Yes, we are! Please download the application and be sure to follow all the instructions. All qualifying applicants will be considered.
We accept applications starting in January annually. Please make sure your application is sent in complete.
We must be notified immediately. If we are notified prior to sending out award checks we will need proof of enrollment and new payment information. If the award check is already submitted to your institution on the original application your scholarship award is forfeited.
Our annual deadline is June 30th. The application must be postmarked by June 30th otherwise it will not be accepted.
We award 1 time annually in the Fall. It is the applicant’s responsibility to communicate with the Financial Aid Office.
No, we must have a physical application mailed into our offices.
Yes, we require all pages of your FAFSA application. If all pages are not submitted your application will be considered incomplete and not considered for an award.
Yes, it is the applicant’s responsibility to purchase an extra copy for us to receive directly from the registrar’s office. Or you can have them emailed directly to us via Parchment.
You can download an application on our website. Or you can pick up an application at our Human Resources Office at Spotlight 29 Casino and Tortoise Rock Casino.
It needs to be the first page of your Adjusted Gross Income or Tax Return.
Scholarships are open to any Native American across the United States AND any Non-Native student who has graduated from the Coachella Valley, full-time post-secondary or graduate student with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher who also meets at least ONE of the following criteria:
Is an employee in good standing or the dependent of an employee of any entity of the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians. (Spotlight 29 Casino, Tortoise Rock Casino, Twenty-Nine Palms Gaming Commission, Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians Tribal Administration, and Twenty-Nine Palms Tribal EPA)
Is an enrolled member of a Federally-Recognized Native American Indian Tribe. Must provide proof of enrollment.
Is either a current resident of or has graduated from a high school in either the Coachella Valley or the Morongo Basin.
The Theresa A. Mike Scholarship Foundation is proud to announce a partnership with OneFuture Coachella Valley & Women Leaders Forum (WLF). Students who live in the Coachella Valley and meet the following requirements outlined by One Future Coachella Valley have an opportunity to apply and possibly be awarded a joint matching scholarship from both organizations up to $5,000.
Scholarship applications are due June 30th annually. All submissions must be postmarked by this date to be accepted for consideration.
All scholarship awards are completed by September 15 annually. Each awarded recipient will be notified by the Theresa A. Mike Scholarship Foundation Staff. The checks will be made payable to the school’s financial aid office, with the student name and ID number in the memo line. Please check with your financial aid office for your award after you have been notified by the Theresa A. Mike Scholarship Foundation.
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I am emailing to thank you and everyone else on the scholarship committee for your continuous support throughout my academic journey. I really appreciate this scholarship organization, and feel blessed to receive your help in paying for my tuition. I will continue to work hard to be worthy of your support and I hope to make you all proud.
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I am so grateful for the support and I am honored to be a scholar within your program. I will do my very best to represent the foundation and Theresa's memory.
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Dear Theresa A. Mike Scholarship Foundation,
I am writing to sincerely thank you for the academic scholarship I have been awarded for the 2019-2020 school year for $1,250. I am beyond grateful for the contribution you’ve made to the furtherance of my education. I consider my schooling to be the most important, life-changing investment I will ever make. The support you have provided me along this journey is appreciated beyond measure. The experiences I am having now as an undergraduate student are molding me into the person I am meant to become. By providing me with this scholarship, your foundation is impacting my future immeasurably.
I plan on receiving a BFA in Modern Dance along with an Honors BA in Ethnic Studies. Having the opportunity to double major in these two fields is a dream come true for me. As a committed dancer, performer, and artist and I hope to someday be able to dance professionally in a contemporary dance company. My interest in Ethnic Studies has been spurred by my passion for the American Indian population. As a member of the Pauma Band of Luiseno Mission Indians, my tribal community is an important part of who I am. Using my education and experiences, I hope to be able to make a positive impact within tribal communities across the nation. I aspire to attend graduate school following my time at the University of Utah and acquire a degree in either education or law. I consider myself to be extremely fortunate to be able to study dance and topics involving American Indian studies as they are both strong passions of mine.
Thanks to the contribution you have so generously provided, my dreams of being a dancer and earning a college education are becoming more of a reality. Without charitable donations like yours, many students such as myself would miss the opportunity to cultivate our skills and broaden our horizons in a university setting. My appreciation for your generosity cannot be expressed enough. Thank you again for your support as I pursue my academic and artistic dreams.
With grateful regards,
Talia Katherine Dixon
Modern Dance BFA and Honors Ethnic Studies HBA
Class of 2021
My name is Anais Amezcua and I was one of the recipients of the Theresa A. Mike Scholarship. I am composing this email to thank the scholarship committee for supporting my academic goals by awarding me the funds to complete my education. The scholarship has alleviated the stress that comes with financial hardships. My family and I want to thank the Theresa A. Mike Scholarship Foundation for its generosity. Thank you for investing in my education and believing in me.
Thank you for selecting me as one of your scholarship recipients. I’m in my third week of law school, and the academic demands have consumed my life already.
It’s such a blessing to have your financial assistance. I’m so grateful for the Theresa A. Mike Scholarship Award. Thank you for believing in me!
Dear Theresa A. Mike Scholarship Foundation, thank you so much for choosing me for the scholarship. I really appreciate you interesting in my future! It means a lot and I am so grateful.