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 American Indians face a unique set of challenges in gaining access to a college education and are one of the most underrepresented groups both in college and in the degree-holding population. With extreme poverty and limited access to educational resources remaining persistent problems on reservations and educated professionals also in short supply in many communities, education is a pressing concern for the American Indian community. Despite a strong desire to earn a degree, many American Indian students find themselves in a position where they cannot easily pay for school, even with the help of federal student financial aid. Luckily, American Indian scholarship opportunities exist for those students who are dedicated to beating the odds and earning a degree.

A variety of American Indian scholarships exist to help students attain a college education that will benefit not only them, but their families and communities. In some instances, tribal scholarships or other local scholarshipsare available to American Indian students, though often the award amounts fall significantly shy of the actual cost of attending college. Numerous national American Indian scholarship providers offer more substantial awards to deserving students. American Indian students often qualify for otherscholarships for minorities, as well. These awards are often the most substantial, though also the most competitive.

As an American Indian student, you needn’t limit your scholarship searchsolely to awards based on ethnicity, though. Other national and campus-based programs also serve American Indians. Scholarships and grants for low-income or first-generation students are options for many American Indian students who meet those criteria. American Indian students who do well academically or athletically shouldn’t rule out finding scholarships based on those characteristics, either. If you start early and thoroughly investigate scholarship options, you will be able to fund your education with American Indian scholarships and other financial aid.

Southampton College – LIU Academic Awards 

Application Deadlines: Varies
Academic Scholarships range from $5,000 – Full tuition. These Academic Scholarships are based upon a student’s SAT/ACT score, GPA, course load and ranking if available. Scholarships are limited so apply early for the best opportunities. Art, athletic, alumni and sibling scholarships are also available. Please contact the Office of Admissions to have all of your questions answered. For more [...] More

Edward S. Roth Manufacturing Engineering Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
All applicants must be seeking a bachelor’s or master’s degree in manufacturing engineering from an ABET-accredited school. All applicants must have/and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. Preferences will be given to students demonstrating financial need, minority students and students participating in a Co-Op program. The scholarship can be used only as a credit toward books, fees [...] More

Ohio Newspapers Foundation Minority Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
Applicant must be a collegebound high school senior and enroll as a college freshman at an Ohio college or university for the coming school year. The applicant should be planning on majoring in journalism. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required. Two letters of recommendation from high school faculty members familiar with the student’s work and career interests, with special emphasis on student’s [...] More

Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Scholarship Program 
Application Deadlines: Varies
Applicants for the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Scholarship Program must be an enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Indians at an accredited institution of higher education. Maximum award is $5000 and is based upon financial need as determined by the school financial aid office. Must maintain a 2.0 GPA or greater. Applications must be filed at least 8 weeks prior to the beginning [...] More

Stan Beck Fellowship 
Application Deadlines: July 01, Annually
Applicants for the Stan Beck Fellowship must be graduate or undergraduate students in entomology or related disciplines at colleges or universities in the United States, Mexico, or Canada. They should also have some sort of need, either based on physical limitations or economic, minority, or environmental [...] More

Cheyenne and Arapaho Higher Education Grants 
Application Deadlines: Varies
Available to enrolled Cheyenne-Arapaho tribal members who are either undergraduate or graduate students. The amount of the award depends on the student’s need. Approximately 75 scholarships are awarded each year. Deadlines are May of each year for Fall semester, October for Spring, and March for Summer. For more information, please contact the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma or visit [...] More

Wisconsin Minority Undergraduate Retention Grants 
Application Deadlines: Varies
Awards under this program are made to Wisconsin resident minority undergraduates, excluding first year students, enrolled at least half-time in independent, tribal, or Wisconsin Technical College institutions. According to the statutes, a minority student is defined as a student who is either an African American; American Indian; Hispanic; or Southeast Asian from Laos, Cambodia, or Vietnam [...] More

Wisconsin Indian Student Assistance Grants 
Application Deadlines: Varies
Awards under this program are made to Wisconsin residents who are at least 25% Native American and are undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in degree or certificate programs at University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Technical College, independent colleges and universities, tribal colleges, or proprietary institutions based in Wisconsin. Awards are based on financial need with a limit of ten [...] More

CANFIT Program Scholarships 
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
CANFIT Program Scholarships are open to undergraduate and graduate African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Latino students who express financial need and are studying nutrition, physical education, or culinary arts in the state of [...] More

Catharine Lealtad Scholarships 
Application Deadlines: Varies
Catharine Lealtad Scholarships are awarded to African American, Latino, and Native American students who have a strong high school record. The award is $3,000. Students who are National Achievement or National Hispanic Scholarship Finalists and who have a strong high school record will receive an annual award of $5,000. This scholarship is named for Dr. Catharine Lealtad ’15, Macalester’s [...] More

Choctaw Nation Scholarship Advisement Program Scholarships 
Application Deadlines: Varies
Choctaw Nation Scholarship Advisement Program scholarships are made available by generous corporate and private donors. These are competitive merit-based scholarships. Some are school-specific.These scholarships are only available to members of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. For more information, visit: [...] More

Augustana College Diversity Scholarships 
Application Deadlines: Varies
Diversity Scholarships are for full-time students who are members of a minority ethnic group and bring diversity to campus. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 per year and can be renewed each year. Verify your eligibility with the Offices of Admission or Financial Aid. For more information on Augustana scholarships and grants, please visit our [...] More

