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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.

UNF Minority Community College Transfer Scholarship

This scholarship is available for Florida students who are planning to transfer to the University of North Florida and are members of a minority group. Awarding is based on financial need and/or merit and other select criteria.

Total: $1600 Awards:  2
Deadline:  March 15
2020

AISES A. T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is open to American Indian/Alaska Native students who are pursuing degrees in mathematics, medical sciences, physical science, technology, science, engineering, or natural resources. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and must be a current AISES member (or join AISES before applying).

Total: $2000 Awards:  40
Deadline:  March 31
2020

NAJA Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is available for Native American high school seniors and college students who are pursuing a career in radio, television, or print journalism. Students must be members of NAJA to apply.

Total: $5000 Awards:  15
Deadline:  April 30
2020

CIRI Achievement Scholarship

Undergraduate or graduate Alaska Native original enrollees, or descendants of Alaska Native original enrollees, of CIRI (Cook Inlet Region, Inc.) are eligible for this award. Students must enroll full time and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $8000 Awards:  10
Deadline:  June 1
2020

CIRI Excellence Scholarship

Students who have been accepted into or are currently enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate degree program and have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher are eligible to apply. Applicants must be Alaska Native original enrollees, or descendants of an Alaska Native original enrollee, of CIRI (Cook Inlet Region, Inc.).

Total: $10000 Awards:  20
Deadline:  June 1
2020

CIRI Special Excellence Scholarship

Undergraduate or graduate Alaska Native original enrollees, or descendants of Alaska Native original enrollees, of CIRI (Cook Inlet Region, Inc.) are eligible for this award. Students must enroll full time and have a grade point average of 3.7 or higher.

Total: $20000 Awards:  10
Deadline:  June 1
2020

Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program

This award is available to Minnesota undergraduate and graduate students who are of one-quarter or more American Indian ancestry and are attending accredited institutions in Minnesota. The student must demonstrate financial need by being qualified for a Pell or state grant.

Total: $6000 Awards:  700
Deadline:  July 1
2020

Montana American Indian Tuition Waiver

This award is for Montana undergraduate students who are at least one-quarter American Indian blood or are enrolled members of a state- or federally-recognized tribe. Students must attend a Montana University System institution and demonstrate financial need.

Total: $3900 Awards:  832
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Dr. Gertrude Dunsworth Scholarship

The Dr. Gertrude Dunsworth Scholarship is available for first-time students at the Southern California University of Health Sciences. Applicants must be of Native America, African American or Latin American descent, and must have a grade point average of 2.7 or higher.

Total: $500 Awards:  5
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AISES Certified Federal Surveyors Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to U.S. students who are registered/licensed land surveyors in a least one state, territory, or the District of Columbia; or land surveyors in training, that have passed the NCEES Fundamentals of Surveying examination. Students must enrolled member of a federally-recognized Native American tribe, a member of an Alaskan Native Village, or a Native Hawaiian; or have an official Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood or Certificate of Degree of Alaska Native Blood card in...

Total: $1200 Awards:  5
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Bucknell University Campus Enrichment Scholarship

This award is available for U.S. students enrolling at Bucknell University. First generation college students, students from outside the university's traditional geographic area, and those who bring cultural and intellectual diversity to the campus will be considered.

Total: $6000 Awards:  50
Deadline:  January 15

University of Maine Flagship Match Scholarship

This scholarship is available for U.S. high school seniors who plan to attend the University of Maine at Orono as an out-of-state student. Eligible applicants must be in the top 40 percent of their class and have an SAT score of 1120 or higher.

Total: $16490 Awards:  100
Deadline:  February 01