2018 AISES Leadership Summit

March 15 - 17, 2018 | Alpine, California

Travel Scholarships

AISES travel scholarships will provide travel assistance to college students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Students must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students at an accredited two-year college or four-year college/university.

Award Amount: Awards will vary in amount and are meant to help cover the following expenses: roundtrip airfare, lodging, and conference registration. Any remaining funds after those items will help to cover the cost of other associated travel costs (i.e. bag fees) and/or meals.

Once an award is made, AISES will:
1. Purchase roundtrip airfare;
2. Make hotel accommodations, students will be assigned a roommate; and
3. Send awardees a code to register themselves.

Not all meals are provided at the conference. Some meals and transportation costs between the airport and the hotel are the student’s responsibility. Any additional travel costs that are greater than the award amount are also the responsibility of the student. AISES will provide lodging for three (3) nights on March 15, 16 and 17, 2018. Students’ travel days will be Thursday, March 15 and Sunday, March 17.


Open to college students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

Students must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited four-year college/university.

Must have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA.

Applicants must be: an enrolled member or a decedent of an enrolled member of a federally or state recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaskan Native Village; or Native Hawaiian or decedent from a Native Hawaiian. Enrollment documents and/or a copy of birth certificate(s) showing descendancy from an enrolled citizen or Native Hawaiian are acceptable. Applicants may also, instead, provide a copy of their Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood or Certificate of Degree of Alaska Native Blood (CDIB) card.

The Leadership Summit Travel Scholarship requires that applicants be a current AISES member for at least 1 year at the time of application. All applicants will be required to enter a valid AISES membership number. To get a membership number join AISES or retrieve your membership number through AISES Membership Portal. 


All students must complete a general application in the OASIS scholarship platform. Go to https://cobellscholar.academicworks.com to set up an account if you are a new user in OASIS or log into your existing account. OASIS is separate from the AISES membership portal and requires a unique username and password. Keep your OASIS login information as you may need to log-on multiple times to upload documents and check to see if your letters of recommendation have been submitted by your recommenders.

Students must fully complete the OASIS general application to view the scholarship(s) for which are eligible. To apply for an eligible scholarship, students must answer the required questions and submit all requested documents. Once completed, the scholarship will show up as “applied” in the scholarship tab. Each scholarship must be applied for separately and each scholarship will have unique requirements.

Required Documents for all STAGE 2 Applications

Resume: Submit your current resume through the OASIS platform. E-mailed resumes will not be accepted. If you need help creating a resume, your school will likely have a Career-Services office that can help. You can also find many good resources at https://careers.aises.org/jobseeker/resources. 

Letters of Recommendation: Be sure to give your recommenders plenty of time to complete their recommendation (at least three weeks). It is often helpful to talk with them before you submit the form, to ensure they can complete a positive recommendation for you in a timely fashion. All recommendation letters must be submitted through the OASIS platform.

Essay: Students are required to submit an essay, up to 1,000 words on why they want to attend the Leadership Summit and how it will assist them in their academic goals.


Scholarship Application Open: December 15, 2017.
Scholarship Application Close: January 12, 2018.
Application Review Period: January 13 – February 14, 2018 .
Notification to Students: By February 15, 2018.


Once the deadline ends, AISES Programs staff will verify that all applications are complete, that applicants are members of AISES, and meet Tribal/Native enrollment eligiblity. Those that are not complete are declined automatically. The scholarship applications will be reviewed by AISES reviewers who score each application based upon factors such as academic performance (GPA and academic record), the student’s personal essay (demonstrates character, commitment, goals), strength of recommendation letters, and other activities the student has undertaken including jobs, volunteer efforts, internships, extra-curricular activities etc. Scored applications and reviewer comments are then used by AISES staff and some funders, to select scholarship recipients.

Students can log into the system to check on the status of their scholarship application(s) at any time. Additionally, AISES scholarship staff will email students when decisions are made. Students that are awarded will then be sent an award package that must be completed before travel will be booked.


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