university, technical or vocational school.
    • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 for undergraduates, 3.0 for graduates or masters, and 3.25 for specialists or doctorates.
    • Be enrolled in 12 or more credits (undergraduates), or 9 or more credits (graduates) to be considered full-time students.
    • Be enrolled in 6 to 11 credits (undergraduates), or 2 to 8 credits (graduates) to be considered part-time students.

    Click here to review the complete Doyon Foundation Scolarship guidelines and policies.

  8. Are Doyon Foundation scholarships just for younger students just starting college?

    No, Doyon Foundation offers basic, vocational and competitive scholarships to students of all ages and study levels in a wide range of fields.

  9. Will my fall application count for the entire school year?

    No, you must re-apply for funding online prior to each deadline. Scholarship deadlines for basic and competitive scholarships are:

    • March 15 – Basic scholarships for summer semester.
    • May 15 – Basic and competitive scholarships for fall semester.
    • November 15 – Basic scholarships for spring semester

    Applications for advanced college credit and short-term vocational training scholarships are accepted year-round.

  10. Do I have to be ¼ Native to receive a scholarship?

    No, per Doyon Foundation scholarship guidelines, those receiving a scholarship must be an original enrollee or a child of an enrollee.

  11. Does the Doyon Foundation only fund scholarships for colleges?

    No. The Doyon Foundation is pleased to assist students seeking a higher education through various programs. These include vocational training, certificate programs and short-term training programs that are at least 120 hours or six weeks long. Students must attend an accredited college, university, technical or vocational school.

  12. I want to attend school for the first time, but my GPA is below 2.0. Can I still be considered for a scholarship?

    Doyon Foundation students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 for undergraduate students, 3.0 for graduate or master’s degree students, or 3.25 for specialists or doctorate students.

    However, if a new student with a GPA below the minimum requirements applies for a scholarship, he/she will immediately be placed on probation for the first funding period. If the student fails to increase his/her cumulative GPA to the minimum level during the probation period, sequential funding will be canceled and the student must successfully complete a semester on his/her own before reapplying for funding.

  13. How does Doyon Foundation determine who receives a competitive scholarship?

    Doyon Foundation has an independent competitive scholarship review committee that reviews and determines the recipients for competitive scholarships. Each committee member serves for three years and is selected by the Doyon Foundation board of directors. Committee members serve on a volunteer basis.

    The committee members spend between 20 to 30 hours evaluating and scoring all competitive scholarship applications. Scholarship recipients are then selected based on scores, fields of study and class standings.

    Each application has a total of 120 possible points. Committee members use the following guidelines to score the applications:

    • Personal essay - 40 points possible. The essay should focus on four topics, and each topic can receive up to 10 points. The topics include 1) educational goals, 2) professional goals, 3) extra-curricular and community service activities, 4) cultural awareness and contributions to a healthy Native community. Students are also encouraged to describe their strengths and how they intend to achieve their goals. Essays are limited to two pages, and should be double spaced in 12-point font.
    • Grade point average – 40 points possible.
    • Letters of recommendation - 30 points possible. Letters of recommendation must be received from two individuals who can attest to the student’s academic abilities, professional and educational development, community involvement and/or cultural activities. Letters may not be from the student’s immediate family. Letters must be current, signed by the author, and include the author’s contact information. Authors must submit the letters directly to the Foundation.
    • Personal impression - 10 points possible.

      Committee members award up to 10 points for their personal impression of the application submitted.

    Click here for more information on scholarship guidelines and tips on completing your application.

  14. If I apply for a competitive scholarship and am not selected to receive one, will I receive any funding?

    Yes, applicants who are not selected to receive a competitive award will automatically receive a basic scholarship, if all criteria have been met. Students applying for a competitive scholarship do not need to fill out another scholarship application to receive a basic award.

  15. How do I apply for short-term vocational funding? How much can I receive and is there an application deadline?

    Vocational students who do not meet the criteria for part-time student status may apply at any time throughout the year to receive funding for short-term vocational courses. Students will receive funding equal to the cost of the course, not to exceed $1,000, and may receive funding once per year. Funding is provided on a “first come, first funded” basis.