native americanAs one of the most underrepresented groups in colleges nationwide, Native Americans face a unique set of obstacles to overcome in order to gain access to higher learning to earn a college degree. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than one-third of Native Americans live on a reservation and have extremely limited outlooks for advanced education. In addition, Native Americans face an overall poverty rate that is exceedingly higher than the average for the rest of the United States population. Despite a strong desire to achieve a degree, many Native Americans are held back by the growing price tag for a college education. Thankfully, the following are 25 exceptional scholarship opportunities specifically for Native American students who are committed to their education and beating the odds.

1. Actuarial Foundation Diversity Scholarship

Deadline: May 3rd

With the goal of promoting diversity within the actuarial profession, the Actuarial Foundation provides an annual scholarship program for African American, Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander undergraduate students who are enrolled full-time in an accredited degree program to become an actuary. According to academic level, high school seniors can receive $1,000, college freshmen or sophomores can receive $2,000, and college juniors may be awarded up to $3,000. Recipients who wish to renew the scholarship will be required to pass an actuarial examination to be granted funding past the junior year.

Contact

Actuarial Foundation Diversity Scholarship
475 North Martingale Rd. Suite 600
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 706-3535
Scholarships@ActFnd.org

2. AISES Google Scholarship

Deadline: March 31st

Partnered with Google, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) awards scholarships annually to American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian students who are interested in pursuing degree in computer engineering, computer science, or a related technology field. Eligible applicants for the $10,000 scholarship must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited four-year university in the United States, be a member of the AISES, and demonstrate strong leadership qualities. Winners of the award will also receive an all-expense paid invitation to the 2014 Google Scholars’ Retreat to network with Google professionals and engage in workshops.

Contact

AISES Google Scholarship
2305 Renard SE Suite 200
Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 765-1052
sechohawk@aises.org

3. ALA Spectrum Scholarship

Deadline: March 1st

Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), the Spectrum Scholarship is designed to encourage students from underrepresented groups of American Indians, Asians, African Americans, Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders to join the current workforce of librarians and other library leaders. Eligible candidates for the non-renewable $5,000 scholarship must be a permanent resident of the United States or Canada, in attendance at an ALA-accredited graduate program for library studies, and able to maintain a minimum of two courses per semester. Along with the scholarships, recipients are granted a complementary one-year student membership to ALA, free admission to the ALA Annual Conference, and formal mentoring opportunities.

Contact

ALA Spectrum Scholarship
50 East Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(800) 545-2433 ext. 5048
spectrum@ala.org

4. Albuquerque Community Foundation (ACF) Notah Begay III Scholarship

Deadline: March 6th

Sponsored by a scholarship fund created in 1999 by professional golfer Notah Begay III, the Albuquerque Community Foundation (ACF) offers two $2,000 awards each year to benefit Native American athletes nationwide. Applicants for the scholarships must be high school graduates, demonstrate strong academic achievement with a minimum GPA of 3.0, be accepted into a full-time university degree program, and have participated in varsity level sports. Along with the application, candidates need to attach proof of tribal enrollment or Certificate of Indian Blood.

Contact

Albuquerque Community Foundation (ACF) Notah Begay III Scholarship
P.O. Box 25266
Albuquerque, NM 87125
(505) 883-6240
nancy@albuquerquefoundation.org

5. American Chemical Society Scholars Program

Deadline: March 1st

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholars Program offers renewable scholarships up to $5,000 annually to qualified African American, Hispanic, or Native American students who are pursuing a college degree in chemical sciences or chemical technology. All applicants must be United States citizens, enrolled full-time at an accredited university, demonstrate financial need according to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Contact

American Chemistry Society Scholars Program
1155 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 872-6250
scholars@acs.org

6. American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarship Program

Deadline: May 31st

American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarships are granted to Native American and Alaskan Native students who are attending non-tribal public or private universities in the United States. In order to receive the need-based scholarships, applicants must be U.S. citizens, enrolled full-time in an accredited university, recognized as a member of a recognized tribe or descendant of an enrolled tribal member, and possess a minimum GPA of 2.0 or better.

