Graduating Senior Scholarships

Graduating Senior Scholarships

The Pokagon Fund accepts Graduating Senior Scholarship applications between mid-January (exact dates vary) and March 15 each year. Scholarships are awarded based on a variety of factors which may include academic achievement; community involvement; employment; a short essay on a selected topics concerning an aspect of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ culture, and other factors.

To be eligible, an individual must be a:

  • Resident of Harbor Country (the townships of New Buffalo, Chikaming and Three Oaks; the villages of Three Oaks, Michiana or Grand Beach; and the City of New Buffalo).
  • Senior graduating from River Valley School District, New Buffalo Area Schools or a homeschooled student who is a resident of Harbor Country.

Attention New Buffalo Area Schools students: The Pokagon Fund’s scholarship program is entirely separate from the scholarships that are awarded from the New Buffalo Educational Trust by New Buffalo Area Schools. Please contact NBAS for information on this extraordinary scholarship program.

Scholarships can be used to cover the cost of tuition and books at any eligible institution or program. “Eligible institutions or programs” includes many universities, colleges, trade schools and other programs. The Internal Revenue Service has created a webpage that explains which institutions/programs are eligible to receive scholarship payments and links to other sites where you can check to see if the institution or program you are considering is eligible.