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Scholarships Through the Tribe

Arthur S. Bensell Memorial Scholarship

Application due date: June 30th

Arthur S. Bensell was an educator, civic leader, Tribal Council member and Tribal Chairman. He spent many years in service to his community and Tribe as Mayor of the City of Siletz and tribal leader.

Art attended Ohio State University and graduated from Heidelberg College in 1934. During his career with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, he served as a teacher, principal and reservation principal in Minnesota, Alaska and North Dakota. Upon returning to Siletz, Art became involved in tribal business affairs and served many years on the Tribe’s Education Committee and always strived for better educational opportunities for Tribal members.

A memorial scholarship fund was established through the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians to honor and award Tribal members in education. The $1000 scholarship is administered by the Tribal Education Committee and strengthened by various fund raising activities throughout the year.

Pepsi – Craig Whitehead Scholarship

Application due date: June 30th

Pepsi, Inc. donates scholarship funds to the Siletz Tribe and has asked that this be the Pepsi-Craig Whitehead Scholarship in honor of Craig Whitehead, Tribal member and Pow-Wow Coordinator at the time of his death in 2004.

Craig was also the Tribal Whip Man for Pow-Wows, coordinated a dance troupe that visited schools and was the Peace Keeper for the Citizen’s Advisory Board (CAB). He was a dear friend and loved by all who knew him.

This scholarship is open to any field of study.

Siletz Scholarship

Application due date: June 30th

This scholarship is open to any field of study.

Cathern Tufts Memorial Scholarship

Application due date: June 30th

Cathern Tufts, affectionately known as “Cat” in the offices of the CTSI administrative offices and Tribal elder woodcuts, was the Tribal Attorney for fourteen and a half years until she passed in 2018 following a short illness. She was a Siletz Tribal member who graduated from Arizona State University School of Law. She served an internship in Washington D.C. prior to going to work as an attorney. Her parents and friends wished to honor her life and achievements through this memorial scholarship. This scholarship is for students in pre-law, law, or in a natural resource field.

Sharon Butler Memorial Scholarship

Application due date: April 2nd, 2021


The scholarship was created by contributions from Sharon’s husband, Ron Butler, Ray Thomas of Royce, Swanson, Thomas, and Coon (her lawyers), and contributions from family and friends. Grace Castle provided her considerable organizational energy in getting the scholarship established and Rex Krabbe of the Lincoln County Foundation and Bob Tom from the Siletz Tribe provided much assistance in creating procedure for operation of the fund.

Sheryl Simmons joined us in 1996. She is the manager of the tribe’s bingo game and is Sharon’s sister-in-law and close friend.

Bob Tom retired in 1997 and was replaced in 1998 by interim Higher Education Specialist Kelly Ball. In 1999 Bev Youngman, Programs Manager, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians replaced Kelly on the Sharon Butler Memorial Scholarship Committee.


The Scholarship Committee will annually select the recipient of a $1,000 award which shall be payable toward rent, food, books, and other living expenses. The scholarship fund will be managed by the Lincoln County Foundation.

Application Procedure

Applicants must fill out the applicant form (below). The selection committee wants to learn about the applicant, and it is therefore essential that no person except the applicant fill out the application form.

More information and the application can be found following the link below.

Outside Scholarships

Morris K. Udall Foundation Scholarships

Application due date: Please check scholarship website.

The Scholarship Program

The Udall Foundation Scholarship awards fifty-five $7,000 merit-based scholarships for college sophomores and juniors seeking a career in tribal health, tribal public policy or the environment. Scholarship recipients participate in a five-day orientation in Tucson, Az, to learn more about tribal and environmental issues. Applications must be submitted through a Udall Faculty Representative at the student’s college or university. More information about Faculty Representative can be found on the Udall website.

We encourage you to visit the website at to learn more about their programs.

Oregon Promise Grant

To learn when your deadline is to apply for the grant/FAFSA and start Community College, visit this website to Find Your Deadline.

This grant helps cover tuition for students graduating high school in Oregon with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. To learn more, view this document or visit the Oregon Student Aid website for more information.

Full Circle Scholarship

For American Indian and Alaskan Native students pursuing under-graduate and graduate degrees from Tribal colleges, non-profit and accredited schools. Applications are accepted January 1st through May 31st.

Full Circle Scholarship Link

NCCE Brochure

NCCE Brochure Information

NWIHA – Youth Scholarship Program

Application due date – March 31st (postmarked)

Scholarship Application Form