Mohawks of Akwesasne Community Settlement Trust

 

The Mohawks of Akwesasne Community Settlement Trust was created to provide benefits to Members of the Mohawks of Akwesasne from the funds received from the Kawehnoke Easterbrook Settlement Agreement and the OPG Settlement Agreement.

 

Vision:

To fulfill the obligations of the funds pursuant to the Settlement Agreement and to create and promote health, safety, well‐being and economic development for Akwesasronon while preserving and revitalizing the language and cultural heritage of the community of Akwesasne.

Mission:

To provide funding to assist Akwesasronon in promoting their relationship with the land, traditional knowledge/language, culture and traditions, community health and wellness and economic development through activities that enhance the cohesiveness of Akwesasne as one community.

What the Trust is allowed to fund:

The purposes of the Trust, or authorized use of the funds held in the Trust, are defined at Section 3 of the Trust agreement and are listed in Table 2 included later in this document.

The Trust capital is to be maintained for the long‐term benefits of the Beneficiaries. As a result, payments of funds for the authorized uses is made from the income generated by the Trust as a result of investing the Trust funds pursuant to investment guidelines of the Trust (Investment Policy Statement).

What the Trust will not fund:

  • Research (i.e. feasibility study, surveys & questionnaires);
  • Payment of individual Band Members for personal benefit (i.e. per capita distributions to members of the Mohawks of Akwesasne);
  • Individual “for profit” projects providing questionable or limited community benefits (i.e. subsidizing your business);
  • Multi‐year projects (meaning projects longer than 12 months in duration);
  • Renovation and capital improvements of privately‐owned buildings;
  • Funding of individual sports team;
  • Organizations with poor board governance structure and/or poor accounting procedures and practices.

2018 Trust Scholarship Application

Applications for 2018 Akwesasne Community Trust Scholarships are now being accepted.

The Trustees of the Mohawks of Akwesasne Community Settlement Trust are pleased to announce that they will be granting ten (10) $2,500 Scholarships for full-time studies and five (5) $1,000 Scholarships for part-time studies for Akwesasronon who are attending Universities, Colleges or Technical Institutes. The Trustees reserve the right to reallocate funds between scholarships for full-time studies and part-time studies based on the applications received.

 

Who can apply for the Scholarship?

Any Akwesasronon member who is pursuing a post-secondary degree. A letter of confirmation of admission, a copy of an official transcript/report card and copy of a completed Membership Confirmation form (see attached) signed by the Applicant are required. Members who were awarded a Scholarship from the Trust in 2017 will not be eligible for the 2018 scholarship.

Do not submit the Membership Confirmation form to the Office the Vital Statistics (“OVS”) – the Trust will send all Membership Confirmation forms at once to the OVS.

 

What is the deadline for submitting an application?

The deadline is Monday, June 11, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Applications will only be accepted via email at applications.akwtrust@gmail.com in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) or JPEG (.jpg) format. Include “2018 Trust Scholarship Application” as the title of your email. Eligible Akwesasronon student must complete an application that includes an essay (minimum of 400 words, maximum of 500 words, using size 12 font). In your essay, please explain in your own words:

  • Why do you think you would be a good candidate to receive the Akwesasne Community Trust Scholarship?
  • How will your education benefit the Community?

 

If you have questions, please contact the Trust by email at applications.akwtrust@gmail.com or contact one of the Trustees by telephone:

Patricia Francis (Chairperson) 613-360-7233
Wendy Thompson (Vice Chairperson) 315-705-5429
Kuy Chaussi 613-551-0622
Dawn David 315-705-1639
Amanda Jacobs 518-651-1982
Elvera Sargent 315-705-3131

Do NOT contact Mohawk Council of Akwesasne with questions regarding the scholarship application process.

Scholarship recipients will be notified by July 6, 2018, and a list of the recipients will also be posted on the Trust’s Facebook page and other publicly-available locations.

 

Submit your application by email to: applications.akwtrust@gmail.com

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