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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.

Eklutna, Inc. Scholarship Program

This award is for original enrollees and descendants of original enrollees of Eklutna, Inc. Applicants must be Alaskan natives and have a minimum grade point average of 2.5.

Total: $1000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  June 1

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

HBCU Connect Minority Student Scholarship

This award is for minority students attending a historically black college or university. The applicant must be a graduating high school senior, transfer student, or a student currently enrolled full-time.

Total: $1000 Awards:  4
Deadline:  August 1

Kathy Johnson Outreach Scholarship

This award is for a non-traditional undergraduate or post-baccalaureate student. Applicants must attend an Oregon school and pursue a degree in a field of study related to wildlife science.

Total: $600 Awards:  1
Deadline:  December 7

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

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

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

University of Iowa Advantage Iowa Award

This award is available for U.S students who are planning to attend the University of Iowa as first-year students. Students must contribute to a diverse learning environment at the University of Iowa. Awards are based on academic achievement.

Total: $8104 Awards:  20
Deadline:  May 01

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:  February 14

Minot State Cultural Diversity Award

This scholarship is available for minority students who are attending Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota. Applicants must have a grade point average of 2.25 or higher.

Total: $2400 Awards:  10
Deadline:  February 15

Montgomery Summer Research Diversity Fellowship

This award is available for U.S. students who are currently enrolled as college sophomores or juniors and will add diversity to the field of law and social science (e.g., ethnic minority, disabled, LGBTQ, etc.). To be eligible, the applicant must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and be working toward a degree in the social sciences or humanities.

Total: $3600 Awards:  4
Deadline:  February 15

Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship

This scholarship is available for Illinois resident undergraduate and graduate students who are African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American or Native American origin and planning to become preschool, elementary or secondary school teachers. Students must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

Total: $5000 Awards:  500
Deadline:  March 01