Catching The Dream Program


September 15, 2023

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  • Scholarship Description
  • Throughout the United States, Native American communities suffer from a lack of qualified professionals—teachers, engineers, doctors, communication specialists, business managers, social workers and technicians. Well-paying jobs exist in Indian communities, but few Indians are prepared to fill them. Hospitals, dental clinics, schools, engineering and agricultural projects remain understaffed and seriously unable to meet community needs.

    Founded in 1986, Catching the Dream strives to help improve the quality of life in Indian communities through the higher education of Indian people by providing scholarship funds to native college students who demonstrate academic achievement, clearly defined goals, leadership, the determination to succeed, and the desire to return to their communities and help others realize their dreams. The award is offered three times a year. Applicants must be a quarter or more degree Native American and an enrolled member of a federally recognized U.S. tribe, attending college or university full-time and seeking a BA or higher.
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Tegan L  on 12/23/2022 7:19:52 AM

Hello I am a proud representative of the Navajo Nation and the Choctaw Nation, I will soon be a student at Pima Medical Institute. I am going to be enrolling into the veterinarian field, to help my community back home with our livestock and pets. Not only that, but I love spending time with the animals I have at home and that I met. I've already got done hands on experience with some animals back home, if I do get this scholarship it will really help me out so much, you help me pursue my dreams working on animals.

Gerald B  on 2/10/2021 3:12:07 PM

I am interested in this scholarship because it will help me out in college and everything I need to be successful. I am looking to go to an Indian school and play basketball and need all the financial help I can get.

Alexsandra N.  on 1/19/2021 12:40:26 AM

I am first generation college graduate. I am a bilingual registered nurse. I feel a strong sense of duty to be a nurse in my community and help as many people as I can. I love helping people feel good. I truly believe that a nurse can not only save lives, but change and improve lives too. I am hoping that getting my Family Nurse Practitioner License will help make a bigger difference in my community.

Favour O.  on 1/12/2021 7:11:45 PM

Challenges are inevitable, and those challenges help build the type of person that someone decides to be. Growing up in Nigeria, my parents were what the vast population would consider being middle class. They were self-employed and had a lot going for them. Both my parents grew up extremely poor; my mom used to hawk food on the streets of Lagos, Nigeria, and my dad lived in the village and sold local fake cosmetics to fend for him and his family. Our parents' background caused a lot of pressure for my siblings and me because we were constantly reminded of our parents' humble beginnings. These stories started what would be my fear of failure. In high school, I would always try to be at the top of my class, and once it happened, there was no stopping me. I kept getting better at every grade level and then graduated as salutatorian and the best graduating science student at fifteen. I always knew I wanted to be a STEM major, but I never knew what I truly wanted to do or who I wanted to be, and because of that, my parents suggested for me to be on track for Medicine, and to please them, I did just that. I struggled so much in school, it was a competition, and they had limited spots for Medicine, so if you missed by even a point, you would be given another course. I finished that year and was waiting for when the results came out. Well, that day came, and my friend called and said, check your phone for your grades. And on that day, I felt like the failure that I always tried not to be. How was I going to break the news to my parents that I did not get in? They already all their friends that I was going to be a doctor. I eventually did, and they seemed like they did not care, but I did, so much more than I should. The school gave me a second-choice major in Chemistry, and I did it for a semester till my mom left Nigeria for America with my siblings and me. We started a whole new life here, which led to an identity crisis. I was 18 and did not know what to do till I sat

Bianca T  on 1/11/2021 3:00:45 AM

I am in my second semester of college and this scholarship looks very useful. I haven't exactly pin pointed what I want to do as a career, but I do want to get involved with tribal council after I succeed with my education. I want to represent the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Vernalyn B  on 12/31/2020 5:28:04 PM

I am interested in applying for this scholarship as I work toward obtaining my Master's in Social Work Degree. Thank you

Chelsey wilkes  on 10/5/2020 11:46:23 PM

I would be very interested in the this scholarship. This scholarship will help me pay for college and continue to future my education at uncp to major in early education so I can help kids become great and successful in early life hood

Chelsey wilkes  on 10/5/2020 8:18:10 PM

I would be very interested in the this scholarship. This scholarship will help me pay for college and continue to future my education at uncp to major in early education so I can help kids become great and successful in early life hood

Jennifer b  on 9/25/2020 6:39:46 PM

I am pursuing my PhD in psychology marriage and family therapist. Minor in family science about to complete bachelors. This is perfect for all the inspiration Indian and all nationalities need right now.

Richard I  on 9/16/2020 12:29:23 PM

I am currently enrolled and going back to school. I am going back to finish my college degree since i had to take a break from it due to my family emergency. I am enrolled back into my game design program at a different college since ITT Tech closed down. I wanna finish college and make something of myself so i can better my self for me and my kids. Thank you for the Oppertunity

Morgan H  on 9/7/2020 5:58:47 PM

I would appreciate the opportunity to receive this scholarship for this coming school year as I am currently enrolled and looking for any help towards furthering my education. Thank you!

