Safeguarding Natural Heritage

Are you interested in a career in plant and animal science, wildlife management, or agribusiness? Safeguarding Natural Heritage is a two week summer outreach program that allows Native Youth between the ages of 14-17 explore these exciting careers!

Throughout two weeks of programming, youth will participate in hands-on labs, workshops, discussion groups, field trips, and character/team-building activities. Native Youth will be led through these experiences by Tribal Elders, practitioners, university professors, and U.S. Government scientists all while living on a college campus. Students that are chosen for this opportunity will have all costs of tuition, room and board, and laboratory supplies covered by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The only cost participants will need to cover is transportation to and from the college/university campus. The 2018 partner sites include College of Menominee Nation, Diné College, Navajo Technical University, and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

To learn more about this opportunity and who to contact for questions, go here!


Get Out and Grow School Garden Sweepstakes

Are you looking to encourage your community to learn about healthy eating and growing their own food? Need some funding to start a garden project? Then look no further than the Get Out and Grow School Garden Sweepstakes!

This $15,000 sweepstakes is courtesy of Smucker Away From Home in order to help schools across the country develop gardens. Developing gardens can cultivate hard work and encourage healthy eating habits for those who work on it. The sweepstakes is open to School Administrators or Foodservice Directors of K-12 schools. Along with the $15,000 toward a garden, you could also win a visit from a Team USA Athlete! All you have to do to apply is explain why a new garden would benefit the students at your school.

To enter the sweepstakes fill out the application here by March 11, 2018


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

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BGCA Native Services Unit
Dallas Service Center
2107 N. Collins Boulevard
Richardson, TX 75080

Direct: 972-581-2374