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    Top 141 Native American Scholarships in June 2024

    Written by Will Geiger

    Will Geiger is the co-founder of Scholarships360 and has a decade of experience in college admissions and financial aid. He is a former Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Kenyon College where he personally reviewed 10,000 admissions applications and essays. Will also managed the Kenyon College merit scholarship program and served on the financial aid appeals committee. He has also worked as an Associate Director of College Counseling at a high school in New Haven, Connecticut. Will earned his master’s in education from the University of Pennsylvania and received his undergraduate degree in history from Wake Forest University.

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    Updated: June 3rd, 2024

    Native American, Alaskan, and Hawaiian students have been historically underrepresented at many colleges and universities in the United States. To help provide financial support for students who identify as Native American, many colleges and private organizations offer Native American scholarships.

    These scholarships include full ride scholarships, awards that support Native American women, and other scholarships that are for minority students in general. Keep on reading to learn more about the top Native American scholarships out there!

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    The Scholarships360 Research Team reviews all scholarships individually and strives to exclude any scholarship where any of the below applies:

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    $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    $2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
    Apply

    The Slater-Millner Scholars Fund

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by United Negro College Fund

    Multiple awards worth up to $2,500
    Deadline Jun 24, 2024
    Grade Level College Freshman

    Offered by United Negro College Fund

    Are you a Black, Native American, or Native Hawaiian rising college sophomore (current college freshman) on an academic track to study Allopathic or Osteopathic Medicine,…Show More

    Are you a Black, Native American, or Native Hawaiian rising college sophomore (current college freshman) on an academic track to study Allopathic or Osteopathic Medicine,…Show More

    Are you a Black, Native American, or Native Hawaiian rising college sophomore (current college freshman) on an academic track to study Allopathic or Osteopathic Medicine, with a demonstrated interest in becoming a doctor? If so, the Slater-Millner Scholars Fund may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards up to $2,500 to Black, Native American, and Native Hawaiian college freshmen wanting to study Allopathic or Osteopathic Medicine. Recipients will receive a scholarship of up to $2,500 in their sophomore year, renewable for up to $5,000 in their junior year and up to $7,500 in their senior year, and will participate in a professional mentoring program. Priority consideration will be given to applicants who reside in, or are permanent residents of, the state of Massachusetts, but it is not required to apply. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $2,500
    Deadline Jun 24, 2024
    Grade Level College Freshman
    Get Started

    $40,000 Build a College List Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application
    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior
    Apply

    Brown Girls Do, Inc. College Scholarship

    Offered by Brown Girls Do Ballet

    Multiple awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Brown Girls Do Ballet

    The Brown Girls Do, Inc. College Scholarship is funded by Brown Girls Do Ballet, an organization dedicated to helping increase the participation of underrepresented populations…Show More

    The Brown Girls Do, Inc. College Scholarship is funded by Brown Girls Do Ballet, an organization dedicated to helping increase the participation of underrepresented populations…Show More

    The Brown Girls Do, Inc. College Scholarship is funded by Brown Girls Do Ballet, an organization dedicated to helping increase the participation of underrepresented populations in ballet programs. This awareness is brought through organizing and arranging ballet performances, photo exhibitions, and providing resources and scholarships to assist young girls in their ballet development and training. Each year, the Brown Girls Do, Inc. College Scholarship awards $2,000 to multiple, full-time, female undergraduate students of color with a strong dance background. Priority will be given to first-generation students in college who demonstrate financial need, however, we invite all who qualify to apply. If this scholarship sounds like a fit for you, keep on reading for more details.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    Ascent’s $10,000 Summer Scholarship Giveaway

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Ascent Funding

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Sep 2, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Freshmen

    Offered by Ascent Funding

    Easy Application

    As you soak up the summer vibes and look ahead to the next school year, it's never too early to start thinking about your internship…Show More

    As you soak up the summer vibes and look ahead to the next school year, it's never too early to start thinking about your internship…Show More

    As you soak up the summer vibes and look ahead to the next school year, it's never too early to start thinking about your internship or job! Whether you're figuring out what interests you, checking out career resources, or picking up skills for your dream job, we want to know: Do you have what you need to enter the next phase of life, post-graduation? Ascent is committed to your long-term success and is giving away $10,000 to one lucky winner for sharing your feedback and ideas on what you need to build the skills and confidence to thrive in the workplace. To apply, complete these three easy steps below: Step 1: Visit the “Summer of Success Scholarship” to complete a quick survey and contact form. Step 2: Follow @ascentfunding on Instagram and like the post. Step 3: Tag 3 friends below that would benefit from this scholarship! Be sure to end your comment with #AscentSponsored. Disclaimer: Deadline to apply for Ascent’s $10,000 scholarship prize (1) is September 2nd at 8:59AM PT. To apply and see official rules, visit the “Summer of Success Scholarship” link here: AscentFunding.com/Scholarships.Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Sep 2, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Freshmen
    Apply

