Bob Chavez Scholarship for the Arts Application

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s 2024 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 recipients in Fall 2024 who are pursuing visual arts in higher education. (Please see eligibility requirement below)

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 an additional $2,500 scholarship to each recipient in Spring 2024. 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 505-843-7270 or donate online here.


  • Application due: July 15, 2024 @ 11:59 PM
  • Scholarship read: April 12–16, 2023 at IPCC Pueblo Classroom
  • Award letters: July 31, 2024
  • August 2024: 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 2024 and full time (12 Credits Hours) in spring 2025.
  • Applicants must plan to major or minor in visual arts or related field (Studio Arts, Graphic Design, Photography, Architecture and Design, Cinematic Arts and Art History, 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
  • Official high school or college 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 July 15, 2024 @ 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: [email protected]

All applications must be received by the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center by July 15, 2024 @ 11:59 PM

To Apply:

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

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

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The IPCC’s Bob Chavez Scholarship for the Arts Application

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  • Additional Materials to include with application:

    [ ] 500–700 word typed essay on the following questions: How has your heritage impacted your desire and motivation to pursue visual arts? What do you intend to accomplish with your degree, and how will you give back to your community? How will this scholarship money help you accomplish these goals?

    [ ] High School Transcript

    [ ]CIB of Pueblo Membership

    [ ] One Letter of Recommendation

    [ ] 3–5 Photos of Samples or Your Visual Art, Uploaded or on a CD

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    Max number of files uploaded: 10

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