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American Indian and Alaska Native

College Scholarships

For more information about and assistance applying for scholarships, contact your High School Counselor or Indian Education Coordinator Karlie Cooper.


Ford Motor Company/American Indian College Fund Corporate Scholars Program
Deadline: See website
Summary: Applicant must be a Native American, Alaskan or Hawaiian student seeking to earn college credentials in math, technology, business and science at tribal colleges and universities or other institutions of higher learning. A minimum cumulative GPA standard of 3.0 is required for program participation. Awards worth $10,000 each, based on financial need and academic performance.

The Bureau of Indian Education Higher Education Grant Program
Deadline: June 1
Summary: Applicants must be American Indian or Alaska native students seeking a bachelor's degree and be a current member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or American Indian descendant with at least one-fourth Indian blood. Graduate student scholarship available. Requires application. Scholarship amounts vary.

Adolph Van Pelt Foundation
Deadline: June 1
Summary: Offers grants of $500 to $1,500 to American Indian and Alaska native undergraduate students who have economic need and are seeking a degree in any discipline.

The Cobell Scholarship
Deadline: See website
Summary: Applicant must be an enrolled member of a U.S. federally recognized tribe, and a degree-seeking full-time student.

American Indian Graduate Center/AIGC Scholars Scholarships
Deadline: See website
Summary: Cobell, Wells Fargo and Accenture scholarships and STEM loan offered. Applicants must be enrolled members of an American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group. Requires application. Scholarship amounts vary.

The Gates Millennium Scholars
Deadline: See website
Summary: Funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the program removes financial barriers to education for high-performing, low-income students of certain ethnic backgrounds. Applicants must be citizens, legal permanent residents or nationals of the United States and have a cumulative GPA of 3.3, among other requirements.

American Indian Education Fund Undergraduate Scholarships
Deadline: See website (priority deadline March 1)
Summary: Either the applicant or the applicant’s parent must have documented membership as a Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian. Requires application, essay, transcript and documentation of membership. $2,000 scholarships awarded.

American Indian Services Grants and Scholarships
Deadline: See website
Summary: Provides grants and scholarships to full- or part-time students enrolled in a university, college, junior college or technical school. Applicants must have at least 1/4 Northern-Native American Indian blood and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25.

American Indian Scholarship Fund Association
Deadline: Contact association at American Indian Scholarship Fund Association, 1508 Crossroads of the World, Los Angeles, CA 90020.
Summary: Provides scholarships and loans to American Indian students.

National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Deadline: See website
Summary: Several scholarships, including the DAR American Indian Scholarship and Frances Crawford Marvin American Indian Scholarship.

Association on American Indian Affairs Scholarships
Deadline: See website
Summary: Several scholarships for undergraduate students from federally recognized tribes. One application ensures consideration for all scholarships.

Indian Health Service Scholarship
Deadline: See website or contact Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service at 605-226-7343.
Summary: The Indian Health Service (IHS) offers three scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students to educate and train health professionals to staff Indian health programs.

American Indian College Fund
Deadline: See website
Summary: Scholarships are awarded to American Indian or Alaska Native students attending tribal ornon-tribal colleges; generally based upon merit or demonstrated financial need.

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society Scholarships
Deadline: See website
Summary: Several scholarships up to $10,000 are offered to American Indian students.

Native American Scholarship Fund - Catching the Dream
Deadline: See website
Summary: Resources for and links to scholarships and grants for American Indians.

S.D./N.D. Tribal Programs

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe
Phone: 605-245-2221

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe
Phone: 605-473-5561

Rosebud Sioux Tribe
Phone:605-747-2375, 1-887-808-3283

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Phone: 701-854-8500

Yankton Sioux Tribe Higher Education Scholarships
Phone: 605-384-3997

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Phone: 605-964-7880/7882

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe Education Department
Phone: 605-997-3891

Sisseton/Wahpeton Oyate Tribe Higher Education Program
P.O. Box 689 Sisseton, S.D. 57262
Phone: 605-698-3966 ext. 704

Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe
Phone: 605-867-5338, 1-800-832-3651
Email: highered@gwtc.net

Three Affiliated Tribes
Phone: 701-627-4112