Michelle Chingwa Education Assistance Scholarship Program

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.


Michelle Chingwa Application

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

2014-010 Michelle Chingwa Education Asst Act

Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver Application - 2016

Michelle Chingwa Education Assistance Regulations REG WOS 2014-010-121014-001 MCEA

Application Process

  • Student must have on file a completed application packet to apply for the MCEA scholarship before established deadline, which includes the following:

  1. MCEA application (once per academic year)

  2. Release of Information (once per academic year)

  3. Confirmation page or student Aid Report from Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (once per academic year)

  4. Copy of current schedule

  5. Copy of current unofficial transcript

  6. Copy of Tribal I.D. (new students only)

  • Eligibility for the MCEA scholarship is based on four specific criteria:

  1. The student must be an enrolled member of Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

  2. The student must be enrolled in the educational institution for which the scholarship is being applied

  3. The student must maintain a 2.0 overall/cumulative GPA (this item is subject to appeal)

  4. 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

      • ($150/credit hr.)

    • CLASS 3: Four year colleges or four year degree programs

      • ($250/credit hr.)

    • CLASS 4: Graduate level courses

      • ($350/credit hr.)

    • CLASS 5: Free courses (no out-of-pocket cost to student)

      • ($15/credit hr.)

**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

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