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Top 60 Native American Scholarships in December 2022
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 available in 2022!
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- Top Native American scholarships
- Financial aid tips for Native American students
- Frequently asked questions about scholarships for Native American students
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Top 60 Native American Scholarships in December 2022
The Scholarships360 Research Team reviews all scholarships individually and strives to exclude any scholarship where any of the below applies:
- The scholarship requires a fee to apply
- The scholarship requires paid membership in an organization (with certain exceptions for reputable trade organizations and others)
- Student are required to sign up for a site or service to apply*
- The scholarship seems primarily used for lead generation** or idea harvesting purposes***
- The scholarship website has many grammatical errors and/or advertisements
- The scholarship or scholarship providing organization seem untrustworthy
- There is no evidence the scholarship was previously awarded
- The scholarship has not been awarded in the past 12 months
- There is no available contact information
If you believe a scholarship has been published in error, please reach out to [email protected] and we’ll take a look!
* There are certain exceptions to this, for example if the sponsoring organization is a major corporation or nonprofit with its own scholarship application system.
** Lead generation scholarships will require students to sign up for an app or website and require minimal (if any) application requirements.
***Idea harvesting scholarships will require students to submit blog posts or other materials that companies may use for marketing purposes.
$10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship
Easy scholarship open to all US-based high school, college, community college and graduate students.
$2,000 Nitro College Scholarship – No Essay
Easy scholarship open to all high school, college, community and graduate students.
Niche $50,000 “No Essay” College Scholarship
Open to high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.
Goldman Sachs MBA Fellowship
Offered by Goldman Sachs
Open to historically underrepresented first year MBA students who are also pursuing a Summer Associate position with Goldman Sachs.
Pride Foundation Scholarship
Offered by Pride Foundation
Open to people of color, LGBTQ+, disabled, or otherwise underrepresented students who are pursuing post-secondary education.
Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)
Offered by American Sociological Association
Open to sociologists of color in a PhD-granting sociology program.
APF Queen-Nellie Evans Scholarship
Offered by American Psychological Foundation
Open to minority graduate students who have financial need and demonstrate a dedication to improving social disparities.
The Wes Vernon Broadcast Scholarship
Offered by The National Press Club Journalism Institute
Open to current and incoming college students who plan to pursue a career in broadcast journalism at any accredited university.
The Scholarship for Journalism Diversity Honoring Julie Schoo
Offered by The National Press Club Journalism Institute
Open to diverse high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in Journalism at any accredited college or university in the US.
TLF Undergraduate Scholarships
Offered by The LAGRANT Foundation
Open to minority college students who are studying advertising, marketing, public relations, or related fields.
$10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship
Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school students.
American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholars Program
Offered by American Chemical Society
Open to college students from historically underrepresented groups in the chemical sciences who intend to pursue chemistry-related careers.
American Indian Endowed Scholarship
Offered by Washington Student Achievement Council
Open to upper division undergraduate and graduate students studying in WA who have cultural ties to a WA State American Indian community.
Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minorities
Offered by The United Methodist Church
Open to United Methodist ethnic minority students interested in a journalism or communications undergraduate program.
AAAE Scholarship for Native Americans
Offered by University Aviation Association
Open to Native American college upperclassmen and graduate students who are enrolled full-time in aviation/airport management programs.
Minnesota Indian Scholarship
Offered by Minnesota Office of Higher Education
Open to Native American university students from Minnesota who apply for existing state and federal scholarship and grant programs.
Flatiron School Access Scholarship
Offered by Flatiron School
Flatiron School students from underrepresented communities who are in need of financial assistance to afford their educational costs.
Chickasaw Nation General Scholarship
Offered by The Chickasaw Nation
Open to Chickasaw students who take three or more credit hours per term and have a 3.0 or higher GPA.
$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship
Easy scholarship open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.
Niche $2,000 “No Essay” College Scholarship
Easy scholarship from Niche open to all high school, college, and graduate students.
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.
Also see: 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.
Related: 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.