    Wisconsin Indian Student Assistance Grant

    Offered by Marquette University

    Multiple awards worth $250 - $1,100
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Marquette University

    Are you a Wisconsin resident and current post-secondary student at Marquette University who is an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe and/or certified as…Show More

    Are you a Wisconsin resident and current post-secondary student at Marquette University who is an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe and/or certified as…Show More

    Are you a Wisconsin resident and current post-secondary student at Marquette University who is an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe and/or certified as having one-fourth Native-American ancestry? If so, you may be eligible for the Wisconsin Indian Student Assistance Grant! Each year, the grant awards between $250 and $1,100 to multiple Native American post-secondary students from Wisconsin who are enrolled at least half-time. To be considered, applicants must also demonstrate financial need and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). If you're an eligible Marquette University student with Native American heritage, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $250 - $1,100
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    Minority Undergraduate Retention Grant

    Offered by Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board

    Multiple awards worth $250 - $2,500
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level College Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors

    Offered by Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board

    Are you a Wisconsin resident and minority undergraduate student who is currently attending a Wisconsin Technical College, Independent College or University, or Tribal College? If…Show More

    Are you a Wisconsin resident and minority undergraduate student who is currently attending a Wisconsin Technical College, Independent College or University, or Tribal College? If…Show More

    Are you a Wisconsin resident and minority undergraduate student who is currently attending a Wisconsin Technical College, Independent College or University, or Tribal College? If so, you may be eligible for the Minority Undergraduate Retention Grant! Each year, the grant awards between $250 and $2,500 to multiple eligible students who submit their FAFSA and are nominated by the Financial Aid Office. For the purposes of the grant, a minority student is defined as a student who is either an African American; American Indian; Hispanic; or Southeast Asian from Laos, Cambodia, or Vietnam admitted to the U. S. after December 31, 1975. Applicants must also have completed at least their first year of college to be eligible. If you fit these criteria and are attending a Wisconsin Technical College, Independent College or University, or Tribal College, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $250 - $2,500
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level College Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
    Get Started

    $10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Apply

    Minnesota Indian Scholarship

    Offered by Minnesota Office of Higher Education

    Multiple awards worth up to $6,000
    Deadline Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Minnesota Office of Higher Education

    Are you a Minnesota resident of American Indian ancestry or enrolled in a federally-recognized American Indian tribe or Canadian First Nation? Further, are you an…Show More

    Are you a Minnesota resident of American Indian ancestry or enrolled in a federally-recognized American Indian tribe or Canadian First Nation? Further, are you an…Show More

    Are you a Minnesota resident of American Indian ancestry or enrolled in a federally-recognized American Indian tribe or Canadian First Nation? Further, are you an undergraduate enrolled at least ¾ time, or a graduate student enrolled at least 1/2 time, in a postsecondary institution in Minnesota? If so, consider applying for the Minnesota Indian Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards up to $4,000 per year to undergraduates and up to $6,000 per year for graduate students demonstrating financial need. Students may receive up to 10 annual awards (5 awards at the undergraduate level + 5 at the graduate level). If you’re a Minnesota resident of indigenous American or Canadian ancestry and are attending a postsecondary institution in Minnesota, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $6,000
    Deadline Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    BLM² Scholarship

    Offered by The BLM² Scholarship Foundation

    6 awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jul 3, 2024
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by The BLM² Scholarship Foundation

    The BLM² Scholarship is open to college-bound high school seniors who plan on enrolling full-time in a postsecondary institution in the upcoming Fall. As the…Show More

    The BLM² Scholarship is open to college-bound high school seniors who plan on enrolling full-time in a postsecondary institution in the upcoming Fall. As the…Show More

    The BLM² Scholarship is open to college-bound high school seniors who plan on enrolling full-time in a postsecondary institution in the upcoming Fall. As the BLM² Scholarship Foundation prides itself on providing minorities with scholarships to help reduce the financial burden of paying for college, minority students are especially encouraged to apply. If you're a college-bound minority excited to pursue your postsecondary education, keep on reading to learn more! Apply now and take a step towards your future.Show Less

    6 awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jul 3, 2024
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Get Started

    Niche $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Jim Bourque Scholarship

    Offered by Arctic Institute of North America

    1 award worth $1,000
    Deadline Jul 8, 2024
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Arctic Institute of North America

    The Jim Bourque Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for Canadian Aboriginal students pursuing postsecondary education in education, environmental studies, traditional knowledge or telecommunications. With a…Show More

    The Jim Bourque Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for Canadian Aboriginal students pursuing postsecondary education in education, environmental studies, traditional knowledge or telecommunications. With a…Show More

