Scholarships and Fellowships

Native American Scholarship (for students entering/or in college)

In addition to other scholarships, these scholarships are available specifically for Native American students. Students should be encouraged to apply to ALL sources of financial aid for which they are eligible. Other scholarships may be available once students are enrolled in a college; students should contact their college's financial aid counselor.

AAAA Foundations Inc.

The AAAA Foundation awards scholarships to women and people of color for educational learning focused on media, art, and advertising careers. The scholarship foundation has a national focus based on assisting diverse women obtain higher education in related fields.

Mailing Address

405 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10174-1801

Website

AAAA Foundations, Inc.

American Chemistry Society Scholars Program

Contact

Robert J. Hughes, Manager

1155 16th St., NW
Washington, DC 20036
800-227- 5558, ext. 6250
Fax: 202-872-4361

Eligibility

Be African-American, Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian; be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident; be a full-time student at a high school or accredited college, university, or community college; be a graduating high school senior, college freshman, sophomore or junior intending to major (or already majoring) in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering or a chemically related science OR intending to pursue (or already pursuing) a degree in chemical technology; be planning a career in the chemical sciences; demonstrate high academic achievement in chemistry or science; demonstrate financial need according to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA) and the Student Aid Report (SAR) form.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
GPA: 3.0 or higher.

American Chemistry Society

Awards:

$2,500 for freshmen, $3,000 for sophomores, and $5,000 for juniors and seniors per year.

Number and amount of awards subject to available funding.

American Indian College Fund

Tribal College Special Scholarships

Eligibility

  • Enrolled tribal member or descendant (any degree as long as you can show lineage through birth certificates and enrolled member's tribal ID number).
  • Must be enrolled full time in an eligible tribal college.
  • Other criteria based on specific scholarships

You are required to complete only one application to apply for all scholarships you are interested in.

Tribal Scholarship Program
8333 Greenwood Blvd.
Denver, CO 80221
800-776-3863

Must get username and ID to download forms. Applications are available online in late January.

Website

American Indian College Fund

American Indian Education Foundation Scholarship Program

Eligibility

Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships

  • Native American or Alaskan native descent (must provide documentation of enrollment of student OR parent)
  • Accepted as a full-time student in a two- or four-year college.
  • 2.0 GPA or higher
  • ACT of 14 or higher preferred

Award

Up to $2,000 for freshman scholarship.

Mailing Address

American Indian Education Foundation
2230 Eglin St.
Rapid City, SD 57703
866-866-8642

Website

American Indian Education Foundation

American Physical Society Minority Scholarship

Eligibility

Any African-American, Hispanic American, or Native American U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is majoring or planning to major in physics and is a high school senior, college freshmen, or college sophomore is eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Award

$2,000

Contact

One Physics Elipse
College Park, MD 20740-3844
301-209-3232
Fax: 209-0865

Website

American Physical Society

Association on American Indian Affairs

Eligibility

  • Member of state-recognized tribe seeking federal recognition.
  • Merit and need based.
  • Will enroll as a full time student in a two-year community college or four-year college (NOT technical, trade or seminary)

Award

$1,500/must reapply annually

Mailing Address

Scholarship Programs Association on American Indian Affairs
966 Hungerford Drive, Suite 12B
Rockville, MD 20850

Website

Association on American Indian Affairs


*One application should be submitted for all of the following

  • Elizabeth and Sherman Asche Memorial Scholarship (health and science areas)
  • Adolph Van Pelt Scholarship
  • Emilie Hesemeyer Memorial Scholarship (preference give to education majors).
  • Florence Young Memorial Fellowship

Eligibility

  • Enrolled in a federally recognized tribe with one-quarter or more blood quantum.
  • Merit and need based.
  • Will enroll full time in a two-year or four-year college (NOT a technical, trade or seminary school)

Award

$1,500/must reapply annually.

Mailing Address

Scholarship Programs Association on American Indian Affairs
966 Hungerford Drive, Suite 12B
Rockville, MD 20850

Website

Association on American Indian Affairs

Catching the Dream

MESBEC Program — Tribal Business Program
Tribal Business Program

Eligibility

  • One-quarter or more American Indian and enrolled in a federally recognized tribe.
  • Excellent GPA.
  • High ACT or SAT score
  • Work experience
  • Leadership experience
  • Must enroll as a full-time student intending to complete a B.A. degree or higher.
  • Field of study in math, engineering, science, business, education, and computers OR field of study in business, finance, management, economics, banking, hotel management, or related area and plan to work in economic development for tribes (Tribal Business Program).
  • Career goal must be related to the betterment of a tribal community and work toward goal already begun.
  • Students required to apply to multiple scholarships to be considered.

Award

$500-$5,000

Mailing Address

Catching the Dream
8200 Mountain Road NE, Suite 203
Albuquerque, NM 87110

Website

Catching the Dream

Center for Student Opportunity Scholarship

Eligibility

Opportunity scholars are exemplary ninth through twelfth grade students generally characterized by the following:

  • First-generation college-bound (students whose parents did not go to or graduate from college), and/or
  • Limited financial resources (students who seek financial aid and scholarship support for college), and/or
  • Underrepresented/minority students who identify as African-American/Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Hispanic/Latino/a,Asian/Indian Subcontinent/Pacific Islander, and/or rural.
  • Students taking a college preparatory curriculum at their high school.
  • Students demonstrate high engagement in extracurricular and leadership programs. Opportunity scholars are not defined by minimum academic qualifications, as CSO college partners reflect a spectrum of selectivity to accommodate a diverse pool of student achievement and needs.

