2021 Truman D. Picard Scholarship Announcement For Native American/Alaskan Natural Resource Students

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Friday, March 12, 2021, 5:00 p.m. PST

The Truman D. Picard Scholarship Program is dedicated to the support of Native American students pursuing a higher education in Natural Resources.


  • $2,500 for college students (number of awards varies per year)
  • $2,500 for grad students and graduating college seniors that are applying/accepted for grad school
  • $2,000 for graduating senior high school students


Required Materials: The Education Selection Committee will review and rank only those applicants who completely address each area. Please be specific. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

1 Letter of Application:

The letter must include your name, permanent mailing address, email address, and phone number. It should be a maximum of two pages in length, and discuss the following:

    • Interest in natural resources.
    • Commitment to education, community and your culture.
    • Financial need.

2 Resume

3 Three letters of reference:

Reference letters will not be accepted directly from references. (They should be included in complete application, step 7). These must be:

  • On letterhead. (If no letterhead is available through the reference’s organization, the referrer should create their own).
  • Signed. (Digital and electronic signature accepted).
  • Dated within the last six months.
  • With sealed documents opened, if applicable.

4 Evidence of validated enrollment in a federally recognized tribe or Alaska Native Corporation, as established by the U. S. Government. A photocopy of your enrollment card, front and back, or Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) will suffice.

5 Transcripts:

ALL students must include transcripts. Unofficial or official both accepted. Please open sealed transcripts.

High school students must also provide documented proof of acceptance to an institution of higher education and a review of college class schedule to verify major before a check is released.

College students must also provide proof of their declared major and current class schedule.

6 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA): ALL students must complete the FASFA and attach the Student Aid Report. If it has not been completed, include last year’s report.

7 Delivery of application, (3) steps:

  • First, create one complete email (PDF attachment preferred) including: letter of application, resume, three letters of reference, evidence of validated enrollment, transcripts, college acceptance letter (high school) or declared major, current class schedule (college), and FAFSA student aid report.
  • Second, submit via e‐mail ( up until the close of business (5:00 p.m. PST) March 12, 2021.
  • Last, mail the originals to be postmarked by March 12, 2021. Be sure to check your local post office hours. ITC staff will be working remotely and will not be onsite at the ITC office to sign for deliveries.

Inquiries and applications should be directed to the Intertribal Timber Council office:

ATTN: EDUCATION COMMITTEE INTERTRIBAL TIMBER COUNCIL 1112 N.E. 21st Avenue, Suite 4 Portland, Oregon 97232‐2114 (503) 282‐4296 phone

The Intertribal Timber Council (ITC) has cooperative financial aid agreements with the University of Washington, Oregon State University, Salish Kootenai College, Northern Arizona University and Yale University. Recipients of the ITC Truman Picard Scholarship are eligible to receive additional scholarships including tuition waivers, if attending one of these colleges. For more information, visit the ITC website or contact the colleges directly.

TRUMAN D. PICARD (1946‐1986)

To honor Truman D. Picard the Intertribal Timber Council (ITC) established a scholarship program in his name. Truman served on the ITC Board of Directors from 1982 to 1985. While working for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Colville Agency (Nespelem, Washington), in presales he attended the Forest Engineering Institute at Oregon State University becoming one of the first people from the agency to complete this program. In 1977, Truman transferred to the Colville Tribal Forestry organization taking a position as Supervisory Forest Technician in charge of woods operations. Later he was promoted to Assistant Supervisor of Forestry Operations. Because of his drive and determination to complete his education Truman returned to Oregon State University earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest Management. Upon his return from college, he was appointed Director of Colville Tribal Forestry. His work for the Tribe will always be remembered by his individual efforts to bring BIA Forestry and Colville Tribal Forestry together in a joint effort to improve the level of Forest Management on the reservation – truly a lasting legacy.