    The Jim Bourque Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for Canadian Aboriginal students pursuing postsecondary education in education, environmental studies, traditional knowledge or telecommunications. With a one-time award of CAN $1,000, this scholarship is designed to help students achieve their academic goals. To apply, students must submit a 500-word essay outlining their intended program of study and reasons for their choice, along with their most recent transcript, a signed letter of recommendation from a community leader, a statement of financial need, and proof of enrollment or application to a postsecondary institution. Applicants must also provide proof of Canadian Aboriginal descent. The scholarship committee evaluates applicants based on need, relevance of study, achievements, return of investment, and overall presentation of the application. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to further your education and achieve your dreams!Show Less

    1 award worth $1,000
    Deadline Jul 8, 2024
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    NDUS Native American Scholarship

    Offered by North Dakota University System

    Multiple awards worth up to $2,000
    Deadline Jul 15, 2024
    Grade Level College Freshman, College Junior & College Senior

    Offered by North Dakota University System

    The NDUS Native American Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for North Dakota residents who are enrolled members of federally recognized Indian tribes and have been…Show More

    The NDUS Native American Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for North Dakota residents who are enrolled members of federally recognized Indian tribes and have been…Show More

    The NDUS Native American Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for North Dakota residents who are enrolled members of federally recognized Indian tribes and have been accepted full-time to a North Dakota institution of higher learning or state vocational education program. The application process is simple and can be completed online or by paper. Don't miss out on this chance to further your education! The deadline falls on July 15th of every year.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $2,000
    Deadline Jul 15, 2024
    Grade Level College Freshman, College Junior & College Senior
    Get Started

    $25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Little Miami Brewing Native American Scholarship Award

    Offered by Bold.org

    1 award worth $2,500
    Deadline Jul 28, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

    Offered by Bold.org

    Each year, the Little Miami Brewing Native American Scholarship Award seeks to pay tribute to Native American history by providing assistance to the upcoming generation…Show More

    Each year, the Little Miami Brewing Native American Scholarship Award seeks to pay tribute to Native American history by providing assistance to the upcoming generation…Show More

    Each year, the Little Miami Brewing Native American Scholarship Award seeks to pay tribute to Native American history by providing assistance to the upcoming generation of Native students, enabling them to pursue their aspirations in higher education. The scholarship is funded by The Little Miami Brewing Company, who knows that preserving Native American history while uplifting future generations is of utmost importance. Throughout history, the Native American community has faced oppression and neglect, resulting in limited financial resources and a lack of collegiate guidance for individuals of Native American descent. Consequently, Native American students often encounter immense challenges in finding the necessary financial and social support to thrive in college. This scholarship gives The Little Miami Brewing Company a chance to give back and support the Native American collegiate community. It is open to all Native American, college-bound, high school seniors in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. To apply, share your personal journey as a Native American and how your heritage has profoundly influenced your life.Show Less

    1 award worth $2,500
    Deadline Jul 28, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
    Get Started

    FOZA Scholarship for Awareness of Maternal Suicide

    Offered by Friends of Zayne Adams (FOZA) Inc.

    Multiple awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Nov 1, 2024
    Grade Level HS Seniors, College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by Friends of Zayne Adams (FOZA) Inc.

    Are you a Black, Latine, or Indigenous American high school senior or undergraduate student (excluding seniors) who has lost a parent due to maternal suicide…Show More

    Are you a Black, Latine, or Indigenous American high school senior or undergraduate student (excluding seniors) who has lost a parent due to maternal suicide…Show More

    Are you a Black, Latine, or Indigenous American high school senior or undergraduate student (excluding seniors) who has lost a parent due to maternal suicide as a result of postpartum depression? If so, we are sorry for your loss, and recommend that you check out the FOZA Scholarship for Awareness of Maternal Suicide if you are looking for ways to fund your post-secondary education. Each year, the scholarship awards $1,000 to multiple current and incoming post-secondary students who have lost a parent due to postpartum depression-related maternal suicide. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply. Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Nov 1, 2024
    Grade Level HS Seniors, College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Get Started

    $1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application
    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors, College Underclassmen

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors, College Underclassmen
    Apply

    Kennedy George and Ava Holloway Dance for Change Scholarship

    Offered by Brown Girls Do Ballet

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level High School Freshman & High School Sophomore

    Offered by Brown Girls Do Ballet

    Are you a female dancer of color between 6 and 16 years old who has enrolled in a year-long dance program? If so, the Kennedy…Show More

    Are you a female dancer of color between 6 and 16 years old who has enrolled in a year-long dance program? If so, the Kennedy…Show More

