If you are interested in attending college and are Native American, there are quite a few options available to assist you in paying your tuition.
Many people are not aware that the scholarships available to Native Americans who meet the criteria are abundant. Many of the scholarships do call for applicants to be no less than 1/4 Native American. What this means is that if you are not currently a member of a federally recognized tribe, you may be required to submit evidence to prove that you are a 1/4 Native American. The U.S. government recognizes 561 Native American Tribes.
If you are eligible, scholarships are frequently awarded by various states and Native American tribes, corporations, and organizations like the American Indian Science & Engineering Society.
It is thought that Native Americans encompass the smallest minority group when it comes to population. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau documented that in the year 2000, Native Americans were less than 1% of the populace in the U.S. Because the Native American percentage was so small, there were very few options available for students to obtain scholarships tailored to their Native American ethnicity for many years.
Native Americans decided to create their own universities and colleges to educate their members and their nations. Native Americans went one step further and established their own tribal scholarships that were offered through the tribal organization. Students in a tribe that is recognized by the U.S. are eligible to receive these scholarships.
Several scholarship programs are federally funded and offered to the students of tribes that are recognized by the government. Currently, there are over 550 tribes that the U.S. federal government recognizes as separate political civilizations. Only these tribe members are eligible to receive these federally funded scholarships.
Native Americans can also receive scholarships from institutions that concentrate their efforts on minorities and from professional organizations.
This scholarship awards $2,000 to $4,000 every year. This scholarship is awarded to several minority students.
Applicant selection will be based on:
Deadline for application submission is April 30th. For more information, write to:
Kriss Blank in the Leadership Affairs Department
The American Planning Association
122 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60605
Or call (312) 786-6722. Email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Website address: www.planning.org.
This scholarship awards $1,500 every year to Native Americans that are graduate and undergraduate students. The number of scholarships given each year varies. There is a ëgenericí scholarship/grant application that is used for all the scholarships available at the AAIA website. It is available at www.indian-affairs.org.
Eligibility requirements are listed below; however, there are specific guidelines that have to be met when applying for the Displaced Homemaker Scholarship.
$750 each semester is paid out to the recipientís college awaiting satisfactory progress. These funds can be used to help with the recipientís living expenses, childcare, educational costs and transportation. Spring payout requires documentation showing the grades the recipient received in the fall semester and the upcoming spring semester class schedule. Students can reapply for this scholarship every year.
The additional information necessary to receive this scholarship:
Usually, ëdisplaced homemakerí is referring to a man or woman who is slightly older (30+) who:
All items that are listed on the check sheet of the application must be submitted at the same time.
To print an application to apply, go to: www.indian-affairs.org.
This program awards $3,300 to $6,600 every year to Minnesota Native Americans. This program awards a different number of scholarships to undergraduate students each year.
Student eligibility is determined as follows:
The maximum timeframe for an undergraduate to receive financial aid is 150% of his published degree credits that are necessary to finish his program. For instance, if the degree program necessitates 120 degree credits, his is eligible to receive aid for a maximum of 180 attempted credits. The recipientís accumulative credit completion ratio will be calculated each semester to make sure that no less than 75% of the attempted credits have been earned to be eligible for aid.
The maximum time frame for a graduate student to receive financial aid is 150% of his published degree credits that are necessary to complete his program. For instance, if the studentís certificate or graduate program necessitates 30 credits, he is eligible to receive aid for as many as 45 attempted credits.
Every semester, the recipientís accumulative credit completion ratio will be determined to make sure that at least 67% of all his attempted credits were completed. The number of credits that were actually earned is compared to the number that was attempted to that date. This number includes courses that were enrolled in after the drop/add period.
This scholarship awards $200 to $400 every year to 150 to 250 undergraduate students that are Osage Tribal members.
This scholarship is obtainable by Osage Indians that are attending a university or college. The Osage Higher Education Committee decides eligibility.
To apply for the Osage Higher Education Grant, the Morris E. & Ethel Carlton Wheeler Scholarship or the Mary Tinker Scholarship Fund, write or call the Osage Nation Education Department.
Osage Nation Education Department
Attention Jennifer Holding
HC 66 Box 900
Hominy, Oklahoma 74035
To call: (800) 390-6724 or (918) 287-5300
All three of these scholarships are applied for on the same application. The online application is at www.osagetribe.com.
The deadlines for these applications are:
This scholarship is available to all Osage Indians that are attending a vocational-technical school, university or college. The amount of Osage Indian Blood a student has in his ancestry is irrelevant, as is his place of residence. To receive an application, call or write the OTEC.
c/o Oklahoma Area Education Office
200 Northwest 4th Street, Suite 4049
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102
To call: (405) 605-6051
This scholarship must be reapplied for each semester. Deadlines are:
This fund is administered by Tulsaís Catholic Diocese. All Osage Indians that are attending a university or college is able to apply. There is not an application available online; to receive more information or request an application, write or call the Mae Lasley/Osage Scholarship Fund.
Mae Lasley/Osage Scholarship Fund
Post Office Box 690240
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74169-0240
To Call: (918) 294-1904
The deadline for this scholarship is April 15; students must reapply every year.