American Indian Fellowship in Business Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: October 05, Annually
Each year, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development awards five scholarships to American Indian college or graduate students majoring in business. Scholarships are awarded at the Indian Progress in business (INPRO) awards banquet. In addition to the scholarship, recipients are provided airfare and lodging to attend INPRO. Recipients must be able to attend. Eligible students [...] More

Surety Industry Scholarship Program for Minority Students 
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
Established in 2003, the Surety Industry Scholarship Program provides awards of up to $2,500 to outstanding minority students to support their studies in the areas of insurance/risk management, accounting, or business/finance and to encourage their consideration of the surety industry and surety underwriting as a career choice. This program is administered by The Surety Foundation, the [...] More

First Sergeant Douglas and Charlotte DeHorse Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: Varies
First Sergeant Doug DeHorse is an enrolled member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe. He was raised in the town of LaPlant on the Cheyenne River Reservation and attended St. Joseph School in Chamberlain South Dakota before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1947. He served with the 11th Airborne Division on occupation duty in Japan following WWII, with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team (“The [...] More

Ford Motor Company Tribal Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
Ford Motor Company will award up to $3,000 annually, based on financial need. The scholarship is for students studying math; science; engineering; business; teacher training; or environmental science. To be eligible for the Ford/American Indian College Fund Corporate Scholars Program student must: – Have at least a 3.0 grade point average; – Be a full-time student with a declared a major in [...] More

Catching The Dream MESBEC Program 
Application Deadlines: Varies
Formerly known as the Native American Scholarship Fund, Catching the Dream (CTD) was chartered in 1986 to help provide Indian tribes, Indian communities and tribal organizations with professionally trained and educated Native Americans. The MESBEC program is the oldest of CTD’s programs providing scholarships for high-potential Native American students in Math, Engineering, Science, Business, [...] More

Fort Peck Tribes Scholarship Program 
Application Deadlines: April 04, Annually
Fort Peck Tribes Scholarships are available to Assiniboine and Sioux members of the Fort Peck tribes in Montana. Applicants must be undergraduates. Applications submitted by eligible students each spring are reviewed by members of the scholarship committee, who award the competitive grants. Up to $2,000 per year is paid directly to each recipient’s college or university. Grantees must maintain a [...] More

National GEM Consortium – GEM Fellowships 
Application Deadlines: November 15, Annually
GEM provides three fellowship programs: MS Engineering, Ph.D. Engineering and Ph.D. Science. These fellowship opportunities are for students pursuing a master’s degree or doctorate in science, engineering or a closely related field. The deadline for applications is November 15. Applicants are required to submit transcripts and three letters of recommendation. For more information, please visit [...] More

George A. Strait Minority Scholarships 
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
George A. Strait Minority Scholarships are awarded annually by the American Association of Law Libraries and an endowment from Thomson West, a provider of e-information and solutions to the U.S. legal market. Applicants must be college graduates with meaningful law library experience who are members of a minority group as defined by current U.S. government guidelines, degree candidates in an [...] More

RTNDA George Foreman Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
George Foreman is a boxing champion, Olympic gold medal winner and celebrated pitchman. As a young man, he was inspired by President Lyndon Johnson and by RTDNF founder Barney Oldfield. In his autobiography “By George,” Foreman credits LBJ’s Job Corps program for rescuing him “from the gutter.” He also thanks Barney Oldfield “for a lifetime of friendship, devotion, counsel, and wisdom. The world [...] More

Chickasaw Nation Governor’s Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: Varies
Governor’s Scholarships These scholarships are for graduating high school seniors only (awarded one-time only with no renewal). Students who have a GPA of 3.95 or higher, or who have been selected as class valedictorian or salutatorian are eligible. Amount of award is $500. For more information, please visit: [...] More

Lagrant Foundation Scholarship for Graduates 
Application Deadlines: February 28, Annually
Graduate student applicants meeting the following criteria and completing the application on the reverse side (typed, not handwritten) will be considered for The Lagrant Foundation (TLF) scholarship: Applicant must be a U.S. citizen and a member of one of the following ethnic groups: African American, Asian Pacific American, Hispanic or Native American Applicant must be a full-time student at a [...] More

Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship Program 
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
If you plan to become a preschool, elementary or secondary school teacher and are of African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American or Native American origin, you may qualify for up to $5,000 per year as part of the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program to pay for tuition, fees and room and board, or commuter allowances, if applicable. This scholarship may be received [...] More

The Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Managment Students 
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
In 1988, Hyatt established this fund through the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF) to provide financial aid to minority students pursing a degree in hotel management. Over the years, Hyatt has continued its investment to permanently endow the fund, currently valued at more than $800,000. Since 1988, more than 200 minority students have received funding for college through [...] More

RTNDA Ed Bradley Broadcast Journalism Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
In 1994, RTDNF presented the first Ed Bradley Scholarship. Since then, 18 young and aspiring journalists have received the award created by the late CBS News and 60 Minutes correspondent. – Must be officially enrolled in college and have at least one full academic year remaining. – Must be a fully enrolled college sophomore or higher to receive scholarship. – Must apply for only one [...] More

ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
In 2007, the ESA Foundation established a scholarship program to assist women and minority students who are pursuing degrees leading to careers in Computer & Video Game Arts. In 2009 we extended this opportunity to graduating high school seniors and doubled the amount of awards granted from 15 to 30. The scholarships are offered for full-time undergraduate study at accredited four-year colleges [...] More

KATU Thomas R. Dargan Minority Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
In the tradition of Thomas R. Dargan, dedicated and lifelong broadcaster, this scholarship is intended to encourage and assist minority students to complete their education in broadcasting or communications. Eligibility – Applicant must be a minority citizen of the United States. Minority is defined as Native American, Black, Hispanic or Asian. – Applicant must be enrolled in the first, [...] More

