This endowed fund was established in 2001 to honor and remember the life of John R. Winchester, one of the first American Indian admissions officers at Michigan State University. John Winchester was dedicated to assisting undergraduate American Indian students to succeed in all facets of their time at Michigan State University. The John R. Winchester Endowment Fund seeks to recognize American Indian students who demonstrate a strong commitment to the MSU American Indian Community, and priority for these funds is given to American Indian students who have worked to overcome academic challenges and other hardships in the pursuit of a degree. Preference will be given to American Indian students who are enrolled members of a federally recognized tribe.
Awards are made from the endowment every spring semester with the call for applications announced in February and awards given in April in conjunction with the NAISO annual graduation event. The award amount is dependent on the availability of funds and the number of applicants.
The following are the eligibility, evalation criteria and requirements materials for applicants. These are subject to modification and the annual announcement for a given year should be referenced when applying.
REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS