The Tomiar Rudy Ortega Sr. Scholarship provides up to $1,000 for the 2019-2020 Academic years and 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 two awards of $1,000 each to 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, renewable for a second year pending demonstration of exceptional progress.


The 2019-2020 Tomiar Rudy Ortega Sr. Scholarship application has close. If you have completed the form and have any questions, please email

Who is Eligible?

  • Must be American Indian or Alaskan Native living in California. (Documentation of enrollment or descendancy is required. Attach a Letter from BIA, Tribe, or Tribal ID and State ID).
  • Must be an enrolled student at an accredited College or University.
  • Must have engaged in community service within the previous 12 months as validated by their college nominator either on campus or in the community.
  • Must have completed the Scholarship application and be in good standing with the Pukúu Scholarship Committee in accordance with the Pukúu Scholarship Rules and Regulations.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 for all undergraduate students and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 for all graduate students.

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 question by either uploading a digital word file or completing the form.
  • Transcripts – Official copies of student transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended MUST be mailed into the Tribal Administration Office
    1019 Second Street, San Fernando, California 91340 – Attention Pukúu Scholarships
  • Letter of Recommendation: American Indian Community or Public Community Recommender.


Attach essay to this application on a separate sheet of paper. In two pages or less, please discuss your academic, career, and personal goals, as well as any extenuating circumstances or any other information that you would like the Administrator to be aware of when reviewing your application. Be sure to respond to the following questions:

  1. How do you view Native American cultural resources and their importance to you?
  2. How do you plan to “give back” to Native Americans after graduation?
  3. How are you now actively involved in the Native American community both on and off campus?

Application Procedures

Online application form will be available from Monday, July 1st, 2019 through Wednesday, October 16th, 2019.

All documents must be postmarked by the Due date or hand-delivered to the Administration office of Pukúu by 7:00 p.m. 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 or need assistance in completing any portion of the Pukúu, Cultural Community Services Rudy “Chief Little Bear” Ortega Sr. Scholarship Application, please feel free to contact Scholarship Committee at or 818-336-6105. The Scholarship Committee will review all scholarship applications and select the two finalists for Board of Directors’ approval. Announcement of scholarship awards will be published on the Pukuu’s website (, in a media release, and presented at the annual scholarship gala, Night with the Stars.



Due Date: October 16th, 2019
Supporting documents must be uploaded digitally, postmarked by the Due date, or hand-delivered to the Administration office of Pukúu by 7:00 p.m. Please note that in the case of Official Transcripts, they are the only application material that cannot be submitted digitally and must be physically received at the office (whether through mail or dropped off personally) – please plan ahead. Late applications and faxed applications will not be accepted. The applicant is responsible for following up on their application status with the Administration office. Thank you.