The Tomiar Rudy Ortega Sr. Scholarship provides funding for the 2023-24 Academic years. It was established to assist American Indian students living in California with the pursuit of their education through the granting of competitive and meritorious based financial scholarships. Tomiar Rudy Ortega Sr. Scholarship will provide awards support American Indian students living in California. Scholarships shall be granted to eligible applicants on a yearly basis (as long as there are funds available). Each award is for a 12-month period.
Who is Eligible?
- Must be Native American-American Indian-Indigenous to this continent (North, Central, and South), or Kanaka Maoli / Native Hawaiian or Tagata Sāmoa / Native Samoan.
- Must be an enrolled student at an accredited College, University, or Trade/Vocational School in California.
- Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 for all undergraduate students and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 for all graduate students.
Optional: community service within the previous 12 months as validated by their college nominator either on campus or in the community.
Scholarship Application consists of the following:
- The Online Application. Please answer all questions, upload any supporting documents and submit an application to Pukúu.
- Personal Statement & Essay Questions. All applicants must answer the essay questions by either uploading a digital word file or completing the form.
- Transcripts – Unofficial student transcripts from colleges and universities are acceptable for initial application. For first year college students, high school transcripts AND proof of higher education enrollment will be accepted. For all scholarship recipients, official copies will be required before award is granted.
- Letter of Recommendation: American Indian Community or Public Community Recommender.
Please be prepared to include the essay as an attachment. In two pages or less, please discuss your academic, career, community, and personal goals, as well as any extenuating circumstances or any other information that you would like the Scholarship Sub-Committee to be aware of when reviewing your application.
Be sure to respond to the following questions:
- How do you view Native American culture and its importance to you?
- How do you plan to “give back” to Native Americans after graduation?
- How are you now actively involved in the Native American community both on and off campus?
The online application form will be available from July 1, 2023 through September 22, 2023 at 11:59 pm (PST).
All documents must be digitally submitted by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time the evening of the due date. Late applications will not be accepted. No faxed applications will be accepted. The applicant is responsible for following up on their application status with the administration office.
If you have any questions, need clarifying information, or technical assistance in completing any portion of the Pukúu, Cultural Community Services Scholarship Applications, please feel free to contact our office at 818-336-6105. The Scholarship Sub-Committee will review all scholarship applications and select the finalists for Board of Directors’ approval. Announcement of scholarship awards will be announced on the Pukuu’s website (pukuu.org) and presented at the annual scholarship gala, Night with the Stars.
September 22, 2023 at 11:59 pm (PST)
Application opens July 1, 2023. Please complete this online scholarship application between July 1, 2023 - September 22, 2023. Deadline is September 22, 2023 at 11:59 pm.