Future Stewards Program

The Graduate School of the University of Oregon is pleased to announce the Future Stewards Program, designed in cooperation with the office of the Assistant Vice President and Advisor to the President on Sovereignty and Government to Government Relations.  The program will provide an opportunity to work with the nine federally recognized tribes of Oregon and Native American tribes that had traditional and customary tribal boundaries in parts of the state of Oregon or that ceded or reserved lands within the state of Oregon to help to make graduate education more accessible for their members.  It is our hope that tribal members who have earned graduate degrees at the University of Oregon will be able to return home to become stewards of their communities who will support their traditional culture, foster educational opportunities, and promote economic development.
The Award:
The University of Oregon Graduate School will provide up to two years (six regular terms (FWS)) of tuition support for new or continuing graduate students in masters, law, or doctoral programs.  
Eligibility, Nomination Process and Deadline:
To be considered for the Future Stewards Award, students must:
  • Be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe of Oregon or a Native American tribe that had traditional and customary tribal boundaries in parts of the state of Oregon or that ceded or reserved lands within the state of Oregon, as established by Oregon Administrative Rule 010-0037. 
  • Be admitted to a graduate program at the University of Oregon.
  • Submit a statement of academic purpose describing your interests and academic plan.
  • A letter of support from your tribe confirming tribal support by covering all mandatory student fees and providing health insurance.
Transcripts and letters of recommendation provided through the admission process will also be reviewed.
Please submit your statement of purpose and letter of support to Hannah Schneider-Lynch (hslynch@uoregon.edu). 
Deadline to apply:  July 1st, 2019
Selection and Timeline:
Applications will be evaluated by a subcommittee of the Graduate School and the President's Office. Applicants will receive a decision about their application approximately 2 weeks after submission of application materials. 
For more information, please contact: Jason Younker, Assistant Vice President (jyounker@uoregon.edu) or Janet Woodruff-Borden, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School (janetw@uoregon.edu)
Note for Graduate Students with Financial Aid or Loans
Receiving this award may reduce your financial aid award. Please contact the Financial Aid Office prior to applying for this (and any other type of) support.
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