A complete list of CSO partner colleges can be viewed on their website. Focus on first-generation.

Website

Center for Student Opportunity

Daughters of the American Revolution's American Indian Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Enrolled in a federally recognized tribe.
  • Financial need.
  • 2.75 GPA or higher.

Award

$1,000 one-time award.

Mailing Address

Request application and send self-addressed stamped envelope to:

National Society of Daughters of the Revolution
1776 D St. NW
Washington, DC 20006

Website

Daughters of the American Revolution

Ellen Masin Persina Scholarship

Eligibility

Open to minority high school seniors who have been accepted to college and plan to pursue a career in journalism. Applicants must demonstrate an ongoing interest in journalism through work in high school and/or other media, submit one-page essays on why they want to pursue a career in journalism, and have at least a 2.75 GPA in high school.

Award

$5,000

Contact

Jo-ann Booze

Mailing Address

National Press Club
Attn: General Manager Office
529 14th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20045

Phone

202-662-7500

Website

The National Press Club

Gates Millennium Undergraduate Scholars Program

Eligibility

Applicants must be a low-income minority student either graduating from high school or a college's student continuing college courses. Applicant must have at least a 3.3 GPA and demonstrate community involvement. Although there are no restrictions on major, nominators are asked to consider academic performance in math and sciences.

Award

Program covers the cost of tuition, fees, books, and living expenses not paid for by grants and scholarships already committed as part of the recipient’s financial aid package.

Mailing Address

Gates Millennium Scholars
P.O. Box 10500
Fairfax, VA 22031-8044

Phone

877-690-4677

Website

Gates Millenium Scholars

Indian Health Services Health Professionals Programs

Eligibility

  • Enrolled in a federally recognized tribe
  • Preparatory scholarship can be first- or second-degree descendant of a tribal member (see application)
  • 2.0 GPA or higher.
  • Pursuing a degree in a health-related profession OR a junior or senior in college planning to get a masters in social work or physical therapy.
  • Service obligation upon completion

Award

Tuition and monthly stipend

Mailing Address

522 Minnesota Ave. Room 209
Bemidji, MN 56601

Website

Indian Health Service

International Order of the King's Daughters and Sons

Eligibility

  • Two letters of recommendation along with the application
  • Tribally enrolled
  • Official transcripts of all grades

Mailing Address

North American Indian Department
P.O. Box 1040
Chautaugua, NY 14722-1040

Website

International Order of the King's Daughters and Sons

National Society of Professional Engineers Education Foundation

Eligibility

Maureen and Howard Blitman Scholarship to Promote Diversity in Engineering

  • Enrolled in a federally recognized tribe (or Hispanic or African-American).
  • Accepted into an ABET (accredited board of engineering and technology) program at a four-year college.
  • GPA and ACT scores will be considered in selection.

Award

$5,000

Mailing Address

NSPE Education Foundation Blitman, P.E.
Scholarship to Promote Diversity in Engineering
1420 King Street
Alexandria, VA

Website

National Society of Professional Engineers Education Foundation

Native American Finance Officers Association

Eligibility

  • College freshman (or above) should apply in the fall.
  • Enrolled member of a state OR federally recognized tribe
  • Declared major in business.

Award

Amount varies.

Mailing Address

Native American Finance Officers Association
P.O. Box 50637
Phoenix, AZ 85076-0637

Phone

602-540-0736

Website

Native American Finance Officers Association

Native American Journalist Association (NAJA)

Eligibility

  • Enrolled in a federally recognized tribe.
  • Intend to pursue career in journalism (radio, television or newspaper).
  • Member of NAJA (membership dues=$10 for high school students/$20 for college students).

Award

$500-$5,000/year

Mailing Address

NAJA Scholarships
c/o OU Gaylord School of Journalism
395 W. Lindsey St.
Norman, OK 73019

Phone

405-325-9008

Website

Native American Journalist Association (NAJA)

National Institute of Health (NIH)

Eligibility

Undergraduate Scholarship Program

  • Any student from an economically disadvantaged family (see application for income criteria).
  • Accepted as a full-time student into a four-year accredited college.
  • Show a commitment to pursuing a career in biomedical, behavioral, or social science health-related research at the NIH.
  • 3.5 GPA or top 5% of class.

*Students must participate in a 10-week summer laboratory program and work for NIH upon degree completion for each year that they received scholarships.

Award

Up to $20,000 based on need/renewable for up to four years.

Mailing Address

NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program
2 Center Drive, Room 2E24 (MSC 0230)
Bethesda, MD 20892

Website

National Institute of Health (NIH)

Society for American Archaeology

Eligibility

NSF Scholarship for Archaeological Training for Native Americans and Native Hawaiians

  • Proof of enrollment OR lineage in U.S. or Canadian tribe or Native Hawaiian.
  • Major in archaeological field.

Award

Up to $4,000

Mailing Address

Society for American Archaeology
900 Second St. NE, #12
Washington DC, 20002-3560

Website

Society for American Archaeology