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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.

SAA Arthur C. Parker Scholarship/NSF Scholarship for Archaeological Training

This scholarship is open to high school seniors, undergraduate students, graduate students, and current employees of tribal or Native Hawaiian cultural preservation programs who are of Native American descent. Students must be pursuing training in archaeological methods and cultural resource management, including fieldwork, analytical techniques, and curation.

Total: $5000 Awards:  6
Deadline:  December 17

Colby College Ralph J. Bunche Scholarship

This scholarship is available for U.S. high school seniors and undergraduate students who are planning to attend Colby College. Students must demonstrate scholastic strength and leadership potential and must be African American, Latino/Latina, Asian American, or Native American.

Total: $10000 Awards:  35
Deadline:  January 01

CGSM Fellowship for Talented Minorities

Students with a bachelor's degree who are planning to pursue a graduate degree full time at one of the Consortium-member schools are eligible for this award. Students must be African-American, Hispanic-American or Native-American and be planning to pursue a managerial career in business, government or non-profit organizations.

Total: $20000 Awards:  300
Deadline:  January 05

Brian M. Day Scholarship

This award is for Puget Sound area gay men of color who are U.S. citizens and have significant financial need and demonstrate activism in the gay/lesbian community and communities of color.

Total: $4160 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 11

Deloris Carter Hampton Scholarship

This award is available for U.S. women of color who have a demonstrated history of activism and/or leadership in the LGBT community and are pursuing a degree in education, women's health, or dance. Applicants must be residents of Washington state, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, or Alaska.

Total: $4160 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 11

Phoenix Two-Spirit Native & First Nations Scholarship

This scholarship is available for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students of Native American or First Nations heritage who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). Applicants must demonstrate leadership and a commitment to community service and LGBT advocacy.

Total: $4160 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 11

Porter Physiology Development Fellowship

This award is available for minority graduate students who are working toward a Ph. D. in physiology.

Total: $28300 Awards:  2
Deadline:  January 15

CESDA Diversity Scholarship Application

This award is available for graduating high school seniors from the state of Colorado who plan to enroll in an accredited college or university in Colorado. Applicants must have a grade point average of 2.8 or higher, and must be a member of a minority group or a first-generation college student.

Total: $1000 Awards:  7
Deadline:  January 18

GFOA Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship

This scholarship is available for U.S. or Canadian college juniors, seniors, and graduate students who belong to one of the following groups (as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau): Black or African American, Asian, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or a Pacific Islander. Students must be majoring in public administration, (governmental) accounting, finance, political science, economics or business administration (with a specific focus on government or non-pro...

Total: $10000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 18

Oliver Goldsmith, M.D. Scholarship

This award is for U.S. medical students who have worked toward cultural and linguistic representation in healthcare. Applicants must be entering their third or fourth year of medical school and must plan to pursue a career in southern California.

Total: $5000 Awards:  11
Deadline:  January 21

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:  January 30

Royce Osborn Minority Student Scholarship

This award is for U.S. minority undergraduate students who are enrolled in an entry-level radiography, sonography, magnetic resonance, radiation therapy, or nuclear medicine program. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher; the student's program director must verify the grade point average based on one or more semesters of study.

Total: $4000 Awards:  5
Deadline:  January 31