The Michelle Chingwa Education Assistance Scholarship Program was enacted by Waganakising Odawak Statute 2007-05 , The Michelle Chingwa Education Assistance Act and took effect on August 15, 2003 . This scholarship program is a Tribally funded program providing monetary scholarships to tribal members pursuing a higher education.
Changes are being instituted in the processing of Michelle Chingwa Education Assistance Scholarships. Beginning with the Summer 2017 session, students must provide a copy of their unofficial transcripts rather than previously required grade reports. There have been numerous submissions that lack pertinent information such as student names, school identifiers, cumulative GPA, etc. This change is being made so that the processing of scholarships is faster. Submissions that do not follow the requirements will be rejected. Please direct any questions regarding these changes to the Education Department.
MCEA APPEAL FORM with deadline
Please send all documentation to:
LTBB Education Appeals Board c/o Tribal Chairman’s Office 7500 Odawa Circle, Harbor Springs, MI. 49740
Student must have on file a completed application packet to apply for the MCEA scholarship before established deadline, which includes the following:
MCEA application (once per academic year)
Release of Information (once per academic year)
Confirmation page or student Aid Report from Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (once per academic year)
Copy of current schedule
Copy of current unofficial transcript
Copy of Tribal I.D. (new students only)
Eligibility for the MCEA scholarship is based on four specific criteria:
The student must be an enrolled member of Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
The student must be enrolled in the educational institution for which the scholarship is being applied
The student must maintain a 2.0 overall/cumulative GPA (this item is subject to appeal)
The student must have applied for other available financial aid. This includes the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) .
The scholarship shall be calculated on a semester equivalent per credit hour basis with five classifications ** :
CLASS 1: Courses or college programs that are sponsored by LTBB and provided nearly free to student.
( $25/credit hr.)
CLASS 2: Junior or Community colleges
CLASS 3: Four year colleges or four year degree programs
CLASS 4: Graduate level courses
CLASS 5: Free courses (no out-of-pocket cost to student)
**these rates may be adjusted to meet allocated budget
Deadlines for a school operating under the standard semester system are established as follows :
Fall (August – December): October 1st
Winter/Spring (January – May): February 15th
Summer (May – August): June 15th
For any schedule that operates outside of the standard semester system described above (i.e. quarters, trimesters, continuous schedule), the deadline will be 30 days after the start date of your 1st class
Higher Education Student Services Specialist verifies the student’s application file is complete. Calculations are made to determine the semester award based on Executive Directive #6-12052007-01.
The continuation of a student’s scholarship application for subsequent semesters during an academic year relies on the submission of a new course schedule for the upcoming semester and grades from the previous semester before established deadlines.
LTBB members wishing to appeal a decision made in the Michelle Chingwa Education Assistance scholarship program will follow the approved “Appeal Policy” guidelines as approved by the Executive in REG-WOS 2007-05 102912-010