Tom and Arline Hinckley established the Yakama Nation Endowed Fund for Student Support to support the recruitment and retention of prospective and enrolled undergraduate and graduate Yakama Nation tribal members within the College of the Environment, and to deepen the connection between UW and the Yakama Nation through informal and formal gatherings, exchanges and co-learning.

Direct support of tribal members

Who is eligible to apply?

Yakama Nation tribal members who are registered or matriculated students in the College of the Environment. Official documentation of tribal enrollment or affiliation is required.

The Yakama Nation Student Support Fund Award provides awards of up to $2,000 to be used for any reasonable expense that supports the recipient’s academic progress at the University of Washington. Examples of “reasonable expenses” include, but are not limited to:

  • Room and board (i.e. housing, food, utilities)
  • Transportation
  • Child or other dependent-care necessary to allow the student time to engage in classwork, field trips or other academic scholarship
  • Books and supplies
  • Tuition and fees

Award recipients may re-apply in subsequent quarters or years for additional funding up to a maximum of three awards.  Please note that: (1) in the event released funds are utilized for purposes other than those expressed in your application, it is the responsibility of the awardee to notify the College of the Environment in advance of proposed spending changes; and (2) if funds are utilized on costs other than those expressed on the awardee’s application without prior approval, future funding may be subject to ineligibility.

Required content

  • A copy of your transcript (unofficial is fine)
  • A statement of rationale, no more than 1-page in length, that includes how much money you are requesting, what expense(s) the award will be used for and how the award would specifically support your academic progress.  That is, how will you academic work and progress towards degree, be furthered by this funding?
  • Letter of support from advisor
  • Any amounts requested or received from other sources for the stated expense(s)
  • A follow-up statement indicating that the funds were used for its intended purposes

Support of recruitment, retention and co-learning activities

Quarterly, proposals for up to $1,500 specifically addressing recruitment, retention and/or deepening of connection between the College and the Yakama may be made by tribal members, College of the Environment students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and/or faculty. These proposals must include stated permission or support from the Yakama Nation to conduct activities on tribal property, as well as a description of how tribal members, including students, experts, tribal government and/or elders, will be involved in the proposed activity.

Funding must go directly to the proposed activity and cannot be used for:

  • Faculty or staff salaries
  • Alcohol
  • Support of individual students (tribal members who are current students in the UW Environment should apply to the Yakama Nation Endowed Fund for Direct Support)

Who is eligible to submit a proposal?

Staff, students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty within the College of the Environment and Yakama Nation tribal members are eligible to apply for funding. The review team will elevate activities that are co-created with tribal members, government and/or schools.

Required content

Below you will find a list of required proposal elements. The choice of arrangement and formatting is yours. The total proposal — exclusive of the cover sheet, budget spreadsheet and letter of support — should be no more than two pages.

  • Cover Sheet: Your name and contact information; Title of proposed activity
  • Brief Description: What the activity is, where it occurs and who is in charge; How the activity either supports the recruitment and retention of prospective and enrolled undergraduate and graduate Yakama Nation tribal members within the College and/or deepens the connection between the Yakama Nation and UW; Target audience and participants, please include an estimate of numbers; How members of the Yakama Nation will be involved; All partner organizations, including the UW Environment and their role(s)
  • Timeline: Create a simple timeline for the proposed activity, from planning to advertisement/recruitment (if applicable) to evaluation
  • Expected Outcomes/Results: What is the intended outcome from this activity? (ex: Yakama high school students applying to UW, current UW students connecting with Yakama Nation students or experts). Please provide measurable outcomes where possible.
  • Relationship with the Yakama Nation: Please provide a statement of support from a relevant member of the Yakama Nation, tribal government and/or tribal school (can be a PDF letter or an email). This letter should includ permission and support for the proposed activity if it occurs on tribal property and/or involves travel by Yakama Nation members to UW.
  • Support: If the proposal is an extension of an existing activity (e.g., a field trip), please describe how the requested support will be used to support additional work or learning, rather than replace existing funding for the activity.
  • Budget: Detail your proposed expenses so that a reviewer can easily understand how much each element costs and how many things you are requesting. For instance, if you are traveling to a field location, your budget could include mileage charges and total mileage to specific field locations, etc.  Include the amount requested and other sources of funding, if applicable. The best way to show a budget is in an excel spreadsheet.

Guidelines for both forms of support

Submission deadlines

  • Autumn 2019: October 25, 2019
  • Winter 2020: January 24, 2020
  • Spring 2020: April 10, 2020

Application process and deadlines

To apply, please send your application materials to the College of the Environment,

Proposal review

Proposals will be reviewed by the College of the Environment Academic Affairs team in collaboration with the College Scholarship and Funding and/or Diversity Committees. The College will also seek the input of Yakama Nation tribal members as appropriate.

Reviewers will score each proposal on

  • How this specific activity will meet the stated goals of the fund
  • Scale of expected outcomes (i.e., how many students impacted)
  • Support of Yakama Nation
  • Budget and need


Following use of the funds and/or completion of the awarded activity, please submit a one-page report that details:

  • Description of academic progress (student support) or activity (recruitment retention and co-learning acitivities) and outcomes.
  • Actual expenditures
  • Any next steps or opportunities for further engagement that you intend to pursue

Unspent funds will be returned to the Dean’s Office unless a specific proposal for extension (workplan and timeline for extension; reason needed) is submitted and approved.