American Indian Scholarships

It’s scholarship time! Kelly mentioned that National Relief Charities’ education program supports American Indian education through scholarships, scholastic resources, and more. Here is a list of tips and resources to help American Indian students who are thinking about college or seeking out scholarships:

  • This website includes information on everything from initially looking at colleges to preparing applications and applying for financial aid and scholarships.
  • The NIEA website gives information on colleges, Native American programs, and financing your education.
  • The US Bureau of Indian Education and has information on scholarships, grants, getting into college, employment opportunities, and other educational resources.
  • Download this free Tools for Success Handbook developed by our American Indian Education Foundation program specifically for Native students interested in college.

Students sometimes assume that only one scholarship can be applied for — there is no limit! You can apply for as many scholarships as you want or need. Several things to have on hand when applying for scholarships may include:  your ACT or SAT test scores, your college transcript(s), tribal enrollment card, a completed FAFSA (financial aid form), and a narrative or essay about why you want to go to college. You will also need the application form of each scholarship to which you will apply.

Although some scholarship deadlines have passed for the 2010-2011 academic year, these scholarships may be helpful if you’re a Native student who is college-bound now or in the future:

Many other scholarships are available to Native students who reside in a specific state. There is also a short list of scholarships available to enrolled members of sponsoring tribes. See AIEF’s Tools hand book and contact your tribal education office for more information.

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