Native American or Indian Americans face a unique set of challenges in gaining access to a college education as they are the least represented minorities in U.S. public schools, comprising less than one percent of students. The purpose of Native American scholarships is to encourage and promote higher education in the under-represented minority group and give them a chance to come to the mainstream and be a part of it. Many colleges and organizations, such as the American Indian College Fund, offer scholarships for college in hopes to help with the cost of tuition and inspire more Native American students to continue their education. These college scholarships are given based on a student’s heritage, family background, residency status, tribe affiliation, and many other characteristics. In case your parents or your grandparents are part of a specific American Indian tribe, then getting a Native American Scholarship will be an easy job for you.

There is a variety of American Indian Scholarships which exists to help students attain a college education that will not only benefit them but will also benefit their families and communities. There are a lot of National American Indian Scholarship providers who offer scholarships to deserving Indian American students. There are also local scholarships for Indian /American students though the amount is low as compared to national scholarships. An Indian American student can also avail of scholarships that are available for minority students. 

Native American-specific scholarships will require you to have all kinds of documents and proof of being a  Native American descent and lineage. Also, certain scholarships may be limited to people from a specific tribe, such as the Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, Chickasaw, or Seminole tribes. Hence make sure that you read about the scholarship before applying and you also fulfill the eligibility criteria.

Eligibility Criteria for a Native American Scholarship

The eligibility criteria largely vary from scholarship to scholarship and from university to university. However, there are some criteria that are common to most of the native American scholarships listed below.

  • One must be an enrolled member of a tribe that is recognized by the U.S. Government.

  • One must be a member of the National Congress of American Indians. 

  • One must have a certain level of educational qualification, again GPA criteria vary from scholarship to scholarship.

  • One has to show a financial need. 

  • One must be a Native American or Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian.

  • One must be attending an accredited two or four-year college or university or technical/vocational school as an undergraduate student or accepted to an accredited graduate school as a graduate student.

  • One must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student for the entire school year, or a part-time or full-time graduate student.

 

Application Deadline

April 04, 2020

Award Amount

$2,000

Awards Available

200

Website

Link

Email Address

cacker@nativepartnership.org

Contact Number

866-866-8642

About the Scholarship

The American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students are awarded financial assistance by the American Indian Education Fund organization in order to improve the educational conditions of the students belonging to underrepresented communities. The AIEF Undergraduate Scholarship Program is awarded to un...

Application Deadline

May 31, 2020

Award Amount

$4,600

Awards Available

Varies

Website

Link

Email Address

scholarships@collegefund.org

Contact Number

303-426-8900

About the Scholarship

Anonymous Foundation Scholarship is supported by the American Indian College Fund. The foundation was established in 1989. The American Indian College Fund puts resources into Native understudies and tribal school training to change lives and networks. The association gives grants, programming to improve Native American understudy access to advanced education, and the help and tools for t...

Application Deadline

May 31, 2020

Award Amount

$6,000

Awards Available

Varies

Website

Link

Email Address

scholarships@collegefund.org

Contact Number

303-426-8900

About the Scholarship

Arizona Public Service Navajo Scholars Program is licensed by the American Indian College Fund. The establishment was begun in the year 1989, it was framed with the point of putting resources into Native understudies and tribal college education to change lives and networks. The APS Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Arizona Public Service, the leading producer of electric power in ...

Application Deadline

May 31, 2020

Award Amount

$2,250

Awards Available

Varies

Website

Link

Email Address

craigw@hafoundation.org

Contact Number

707-442-2993

About the Scholarship

Ecotrust Native American Scholarship is awarded by American Indian College Fund. The establishment was begun in the year 1989, it was framed with the point of putting resources into Native understudies and innate school instruction to change lives and networks. Ecotrust Native American Scholarship was started to positively impact Native American student...

Application Deadline

May 31, 2020

Award Amount

$1,000

Awards Available

Varies

Website

Link

Email Address

scholarships@collegefund.org

Contact Number

303-426-8900

About the Scholarship

Anthony A. Welmas Scholarship is licensed by American Indian College Fund. The establishment was begun in the year 1989, it was framed with the point of putting resources into Native understudies and innate school instruction to change lives and networks. The Anthony A. Welmas Scholarship is available to Native American / Alaska Native students who ar...

Application Deadline

Varies

Award Amount

$72,000

Awards Available

Varies

Website

Link

Email Address

admissions@macalester.edu

Contact Number

800-231-7974

Application Deadline

March 01, 2020

Award Amount

$500 - $1,000

Awards Available

Varies

Website

Link

Email Address

umscholar@gbhem.org

Contact Number

615-340-7344

About the Scholarship

Helen and Allen Brown Scholarship is governed and is sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. The GBHEM works as the United Methodist Church’s leadership development center where they nurture and resource lay and clergy leaders around the world. This program was started in connecting people with what...

Application Deadline

January 05, 2020

Award Amount

$1,000 - $4,000

Awards Available

Varies

Website

Link

Email Address

info@actfnd.org

Contact Number

847-706-3535

About the Scholarship

The students who belong to the Native North American, Black/ African American, Hispanic, and Pacific Islander communities are offered financial assistance through scholarship programs by the Actuarial Foundation. The Actuarial Diversity Scholarship programs are available to students who are pursuing a degree pro...

Application Deadline

February 15, 2020

Award Amount

Varies

Awards Available

Varies

Website

Link

Email Address

leeann@saginawfoundation.org

Contact Number

989-755-0545

About the Scholarship

Carrie B. Hines Endowment Scholarship is licensed by the Saginaw Community Foundation that was established in the year 1984 with a motive to improve the quality of life in Saginaw County by linking donor interests with the community’s most pressing needs and promising opportunities. To honor Carrie’s memory and her dedication to Ch...

Application Deadline

October 30, 2020

Award Amount

$4,000

Awards Available

12

Website

Link

Email Address

apsa@apsanet.org

Contact Number

202-483-2512

About the Scholarship

APSA Minority Fellowship Program is recognized and is sponsored by the American Political Science Association (APSA). The establishment was established in the year 1903, (APSA) is the main professional association for the investigation of political science and serves over 11,000 individuals in more than 100 nations. The Minority Fellows Program (MFP) is a partnership c...