Native American Scholarships

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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.

NBC Universal Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students of American Indian or Native Alaskan descent who have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Students must be interested in a career in media, either in front of or behind the camera; major preferences are journalism, media, broadcasting, entertainment, film, and telecom.

Total: $5250 Awards:  27
Deadline:  May 31
2019

Nissan North America, Inc. Scholarship

This scholarship is available for current U.S. undergraduate students who are American Indian or Alaskan Native with proof of enrollment or descendancy. Students must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

Total: $3000 Awards:  27
Deadline:  May 31
2019

Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Foundation Achieving the Dream Scholarship

U.S. undergraduate American Indian or Alaskan Natives who have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher are eligible for this award. Students must either be single parents or enrolled in the first year of an associate's degree program, and must be enrolled at selected tribal colleges.

Total: $4000 Awards:  27
Deadline:  May 31
2019

Sovereign Nations Scholarship Fund - Graduate Students

This scholarship is open to U.S. graduate/professional students who are of American Indian or Alaskan Native descent. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $2000 Awards:  27
Deadline:  May 31
2019

Sovereign Nations Scholarship Fund - Undergraduate Students

This scholarship is open to U.S. undergraduate students who are of American Indian or Alaskan Native descent and have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher. Applicants who are attending a tribal college must be committed to working for a tribe or an Indian organization upon graduation.

Total: $2000 Awards:  27
Deadline:  May 31
2019

Traveler's Foundation Scholarship - Non-Tribal College Students

This scholarship is open to U.S. college sophomores, juniors, and seniors of American Indian or Alaskan Native descent who attend school or reside in CA, CO, CT, FL, IL, MN, or TX. Students must be majoring in business, accounting, computer science, computer technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or a related field; have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher; and have demonstrated financial need.

Total: $4000 Awards:  27
Deadline:  May 31
2019

Traveler's Foundation Scholarship - Tribal College Students

This scholarship is open to U.S. college sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are of American Indian or Alaskan Native descent, attend selected tribal institutions, and are residents of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Florida, Minnesota, or Texas. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and demonstrated financial need, and must major in business, accounting, computer science, computer technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or a related field.

Total: $4000 Awards:  27
Deadline:  May 31
2019

Tzo'-Nah Fund Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. undergraduate students who are of American Indian or Alaskan Native descent and have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher. Freshmen and sophomore applicants must attend Blackfeet Community College; junior and senior applicants must attend Salish Kootenai College.

Total: $2000 Awards:  27
Deadline:  May 31
2019

United Health Foundation Scholarship - Non-Tribal College Students

This scholarship is open to U.S. undergraduate students of American Indian or Alaskan Native descent who are enrolled at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, San Juan College-Farmington, the University of Arizona, the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque, or Western New Mexico University. Students must major in health or a health-related field, have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and have demonstrated financial need.

Total: $5000 Awards:  27
Deadline:  May 31
2019

United Health Foundation Scholarship - Tribal College Students

U.S. undergraduate American Indian or Alaskan Natives enrolled at Dine College, Tohono O'odham Community College, Navajo Technical College are eligible for this award. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and pursue a health-related career.

Total: $5000 Awards:  27
Deadline:  May 31
2019

Vine Deloria Jr. Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. graduate and professional students who are of American Indian or Alaskan Native descent. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and demonstrated financial need.

Total: $1000 Awards:  27
Deadline:  May 31
2019

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Tribal College Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. college freshmen who are of American Indian or Alaskan Native descent and are the first generation in their family to attend college. Students must be enrolled at a tribal college/university and have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher.

Total: $2750 Awards:  27
Deadline:  May 31
2019