Contact

American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarship Program
8333 Greenwood Blvd.
Denver, CO 80221
(303) 426-8900
scholarships@collegefund.org

7. American Indian Nurse Scholarship Awards

Deadline: December 1st

The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America awards the American Indian Scholarship Award to students of Native American descent who need financial assistance to pursue a career in nursing or other related healthcare fields. As long as recipients maintain good overall academic standing, the program continues to grant $1,000 each semester to cover tuition and specific academic expenses for each year enrolled in an accredited nursing program. Eligible candidates must be at least one-fourth American Indian, a high school graduate, expected to graduate in four years with a BSN degree, and recommended by a school official.

Contact

American Indian Nurse Scholarship Awards
55 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 742-3190
nscda-ma@verizon.net

8. Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Scholarship Program

Deadline: March 1st

The Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Scholarship Program is designed to assist enrolled members of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Indians with attending an accredited higher learning institution in the United States. In order to be granted the maximum award amount of $5,000, students must be U.S. citizens and high school graduates accepted into a university, as well as possess a minimum GPA of 2.0 or greater and demonstrate financial need.

Contact

Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Scholarship Program
5344 Lakeshore Dr.
P.O. Box 16
Nett Lake, MN 55772
(218) 757-3261
bmason@boisforte-NSN.gov

9. Bureau of Indian Education Higher Education Grant Program

Deadline: June 1st

Each year, the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) provides supplemental financial assistance to eligible American Indian and Alaskan Native scholars seeking a bachelor’s degree with its Higher Education Grant Program. Eligible applicants must be a current member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or a Native American descendant with at least one-fourth Indian blood. For graduate students who already have achieved a bachelor’s degree, there is also a similar grant program offered by the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC).

Contact

Bureau of Indian Education Higher Education Grant Program
1849 C St. NW
Mail Stop 3609 MIB
Washington, DC 20240
(202) 208-6123
consultation@bia.gov

10. Cheyenne and Arapaho Higher Education Grants

Deadline: June 1st and November 1st

Through the Department of Education and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes grant annual Higher Education Grants to enrolled tribal members who have been certified by the Concho Agency to be at least one-fourth degree Cheyenne and Arapaho Indian. Along with an application, applicants must submit a detailed degree plan, Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB), official high school or college transcript, letter of acceptance to an accredited U.S. university, and an official class schedule on school letterhead.

Contact

Cheyenne and Arapaho Higher Education Grants
P.O. Box 38
Concho, OK 73022
(405) 422-7652
http://www.c-a-tribes.org/Websites/michaelwood/Images/pdfs/programs/Education%20Documents/Cheyenne%20and%20Arapaho%20Tribes%20Higher%20Education%20Federal%20Aid%20Grant%20Deadlines.pdf

11. Chickasaw Nation Governor’s Scholarship

Deadline: February 1st

Each year, the Chickasaw Nation grants scholarships to outstanding full-time and part-time students who are pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree from an accredited U.S. university. Although there are no blood quantum restrictions or geographical boundaries, all applicant students must be Chickasaw and have a valid Chickasaw Nation citizenship card. As a one-time award of $500, the Governor’s Scholarship is offered to graduating high school seniors who have a minimum GPA of 3.9 or have been selected as a class valedictorian/salutatorian.

Contact

Chickasaw Nation Governor’s Scholarship
300 Rosedale Rd.
Ada, OK 74820
(580) 421-7711
kresta.lofton@chickasaw.net

12. Choctaw Nation Scholarship Advisement Program Scholarships

Deadline: June 1st

Funded by generous corporate and private donors, the Choctaw Nation Scholarship Advisement Program Scholarships are merit-based grants that are awarded solely to members of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Eligible applicants for the scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $80,000 in total value must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and be enrolled full-time as a student at an accredited university within the United States.

Contact

Choctaw Nation Scholarship Advisement Program Scholarships
P.O. Box 1210
Durant, OK 74702
(580) 924-8280 ext. 2383
scholarshipadvisement@choctawnation.com

13. First Sergeant Douglas and Charlotte DeHorse Scholarship

Deadline: April 15th

Established in 2007 to honor American Indian veterans, the First Sergeant Douglas and Charlotte DeHorse Scholarship is designed for Native American students who have completed at least one year of service in the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Merchant Marine, or Coast Guard. Eligible candidates for the scholarship must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program in a major of their choice. For the application to be processed, applicants need to attach at least two letters of recommendation, high school/college transcripts, and a personal essay.