Indiana CPA Society Diversity Summit Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: June 07, Annually
INCPAS is currently accepting applications for the Diversity Summit Scholarship. Completed applications are due to INCPAS no later than June 7th. Applicants must meet ALL of the following eligibility requirements: Must be an under-represented U.S. racial/ethnic minority student; – Must be a high school student enrolled in an Indiana high school or home school program for the 2013-2014 school [...] More

Smithsonian Minority Student Internship 
Application Deadlines: Varies
Internships in residence at the Smithsonian are available for students to participate in research or museum-related activities for periods of 10 weeks. U.S. minority undergraduate and beginning graduate students are encouraged to apply. The appointment carries a stipend of $350 per week and travel allowances may be provided. Deadline: February 1 (For Summer) October 15 (for [...] More

Smithsonian Native American Awards Program 
Application Deadlines: Varies
Internships in residence at the Smithsonian are awarded to undergraduate and graduate Native American students who are formally or informally related to a Native American community, to participate in research or museum activities related to Native American studies for periods of 10 weeks. The appointments carry a stipend of $350 per week and a travel allowance may be provided. Deadlines: [...] More

Smithsonian Institution James E. Webb Internship 
Application Deadlines: Varies
Internships in residence at the Smithsonian are offered to minority junior and senior undergraduate and graduate students in Business and Public Administration. This program is designed to promote excellence and diversity in the management of not-for-profit scientific and cultural institutions. Appointments are for a period of 10 weeks and carry a stipend of $550 per week and a travel allowance [...] More

ASA Minority Fellowship Program 
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
Minority Fellowship Program applicants can be new or continuing graduate students. However, the MFP is primarily designed for minority students entering a doctoral program in sociology for the first time or for those who are in the early stages of their graduate programs. MFP applicants must be applying to or enrolled in sociology departments which have strong mental health research programs [...] More

Woods Hole Undergraduate Fellowships for Minorities 
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
Minority Fellowships are awarded to undergraduate students who have completed at least two semesters of undergraduate study at a U.S. college or university and are interested in the marine sciences, oceanographic engineering, or marine policy. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents in order to apply. Under-represented groups included for consideration in this particular program [...] More

Morgan Stanley Tribal Scholars Program 
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
Morgan Stanley will award scholarships of $5,000 annually to outstanding American Indian students currently enrolled at a tribal college or university who have an interest in business and the financial services industry. Students are eligible to apply for the Morgan Stanley Tribal College Scholars Program if they: – Have at least a 3.0 grade point average; – Have an interest in a career [...] More

Chickasaw Nation Higher Education Grants & Scholarships 
Application Deadlines: Varies
Must be a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and be enrolled in an accredited college/university to obtain an Associates, Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree. Higher Education Grant (All undergraduate students must apply for federal aid.) The grant may be awarded to undergraduate, graduate or doctoral students who maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher for each semester. (Amount vary depending on college [...] More

Osage Nation Higher Education Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: Varies
Osage Nation Higher Education Scholarship is available to Osage Indians attending a college or university. The Osage Higher Education Committee determines eligibility. The Osage Higher Education Grant, Mary Tinker Scholarship Fund, and the Morris E. & Ethel Carlton Wheeler Scholarship are all included in the same application. Application can be downloaded at [...]More

Albuquerque Community Foundation (ACF) Notah Begay III Scholarship Program 
Application Deadlines: March 06, Annually
Professional golfer Notah Begay III established this scholarship fund in 1999 to benefit Native American athletes attending college. Awards are made to high school graduates demonstrating strong academic achievement and participation in varsity level sports. Two $2,000 awards will be made. Additional criteria: – applicants must be Native American scholar-athletes – minimum GPA 3.0 – attend a [...] More

Caterpillar Scholars Award Program 
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
Scholarship applicants must be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in a manufacturing engineering degree program, have completed a minimum of 30 college credit hours, and be seeking a career in manufacturing engineering. Preference will be given to students who have participated in a STEPS camp. All minority scholarship applicants may apply as incoming freshmen. Eligibility Criteria: – [...] More

AAAS Minority Science Writers Internship 
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Science and technology increasingly shape our world. New discoveries and inventions have exciting outcomes, but can also lead to unexpected consequences. Science writers have the opportunity to explain those discoveries, and what they mean, to the public. Even though science is a global activity, the demographics of the journalists who cover it don’t reflect that diversity. AAAS offers the [...] More

American Indian Nurse Scholarship Awards 
Application Deadlines: Varies
Since 1928 The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America has provided a small number of scholarship awards to assist students of American Indian heritage who are pursuing degrees in nursing. Since that time, the scholarship has broadened to include American Indians who are in nursing school or who are pursuing degrees in health related fields, including teaching. Males and females are [...] More

Fisher Communications Minority Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
Since 1987 Fisher Communications, Inc. has sought to attract minority students into careers in broadcasting with annual scholarships. Fisher’s interest in minority broadcasting students goes back many years and has included training programs in technical areas and on-air. As a result of this nurturing environment, minority employees have made numerous contributions to the standards of excellence [...] More

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science SOARS Program 
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
SOARS encourages applications from individuals who are members of a group that is historically under-represented in the atmospheric and related sciences, including students who are Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Hispanic or Latino, female, first generation college students, and students with disabilities. SOARS welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [...] More

ALA Spectrum Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Spectrum provides a one-time, non-renewable $5,000 scholarship award paid in two installments directly to the recipient. Recipients must begin a program by the fall semester following the award, funds will be forfeited if enrollment is delayed. Recipients must be enrolled at the time of the second installment, or they will forfeit this portion of the award. Recipients are announced at the ALA [...] More