    Are you a female dancer of color between 6 and 16 years old who has enrolled in a year-long dance program? If so, the Kennedy George and Ava Holloway Dance for Change Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship is awarded to young dance enthusiasts who are making a positive impact in their schools or communities, and who may need financial assistance to continue dancing. If you're a young, female dancer of color who has enrolled in a year-long dance program, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level High School Freshman & High School Sophomore
    Get Started

    Montana University System American Indian Undergraduate Tuition Waiver

    Offered by Montana University System

    Multiple awards worth Undergraduate tuition waiver
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Montana University System

    Are you a Montana resident and undergraduate student who (1) is of at least one-fourth (1/4) degree Native American blood or (2) is an enrolled…Show More

    Are you a Montana resident and undergraduate student who (1) is of at least one-fourth (1/4) degree Native American blood or (2) is an enrolled…Show More

    Are you a Montana resident and undergraduate student who (1) is of at least one-fourth (1/4) degree Native American blood or (2) is an enrolled member of a state or federally-recognized Native American tribe in the state of Montana? If so, you may be eligible for the Montana University System American Indian Undergraduate Tuition Waiver! Each year, multiple eligible recipients who are of Native American descent or members of a tribe within Montana are selected to receive tuition waivers. Recipients may continue to receive these waivers if they "make reasonable academic progress." If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Undergraduate tuition waiver
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level College Students
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    How to win Native American scholarships 

    Now that you’ve found all the scholarships you want to apply for, you must complete the next step of actually applying and winning those scholarships! 

    Take some time to check out other articles we offer about writing winning scholarship essays. We can also help you write a scholarship resume and learn more about how to write an essay about yourself, as well as what some of the most common scholarship essay prompts are! 

    The work that you put into your scholarship applications will be noticeable. So, take your time thoroughly completing your application! And when you need more scholarships, we’ve got the guide on how to find them and win them

    Financial aid tips for Native American students

    Complete the FAFSA

    The FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid is an essential financial aid application that all Native American students should complete. The FAFSA is important because it allows you to access need-based financial aid including Pell Grants, work study, and federal student loans.

    Submit the CSS Profile (if required)

    Some colleges and universities may also require an additional financial aid application: the CSS Profile. Check with any of the colleges or universities on your list to see if they require this application. Also, the deadline for the CSS Profile will vary by school and the type of application you submit (Early Decision, Regular Decision, etc).

    Apply for college merit scholarships

    Don’t forget to apply for college-specific merit scholarship opportunities! These scholarships are typically renewable for four years of college, so they are especially valuable for students.

    Frequently asked questions

    How much does the American Indian College Fund give?

    The American Indian College Fund gives a wide variety of scholarships, each with different values, ranging up to a full ride for four years. Overall, they awarded over 143,000 scholarships as of 2021, and distributed over 237.1 million dollars into Native communities. Many of their scholarships are in partnership with other organizations, and as such, the values of their opportunities can vary widely. However, it is an invaluable resource that allows you to plug into many different opportunities with one application. Don’t miss out on this one!

    Are there scholarships for Native students in STEM?

    Yes! One great one is the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. They focus on providing students with the opportunity to engage in engineering work to benefit their communities. The American Indian College Fund has a whole list of other scholarship opportunities for Native students with different interests. It’s a great place to start looking for scholarships for Native students in STEM. You can also check our list of Top STEM scholarships.

    Are there scholarships for Native women?

    Yes! The Goldman Sachs MBA Program is a great one to start. Generally, most scholarships for Native students are open to all genders and sexes. So, as a Native woman, it can be a good idea to apply both to scholarships for Native students and to scholarships for women. This allows you to find opportunities for every part of your demographic. To find more scholarships that are custom-matched to your demographics and interests, you can try our free scholarship search tool. After collecting some information about you, it will auto-update vetted scholarship opportunities tailored just to your skillsets and interests.

    How to find scholarships for Native students?

    We may be biased, but we think that our list is a great place to start! Another great way to find scholarships for Native students is through local organizations. If you live in a community with many Native people, there are probably scholarship resources available. These are great opportunities because, since they are local, they have less applicants, and therefore a higher chance of success for each applicant.You can also reach out to the schools that you apply to. They might have special scholarships for students in a minority population, or they can steer you in the direction of an organization that does. Either the financial aid or admissions office might be able to help you with this. Be sure also to check out our article on how to find scholarships!

    What are Tribal Colleges and who can go to them?

    Tribal colleges are colleges throughout the United States which are owned and operated by federally recognized Indian tribes. They are typically on or near reservations. As of 2018, there were 32 accredited Tribal Colleges in the country.These colleges provide an education tailored to Native students living on reservations. They are a relatively new phenomenon; most have opened in the past 50 years. And despite the fact that they are designed for Native students, technically anyone can attend a Tribal College.

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