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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.

Grace College Grace Diversity Scholarship

This award is available to U.S. students who plan to attend Grace College & Theological Seminary as freshmen. The student must be a member of a minority group.

Total: $2000 Awards:  25
Deadline:  March 01

Ruth Peterson Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Diversity

This award is available for U.S. graduate students who are pursuing a doctorate in criminology. Applicants must be a member of an underrepresented minority population.

Total: $6000 Awards:  3
Deadline:  March 01

National Press Club Scholarship for Journalism Diversity

This award is available for international and U.S. minority high school seniors who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in journalism.

Total: $2500 Awards:  1
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

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship for Native Americans/Alaskan Natives

Current college sophomores and juniors who are Native American or Alaskan Native are eligible for this award. Students must be enrolled in a health care or tribal public policy course of study.

Total: $5000 Awards:  50
Deadline:  March 08

P. O. Pistilli Scholarship

This award is available to current high school seniors planning to major in electrical engineering or computer science from underrepresented groups (women, African American, Hispanic, American Indian, and disabled students). Eligible applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, be U.S. residents, and demonstrate financial need.

Total: $4000 Awards:  7
Deadline:  March 09

VSGC Undergraduate STEM Bridge Scholarship

This award is for U.S college sophomores who are enrolled full time in a program of study in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) at one of the five Virginia Space Grant institutions. The student must be federally recognized as a minority (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, or Pacific Islander).

Total: $1000 Awards:  24
Deadline:  March 12

Catching The Dream Scholarship

This award is intended for American Indian students of any age, from any U.S. tribe, within any state, striving to get an education. Applicants must plan to major in one of the following fields: math, engineering, science (includes all medical fields), business, education, computers, finance, management, economics, banking, and hotel management.

Total: $5000 Awards:  50
Deadline:  March 15

American Anthropological Association Minority Dissertation Fellowship

The American Anthropological Association Minority Dissertation Fellowship is available to minority students who are pursuing a doctorate in anthropology.

Total: $10000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  March 16

Notah Begay III Scholarship Program

This award is available for U.S. graduating high school seniors who have been residents of New Mexico for one year or more and attend a New Mexico high school. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, be Native American with a blood quantum of 25 percent or more, and participate in high school varsity-level sports.

Total: $2000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  March 22

AAJA Seattle Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship

This award is for Washington state high school seniors and undergraduate students who are pursuing a journalism career. Students must attend a Washington college or university.

Total: $2500 Awards:  5
Deadline:  March 23

IHS Health Professions Pre-Graduate Scholarship

This scholarship is available for American Indian and Alaskan Native undergraduate students who are studying pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry, or pre-podiatry. Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher.

Total: $31919 Awards:  40
Deadline:  March 28