Contact

First Sergeant Douglas and Charlotte DeHorse Scholarship
8200 Mountain Rd. NE, Suite 203
Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 262-2351
nscholarsh@aol.com

14. Ford Motor Company Tribal Scholarship

Deadline: May 31st

Sponsored by the Ford Motor Company, the American Indian College Fund grants a $3,000 scholarship annually to eligible undergraduate college freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are members of a Native American or Alaskan Native tribe. Although the scholarship is open for all tribal colleges nationwide, first preference is granted to students who are enrolled in a tribal college within Michigan. All applicants must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA or higher with a major in mathematics, science, engineering, business, education, or environmental science.

Contact

Ford Motor Company Tribal Scholarship
8333 Greenwood Blvd.
Denver, CO 80221
(303) 426-8900
scholarships@collegefund.org

15. Fort Peck Tribes Scholarship Program

Deadline: July 15th

For enrolled members of the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes in Montana, the Fort Peck Tribes Scholarship grants up to $2,000 per academic year directly to each recipient’s university for completion of an undergraduate bachelor’s program. Since it is crucial that students maintain a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA, recipients are required to submit grade marks to the scholarship committee each semester. Interested candidates must fill out an application, as well as submit a Certificate of Indian Blood, an official college transcript, copy of Student Aid Report (SAR), and acceptance letter from the college in attendance.

Contact

Fort Peck Tribes Scholarship Program
P.O. Box 1027
Poplar, MT 59255
(406) 768-5136
info@fortpecktribes.org

16. George A. Strait Minority Scholarships

Deadline: April 1st

Awarded annually by the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) in honor of George A. Strait, the scholarship is designed to assist minority group members with attaining a degree from an accredited law school to fulfill needed roles in law libraries. Within the application packet, applicants are required to include an official college undergraduate transcript, letter from an Admissions officer stating acceptance into the law school, three letters of recommendation, and personal statement discussing their individual interest in a career within law librarianship.

Contact

George A. Strait Minority Scholarships
105 W. Adams St. Suite 3300
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 939-4764
scholarships@aall.org

17. Hopi Tribe Education Award

Deadline: July 1st

Partnering with the Arizona Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the Hopi Tribe Grants and Scholarships Program offers members of the Hopi Tribe an Education Award to pursue an associates, baccalaureate, masters, or doctoral degree from an accredited university. Recipients of the award receive a maximum of $2,500 per semester to cover the cost of tuition and book supplies only. Eligible applicants must have a high school GPA of at least 2.5 or a minimum composite score of 50 percent on the GED examination.

Contact

Hopi Tribe Education Award
P.O. Box 123
Kykotsmovi, AZ 86039
(928) 734-3533
kuqualla@hopi.nsn.us

18. Indian Health Service Scholarship

Deadline: January 15th

Created by the Indian Health Care Improvement Act by President Obama, the Indian Health Service (HIS) Scholarship intends to encourage American Indian and Alaskan Native students to earn a degree for any health professions and fulfill Indian health program staffing needs. All applicants are required to submit a copy of an approved Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Certification for tribal membership within a nationally recognized tribe. Eligible candidates need to be U.S. citizens, high school graduates, and capable of completing a health profession degree.

Contact

Indian Health Service Scholarship
801 Thompson Ave. Suite 450A
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 443-6197
vickye.santiago@ihs.gov

19. KATU Thomas R. Dargan Minority Scholarship

Deadline: April 30th

In honor of the lifelong dedicated broadcaster Thomas R. Dargan, KATU and Fisher Broadcasting Inc. awards an annual scholarship of $6,000 to assist minority students in completing a college degree in broadcasting or communications. Applicants must be Asian, African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, or Pacific Islander with proof of United States citizenship. The scholarship is only granted to students enrolled in an accredited program related to broadcasting in a two or four-year Oregon or Washington university.

