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Scholarships and Grants

Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Resource Links

Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Participation

State of Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board Grant Programs - Indian Student Grant

Nicolet College Foundation Scholarships


Verol Mae Ritchie Endowed Scholarship

Verol Mae Ritchie grew up in Forest County on the Potawatomi Reservation in a house that her father, Val Ritchie, and grandfather, Henry Ritchie, built near Sugar Bush Hill. Her mother, Marie Ritchie, read to her children by kerosene lamp light. From those early days of her mother's reading, Verol and her siblings (Ruth, Henry, Wallace and Clarice) grew to adulthood with an anticipation of reading and education. Verol developed a knowledge of the world around her and her relationship to her tribe, her community and her family. She passed that knowledge along to her children.

When Verol graduated from Crandon High School in 1941 she wanted to be an attorney. There were no funds or programs to help her with that dream, but she saw an advertisement in the Bureau of Indian Affairs for Native American women to study nursing at the Jackson Park Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago. Her scholarship provided tuition, room and board and a monthly allowance of $5.00. Her family on the reservation could not help their daughter with money, but they sent the food that she loved. Verol got her nursing degree. She was recruited to be a military officer in the nursing cadet program and was stationed at Fort Benjamin Harrison near Indianapolis, Indiana. After the war she went to work at Hayward Indian Hospital in Hayward, Wisconsin and at the Fort Yates, North Dakota for the Indian Health Service and was an administrator and director of nursing at several facilities in Wisconsin and North Dakota. Her areas of nursing were many: private duty, geriatrics, intensive care, industrial, women's health and clinical nursing.

Verol worked for 41 years as a Registered Nurse, all the while maintaining a home and raising six children. She made trips back home to the Forest County Potawatomi Reservation, and in the final years of her career she worked (in the summer) at the Lac du Flambeau Reservation Clinic. She retired from nursing in 1983. She was grateful that her tribe was rising out of poverty, but her wish for the young people of our tribe was that they should have goals in addition to income. Her final nursing goal was that she might work in our beautiful clinic and serve her people. She was 80 years old at the time, but diabetes prevented her from doing that.

Verol Mae Ritchie died on May 21, 2006. A scholarship in her name, for Native Americans from Wisconsin to study nursing at Nicolet College, was founded by her children.


Other Scholarship Resources

Indian Resource Development of NMSU provides a book listing sources of financial aid.

Fastweb is a free scholarship search.   Requirement: Time to create profile, email address and follow up.

National Indian Education Association provides a list of scholarships throughout the United States.

Indian Health Services

American Indian College Fund

The American Indian Graduate

Winds of Changes magazine, published by American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Wisconsin Indian Education Association - Scholarship

Falmouth Institute On-Line Magazine

Catching the Dream, formerly known as the Native American Scholarship Fund –
How to Find and Win Scholarships”, by Dean Chavers, PhD

The American Indian Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund- Milwaukee

Intertribal Timber Council – Natural Resource

Association on American Indian Affairs Scholarship Application-Nationwide

Wisconsin Women of Color Network, Inc. – Madison

African-American College Scholarship Opportunities

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin – Deadline April 2, 2012

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

This scholarship program provides scholarship funds to women 40+ seeking new job skills, training, and educational opportunities to support themselves and their families.

High School Seniors may enter this contest for the opportunity to
win 1 of 10.

Must be a current 9-12th grade high school student, or a current college student.

The application form has been revised and is currently open.