Previous applicants encouraged to apply
Contact: Sandy Connolly, Director of Communications
Office of Higher Education
St. Paul, MN--More than 350 additional students may quality for a Minnesota Indian Scholarship as a result of the budget enacted by Governor Dayton and the legislature this session.
According to Larry Pogemiller, Commissioner of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE), the annual state appropriation for the Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program (MISP) has remained largely unchanged for nearly 30 years. This year, an additional $1.25 million was made available for each of the next two years.
"For the past several years, eligible students have been put on a waiting list for this scholarship because funding has not kept up with need," said Pogemiller. "We expect this additional investment to significantly reduce the current waiting list."
The Office of Higher Education is encouraging previous applicants who have not yet applied for a 2013-2014 scholarship to apply online as soon as possible. Eligible students currently attending or considering enrollment in a Minnesota college or university this year can submit a MISP application online at www.ohe.state.mn.us/indianscholarship
Students should contact their college financial aid office after they have submitted their application to ensure all required documentation has been submitted. Any delay in completing the financial aid process at the college or university could cause processing the MISP application to be delayed and may prevent a scholarship from being awarded.
Pogemiller said the Office of Higher Education also plans to increase student and community outreach efforts to encourage more American Indian students to go to college and more students to apply for the program.
If you need further assistance or have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program staff at (651) 642-0567 or toll-free at (800) 657-3866.
For more information, contact Sandy Connolly at 651-259-3902, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.