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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.

NSDAR American Indian Scholarship

This scholarship is available for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who are Native Americans (preference is given to undergraduate students). Students must have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher.

Total: $4000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  February 15

Lonnie Lee & Maria Elena Abernethy Scholarship - Undergraduate & Graduate Students

This scholarship is open to female U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who are Native Americans majoring in engineering or computer science with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Students must reside in New Mexico and attend the University of New Mexico or New Mexico State University.

Total: $2900 Awards:  1
Deadline:  February 15

AAAE Foundation Scholarship for Native Americans

U.S. students who have achieved a junior class standing or higher and are enrolled in an aviation program are eligible for this award. Students must be Native American and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  February 28

LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship in Library and Information Technology

U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned no more than 12 hours towards a Master of Library Science degree by June of the award year are eligible for this award. Students must be members of a principal minority group; attend an ALA-accredited school; and plan to enter the library automation field.

Total: $2500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  March 01

LITA/OCLC Minority Scholarship in Library and Information Technology

U.S. and Canadian citizens who will not have earned more than 12 hours toward a Master of Library Science degree by June of the award year are eligible for this award. Students must be members of a principal minority group; attend an ALA-accredited school; and plan to enter the library automation field.

Total: $3000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  March 01

Cargill Global Scholars Program for U.S. Students

U.S. first- and second-year college students who are attending select universities and demonstrate high academic achievement are eligible for this award.

Total: $2500 Awards:  10
Deadline:  March 01

Kahdine Ann DaCosta Scholarship for Excellence in Leadership

This award is available for minority high school seniors who attend an inner-city school. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and a record of community activity and/or leadership.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  March 01

Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids Minority Scholarship

This award is available for minority undergraduate students who are majoring in visual or performing arts. Applicants must be residents of Kent County, Michigan, and must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  March 01

Hackett Family Scholarship

This award is available for U.S. undergraduate students residing in Kent County, Michigan. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 and demonstrate unmet financial need. Preference will be given to women of color.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  March 01

Harry J. Morris, Jr. Emergency Services Scholarship

This award is available for undergraduate students residing in Kent, Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Ottawa, Montcalm, Muskegon, or Newaygo counties in Michigan. Applicants must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher and must be majoring in emergency services such as emergency medical tech., paramedic, or firefighter training.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  March 01

Miller Johnson West Michigan Diversity Law School Scholarship

This award is available for minority students enrolled in an accredited law school in the U.S. Applicants must have a permanent residence in Michigan, a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and unmet financial need.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  March 01

Warner Norcross & Judd Law School and Paralegal Scholarship

This award is available for minority students in Michigan who are pursuing a higher education in law. Applicants may be undergraduates studying to become a paralegal or legal secretary, or graduate students at an accredited law school in the United States.

Total: $1000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  March 01