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Native Americans may be one of the least represented minorities in U.S. public schools, comprising less than one percent of students. The drop-out rate among American Indians and Alaskan natives is high and rising; many colleges and organizations, such as the American Indian College Fund, offer scholarships for college in hopes to help with the cost of tuition and inspire more Native American students to continue their education. Many of these Native American scholarships are based on a student’s heritage, family background, residency status, tribe affiliation, and many other characteristics. If you know that your grandparents or parents are a part of a specific American Indian tribe, there very well may be free college dollars available to you in the form of Native American scholarships.

Truman D. Picard Scholarship Program

Native American or Native Alaskan students who are high school seniors or current undergraduates are eligible for this award. Students must be pursuing higher education in the field of natural resources.

Total: $2500 Awards:  28
Deadline:  February 07

Minority & Women's Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics

This award is for U.S. minority and female graduate students who are pursuing an advanced degree in a sports-related field.

Total: $7500 Awards:  26
Deadline:  February 15

Cedarville University One Campus Scholarship

U.S. Christian high school seniors who come from diverse ethnic backgrounds are eligible for this award. Students will be considered upon full-time admission to Cedarville University in Ohio.

Total: $4000 Awards:  20
Deadline:  February 15

CTA Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund

This award is available for undergraduate minority students in California who plan to pursue a career in education.

Total: $6000 Awards:  27
Deadline:  February 16

Ardell Bjugstad Scholarship

This award is available to North and South Dakota high school seniors who are enrolled members of a federally recognized Indian tribe whose reservation is located in North or South Dakota. Students must major in agriculture, natural resources, or a related field.

Total: $500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  February 26

Grace College Grace Diversity Scholarship

This award is available to U.S. students who plan to attend Grace College & Theological Seminary as freshmen. The student must be a member of a minority group.

Total: $2000 Awards:  25
Deadline:  March 01

Ruth Peterson Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Diversity

This award is available for U.S. graduate students who are pursuing a doctorate in criminology. Applicants must be a member of an underrepresented minority population.

Total: $6000 Awards:  3
Deadline:  March 01

National Press Club Scholarship for Journalism Diversity

This award is available for international and U.S. minority high school seniors who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in journalism.

Total: $2500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  March 01

Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

This scholarship is available for U.S. and international high school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students who have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher (emphasis on math and actuarial courses); high school seniors must also have a minimum ACT math score of 28 or SAT math score of 600. Students must intend on pursuing a career in the actuarial profession, and must have at least one birth parent who is a member of an eligible minority group (black/African American, Hispanic, Native Nor...

Total: $4000 Awards:  29
Deadline:  March 01

ACS Scholars Program

U.S. high school senior and undergraduate minority students who have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and plan to enroll full time are eligible for this award. Students must be planning to pursue a career in the chemical sciences and majoring in an appropriate chemical science field.

Total: $5000 Awards:  165
Deadline:  March 01

SREB Doctoral Dissertation Scholarship for Tennessee Residents

This scholarship is available for minority students who are residents of Tennessee. Applicants must be working on a doctoral dissertation at one of the following institutions: Meharry Medical College, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technological University, Vanderbilt University, University of Memphis, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Total: $20000 Awards:  12
Deadline:  March 31

Judith McManus Price Scholarship

U.S. female undergraduate or graduate planning students intending to pursue careers as practicing planners in the public sector are eligible for this award. Students must be African-American, Hispanic-American, or Native American.

Total: $4000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  June 01