White Earth Scholarship Program 
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
Student must be an enrolled member of the White Earth Band of Chippewa (descendents ineligible). Must attend an accredited post-secondary institution and must not have defaulted on any student loans. Applicant must complete the FAFSA and the White Earth Scholarship Program applications 8 weeks prior to beginning potential institution. Minnesota residents must be seeking a degree, certificate, [...] More

AAAE Foundation Scholarship for Native Americans 
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The AAAE Foundation grants $1,000 each year to a number of Native American college or university students with a junior class standing or higher, who are enrolled in an aviation program and have a grade point average 3.0 or higher. Eligibility is unrelated to membership in AAAE and the program is funded by a grant from the estate of Pete Hill, A.A.E. The following selection criteria are used: [...] More

ABA Diversity Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: Varies
The ABA Diversity Scholarship focuses on broadening the number of traditionally under-represented groups in the management and operation ranks of the transportation, travel, and tourism industry. Eligible candidates must have completed, at a minimum, their first year of college at an accredited university; must have a declared major or course of study relevant to the transportation, travel, and [...] More

Actuarial Diversity Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: May 04, Annually
The Actuarial Diversity Scholarship was formed in 1977 as a joint effort by the Casualty Actuarial Society and the Society of Actuaries. The door to the actuarial profession has been opened to hundreds of minority students over the years. In 2008 this Scholarship program was transferred to The Actuarial Foundation to further strengthen, increase and to assure the continuation of a diverse, high [...] More

DAR American Indian Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
The American Indians Committee of the DAR awards this scholarship to Native Americans and is intended to help Native American students of any age, any tribe and in any state striving to get an education. All awards are judged based on financial need and academic achievement. Specify that you want information on the American Indian Scholarship when you send the self-addressed, stamped envelope for [...] More

AICPA Minority Accounting Students Scholarships 
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants established the AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students to provide funds for deserving students. The Center for Scholarship Administration, Inc. (CSA), a non-profit, independent organization is the administrator of the program. Applicants must be students who are underrepresented minorities in the accounting profession (e.g., [...] More

APS Scholarship for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors 
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
The American Physical Society Scholarship for Minority Undergraduate Students Physics Majors consists of $2,000 per year for new recipients and $3,000 per year for renewal recipients to be used for tuition, room & board and educational materials. The goal of this minority scholarship is to increase the number of under-represented minorities obtaining degrees in physics. It provides funding and [...] More

AMS Minority Scholarships 
Application Deadlines: February 08, Annually
The AMS Minority Scholarships help support the college educations of minority students traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, especially Hispanic, Native American and African American students who intend to pursue careers in the atmospheric or related oceanic and hydrologic sciences. The two-year scholarships, funded by industry and through donations made by members to the AMS 21st [...] More

APSA Minority Fellows Program 
Application Deadlines: Varies
The APSA Minority Fellows Program, which was established in 1969 as an effort to increase the number of minority scholars in the discipline, has designated more than 300 fellows and contributed to the successful completion of doctoral political science programs for over 70 individuals. This year, the Association has refocused and increased its efforts to assist minority students in completing [...] More

AAIA Adolph Van Pelt Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: June 07, Annually
The Association on American Indian Affairs offers Adolph Van Pelt Scholarships in amount of $1500 to students in any curriculum. Disbursement in the amount of $750 is made directly to the college fall and spring semesters pending satisfactory progress. Spring disbursement requires a copy of the fall semester’s grades and a spring semester class schedule. Disbursement to the college is made during [...] More

AAIA Allogan Slagle Memorial Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: June 07, Annually
The Association on American Indian Affairs offers Allogan Slagle Memorial Scholarships in the amount of $1,500 to students who are members of tribes that are not recognized by the federal government. Disbursement in the amount of $750 is made directly to the college fall and spring semesters pending satisfactory progress. Spring disbursement requires a copy of the fall semester’s grades and a [...] More

AAIA David Risling Emergency Aid Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: June 07, Annually
The Association on American Indian Affairs offers David Risling Emergency Aid Scholarships in amounts ranging from $100-400 for acute, temporary emergencies (eviction, dismissal from daycare, utility disconnection, etc). This scholarship is available during both fall and spring semesters for expenses accured during the fall and spring semesters only. Students may not apply for funding due to [...] More

AAIA Displaced Homemaker Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: June 07, Annually
The Association on American Indian Affairs offers Displaced Homemaker Scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each to those men and women who would not otherwise be able to complete their educational goals due to family responsibilities. This scholarship is for older students who have put off college to raise their children, students who are entering or are returning to college when their children [...] More

AAIA Elizabeth and Sherman Asche Memorial Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: June 07, Annually
The Association on American Indian Affairs offers Elizabeth and Sherman Asche Memorial Scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each to graduate and undergraduate students pursuing a degree in public health or science. Disbursement in the amount of $750 is made directly to the college fall and spring semesters pending satisfactory progress. Spring disbursement requires a copy of the fall semester’s [...] More

AAIA Emilie Hesemeyer Memorial Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: June 07, Annually
The Association on American Indian Affairs offers Emilie Hesemeyer scholarships in the amount of $1,500 with a preference given, but not limited to, students pursuing a Major in Education. This scholarship is renewable up to four years toward any single degree pending satisfactory progress. Disbursement is made in the amount of $750 per semester, with subsequent disbursements requiring a copy [...] More

