Judgement Fund

General  Information

On September 12, 1990 the General Council approved a plan for use of the Judgment Fund Award. This plan, identified as the Usage Plan, states the monies shall be used to establish tribal programs and services for the people. (Title 18-A of the Code of Laws, Seminole Nation of Oklahoma).

It is the General Council's responsibility to develop an annual budget for funding all programs and services. It should be noted that the principle amount cannot fall below $35 million unless approved by two-thirds of qualified voters in a referendum election.

What types of Judgment Fund programs are available?

Established  Date


May 15, 1991

Burial Assistance

July 01, 1991

Elderly Assistance

August 15, 1991

School Clothing Assistance

September 01, 1991

Higher Ed/Vocational Scholarship Act

(Vocational Training & Advanced Degree / Post Graduate

Continuing Education Portion – (Suspended)

Undergraduate Degree Scholarship  - Available

January 01, 1993

Household Economic Assistance Program (Suspended)

The Seminole Nation will continue to operate each program form year to year, providing that sufficient funds are available and the General Council budgets the funds for the programs. Programs are not designated to provide benefits to each individual each year. Instead, the programs have a limit for the amount of assistance, which may be received by an individual.

Who is eligible for Judgment Fund program benefits?

In order to receive judgment fund program benefits, a person must:

Be an enrolled member of the Seminole Nation; and

Be determined to have descended from a member of the Seminole Nation as it existed in Florida on September 18, 1823

In addition to these basic requirements, each program has its own eligibility requirements.

Charlotte Harjo Scholarship   AWARDED (Spring Semester) AS FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE 

The Charlotte Harjo scholarship may be awarded to undergraduate students enrolled in at least 12 credit hours while maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher or at least 15 credit hours while maintaining a GPA of 2.5 or higher for each semester in college. The award is based on enrollment and classification. The following documentation is required:

  1. Scholarship Application
  2. Seminole Nation of Oklahoma membership card
  3. Typewritten essay (500-600 word - Size 12 font – Name typed and signed in top right corner of first page) describing your past accomplishments, future goals, tribal involvement, community involvement, etc.
  4. Official sealed college transcript

Clothing Assistance Program (CAP)

Effective March 1, 2014 the Clothing Assistance Program allowance amount has been reduced & application process dates changed. All eligible participants in Pre-K -12th grade will receive Clothing benefits in the amount of $100 as funding permits.

Applications can only be requested between the months of July 1 - September 30 and will only be accepted between the months of August 1 - September 30. You can only apply once per school year.

The student must be an enrolled member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and must provide a copy of their Tribal Enrollment card, front & back copies are needed, if not already on file

The student must provide a copy of their Certificate Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) card, if not already on file.

*NOTE: If this is your child’s first time applying, we will not have a card copies on file.  Please attach copies to application when submitted.

The student must be at least (4) four years of age by September 30th.   No older than (19) nineteen years of age in the 12th grade.

The student must be enrolled and attending school.

Public or Private School

- Public School:

- School Information Section of the application must be completely filled out.

- Authorized School Signature

- Private School/Preschool/Head Start:

- Provide a copy of school license if the school is not associated with the public school system


- Must submit the curriculum currently being followed.

- Certificate of Training for the Instructor.

- School accreditation.

A copy of legal custody/guardianship papers if the child is in your care temporarily or if you are the non-custodial parent.  A notarized statement written by the legal parent is required if you are acting on the behalf of the parent.

If the child was adopted and/or has a name change, you must submit copies of the adoption papers and copies of the new Tribal Membership Card and CDIB cards with their new names.

Grants are in the form of a VISA Store Value Card and will be used for purchasing SCHOOL CLOTHING for that STUDENT ONLY.  Use the card as a CREDIT purchase, NOT a debit purchase, no PIN # will be provided.

  • Allowable items: shirts, sweaters, blouses, dresses, skirts, shorts, pants, undergarments (bra, panties, briefs, boxers), shoes, boots, socks, coats, belts, winter gloves and scarves, uniforms (upon approval)

Non-allowable items: groceries, makeup, jewelry, perfume, lotion, hair products and accessories, tobacco, alcohol, purses, gasoline, hats, ball caps, backpacks, lunch boxes, umbrellas, bandannas, robes, sleepwear, swimsuits, school supplies, costumes, sports gear, cell phone, cell phone minutes, ATM withdrawal, Fast Food, donations, membership fees, blankets, ETC.

RECEIPTS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED.    ALL TRANSACTIONS WILL BE MONITORED for misuse or non-compliance.  Grantees may be placed on suspension and will not be eligible to receive a clothing grant or any other grant from the Judgment Fund Programs for the upcoming year.

There will be a $15.00 fee deducted from Clothing Award Amount to replace any lost/stolen VISA card.  

ONLY Expired cards will be REPLACED AT NO COST

Allowance amount has been Reduced & Application Process Date Changed.   Effective Date: March 1, 2014.  This change is in accordance with tribal ordinance TO 2014-02.'


Household Economic Assistance Program - SUSPENDED

The Household Economic Assistance Program (HEAP) provides financial assistance per person with a one-time payment of $1,000 to eligible tribal members who reach the age of 21 years.

Effective October 27, 2012. 

Elderly Assistance Program - AVAILABLE

The Elderly Assistance Program will provide financial assistance to persons who are at least 62 years of age with a one-time payment of $2,000.

Burial Assistance Program - AVAILABLE

The Burial Assistance Program provides a grant for funeral expenses of eligible deceased tribal members. In some cases the deceased may be eligible for benefits even though they were not a tribal member at the time of death, such as persons eligible for membership who had membership applications pending and children eligible for membership under the age of one year.

The grant amount for a stillborn or deceased under the age of one year old is the actual cost of the funeral expense not to exceed $800. The grant amount for a deceased over the age of one year is $3,000, unless the deceased was cremated, in which case the grant amount shall be in the amount of the actual cost of the burial, not to exceed $3000. A grant of $300 will also be paid to the responsible member of the family to cover miscellaneous funeral expenses.

Applications must be made within ninety (90) days from the date of death of the deceased.

Higher Education and Vocational Training Scholarship Act - (Vocational Training & Advanced Degree / Post Graduate Continuing Education - SUSPENDED

Effective Date: March 2, 2013.  This change is in accordance with tribal ordinance TO 2013-01

Undergraduate Scholarship AwardsAVAILABLE (FULL-TIME STUDENTS ONLY - 12 HRS OR MORE)

The total of all Undergraduate Degree Scholarship awards to an applicant shall not exceed $4,800.

Full-time students payments will be determined according to their status (ex: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior) and according to class schedule. (Semester, Trimester, or Quarter.) See back of application.

Full Time Students Only & Award Amount Reduced           Effective Date: March 2, 2013.  This change is in accordance with tribal ordinance TO 2013-01.

Incentive AwardAVAILABLE

In addition to a standard award, an incentive award is available to eligible undergraduate students. An applicant must carry fifteen (15) credit hours and have at least a current 3.0 GPA.

An applicant must apply after each grading period (semester, trimester, or quarter). Total of all Incentive Awards shall not exceed $4000. Amount of awards depends on status of grade period. See back of application.

Effective Date: March 2, 2013.  This change is in accordance with tribal ordinance TO 2013-01.

Advanced Degree / Post Graduate Continuing Education Award - SUSPENDED

Effective Date: March 2, 2013.  This change is in accordance with tribal ordinance TO 2013-01.


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