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Academic Calendar

Here is the Calendar of events for OLC.

  • September 4th 2015
    • 10:00am: All Staff
  • September 7th 2015
    • 8:30am: Labor Day Holiday (Classes Meet)
    • 8:30am: 100% Drop Week
  • September 8th 2015
    • 8:30am: 100% Drop Week
  • September 9th 2015
    • 8:30am: 100% Drop Week
  • September 10th 2015
    • 8:30am: 100% Drop Week
  • September 11th 2015
    • 8:30am: 100% Drop Week
    • 9:00am: Lakota Studies Dept.
  • September 14th 2015
    • 9:00am: Chairs
  • September 28th 2015
    • 9:00am: Chairs Mtg.

How to Apply!

 

All students are required to submit an on-line application in order to be considered for all OLC Scholarships. The deadline is the end of the 3rd week of classes for the Fall and Spring semesters.

Before you submit your scholarship application for the current semester, the following tasks should be completed first:

  • Complete a FAFSA (PELL Application) for the current academic year.
  • Proof of tribal enrollment or proof that you are a descendant ready to upload on application (if you are native).
  • Typed personal essay prepared to insert in application.
  • Have your picture taken by your local college center counselor.
  • You are now ready to submit your on-line application.
  • Log onto the American Indian College Fund website HERE!

Navigating on the website

First time students, click on the blue link that says Create a New Account. Complete the personal information and create a password. Your social security number will be your username. You will then be asked to fill out additional information and verify that all information is correct. On the left hand side,

  • Click on Profile to begin. Click on the 'Edit Profile' button to access the profile questions.
    Complete all the required fields. You will need the following to complete your profile/application.
  • Proof of tribal enrollment or proof that you are a descendant (If you are Native).
  • A face picture suitable for sharing with scholarship donors.
  • A copy (unofficial or official) of your most recent transcript showing your cumulative GPA (Full Circle Scholarship Program applications only).
  • You may save your entries at any time and return to complete the profile later.
  • Double check that the correct school name is entered. Remember that the Full Circle application is for the Fall 2015 - Spring 2016 school year while the TCU application is for the current semester.
  • Once all of the required fields in your profile are complete click on 'Save' and you can then go to the Applications page to finalize and submit your application.
  • DON'T FORGET TO GO TO THE APPLICATIONS PAGE AND SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION. Answers to additional questions on this screen are not saved if you click cancel. Be sure to save any answers in a separate document before clicking cancel from this page.

Continuing Students,

  • Click on Profile to view your profile. Use the 'Edit Profile' button to access the profile questions. Be sure that your contact information (especially your e-mail address) is correct. Update your answers to all the questions and replace or update your essay. Double check that the correct school name is entered.
  • You may save your entries at any time and return to complete the profile later.
  • Once all of the required fields in your profile are complete click on 'Save' and you can then go to the Applications page to finalize and submit your application.
  • DON'T FORGET TO GO TO THE APPLICATIONS PAGE AND SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION. Answers to additional questions on this screen are not saved if you click cancel. Be sure to save any answers in a separate document before clicking cancel from this page.

What should I put in the essay?

Part I:

Personal Information (Include some or all) Name, age, where you were born, where you lived, where you live now, information about your family, who you admire most, travels, things you enjoy, interests and hobbies.

Part II: Goals/Dreams

What are your educational and career goals and how will this scholarship help you achieve them? (300 words maximum) (SAVE YOUR ANSWER IN A SEPARATE DOCUMENT. IT WILL NOT BE SAVED HERE IF YOU CLICK CANCEL)

Part III:

How will completing your education impact the Native American community? (300 words maximum) (SAVE YOUR ANSWER IN A SEPARATE DOCUMENT. IT WILL NOT BE SAVED HERE IF YOU CLICK CANCEL)

Be positive and include your culture and traditions.

Remember, only complete applications will be considered.

A complete application entails the following:

  • 1. An on-line application with the essay.
  • 2. A digital picture in JPEG format, no copies
  • 3. A complete FAFSA application to determine your financial need.

Once you submit the on-line application, OLC financial aid office has access to the application on-line to help the committee make selections.

The Selection Process

The scholarship committee makes the selections at the end of September in the fall and at the end of February in the spring semester. The committee consists of a counselor from each college center, the registrar, the financial aid administrator, a president’s office representative, the Student Services Committee Chairperson and a nursing staff representative.

After the applications are submitted by the students, the financial aid office screens the applications. A needs analysis is filled out for every student with complete applications. All incomplete applications are eliminated. If the student is on financial aid suspension, default, did not complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), has an incomplete FAFSA or has no financial need the Financial Aid office eliminates the student from the selection process.

The registrar’s office then reviews the applications and lists each student’s current credit hours, cumulative grade point average (GPA), cumulative hours completed and checks for a degree of Indian blood (DIB) on file. If the student’s GPA is below 2.00, the application is eliminated as this is the minimum GPA to be considered for an OLC Scholarship.