The Tepa Companies are wholly owned subsidiaries of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians of California. They deliver comprehensive and sustainable solutions to federal, state, local and private-sector clients throughout the United States. The tribally owned companies work independently and collaboratively to provide wide-ranging construction, professional and industrial services.


The Tepa Native American Scholarship Fund was established to build personal and lasting relationships with students who will become the future leaders in Native American communities and, possibly, with the Tepa Companies.

 
Tepa, LLC, will provide an award of $1,000 to a qualified Native American student at California State University, Chico; California State University, Sacramento; Humboldt State University, UC Davis, and San Jose State University, and Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas for the 2021 fall semester.
 

Timeline:

Scholarship Applications Open: May 3, 2021

Scholarship Applications Close: July 16, 2021, 5 PM PDT

Application Review Period:  July 17 – July 31, 2021


Notification to Students of Scholarship Awards:


Scholarship finalists award notifications will begin July 17, 2021, and run as late as July 31, 2021, depending on when applications are reviewed.


Acceptance of Scholarship Awards:


Upon selection as a finalist for a Tepa Native American Scholarship Fund award, the student must accept the award verbally AND provide the post-acceptance documents required for the award within one month of notification. The Tepa Scholarship team will do its due diligence to send notification reminders in the form of emails and phone calls to the awarded students within this one-month time frame to complete their post-acceptance requirements, but after this time allowance has passed, the scholarship will be revoked.


Applicant Criteria

  • Must be of American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian heritage. Proof of ancestry may include one of the items listed: Tribal identification from a state-recognized or federally recognized tribe, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaska Native Blood, or Tribal identification of parent and applicant’s birth certificate.
  • Must be enrolled full-time for the fall 2021 semester at California State University, Chico; California State University, Sacramento; Humboldt State University, UC Davis, and San Jose State University, and Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas.
  • Must be pursuing a career in Engineering, Computer Science, Construction Management, Environmental Science, Earth Science and Business Administration/Management (Haskell Indian Nations only).
  • Must have a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA).
Application Checklist

Please read and follow instructions carefully.

Complete ALL sections of the online application. Your application may not be submitted until all sections are complete and the required documents uploaded.

Required documents:

  • Tribal identification from a state-recognized or federally recognized tribe OR BIA Certificate of Degree of Indian OR Alaska Native Blood. (Proof of lineage may include a tribal identification card of applicant’s mother or father, accompanied by a copy of applicant’s birth certificate.)
  • Must provide an unofficial copy of your current transcript. Copy of the transcript must include the student's name, semester/quarter, and institution name or logo.
  • High school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) documentation (if incoming freshman).
  • Proof of admission to one of the universities listed.

Selection Process



Once the scholarship application deadline ends, the Tepa Selection Committee will verify that all applicants meet the eligibility criteria. Applications that are not complete or do not meet the eligibility criteria are declined automatically.

The scholarship applications then will be reviewed by the Tepa Selection Committee, who score each application based upon the essay questions.  The scored applications are placed in a ranked list, and this list is used by the Tepa Selection Committee to select the scholarship finalists.

Scholarship Post-Acceptance Documents Required for Verification:

Once selected, the scholarship finalists will be notified through email of the post-acceptance documents. All scholarship finalists will be required to submit the following post-acceptance documents:
  1. Academic institution enrollment verification 
  2. Recent photo/headshot
  3. A thank you letter to the Scholarship Selection Committee
The post-acceptance documents MUST be emailed by August 31, 2021.

Scholarship Check Disbursements: Fall 2021

Timeline for First (Fall) Payment Semester Scholarship (2021-2022 Academic Year):

If you have submitted all documents as required by Tepa, scholarships will be distributed from September 15 – November 30, 2021.

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* Contact Information

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* Date of Birth

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* Tribal Affiliation

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* Tribal identification from a state- or federally recognized tribe

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* BIA Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaska Native Blood (If Applicable)

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* Tribal identification of parent and applicant's birth certificate (If Applicable)

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* How did you hear about the Tepa Native American Scholarship Fund?

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* GED or High School Information

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* High School Diploma or GED

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* College Information

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* Degree

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Essay Guidelines: (500-word minimum)

This essay is the primary component of your application and will influence the selection committee for your scholarship request. Take this as an opportunity to tell your story and demonstrate not only your writing skills but how this scholarship opportunity will advance you in your career.

Include the following:

  • Introduction – Introduce yourself using your full name and tribal affiliation. Include information about your home, family and where you are from.
  • Academics – Describe yourself as a student, how you have achieved academic success and your work ethic. Tell us who/what inspired you to pursue your chosen career path. Tell us why you have selected the Engineering, Computer Science, Construction Management, Environmental Science, Earth Science or Business Administration/Management field.
  • Career Plans – Describe your ultimate career goal. Tell us the steps you are taking to reach your goals. Explain what qualities you see in yourself that will help you in your journey and career. Discuss your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Service to the Tribal Community – Share your native heritage and what it means to you. Describe your career plan and describe the positive changes you want to make in Indian communities. Explain how your education will allow you to do so. When you do return to work in your community, describe what you want to do.

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I certify that the information contained within this application is true to the best of my knowledge and is my own work. I understand that misrepresentation or fraudulent information may be grounds for loss of scholarship funds and repayment of funds may be requested. By accepting a scholarship from Tepa, LLC, I authorize TEPA, LLC, to use my photograph and any information that I have provided in advertising, fundraising and in any media.

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