The Tomiar Rudy Ortega Sr. Scholarship provides up to $1,000 for the 2018-2019 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 2018-2019 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 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.
  • 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 Thursday, April 26th, 2018 through Friday, October 12th, 2018.

All documents must be postmarked by the Due date or hand-delivered to the Administration office of Pukúu by 5:00 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 12th, 2018
All supporting documents must be submitted by either uploading, mail or hand-delivered by the Due date to the Pukuu’s Administration office. Late applications will not be accepted. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that their application is complete.