The administrator at my school in charge of all thing college said she doesn’t help minorities?
My mom is 75% native American and I know there was a chance I may be able to get a scholarship because of it.
I ask the teacher in the office in charge of answer students questions about college. She told me she didn’t know and that she knew nothing about minorites and that she doesn’t help minorites. That after being at the school for (i believe 18 years) Nobody has ask that question and maybe I should send post it saying Native-American so that the college would see it and somebody else could asnwer questions about minorites.
I feel complete offended because I don’t feel aprecated being called a minortiy ( I have a name and Plus white are immigrants I was here first) Plus concerdering Mexicans are also have Native American roots 80% of the time WE ARE NOT THE MINORITY IN THE USA
She started laughing after I asked her and was rolling her eyes.
If you have more than 1/4 Native American blood, you should be eligible for Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) scholarships. Again, if you are a member of a federally recognised tribe.
You can apply for these scholarships through your tribe, home agency, or area office of Indian Education. Check with your local BIA office for applications, eligibility and deadlines. The Bureau of Indian Affairs can also be reached at 1-800-332-9186.
Another good source of financial aid is your tribe. Some tribes offer scholarships to their members, although these are usually fairly small. And especially if you do not qualify for a BIA scholarship, your tribe itself may award a tribal scholarship. You’ll need to contact the tribe directly.
The Indian Health Service (IHS) has a scholarship and a loan repayment program. If you major in the health professions, accounting or engineering, they’ll give you full tuition and fees, books, uniforms, equipment, travel, insurance, national board exams, travel for clinical training, and a stipend for students. Call 1-301-443-6197, Indian Health Service, Scholarship Program.
Many colleges offer free tuition, room and board to Native American students, so contact the schools you think you’re interested in directly. Make sure that, as part of your search, you check with your own state university, as they would be likely to offer such a thing.
I’m sure there are others, but these are the ones I know of. Hope this helps.
1) If this woman’s job is helping students get into college, then she seems to have inadequate information, and she should, at the very least, be willing to help you look for information which might help you. I don’t know anything about scholarships for Native Americans either, but if a student were to ask me about it, I would start researching the possibilities, rather than just acknowledge that I don’t know!
2) If she really said, “I don’t help minorities,” she was out of line. If her job is to help people get into college, and she doesn’t explore all opportunities because of her personal beliefs about affirmative action, she isn’t doing her job. The schools, and those who give the scholarships, make those decisions, and she can’t ignore them.
I would advise you not to focus on being called a minority. While the current phrase is “people of color,” there are still a lot of people, including those who themselves fit into that category, who use the term “minority”. Factually, the you are. Even if it were true that 80% of Mexicans had Native American roots (and that is only true if you are including indigenous groups from the territories outside the U.S.), ALL Hispanics constituted only 15% of the U.S. population last year, and Native Americans constituted 1%. That means that you were in the minority, whether that offends you or not. It is for exactly that reason, and the fact that these groups have been mistreated over time, that there ARE scholarships specified for people of color.
Obviously, laughing and rolling your eyes at a student’s serious questions is inappropriate behavior. Maybe she isn’t the right person for the job that she is in. There should be a counselor, not a teacher, handling college applications.
You were seeking information for scholoarship based on your Native American heritage. At the current state, Native Americans are minorities. It doesn’t matter who was here first. Their numbers are now very small. (no YOU weren’t here first. Your distant ancesters were here first) Plus Mexicans are not Americans in the sense you are using the word “American.” To qualify for federal grants/scholarships, you must be an American citizen first.
I think you are making a bigger issue than it needs to be and your logic is not quite right.
My suggestion is to ask the school WHO can help you with the question. The person you asked perhaps didn’t know anything about minority based scholoarships.
I really don’t understand what your saying.
If you want to apply for a scholarship, you need to do that outside of the school.
This sounds like a communication issue, of what your trying to explain to the counselor.
I will say this, if your going to go preaching about who was in the US first your not going to get far. People want the facts of what is now important, not something that happened over 500 years ago.
Sounds to me like you just spoke to the wrong person. I don’t think she was saying she doesn’t like minorities, just that she’s not the one in charge of that program, so she couldn’t tell you what you needed to know.
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