USRT Scholarship

The Upper Snake River Tribes (USRT) Foundation Tribal Scholarship was established in 2017 to support a tribal member from one of the USRT’s four member tribes in pursuit of a career in the environmental, fish & wildlife, and/or natural resource fields. The awardee will receive a one-time scholarship of $2,000. The USRT scholarship honors a USRT tribal leader or USRT staff member who has exhibited dedication and passion in one or more of those fields and has been a cornerstone of USRT’s success. In 2024, the USRT Tribal Scholarship honors the memory and legacy of Ted Howard.

Ted Howard was born and raised in Owyhee, Nevada where his first language was Shoshone. Ted is a veteran of the Vietnam War and served in the Central Highlands of Vietnam in 1969. Ted worked for the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes for 22 years as the Director of the Cultural Resources Department. He was also a certified pilot and served in that capacity during his time as the Director of the Cultural Resources Department. He served as the Chairman of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes business Council from 2017 to 2020. Ted is and was a respected elder of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes.


Eligibility requirements include the following:

  • Completion of USRT Scholarship Application form.
  • Be an enrolled member of the Burns Paiute Tribe, Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation, or Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation.
  • Be seeking a degree/career in the fields of study including environmental, fish & wildlife, and/or natural resources.
  • Be enrolled in or entering in 2024 (verification required) a U.S. accredited college or university as a full-time, degree seeking
  • High School/College transcript must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater, on a 4.0 scale.
  • In a 500 word, one-page essay, demonstrate commitment to the environmental, fish & wildlife, and/or natural resource fields and how you intend to use that knowledge in your post-collegiate career.
  • At least 1 letter of recommendation, with contact information, from someone who can attest to your
    academic ability, work ethic, and/or interest in sciences. For example: Tribal leader, teacher, school counselor, employer, volunteer group leader, etc.

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Submit your application and required documents to or by mail to USRT by July 15th, 2024. Application packages will be reviewed by the USRT Scholarship Committee, and a decision will be made by August 1st, 2024. Applicants will be notified soon after regarding the Committee’s decision.

Chair – Lindsey Manning, Shoshone-Paiute Tribe
Vice Chair – Lee Juan Tyler, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
Secretary/Treasurer – Billy Bell, Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe
Member – Eric Hawley, Burns Paiute Tribe
Member – Gabe First Raised, Burns Paiute Tribe
Member – Arlo Crutcher, Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe
Member – Ladd Edmo, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
Member – Arnold Thomas, Shoshone-Paiute Tribe