The Chalon Elders and Council have established a scholarship fund with an objective of helping members of the Chalon tribe and the San Joaquin Valley’s indigenous youth achieve their academic goals through higher education.

Listed below are the guidelines, eligibility requirements and procedures for applying.



  • Scholarships are awarded for (1) one academic year and are not automatically renewable. {Note: You are encouraged to reapply for additional scholarship awards.}
  • Funds are intended for academic use: (e.g. for tuition, books, and school supplies).
  • The Chalon Scholarship Committee serves as the selection board.



  • Be of Native American lineage/descent from a California San Joaquin Valley tribe.
  • Attending Jr. College, College or vocational or trade school.
  • GPA of 2.5 or better (based on a 4.0 scale) in their last year of education.
  • 500-word essay on being Native American and your plans and educational goals.

Candidate must submit the following:


  • A completed scholarship application legibly filled out and signed.
  • A 500-word personalized essay (double spaced, 12-point font, 1” margins on all sides) about being Native American and your plans and educational goals.
  • Provide evidence of your California San Joaquin Valley tribal lineage/descent.
  • Official enrollment from the school you are attending or a letter of acceptance from a school that you will be attending.
  • Copy of your High School or most recent College transcripts. Transcripts can be issued to student or can be sent directly to the Scholarship Committee.

Important:  Applications must be TYPED legibly in black ink. Incomplete or illegible applications will not be considered.

Submit completed application with all required documents (print legibly) online or by mail.

Chalon Indian Council of Bakersfield

Att: Chalon Scholarship Committee

P.O. Box 902

Bakersfield, CA  93302

Applicants will be notified by email when their application has been processed. Please allow 6 -8 weeks for application process. Winners announced in August.