WE R NATIVE’s “My Impact” Monthly Contest

WE R NATIVE is a comprehensive health resource for Native youth, providing content and stories about the topics that matter most to them. The program strives to promote holistic health and positive growth in our local communities and the nation at large.

We R Native is also a multimedia health resource for Native youth, by Native youth. The service was designed using behavior change theory and extensive formative research with American Indian/Alaskan Native teens and young adults across the U.S. The WE R NATIVE program designs their health messages across multiple social media platforms to address the social, structural, and environmental stressors that influence adolescent health; with particular focus given to the prevention of suicide, bullying, STDs, teen pregnancy, and drug and alcohol use.

Every month, WE R NATIVE hosts a monthly “My Impact” contest that invites submissions from AI/AN youth across the country. For the contest, entrants are asked to share something you’re proud of, or something you accomplished in 2017. The contest is open to all Native Youth, ages 15-24, and closes on January 20th. All entries will receive a new WE R NATIVE pen and sticky pad, while three lucky people will be picked for gear and cash prizes! To enter, as well as to see examples of current and past submissions, click here!


College Success Scholarship by

Over the past decade, in-state tuition for college has increased to staggering amounts. Students are graduating with debt that could follow them for 20 years. wants to help cut students’ college costs by offering a one-time award of $1,000 with the College Success Scholarship. All applicants need to do is fill out a short, easy application and receive a free scholarship to put towards achieving your college degree!

Enrolled undergraduate or graduate students as well as high school seniors are encouraged to apply! Selection will be based on the free responses to question on the application submitted by applicants. Financial need will not be considered, but the following criteria are required:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident
  • Must be enrolled (or accepted) in an accredited college or university and planning on continuing the next year.
  • Graduating high school seniors who meet the above mentioned criteria may apply.
  • Must have a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours still to be completed.
  • Must consent to provide a digital photograph of self and quote for display on if notified as the award winner by the selection committee.

For more information or to view the application, click here!


NIH Summer Research Program

The NIH Summer Research Experience Program provides high school and college students with the opportunity to participate in high quality research projects. This experience supports educational activities that foster a better understanding of biomedical, behavioral and clinical research and its implications. If chosen, students will be provided with hands-on exposure to research, reinforce their intent to graduate with a science degree, and prepare them for graduate school admissions and/or careers in research.

Eligible Applicants

  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education

Find more information here!

Max Amount: $100,000
Deadline: March 23, 2018


Rosetta Stone Offers Chickasaw Language Free for Chickasaw Citizens

It goes without saying language and culture are both connected. To protect our languages is to protect our cultures, histories, and traditional knowledge. At the forefront of language revitalization initiatives is Rosetta Stone, who has already partnered with several Native communities across North America to help preserve their languages.

One of those communities is the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma, who Rosetta Stone worked with to develop software that teaches the Chikashshanompa’ language. Known as Rosetta Stone Chickasaw, the software is available completely free to Chickasaw citizens, and can be used by both children and adults. Developed in conjunction with native speakers, forty lessons are included that incorporate video, audio and still images that citizens can review at their own pace.

If you or someone you know is a Chickasaw citizen, follow the steps below to receive the software and begin learning:

  • Complete the pre-registration application here.
  • Once citizenship is verified, you will receive a welcome email.
  • When you receive this email, follow the instructions to complete your registration.
  • Begin using Rosetta Stone Chickasaw at

QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship

Are you or someone you know a high school senior with plans for college in the fall of 2018? Then apply for the QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship today!

In order to be eligible, applicants must graduate during or before the summer of 2018 with plans to enroll as a freshman in college in the fall of 2018. Academic, financial, and personal circumstances are all considered when it comes to reviewing applications. The scholarship takes a holistic approach to reviewing applications and selecting finalists, as the criteria is not absolute when it comes to GPA, standardized test scores, or income. It seeks those who have demonstrated a level of academic achievement that meets or exceeds the admissions with QuestBridge’s college partners.

QuestBridge college partners include Dartmouth, Duke University, Stanford, University of Chicago, Yale, and many more.

For more information about applying for the QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship and previous recipients, visit their website!

To begin applying for the scholarship, register here!

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