AAIA Sequoyah Graduate Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: June 07, Annually
The Association on American Indian Affairs offers Sequoyah Graduate Scholarships in the amount of $1,500 to students in any curriculum. Disbursement in the amount of $750 is made directly to the college fall and spring semesters pending satisfactory progress. Spring disbursement requires a copy of the fall semesters’ grades and a spring semester class schedule. This scholarship does not [...] More

Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: May 11, Annually
The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) is a nonprofit voluntary membership organization of over 8,000 attorneys, law students and legal professionals in the Bay Area. Founded in 1872, BASF is one of the largest and most dynamic metropolitan bar associations in the U.S., with a long and distinguished record of community action, public service and service to the legal profession. Our [...] More

ACS Scholars Program 
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The basic criteria remain the same for all components fo the American Chemical Society Scholars Program. Application to the basic American Chemical Society Scholars Program automatically places the applicant in consideration for the sponsored components. The number and duration of scholarship awards is subject to available funding and the intent of the co-sponsoring group or organization. To be [...] More

Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard School of Public Health 
Application Deadlines: December 15, Annually
The Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics(CCDD)hopes to foster the development of new investigators and emerging scientists in the field of infectious disease modeling through education, mentoring, and financial support. Students studying the quantitative aspects of infectious diseases undertake projects ranging from analysis of large data sets to the development of new methods for data [...] More

Cherokee Nation Scholarship Program 
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
The Cherokee Nation’s Higher Education Office awards scholarships to selected Cherokee Nation Tribal Citizens pursuing degrees at a college or university accredited with Carnegie units. Eligibility Criteria: – Applicant must posses a Tribal Citizenship card showing citizenship in the Cherokee Nation. – Applicant must be attending or plan to attend a regionally accredited post-secondary [...] More

Fellowship on Women and Public Policy 
Application Deadlines: September 01, Annually
The Fellowship on Women & Public Policy is a premiere, intensive leadership development, skill building and educational program designed to encourage highly qualified graduate and post graduate women to pursue careers in public policy. More than 300 women have now completed the program and form an extensive alumni network that stretches across New York State, the United States and around the [...] More

Gates Millennium Scholars Program 
Application Deadlines: January 16, Annually
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS), funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Natives, Asian Pacific Islander Americans, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education, in all discipline areas and a graduate education for those students [...] More

EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program 
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
The goal of the EPP Undergraduate Scholars Program is to increase the number of students who undertake course work and graduate with degrees in targeted academic fields integral to NOAA’s mission. This program targets students who have completed their sophomore year, attending minority serving institutions (MSIs), and have recently declared, or about to declare a major in atmospheric, oceanic, or [...] More

Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship 
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
The goal of the Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship (MURF) program is to increase the number of underrepresented undergraduate students who wish to, and have demonstrated the ability to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.) in microbiology. Students from non-research intensive institutions will have the opportunity to conduct full time summer research with an ASM member at a [...] More

Hopi Tribe Grants and Scholarships Program 
Application Deadlines: Varies
The goals of the Hopi Tribe Grants and Scholarships Program are to provide quality services to the Hopi People by enhancing a full range of educational opportunities, maintain efforts to increase the number of employable Hopi professionals, and maintain retention services which will enable students to complete programs. Awards & Scholarships: * BIA Higher Education Grants * Hopi Education Award [...] More

AWWA Holly Cornell Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: January 07, Annually
The Holly A. Cornell Scholarship was created by CH2M Hill, Inc. to honor the name of Holly A. Cornell, co-founder of CH2M Hill and to encourage and support outstanding female and/or minority students pursuing advanced training in the field of water supply and treatment. Eligibility – Female and/or minority (as defined by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) U.S. citizens who are [...] More

HP Scholars Program 
Application Deadlines: Varies
The HP Scholar Award is a scholarship opportunity for students interested in engineering. The total value of the four-year cash scholarship, HP Scholar Productivity Package and the three paid internships will exceed $40,000 per student. Scholarship awards are $12,000 ($3000 per year for four years) and are intended to help defray educational expenses. Upon acceptance into the program, each HP [...] More

HSF/Marathon Oil Corp. Scholarship Program 
Application Deadlines: October 26, Annually
The HSF/Marathon Oil Corporation Scholarship Program is a scholarship of up to $15,000 per year. Selected students will receive up to $10,000 for two academic years for a possible total award of $30,000. In addition, scholars will be offered the opportunity to participate in a possible paid 8-10 week summer internship at various Marathon Oil Corporation locations. Scholars will also be paired [...] More

Minorities in Hospitality Scholars Program 
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
The IFA Educational Foundation and Choice Hotels International have partnered to sponsor the Minorities in Hospitality Scholars Program. The purpose of the scholars program is to recognize and support minority students who are enrolled in the Hospitality course of studies complete their academic programs by providing scholarship assistance. A competitive award of $2,000 will be presented [...] More

Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship Program 
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
The Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship program is designed to assist financially needy, academically competitive students who are identified as members of any of the following ethnic/racial groups: African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian or Pacific Islander, or Hispanic. Selection priority is given to applicants who are [...] More

Kaplan Leadership Program 
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
The Kaplan Educational Foundation is seeking a select group of students for its Kaplan Leadership Program. This is a unique and comprehensive scholarship program designed for promising students who have a financial need and are pursuing an associate’s degree in the New York City metropolitan area. The scholarship benefits will begin while students work toward their associate’s degree, and the [...] More

