NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN DEPARTMENT
HISTORY: The North American Indian needs have been a concern of The King’s Daughters and Sons since 1934 when living conditions were in great need of improvement and treaty rights needed protection.
After World War II, the needs of the youth in the Indian community to receive post-secondary education became an opportunity for the IOKDS to lend a hand.
Currently, we assist 10 missions and schools, which includes over 100 tribes. For more information, click here.
SCHOLARSHIPS: The IOKDS offers $500 to $700 scholarships to North American Indians. There is no restriction as to tribal affiliation or Indian blood quantity. However, the student must provide a tribal registration number and fulfill other requirements. The scholarships are given for technical, vocational or college studies, but not granted for schooling beyond a bachelor’s degree.
HOW DO I APPLY?
E-mail: Please include your name, course of study and college, technical or vocational school. From November 1st through March 1st applications requests may be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
By traditional mail: Please write a short description of your course of study, your name and e-mail address. Please submit your request no later than March 1st. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope (regular business envelope) and mail to:
North American Indian Scholarship Director
PO Box 1040
Chautauqua, NY 14722
Completed applications including all required documents (letters of recommendation and official transcript) must be sent by traditional mail and postmarked on or before April 1st to be considered.
REQUIREMENTS: NAI Scholarship requirements can be viewed here: North American Indian Scholarships. The scholarship is not downloadable.
AM I ELIGIBLE FOR MORE THAN ONE ACADEMIC YEAR? When a continuing student reapplies, the student receives a new application to be completed with the addition of an updated resume and an official transcript. The application must be completed by April 1with an official transcript mailed to the director as soon as possible, but no later than mid-June.
HOW DO I MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO THE IOKDS NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN SCHOLARSHIP OR MISSION PROGRAMS? Prayerful support and financial gifts are very important to us in continuing our scholarship and mission work with our North American Indians. Your financial help supports today’s students and our citizens of tomorrow. For more information regarding making a tax-exempt financial contribution, click here or call (716) 357-4951.
Letter from a North American Indian Scholarship recipient:
Dear International Order of the Kings Daughters and Sons:
As a young girl, I never imagined graduating from high school let alone a University. There were many obstacles in my path that should have routed me in a different direction, other than where I am today. (When) I walked across a platform to accept my B.A. in Psychology at Arizona State University West, I was representing the Walker River Tribe. It seemed only yesterday I was feverishly studying for exams and writing papers. Moreover, oh yes, the stress was heavy.
There are yet many goals to pursue at this time in my life. I was accepted at Argosy University in Phoenix, which is a well-structured University for Psychologists. Here I will earn my Masters’ and Psy. D in Psychology. I hope to one day teach Psychology. My main goal is to work for the Indian Health Service Counseling Native American Children on Reservations. The children are our future. We need to invest in them before the world imprints the wrong ideas into their belief system.
At this time, I would like to thank The International Order for their continued scholarship each semester. The scholarship was crucial for me as a student, due to the rapid increase of tuition along with living expenses, which were tremendous. I was grateful for the scholarship, because it substantially influenced how far I could go each semester. It has always been my belief that those who want an education should strive to obtain that goal. It is not easy, but no one ever said it would be.
I wanted to take this time to send you my appreciation for your generosity and support. I knew the International Order was doing their best possible for the native students. Life is a mysterious maze filled with twist and turns, cross roads, and many dead ends. We must try to enjoy the journey at every point. Even the disasters we encounter must eventually serve some purpose, if nothing more than to give us a deeper appreciation for our triumphs.
Again, I am very thankful for your contribution in my future, and the future of the Native American People(s).