Montana Soto  on 8/25/2020 12:41:58 PM

I am currently a Senior in High School. I am very much interested in applying for this scholarship. I am Native American and I am planning to go into Medical School.

Wyatt H  on 7/5/2020 1:32:43 PM

I would be very grateful to earn this scholarship. I am 50% Native American and will be studying psychology which I believe many of my people would benefit from.

Katrina B.  on 6/12/2020 8:06:04 PM

i think i would benefit with this scholarship, im half navajo and half lakota,i would be first generation ging to a university school and it would help me accomplish my goal for my career. im determined on getting my bachelors of science pursing my nursing degree. i will help alot because i wont be working will going to school at the same time.

Jennifer A  on 6/7/2020 11:45:38 AM

I think I would benefit from this scholarship. I am an Native American woman from Michigan. I have had many hardships that has limited my ability to afford my books. I am determined to get my bachelor degree in Biology at Central Michigan University. Because of my love for the environment and the need to preserve the land I want to become a botanist. I feel that with the help of this scholarship I can achieve my goals. I want to finish school and become the first generation in my family to get a bachelor degree and eventually get my masters degree.

Stephanie K.  on 6/6/2020 12:49:07 PM

I would really benefit from this scholarship becuase I'm a single mother and will be attending college in the fall. This scholarship will help me pay for college and I am a full blood Native American from New Mexico. I am interested in the medical feild, it is a way for me to give back to my community. I am very determined to get my Bachelor's degree in Dental Hygiene and after I recieve that, I want to future my education to become an RN. What inspires me to pursue a career in the medical feild is my gradmother. I have seen how well the doctors and nurses have treated her well and want to do the same for my elders.

Avery M  on 4/11/2020 5:15:29 PM

I would love to have this opportunity to have this scholarship. I have been working hard on my art and have donated to the tribe and governor. I live on the Spokane Reservation and would like to pursue my dream at the art institute in New Mexico.

Meghan M.L  on 3/3/2020 10:28:12 PM

I think I would benefit this scholarship. I am a full blood Native American from Arizona and is planning on attending the University of Arizona. I am determined to get my bachelor's with Behavioral and Social Sciences and with that degree, pursue my law degree. My law degree will be with family law. After pursuing my law degree, I plan to work with the Navajo Nation and help my people out with what I know from school.

Melody B  on 2/29/2020 2:01:48 PM

I would really love if got the scholarships, I am in the need for help. I graduate in a couple of months and need any little help as possible. this scholarship would help me and my family a lot with the cost of school.

Joleigh Martinez  on 2/27/2020 9:16:56 AM

I have not yet applied for a scholarship. I am enrolling at Northern Michigan University in the fall of 2020. My major will be in Native American Studies with a minor in Digital Design. What opportunities are available to me in respect to grants available in my area of interest? Are there scholarships available for me?

Jake Stastny  on 1/22/2020 2:24:35 PM

I would really benefit from this scholarship because I'm paying for all of my college fees and living. I'm not coming from a family of wealth but a family who always fights over money and how to use it, my mother is in debt and because of this my dad has to pay all the bills including groceries, sometimes it gets bad enough to where I have to pitch in and help buy groceries. This scholarship would really help me out. thank you.

Brionika H  on 1/9/2020 7:41:09 PM

I feel like this scholarship could offer me a lot, I mean I am still a high school student i graduate this years and it would help me in paying my fees for college and other financial things,

Jennifer B  on 12/29/2019 4:23:00 AM

This scholarship would help me complete my masters degree in psychology. I would like to pay on past and current student loans and prepare for the future ahead.

Kristina P  on 12/13/2019 10:50:42 PM

I am full Native American, Navajo. This scholarship will help me pay for books and classes to graduate soon.

Calvin Odeen  on 11/6/2019 1:47:49 PM

I am a senior at Preble High School in Green Bay, WI. My mother is 51% Menominee Native American. I have a blood quantum level of 1/4. Do I have being going to a native american school or entering a native american school to qualify?

Letasiilemiliona F  on 10/24/2019 12:39:56 PM

I am a high school senior and I am part Ojibwe and I would like to apply for this scholarship to help me pay my way through college. Thank you for this opportunity.

LAVERA H  on 10/2/2019 12:31:08 PM

Good Morning! Is this scholarship only for entry-level college students? I am looking, Graduate scholarships in these fields. Thanks for your assistance.

Ryne Little  on 9/16/2019 12:14:32 PM

I am a Cherokee college freshman in Agri Business. Can I apply?

hunter w  on 9/4/2019 2:08:56 PM

It says science and I were curious if behavior sciences counted.