Catawba adds more scholarships for Catawba Nation students – Salisbury Post
SALISBURY — Catawba Nation and Catawba College announced an expanding scholarship partnership on Tuesday.
The program began in 2007 when the Nation and the college met to discuss
the college’s nickname, Indians. This discussion ended with an agreement allowing the use of the name in exchange for a scholarship for a Catawba student.
The original agreement allowed a student to receive a four-year scholarship every four years.
Catawba Nation and Catawba College have updated the agreement to now provide a four-year scholarship to one Catawba Nation student each year.
This change reflects ongoing collaborations to further strengthen the relationship between Catawba College and the Catawba Nation in hopes of providing more resources and educational opportunities for tribal students as well as education of Catawba College students on the history and culture of the Catawba Nation.
“Catawba College and the Catawba Nation have been intrinsically linked since the founding of the College over 170 years ago,” Dean of Students Jared Tice said in a press release. “This new annual scholarship offering once again demonstrates the strengthened partnership of our two communities working together to advance educational opportunities for the citizens of Catawba. We look forward to creating additional pathways and opportunities with the Nation in the very near future.
“We are thrilled to see the partnership between the Catawba Nation and Catawba College grow and, as a result, to see the educational opportunities for young Catawba citizens expand,” said Chief Bill Harris.
The College’s director of marketing and communications, Jodi Bailey, said the scholarship covers full tuition. Next year, this cost value will be $32,686, but the number will adjust with the cost of tuition.
To be eligible for the Catawba College Scholarship, Catawba Citizen students must meet the scholarship guidelines below:
• Applicants must be eligible for admissions to Catawba College and complete the Federal Student Aid Application to be considered for the scholarship.
• A copy of the student’s tribal ID card is required to verify membership.
• A full Catawba Indian Nation Scholarship is available to be awarded each academic year, including all previously awarded merit scholarships. The scholarship does not cover on-campus room and board costs and/or book costs. However, each student receiving this scholarship is eligible for any additional scholarships offered to cover these costs.
• Additional scholarships awarded may be considered on an individual basis subject to the approval of the Vice President for Admissions in consultation with the College President.
• Once granted, the scholarship will remain with the student for four years, provided that the recipient continues to have good academic performance and assumes a full-time academic load.
• Beneficiaries may ask the college to be allowed to carry less than a full load in their final semester or due to extenuating personal circumstances.