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Catching the Dream Scholarship

Offered by Catching the Dream

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Dec 14, 2022
Multiple awards worth up to


Grade level

College & Graduate Students

Application deadline:


Scholarship Overview

Are you a Native American student pursuing a bachelor’s degree? If so, consider applying for the Catching the Dream Scholarship! The scholarship is open to Native American students who are enrolled members of U.S. tribes and are seeking a B.A. or higher. Catching the Dream is a non-profit organization in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that offers Native American scholarships. Since 1986, they have specialized in improving the “quality of life in Native American communities through the higher education of Native American people.” Their mission is to support Native American students, encourage and assist Native American high schools in establishing college preparatory programs, establish information-sharing networks, and more. Thus, every year, they award $5,000 scholarships to help Native American students pay for their education. The deadlines for this scholarship are March 15th, April 30th, and September 30th of every year. If you are a Native American student looking for a scholarship opportunity, we encourage you to apply!

Eligibility information

The scholarship is open to Native American students who are at least a quarter American Indian, are enrolled in a U.S. tribe, and are attending college or university full-time. Applicants must also meet the below eligibility requirements.

Grade Level

College & Graduate Students


Native American

Application information

To apply for this scholarship, students must submit an online application, a financial needs analysis, a copy of their Federal Tax Return, a Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB), a color photograph of good quality, a copy of Standardized Test Scores (ACT/SAT/GRE/MCAT/LSAT, etc.), and the below application materials.

5-page essay

Academic transcript

Letter of Recommendation


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Scholarship FAQ

When will the winner of this scholarship be announced?

The Catching the Dream Scholarship winner will be announced: triannual.

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Catching the Dream at [email protected].

Is this scholarship renewable?

Yes, the Catching the Dream Scholarship is renewable.

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).
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