All Native American students can enroll in this program, whether they are from one of the Tribes with which WSU has signed the Memorandum of Understanding (follow link for list of MOU Tribes), or are members or descendants other Federally or State Recognized Tribes. TNBL students receive financial assistance, however students attending the Global Campus are not guaranteed funding.
The Tribal Nation Building Leadership Program is available to students enrolled at the following campuses: Pullman, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Everett, and Global. Beginning in 2021, TNBL students outside of will participate in a hybrid virtual/in-person course taught from the Pullman campus. Native American Programs staff, Tribal elders, and innovative leaders will also meet with students periodically in person at each campus.
All students interested in the TNBL Program and associated scholarships should apply using the single application link below. The required documents can be uploaded during the application process.
TNBL Program & Scholarships (MOU and TNBL Tribal Scholarships) Criteria
- Applicants must be an enrolled member or descendent of a Federally or State Recognized Tribe.
- Applicants must have a minimum high school or college GPA of 2.5.
- Applicants must submit documentation of Tribal enrollment or descendancy.
Letter of Reference One
- Incoming freshmen: Attach an academic letter of reference, written by a high school administrator, counselor, or teacher, who is familiar with your academic achievements and abilities.
- Transfer students: Attach an academic letter of reference written by a professor or instructor, who is familiar with your academic achievements and abilities.
- This letter of reference should be addressed to the attention of the WSU Provost/MOU Tribal Scholarship. This is not to be written by an immediate relative.
Letter of Reference Two
- Letter of reference written by an individual representing a Tribal government, department or program, or urban/rural Native American organization, program, or initiative, who can assess your leadership abilities and commitment to supporting Native American communities. If you are a citizen of an MOU signatory tribe, the letter must be from an individual representing a Tribal government, department, or program to be eligible for the MOU scholarship.
- This is not to be written by an immediate relative.
Written Statement of 500-750 words answering the following questions:
- What are your career goals and what has influenced these goals?
- What does your Native American culture/identity mean to you? Provide an example of how you engage your Native culture/identity or community?
- How can the Tribal Nation Building Leadership Program and a college education help support and build up Native American communities?