Chief Standing Bear Scholarship

Chief Standing Bear’s contributions towards Civil Rights have left a lasting
impression on Nebraskans and have had an impact on all Americans as well.
In Commemoration of his efforts, the Chief Standing Bear Scholarship
Committee is offering two $2,500 scholarships to American Indian students who are
enrolled in a tribe and who will be attending a higher-education institution (e.g. fouryear
college/university, community college, tribal college, technical school, etc.) in the
upcoming fall term.

The scholarship will be distributed directly to the student in two equal payments
of $1,250 (August and January). The August payment will be provided upon receipt of
enrollment in the higher-education institution. The January payment will be provided
upon receipt of the student’s first semester grades and registration of classes for the next
semester/quarter. Grade Point Average must be above a 2.5 during the first semester.

View more about the scholarship and apply here!

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There is a movement today in Indian country for a new generation of young leaders who can act as effective agents of positive change from within their tribal communities.

The Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs advocates the building of leadership skills and higher education for our young people. NCIA will continue to support the Sovereign Native Youth Leadership Academy but we are no longer the co-sponsor of the camp. Please contact Janet Renoe for assistance at or click here to learn more about the Sovereign Native Youth Leadership Academy.

 The goal of this program is to give Native students the tools and skills to be leaders and servants of their people, and to act as ambassadors to their schools, serving as role models and mentors for other students.  Ultimately, a strong core of educated, committed, community leaders are the most valuable resource a tribal community can possess.  A strong economy, good schools, healthy families, a sense of hope, a sense of future–these do not come from the outside, they do not come from the government in the form of good intentioned programs and grants, they originate from within; they come from the people, leaders with a commitment of service to their communities.