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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.

Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation Scholarship

U.S. undergraduate American Indian or Alaskan Natives who have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher and demonstrated financial need are eligible for this award. Students must be Colorado residents or members of the Southern Ute tribe or Ute Mountain Ute tribe.

Total: $2400 Awards:  27
Deadline:  May 31
2019

Hershey Company Tribal Scholarship - Non-Tribal College Students

This scholarship is open to U.S. undergraduate students of American Indian or Alaskan Native descent who have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and are majoring in math, technology, science, engineering and/or business. Priority is given to students who are studying in or residents of Illinois, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Total: $2500 Awards:  27
Deadline:  May 31
2019

Lannan Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. undergraduate students who are of American Indian or Alaskan Native descent and enrolled at a tribal college/university. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and demonstrated leadership and commitment to an American Indian community

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

Lilly Endowment, Inc.: Woksape Oyate: "Wisdom of the People" Keepers of the Next Generation Award

U.S. undergraduate American Indian or Alaskan Natives who are single parents are eligible for this award. Students must attend a tribal institution and have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher.

Total: $8000 Awards:  27
Deadline:  May 31
2019

Lilly Endowment, Inc: Woksape Oyate: "Wisdom of the People" Distinguished Scholar Award

This scholarship is open to U.S. college freshmen who are of American Indian or Alaskan Native descent and are enrolled in a tribal college/university. Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher, and must have been the valedictorian or salutatorian of their high school class.

Total: $8000 Awards:  27
Deadline:  May 31
2019

Morgan Stanley Tribal Scholars Program

This scholarship is available for U.S. undergraduate students who are American Indian or Alaskan Native with proof of enrollment or descendancy and have a declared major in business or a related field. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $2500 Awards:  27
Deadline:  May 31
2019

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