Lagrant Foundation Scholarships 
Application Deadlines: February 28, Annually
The Lagrant Foundation annually provides 15 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students who are attending accredited institutions and are pursuing careers in the fields of advertising, marketing or public relations. Undergraduate (current freshmen, sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors ONLY!) applicants meeting the following criteria and completing the application on the reverse [...] More

Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students 
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
The Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students awards a $2,500 scholarship for undergraduate study of religion journalism or mass communications. It recognizes of the work of Leonard M. Perryman, a journalist for the United Methodist Church for nearly 30 years. The scholarship assists a United Methodist undergraduate who intends to pursue a career in [...] More

ALA – LITA/LSSI Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship, established in 1994, is awarded annually by the Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the American Library Association, and Library Systems and Services, Inc., in the amount of $2,500. The scholarship is designed to encourage the entry of qualified persons into the library and automation field who plan to follow a career in that field; [...] More

LITA/OCLC Minority Scholarship in Library and Information Technology 
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The LITA/OCLC Minority Scholarship, established in 1991, is awarded jointly annually by the Online Computer Library Center and the Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the American Library Association, in the amount of $3,000. The scholarship is designed to encourage the entry of qualified persons into the library and automation field who plan to follow a career in that [...] More

Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program 
Application Deadlines: July 01, Annually
The Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program provides postsecondary financial assistance to eligible Minnesota resident students who are of one-fourth or more American Indian ancestry and demonstrate financial need for an award. The award amount is based on need up to $4,000 per year for undergraduate students and up to $6,000 for graduate students. Scholarships are available to eligible American [...] More

Minority Access Internship Program 
Application Deadlines: Varies
The Minority Access Internship Program is designed to allow talented undergraduate and graduate students to experience the diversity and scope of career opportunities available in the federal government and other participating entities. The program provides students with the opportunity to merge academic theory with practical application in the workplace. This is a internship program and [...] More

Minority Teacher Education Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: Varies
The Minority Teacher Education Scholarship is designed to attract and retain students that are interested in becoming a teacher in the state of Florida. The scholarship is administered at 33 participating colleges and universities throughout the state. Special consideration is given to community college students. ELIGIBILITY Individuals who are selected for the MTES must: * Be a resident of [...] More

Tennessee Minority Teaching Fellows Program 
Application Deadlines: Varies
The Minority Teaching Fellows Program is intended to encourage talented minority Tennesseans to enter the teaching field in Tennessee. The award is $5,000 per year to pursue a teacher certification at an eligible Tennessee institution. Those who receive the award incur an obligation to teach K-12 level in a Tennessee public school one year for each year the award is received. If recipients do [...] More

INROADS Internship Opportunities 
Application Deadlines: Varies
The mission of INROADS is to develop and place talented minority youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership. INROADS seeks high performing Black, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American Indian students for internship opportunities with some of the nation’s largest companies. Our rigorous career development training process will challenge you to commit to [...] More

Page Education Foundation Grants 
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
The mission of the Page Education Foundation is to increase participation of Minnesota’s young people of color in post-secondary education. Candidates must be Minnesota students of color, demonstrate a financial need, a positive attitude toward education and community service, and attend a post-secondary institution within the state of Minnesota. Awards consist of grants that range in value [...] More

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Higher Education Scholarship Foundation Program 
Application Deadlines: June 01, Annually
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Higher Education Scholarship Foundation Program scholarship program is limited to the amount of contributions received annually. The Foundation Program anticipates that its fundraising efforts will result in scholarships being awarded by August 1st. In the event that contributions exceed our fundraising goals, then scholarship awards may be available sooner. These will [...] More

NCCE National Co-op Scholarship Program 
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
The National Commission for Cooperative Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing high quality, college-level cooperative education, offers 175 merit co-op scholarships of $5,000 each, for a total renewable value of $4,500,000. These merit co-op scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors and community college transfer students who plan to participate in college [...] More

University of Chicago–Office of Minority Student Affairs 
Application Deadlines: Varies
The Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) supports the academic success of students of color at the University of Chicago and works to build an inclusive campus community. OMSA’s programs focus on enriching students’ experiences and encouraging cross-cultural dialogue on campus. OMSA serves and advocates for all African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American students who attend [...] More

Oneida Higher Education (Various Fellowships, Internships, And Scholarships) 
Application Deadlines: Varies
The Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin Higher Education Grant can award up to $20,000 per academic year. Yearly funds are subject to change and are based on Federal and Tribal allocations. Funding will be based on the Oneida Higher Education academic year of August 1 to July 31. The intent of the Oneida Higher Education award is to provide “supplemental” educational grant monies. It is not [...] More

The Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
The Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship is granted through The LPGA Foundation and the Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship Fund. Established in 2006, the objective of the Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship is to provide a need-based scholarship to a female high school senior from a recognized minority background, who will be pursuing a full-time course of study and playing collegiate golf at an accredited [...] More

Presbyterian Church-U.S.A. Student Opportunity Scholarships 
Application Deadlines: June 01, Annually
The Presbyterian Church-U.S.A. Student Opportunity Scholarships serves Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) college students in select majors (Education, Health Service/Science, Religious Studies, Sacred Music, Social Service/Science) by providing aid for the expenses of their third and fourth years of an undergraduate program. Preference in this program is extended to racial ethnic students in order to [...] More

THC Preservation Fellows Program 
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
The Preservation Fellows is a new internship program created by the THC Commissioners to build interest in and awareness of historic preservation among young adults from diverse cultural backgrounds. The program’s goal is to provide financial aid, employment and professional role models for a new generation of leaders in historic preservation who will represent the changing face of Texas. For [...] More

