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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.

Mary Free Bed Minority Scholarship Program

This scholarship is available for minority students who reside in and around Grand Rapids, Michigan. Applicants must be currently enrolled in one of the specified nursing specialities and must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $1000 Awards:  5
Deadline:  April 01

Rosewood Family Scholarship Program

This award is available for U.S. undergraduate students who are considered a minority and planning to attend an eligible college or university in Florida. Priority will be given to direct descendants of African-American Rosewood families affected by the events of January 1923.

Total: $6100 Awards:  6
Deadline:  April 01

American Indian Education Foundation Graduate Scholarship

This award is for U.S. students who are pursuing a master's or doctoral degree. The student must be of Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian descent.

Total: $2000 Awards:  37
Deadline:  April 04

American Indian Education Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

This award is for U.S. students who are attending or planning to attend an accredited college/university or technical/vocational school as a full-time undergraduate student. The student must be of Native American or Alaska Native descent.

Total: $2000 Awards:  150
Deadline:  April 04

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Strategic Systems Programs Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. college freshmen who are American Indian, Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian and enrolled at a minority-serving institution (as designated by the U.S. Department of Education) that is ABET-accredited. Students must be pursuing a Navy-relevant Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) degree and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $10000 Awards:  7
Deadline:  May 01

George Geng On Lee Minorities in Leadership Scholarship

This award is for minority students who are graduating from high school, or who are full time undergraduate students enrolled at a four-year institution. Applicants must reside in the greater San Fransisco Bay area, defined as Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties in California.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  July 31

La Raza Foundation Scholarship

This award is available for minority law school students who live in or attend law school in the San Fransisco Bay Area.

Total: $2500 Awards:  3
Deadline:  September 29

CT Minority Teacher Incentive Grant Program

This award is for Connecticut upper-level undergraduate students who are enrolled in an undergraduate teacher preparation program at an eligible college or university in Connecticut. The student must be a minority student (African, American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American or Native American heritage) and intend to teach in a Connecticut public school after graduation.

Total: $5000 Awards:  54
Deadline:  October 15

Florida Minority Teacher Education Scholarship Program

This award is available to Florida resident undergraduate students who are enrolled as upper division undergraduates in a state-approved teacher education program at an eligible Florida institution. Students must be of African, American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American/Pacific Islander, or American Indian/Alaskan Native descent, and plan to teach in a Florida public school upon graduation.

Total: $4000 Awards:  135
Deadline:  November 01

Missouri State University Diversity in Education Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. students who plan to enter Missouri State University as freshmen and pursue a major leading to a bachelor's degree in education or music education. Students must rank in the top 50 percent of their class or have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and must have demonstrated leadership in multicultural school or community activities or organizations.

Total: $3000 Awards:  25
Deadline:  December 01

Missouri State University Inclusive Excellence Leadership Scholarship & Recognition Award

This scholarship is open to U.S. students who plan to enroll at Missouri State University as incoming freshmen. Students must: rank in the top 50 percent of their class or have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher; and have demonstrated leadership in multicultural school or community activities or organizations. Students with disabilities and/or historically underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.

Total: $5000 Awards:  100
Deadline:  December 01

Florida Library Association Minority Scholarship Fund

This award is available for minority students who are currently attending FSU or USF. Applicants must be enrolled as a graduate student in a program of library science.

Total: $2000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  December 11