This fund is accessible to single male Osage Indian students attending the University of Oklahoma. For more information, call or write The Minority Student Services Office.
Minority Student Services Office
Hester Hall 200
Norman, Oklahoma 73109-0230
To call: (405) 325-3163
To print out an application online, visit www.osagetribe.com.
CTDís scholarship program is available nationwide. Their scholarships are $500 to $5,000 every school year. Scholarships are given on merit and take into consideration the students that CTD selects will be the most likely to make the Indian people’s lives better.
CTD provides recipients with supplementary funding for those students who have already received some college funding elsewhere. The competition for these scholarships is extremely intense and only 55% of the applicants receive a scholarship.
This scholarship, also known as NALE, awards $500 to $5,000 every year to as many as 30 undergraduate Native American students. This scholarship is for paraprofessionals attending Indian Schools, planning to finish degrees in counseling, school administration or education.
Only seven percent of the teachers in the schools on the reservations are Indians. Because of this, there is a tremendous need for Indian teachers.
This scholarship is for Native American students in the management, business, finance, banking, economics, management in a hotel and other related fields and planning a vocation in tribal economic developments. This program awards $500 to $5,000 every year to up to 35 graduate and undergraduate students.
This is the oldest program offered by the Catching the Dream. The six fields of study that take precedence are engineering, math, computers, business, education and science. All of the medical fields are included in the Science category of this program. These six fields are the fields that have the fewest Indian graduates.
This scholarship was established in 2007 and was a restricted fund that was administered by CTD; it is believed that this is the first and only scholarship that was ever established particularly for American Indian veterans. This scholarship is unique because it brings hundreds of tribal cultures together and emphasizes their veteran status.
This scholarship is available to American Indians who:
To apply for this scholarship, visit www.catchingthedream.org.
Catching the Dream
8200 Mountain Road, Northeast Suite 203
Attention: Scholarship Affairs Office
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110
To call: (505) 262-2351, extension # 116
To Email: NScholarsh@aol.com, Subject: Scholarship Application Request
To find out more about the CTD scholarships and download an application, visit www.catchingthedream.org/Scholarship.htm.
The College Resource Program of the Cherokee Nation awards scholarships to particular Cherokee Nation Tribal members. The members who receive these scholarships are pursuing degrees at accredited Carnegie unit universities and colleges.
To apply to receive these funds, the new and continuing students are required to complete an application packet. They must then submit it to the College Resource Office on or before the deadline. All the application documents have to arrive together.
There are three outcomes desired by the Cherokee Nation College Resources Program:
These outcomes are kept in mind when choosing the recipients of the scholarship. In the future, scholarship applications could provide an indifference to students who have previously demonstrated accomplishments that are related to the outcomes that are desired.
This scholarship is intended to provide low-income Cherokee students with financial assistance. This gives them the opportunity to pursue a higher education. The Education Services Groups and the Cherokee Nation Human Services have joined to develop and then administer the Cherokee Promise Scholarships.
This scholarship provides students a $1,000 housing scholarship and a $2,000 educational scholarship each semester. Cherokee Promise Students reside in a designated hall that has large rooms and houses other students of Cherokee ancestry. Students will be given specialized classes and a multitude of Cherokee cultural activities.
To request more information or receive an application packet, contact:
Cherokee Nation Education Services & Human Services
Cherokee Promise Scholarship
P.O. Box 948
Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74465
To call: Jerri Callaway at (800) 456-0671 Extension # 5429 or (918) 453-5000 Extension # 5429
Or online: www.cherokee.org.
An application is available at www.cherokee.org.
For more information, please contact the Human Services office in your area. You will be able to obtain the specific application deadline dates for every year.
If you have any questions or are in need of assistance to complete the Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Cherokee Nation Scholarship Application, call the College Resources office at (800) 265-0761 Toll Free or (918) 453-5465, then select option (5) on the voice menu.
This foundation gives scholarships to individuals of color and women who are focusing their studies on art, advertising and media careers. This foundation is available nationally and assists diverse women in receiving higher education in the aforementioned fields.
This scholarship program is for individuals with Native American ancestry and other minority groups. This scholarship is available to full-time graduate and undergraduate students that are pursuing degrees that could lead to careers in the actuarial professions.
AAAA Foundations, Inc. website: www.aaaa.org
Applicants will receive a list of the winning applicants no later than August 15. For more information, email Scholarships@ActFnd.org or call (847) 706-3535.
This program awards freshman students up to $2,500, for sophomores up to $3,000 and for juniors and seniors $5,000 each year. The number of awards and the amount given is subject to the funds available.
To learn more, go to acs.org.
This scholarship is worth $500 to $40,000 to 150 students that are graduate or undergraduate students every year.
Students are encouraged to apply for the GMS award without delay because the application process is extremely competitive. To estimate eligibility, students can visit www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov and use the FAFSA tool.
Completed application should be mailed to:
Gates Millennium Scholars
Post Office Box 1434
Alexandria, Virginia 22313
To Call: (877) 690-4677 Toll Free
Applicants are required to fill out the FAFSA to be considered for this scholarship. To fill out an online application, visit www.fafsa.ed.gov.