AICPA Fellowships for Minority Doctoral Students 
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The primary objective of the AICPA Fellowships for Minority Doctoral Students is to enable more minorities to enter and move ahead in the accounting profession and academe. Recognizing the fact that professors serve as role models, a second objective is to increase the number of CPA role models who can positively influence the career decisions of a college student. These competitive fellowships [...] More

Chips Quinn Scholars Program 
Application Deadlines: Varies
The program, sponsored by the Freedom Forum, provides internships, training and $1,000 scholarships to college students of color who are pursuing careers in print journalism. Internships are offered in Spring and Summer. College juniors, seniors or recent graduates with majors in journalism or career goals in newspapers are eligible. Nominees must be enrolled in an historically black college or [...] More

Robert Toigo Foundation Fellowship 
Application Deadlines: Varies
The Robert Toigo Foundation supports the ongoing advancement of exceptional minority business degree students and alumni within the finance industry through scholarships, mentoring, internships and job placement. Sourcing talent from the nation’s leading academic and financial institutions, the foundation’s goal is to increase diversity in business and deepen business leadership skills by [...] More

Sault Tribe Higher Education Scholarships 
Application Deadlines: July 01, Annually
The Sault Tribe Higher Education Grant Program is for Sault Tribe members attending a Michigan state-supported two- or four-year college or university full-time (12 credit hours or more). Grants are based on unmet financial need as determined by the individual college in which the student is enrolled. The Grant Program deadline is July 1. Students maybe awarded up to $500 for two semesters [...] More

Wisconsin Talent Incentive Program TIP Grants 
Application Deadlines: Varies
The Talent Incentive Program (TIP) Grant provides grant assistance to the most financially needy and educationally disadvantaged Wisconsin resident students attending colleges and universities in the State of Wisconsin. First-time freshmen students are nominated for the TIP Grant by the school financial aid offices or by counselors of the Wisconsin Educational Opportunity Programs (WEOP). To [...] More

Truman D. Picard Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: Varies
The Truman D. Picard Scholarship is for student enrolled in a federally-recognized tribe and majoring in Natural Resources. Scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors who have been accepted at an institution of higher learning or can provide proof of application and college student majoring in Natural [...] More

IIE UPS Scholarship for Minority Students 
Application Deadlines: November 15, Annually
The UPS Scholarship for Minority Students is available to undergraduate students enrolled in any school in the United States and its territories, Canada and Mexico, provided the school’s engineering program or equivalent is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by IIE and the student is pursuing a course of study in industrial engineering. Students may not apply directly for any [...] More

Wisconsin Higher Education Grant 
Application Deadlines: Varies
The Wisconsin Higher Education Grant (WHEG) Program provides grant assistance to undergraduate, Wisconsin residents enrolled at least half-time in degree or certificate programs at University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Technical College, and Tribal institutions. Awards are based on financial need. Eligibility cannot exceed 10 semesters. A student must apply for a Wisconsin Higher Education Grant [...] More

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: September 30, Annually
The Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship provides awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 for undergraduate and graduate minority students in technical disciplines that include: – Chemistry – Information Management – Computing & Software Systems – Material Science – Printing Management Science – Laser Optics – Physics – Material Science – Engineering (Chemical, Computer, Electrical, [...] More

Rocky Mountain Biological Lab REU Program 
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
This 10-week scholarship field research program is funded by the National Science Foundation. REU students will work with RMBL Scientists to create a research project. Students will develop a testable hypothesis, gather data, analyze the data, and produce a written and oral report by the end of the program. The award provides $600 toward travel costs, a $4,750 stipend, room, board, and tuition [...] More

Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Award 
Application Deadlines: June 01, Annually
This award is presented in memory of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to commemorate his belief that progress is best achieved through cooperation rather than conflict, participation rather than partisanship, and compassion and understanding rather than hatred and prejudice. The scholarship is awarded to minority nominees who have demonstrated a need and a willingness to continue an [...] More

Chickasaw Nation Clothing Grant 
Application Deadlines: Varies
This grant may be awarded to full-time or part-time undergraduate, graduate or doctoral students enrolled in at least 6 college credit hours who maintain a 2.0 grade point average or higher for each semester. Full-time students may be awarded a $300 clothing scholarship for each classification as they progress through college (e.g., freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, graduate, doctorate or one [...] More

AIA – AAF Minority/Disadvantaged Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: December 07, Annually
This scholarship is open to high school seniors and college freshmen who plan to study architecture in an NAAB-accredited program. The scholarship was established in 1970 by a grant from the Ford Foundation to aid students who would not otherwise have an opportunity to enter a professional degree program. Twenty awards per year are made and may be renewed for two additional years, ideally [...] More

TimeWarner Tribal Scholars Program 
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
TimeWarner will award scholarships of $2,500 annually to outstanding American Indian students attending a tribal college or university. Students are eligible to apply for the TimeWarner Tribal College Scholars Program if they: – Have at least a 2.5 grade point average – Have demonstrated leadership, service and commitment to the American Indian community – Are American Indian, [...] More

Bureau of Indian Affairs Higher Education Grant Program 
Application Deadlines: June 01, Annually
To be eligible for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Higher Education Grant Program, applicant must: – Be a member of, or at least one-quarter degree Indian blood descendent of a member of an American Indian tribe who are eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States through the Bureau of Indian Affairs to Indians because of their status as Indians – Be accepted for [...] More

WMMIA Engineering Consortium Grants 
Application Deadlines: Varies
West Michigan Minorities In Architecture and Engineering Consortium (WMMIAEC) is pleased to offer four educational assistance grants each academic year in the amount of $1,000 each. Grant applications are reviewed quarterly, and we are always accepting applications for the next academic year! To qualify for this grant you must be a minority or a female. WMMIAEC is dedicated to increasing the [...] More

