Typically, scholarships require full-time enrollment in an accredited public or private (non-profit) college or university.  Some have to be applied to in high school and most while in undergraduate and graduate school. Scholarships have different requirements for blood quantum, and eligibility based on state, federal, and Hawaiian recognition. Please find our email information under contact us if you have additional scholarships that should be added to this page. 

We would like to begin making a comprehensive list of scholarships that are offered by specific Tribes. Please send us a message under "contact us" with the corresponding link of your Tribe or a Tribe you knows offers this.

1. Catching the Dream

Students must be 1/4 or more degree American Indian.  Summer School application due March 15th, Fall Semester or Quarter applications due April 15th, Spring Semester or Quarter applications due September 15th

2. Daughters of the American Revolution, American Indian Scholarship

--DAR American Indian Scholarship -This scholarship is awarded to help Native Americans students of any age, any tribe and in any state striving to get an education at the undergraduate or graduate levels. Grade point average of 3.25 or higher. Applications are due February 15.

--Frances Crawford Marvin American Indian Scholarship -This scholarship is awarded once a year to one student. Students must demonstrate financial need, academic achievement, and have a 3.25 GPA or higher. Applications are due February 15

3. American Indian Education Foundation

We look for students who might be overlooked by other scholarship programs, but have demonstrated the motivation and drive to improve their own lives and the lives of others. In addition to our Graduate and Undergraduate scholarships, the AIEF program also offers several foundation and memorial scholarships. • Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian (student or one parent must be enrolled and have documentation) Application must be complete and postmarked no later than April 4th 

4. American Indian College Fund

U.S. citizenship, Registered as a member of a federal or state recognized tribe, or a descendant of at least one grandparent or parent who is an enrolled tribal member. (Alaska Natives may use Native Corporation membership.) minimum grade point average of 2.0 for sone scholarships. Applications are accepted from students beginning January 1 and ending May 31 of each year.

5. Association on American Indian Affairs

AAIA provides scholarships to graduate (including PhD, Medicine and Law) and undergraduate students from federally recognized tribes and tribes that are not recognized by the federal government. Several graduate and undergraduate scholarships with single application. application packages accepted March 3 - June 2, 2014.

6. American Indian Graduate Center

All applicants must be able to demonstrate personal enrollment in a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group, or possess one fourth (1/4) degree verifiable federally recognized American Indian blood through the submission of a Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC) (due July 15 each year). Scholarships include Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships , undergraduate scholarships, Gates Millennium Scholars Program Information (GMS) (no blood limit requirement), All Native American High School Academic Team (ANAHSAT).

7. UA Graduate Center/Alfred P. Sloan Indigenous Partnership

Have U.S. Citizenship; Provide verification of tribal enrollment in a federally or state recognized tribe (e.g. certificate of Indian blood or tribal enrollment card); Have regular admission to an approved graduate program in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) at the University of Arizona

8. Morris K. Udall Foundation

Separate scholarships focusing on tribal policy, native health care, environment related issues. College sophomores or juniors should apply.

9. American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Multiple scholarships available for fall and spring. Check website for currently available. If studying STEM fields, AISES is an excellent group to join. Scholarships, conferences, networking, and student ran groups at universities.

10. Native American Student Association

Check with home university for opportunities. There are also people in this area that may point you in the direction of additional scholarships. 

11. American Indian Alumni Association

Specifically for the University of Arizona. UA Alumni Association scholarships are awarded in two categories: Merit-based — to attract and retain students of exceptional academic quality, and need-based — for students who demonstrate great financial need. Applications available in spring.

12. Carson-Haury Scholars Program

First- and second-year PhD students and graduating UA master's students who are applying to UA PhD programs are eligible to apply. Students must be in their first, second, or third year of their PhD program during the year of the scholarship. The deadline to submit your application is Monday, February 17, 2014. All references must be uploaded by February 24, 2014, one week after the student application deadline.

13. Indian Health Services Scholarships

Three scholarships that help recipients that are federally recognized, state-recognized or terminated Tribes members. Graduate and undergraduate scholarships available. Degree program requirement Fall applications. Begin application process early.

14. Phillips Fund for Native American Research

Provides grants for research in Native American linguistics, ethnohistory, and the history of studies of Native Americans, in the continental United States and Canada. Applications and letters of support are due by March 1 (Monday, March 2, in 2015). The committee prefers to support the work of younger scholars who have received the doctorate. Applications are also accepted from graduate students for research on master’s theses or doctoral dissertations.

15. ACS Scholars Program

Be a graduating high school senior or college freshman, sophomore or junior intending to or already majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering or a chemically-related science or intending to or already pursuing a degree in chemical technology. Application is open November 1 - March 1.

16. Native Agriculture & Food Systems Scholarship Program

Purpose to help increase food production, improve health and nutrition, and eliminate food insecurity in rural and reservation based communities while promoting entrepreneurship and economic development. 

Due September 30.

17. Scholarships from Tribal Governments or Tribe Specific

Scholarships are many times available directly from a respective Tribal Government. For example -

The Cherokee Nation has great colleges resources that provide financial help and builds strong student character through community service.

Are you a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and live outside of the jurisdictional area? CALLNet has a new scholarship available and a deadline of June 15th:

The Navajo Nation has several scholarships available to enrolled members -

18. Scholarship from Universities

There are typically scholarships available from your university and resources available to find scholarships. The University of Arizona has great resources and platform titled Scholarship Universe.

Additionally, there are many websites that offer opportunities for both Native and non-Native scholarship opportunities.


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