Contact

KATU Thomas R. Dargan Minority Scholarship
2153 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 231-4222
custserv@katu.com

20. Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program

Deadline: July 1st

Funded by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, the Indian Scholarship Program is aimed to providing financial assistance to eligible Minnesota residents who are of more than one-fourth American Indian ancestry. The program grants $4,000 scholarships for undergraduate students and $6,000 scholarships for graduate students who are enrolled within an accredited postsecondary institution within Minnesota. Recipients are eligible to renew the scholarship funding for a maximum of ten years, as long as they still satisfy all eligibility requirements.

Contact

Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program
1450 Energy Park Dr. Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
(218) 755-2557
misp.lara@hotmail.com

21. Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship

Deadline: March 1st

Depending on the funding from the Illinois’ General Revenue Fund (GRF), the Illinois Student Assistance Commission awards a select number of Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarships for $5,000 each to Illinois minority students of African American, Hispanic, Asian American, or Native American descent. Recipients of the scholarships are required to sign a Teaching Promissory Note stating that they will provide service at any Illinois school that has been determined as having more than 30 percent of students representing minority groups.

Contact

Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship
1755 Lake Cook Rd.
Deerfield, IL 60015
(800) 899-4722
isac.studentservices@isac.illinois.gov

22. Morgan Stanley Tribal Scholars Program

Deadline: May 31st

Sponsored by the financial services corporation of Morgan Stanley, the American Indian College Fund awards a selected number of annual $5,000 scholarships to outstanding American Indian students who are currently enrolled in a tribal college to pursue a degree in business or finance. Preference is given to applicants who demonstrate academic excellence with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher, interest in the financial services industry, and leadership or service within the Native American community. All applicants must submit proof of American Indian, Alaskan Native, or Hawaiian Native enrollment or ancestry to be considered.

Contact

Morgan Stanley Tribal Scholars Program
8333 Greenwood Blvd.
Denver, CO 80221
(303) 426-8900
scholarships@collegefund.org
http://www.collegefund.org/donor_support_stories/detail/15

23. Osage Nation Higher Education Scholarship

Deadline: August 1st

The Osage Nation provides the Higher Education Scholarship to Osage Indians who are furthering their education by attending an accredited college or university within the United States. When applicants submit the application for this scholarship, they are automatically considered for the Osage Higher Education Grant, Marky Tinker Scholarship Fund, and the Morris E. and Ethel Carlton Wheeler Scholarship too. Eligible candidates must submit a copy of their Osage Nation Membership Card, financial aid package, verification of enrollment, and official high school or college transcript showing a GPA over 2.0.

Contact

Osage Nation Higher Education Scholarship
102 Buffalo Ave.
Hominy, OK 74035
(918) 287-5300
scholarship@osagetribe.org

24. White Earth Scholarship Program

Deadline: May 31st

The White Earth Nation grants annual scholarships to enrolled members of the White Earth Band of Chippewa Indians who have been accepted into an accredited higher education institution within the state of Minnesota. Although the priority deadline is set at May 31st, students must apply for the program at least eight to 12 weeks before classes begin. Regardless of income status, applicants must submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and proof that they are not in default on any prior student loans.

Contact

White Earth Scholarship Program
P.O. Box 418
White Earth, MN 56591
(218) 983-3285 ext. 5304
highered@whiteearth.com

25. Wisconsin Indian Student Assistance Grants

Deadline: Contact Sponsoring Organization

Presented by the State of Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board, the Wisconsin Indian Student Assistance Grants to undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in degree programs at University of Wisconsin or Wisconsin Technical College. Ranging from $250 to $1,000, recipients are eligible to receive the financial assistance for up to ten semesters. Along with the completed application form, applicants are required to include a certified degree of at least one-quarter Native American blood and proof of enrollment in a recognized tribe.

Contact

Wisconsin Indian Student Assistance Grants
P.O. Box 7885
Madison, WI 53707
(608) 267-2206
HEABmail@wisconsin.gov

Overall, there are a wide variety of scholarships for helping Native American students obtain a college degree to better their lives, as well as benefit their families and the entire Native American community. If you are a Native American student who is seeking assistance to achieve your dreams of academic and career success to overcome poverty, it is highly recommended that you further investigate these substantial 25 scholarships designed for deserving students just like you.

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