AT&T- WGU Native American Scholarship Fund 
Application Deadlines: Varies
WGU is pleased to offer the AT&T-WGU Native American Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund, made possible by the AT&T Foundation and WGU, furnishes scholarships each valued up to $5,000 which are designed to help members of Native American tribes earn a college degree to make a positive impact in the communities in which they live and work. This scholarship will be credited at the rate of $1,000 [...] More

APA Judith McManus Price Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
Women and minority (African American, Hispanic American, or Native American) students enrolled in an approved Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) planning program who are citizens of the United States, intend to pursue careers as practicing planners in the public sector, and are able to demonstrate a genuine financial need are eligible to apply for this scholarship which will range between $2,000 [...] More

ACHE Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship 
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
You are eligible to apply for an Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship if you meet all of the following criteria: -You are a Student Associate of the American College of Healthcare Executives and are in good standing. -You are a minority student who is enrolled for full-time study for the upcoming fall term, which is your final year (of classroom work) in a healthcare management graduate [...] More

GRCF Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Legal Studies Scholarship for Minorities 
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
You may apply for a Warner, Norcross, & Judd LLP Legal Studies Scholarship for Minorities if you are a student of racial and ethnic minority heritage pursuing studies in law (one law school, one paralegal and one legal secretarial scholarship awarded each year.) You must either have a permanent residence in Michigan or be attending a Michigan law school and demonstrate financial [...] More

Do You Qualify for Tribal Funds?

Accessing scholarships for Native American and Alaska Native students is about perseverance and brainstorming. No one is going to drop millions of dollars in your lap, but when you know through which sources to seek college money, you have a distinct advantage. Here are your best sources:

  • Tribal
  • Federal
  • State
  • Corporate
  • Professional Organizations

Are you a Member in a Federally Recognized Tribe?

Your key to qualifying for many of the scholarships is membership in one of the 561 recognized tribes in the U.S.

Don’t begin a search for Native American scholarships unless you know your ancestral status.

  • Do you belong to the one of the federally recognized tribes?
  • Do you have what DNA it takes to prove ancestry?

DNA: The standard requirement is proof of ¼ American Indian blood. If you must go on a genealogical search, here’s a tip: Google native american genealogy—it will generate a bounty of viable resources.

Tribal membership: if you don’t already have membership in one of the tribes you’ll want to take your genealogical information to the applicable tribal government and solicit for membership. Benefits of membership may include access to exclusive tribal scholarships and funds specifically saved for higher education.

When You’re Not Part of a Federally Recognized Tribe

There is a scholarship, the Allogan Slagle Scholarship, sponsored by the Association on American Indian Affairs that is specially offered to Native students with tribal affiliations outside the list of federally recognized tribes.

Start with the Most Obvious: Federal Programs for Native Americans

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is a government/community resource you must not overlook. The BIA has been the cornerstone of Native American legislation of all kinds for decades. It is single-handedly responsible for the administration of Indian lands and the governance of the 561 federally recognized tribes.

The department of the BIA on which you should focus part of your scholarship search is the Office of Indian Education Programs. Use this resource to find:

  • List of Tribal Colleges and Universities
  • Current and newsworthy programs in American Indian higher education.

Federally-Funded Tribal Colleges and Universities

Tribal colleges and universities exist in various parts of the United States, most of them in the Western part of the country. They are funded by the Department of Education and are committed to providing Native Americans with an equal opportunity when it comes to a college education. Students would be remiss in not exploring these institutions. The Office of Indian Education Programs maintains a comprehensive list of Tribal Colleges and their locations.

State-Based Aid in Areas Populated by Native Americans

Every state is not going to fund scholarships purely for Native American students. But where American Indian populations comprise a significant chunk of state territory you may find extra government money. North Dakota funds the Indian Scholarship Program, a merit and need-based $2,000 award that goes out to eligible students able to prove tribal membership and enrolling in a two- or four-year school. The Montana state university system offers generous scholarships as well as an Indian Tuition Fee Waiver. Check our list of state-based scholarships for your home state.

Minority – Corporate Partnerships

Up until recently Native American students have suffered for their relatively meager population in comparison to the legions of other minority groups. But in recent years monetary support has proven a good motivator. But for students down on their luck, corporate donors offer hope and encouragement.

The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) has built a number of fruitful partnerships with the likes of Accenture, the Gates Foundation, and Wells Fargo. The non-profit agency is one of the most influential and visible in the country right now. Besides the obvious graduate fellowships, AIGC has also assembled a few Native American undergraduate scholarship programs.

Science, Math, Engineering, and Tech Majors

In case you haven’t heard, students pursuing degrees in science, math, engineering, or technology fields (often call SMET or STEM subjects) have an advantage when it comes to winning scholarship attention. American Indian and Alaska Native students have the double whammy—minority status.

If you’re looking for diversity and have a passion for research, then open your mind to the possibility for paid summer undergraduate research opportunities, especially in the STEM subjects. Paid internships often net a few thousand dollars a month for hard work. AND this type of experience can put your college admissions application in nice position. Most of the labs and research locations that solicit for summer students invite diversity—they are often funded with federal dollars, which helps kick up a more intense search for minority, including Native American students.

Organizations and Associations

Know what field you are intending to pursue? Explore professional associations or affiliations. Popular professional organizations often extend scholarship dough to student members

Search practically, starting at the top and don’t neglect scholarships for general minorities and interracial scholarships.

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