White Antelope Memorial Scholarship

In the spring of 1988, the University of Colorado established the White Antelope Memorial Scholarship (WAMS), and it has been instrumental in assisting American Indian students toward the completion of their baccalaureate degrees. The White Antelope Memorial Scholarship is dedicated to the memory of the Cheyenne and Arapaho people who lost their lives during the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864. White Antelope, a courageous leader of the Southern Cheyenne, died at Sand Creek while attempting to negotiate peace with the Colorado militia.

The intent of this scholarship, together with the First Nations Scholarship, is to promote, encourage and support academic success and to cultivate a thriving Native American community on the University of Colorado Boulder campus. This is accomplished by coming together for activities, events and by interacting with the Native American community. These activities/events will be at the heart of building the community, so it is imperative that you make the commitment to participate if selected for the scholarship.

The White Antelope Memorial Scholarship is primarily for in-state students, but out-of-state students may be awarded if funds are available. Eligible students must submit proof of tribal affiliation at the time of application. Awards are based on quality of application including academic qualifications and demonstrated interest in being a positive, supportive and contributing member of the Native American community on campus; geographic diversity; and preference is given to applicants who demonstrate a minimum of 1/16th or more blood quantum (this is usually listed on the tribal affiliation documentation).

Supplemental Questions
  1. CU Boulder seeks a talented, engaged student body that embodies the wide range of human experiences; we believe that the diversity of our students makes our community stronger. Tell us how you will positively impact and add value to the Native American community at CU Boulder.
  2. Please describe your participation, if any, in events within your tribal community, including Native American ceremonies, activities, or other events.
  3. How will your education at CU Boulder benefit your Native community?
  4. What does it mean to you to "Be Native?"
  5. Please upload a copy of your proof of tribal affiliation with a U.S. State or Federally recognized tribe or nation.
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