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Ethel Curry American Indian Leadership Scholarship

The Ethel Curry American Indian Leadership Scholarship (ECS) is an annual award program administered by the Minnesota Department of Education, Office of Indian Education. This scholarship is intended to aid American Indian students in their pursuit of higher education opportunities. Awards generally range from $1000-$4000 per academic year, but may vary.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited higher education institution in the state of Minnesota, and be pursuing an apprenticeship, 2-year, 4-year, graduate or doctoral degree.
  • Undergraduate applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  • Graduate/Doctoral applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate leadership qualities within the American Indian Community.
  • Preference is given to residents of Minnesota.

The Ethel Curry American Indian Leadership Scholarship is now open for the 2018-19 academic school year. Please download the applicant packet if you are interested in being considered for this scholarship. The 2018 application deadline is May 31, 2018.

If you are an educator who works with American Indian students in grades 9-12 or at the collegiate level, you are encouraged to circulate information about this scholarship opportunity within your institution and with the community at large.

If you would like to be added to our academic contact list for future ECS scholarship communications, or if you have questions about this program, please contact Kristen Aeikens in the Office of Indian Education or call 651-582-8558.

About Ethel Curry

Ethel Curry was born in Hixton, Wisconsin, in 1888. In 1914, she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in mathematics and biology. Post-graduation, Ms. Curry was accepted into two medical schools, but due to her health, she was not able to attend either institution. She instead spent nearly 40 years working as a surgical secretary at the esteemed Mayo Clinic.

According to her niece, Jeanne Angel, Ms. Curry lived simply and frugally, without television or telephone. She was a lifelong scholar with a lively, inquiring mind and an independent spirit, and she was a warm and sociable person who held a deep compassion for American Indian people. Her tremendous wealth was attained through investments in Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing (3M).

Ms. Curry died in 1995 at the age of 107. It is due to her extreme generosity that the Minnesota Department of Education is able to provide this valuable scholarship opportunity to American Indian students.