Bob Chavez Scholarship for the Arts Application

Congratulations to the 2020 recipients of the Bob Chavez Scholarship for the Arts!

Isabel Otero (Isleta) and Christian Vicenti (Zuni)

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s 2020 Bob Chavez Scholarship for the Arts

Part of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s mission is to preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture, and a key element of this is investing in our youth. To better support the Pueblo leaders of tomorrow, we have established the Bob Chavez Scholarship for the Arts.

This scholarship is named in honor of Manuel “Bob” Chavez of Cochiti Pueblo, who dedicated 50 years as a volunteer teaching art at St. Catherine’s Indian School. Many students were able to explore Native arts and feel at home in his classroom.

With the generous $5,000 unrestricted donation received from the Dume Wolverine Foundation, the IPCC is able to continue Mr. Chavez’ legacy of encouragement by offering $2,500 scholarships to two graduating high school seniors each year who are pursuing visual arts in higher education.

The Dume Wolverine Foundation has agreed to let the IPCC match the $5,000 donation to raise a total of $10,000. We will then award $2,500 scholarships two more recipients. This money will help offset some of the initial costs of higher education (e.g., books, housing, tuition, supplies).

The recipients of these scholarships will be selected based on financial need, an essay addressing their purpose in pursuing arts, grade point averages, and a portfolio featuring their works of art.

The matching funds for this scholarship are gathered through donations. If you are interested in contributing to this scholarship, please call 505-212-7051 or visit our donation page here.


  • Date of application open: Monday October 7, 2019
  • Application due: March 20, 2020 @ 11:59 PM
  • Scholarship read: March 30–31, 2020 at IPCC Pueblo Classroom
  • Award letters: Friday April 3, 2020
  • Award Reception: Wednesday April 22, 2020 5–6:30 PM at IPCC
  • August 2020: Money dispersed upon receipt of proof of enrollment

Eligibility Requirements

  • Scholarship is open to recent High School Graduates (up to 3 yrs-who have not attended college) and undergraduate students who meet eligibility requirements
  • Applicants must be a member of, or affiliated with, a federally recognized Pueblo that represents the 19 Pueblo communities of New Mexico. Pueblo enrollment is not required, but Pueblo affiliation must be verified by a letter of support from a current tribal government official of the Pueblo community.
  • Applicants must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Applicants must plan to attend a two (2) year community college or four (4) year college or university full time (12 Credit Hours) in fall 2020
  • Applicants must plan to major or minor in visual arts
  • Applicants must plan to major or minor in visual arts or related field (graphic design, photography, architecture and design, etc.)

Application Requirements

  • Completed application form
  • 500–700 word essay, typed — we will not accept handwritten essays
  • CIB membership or proof of Pueblo affiliation. See eligibility requirements
  • High school transcript including GPA
  • One letter of recommendation
  • 3–5 Photos sampling applicant’s original visual art on a labeled CD, or uploaded with application
  • Completed applications must be received no later than March 20, 2020 @ 11:59 PM

Scholarship funds will be paid to the student during the month of August upon receiving proof of registration (e.g., class schedule from college or university) and a thank-you letter to the donors of this scholarship.

If you have any questions, submit them to:

or call Shannon Romero: 505-212-706

All applications must be received by the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center by March 20, 2020 @ 11:59 PM

To Apply:

Fill out and submit the online form below or, if you prefer download the pdf here, print, and mail it to:

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Attn: Shannon Romero
2401 12th St. NW
Albuquerque NM, 87104

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