After years of being under-represented and facing prejudice and exclusion, the students who belong to the Native American community are given massive opportunities to pursue their higher education. As the population of Native American students is less comparatively, the group is considered the minority. Various colleges, universities and other trade and vocational institutions provide higher education to these students as a part of improving the diverse atmosphere in the college campus. The Native American students are provided with myriad financial aids to relieve them of the financial burden of educational expenses while having to overcome the other challenges. These financial aids include loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study programs.
Among the various financial aids, scholarships are the most common among the minority groups as there are numerous state and private organizations, groups, agencies and other associations who work for the welfare of the people belonging to such communities that provide scholarships that have enough amount to cover all expenses such as the tuition and fees, accommodation, books, and other supplies and the rest of the college costs. Unlike loans and grants, the students are not obliged to pay back the money received as scholarships unless stated as the money is awarded on the basis of different factors like the academic status, ancestral background, and achievements of the student.
The majority of the scholarships are awarded to Native American ancestral students who are undergraduate students irrespective of the major of study. The students receive based on the major they have chosen to pursue their educational program as well. Although different organizations and associations offer scholarship funds based on different eligibility criteria, the basic qualifications are the same. Some of the basic eligibility criteria to be a recipient of one of the Native American scholarships are as given below:
You must be a Native American descent.
You must be a citizen or an eligible non-citizen of the U.S.
You must be a permanent resident of one of the American states.
You must be enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited university, college or any other educational institutions.