Scholarships for Native American Students

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American Indian Nurse Scholarship Program

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America offers one student of Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian heritage up to $12,000 to pursue nursing or healthcare.

Amount
$1,500–$12,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
December 1

Minority Fellowship Program for Mental Health Counselors Doctorate

The NBCC Minority Fellowship Program is a $20,000 scholarship and fellowship program that supports mental-health counselors pursuing doctoral studies in the United States.

Amount
$20,000
Scholarships awarded
20 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
December 15
Winner announcement
March 2023

Chairish Design Your Future Scholarship

The Chairish Design Your Future Scholarship is awarded to students from underrepresented minority groups and of all educational levels enrolled in accredited post-secondary institutions to further their education.

Amount
$2,500
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
3
Deadline
January 1

Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence

Annually, Goldman Sachs awards from $10,000 to $15,000 each to Black, Hispanic, and Native American college and undergraduate students through the Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence program.

Amount
$10,000–$15,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
January 1
Winner announcement
March 1

Interpublic Group Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded to two qualified undergraduate or graduate female students enrolled in a full-time communications-related field of study. It’s accompanied by a summer internship in New York City.

Amount
$5,000
Scholarships awarded
2 winners
Required GPA
3.2
Deadline
January 31

​Minority Natural Resource Scholarship

The Conservation Foundation of Missouri Charitable Trust offers the Minority Natural Resources Scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to undergraduate minority students to pursue natural resources management-related programs in Missouri.

Amount
$1,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
January 31

National Science Foundation Scholarship for Archaeological Training

The National Science Foundation Scholarship for Archaeological Training will fund up to four Native American students or tribal employees with up to $6,000 for archaeological training or archeological research programs.

Amount
$6,000
Scholarships awarded
4 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
January 31

SAA Arthur C. Parker Scholarship for Archaeological Training for Native Americans

SAA Arthur C. Parker Scholarship for Archaeological Training awards one Native North American, Alaska Tribe, or Native Hawaiian student or employee for an archaeological training program of their choice.

Amount
$6,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
January 31

SAA Native American Undergraduate Archaeology Scholarship

The SAA Native American Archaeology Scholarship provides one Native American undergraduate student a $6,000 scholarship to obtain a degree in archeology or museum studies without the burden of education loans.

Amount
$6,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
January 31

Minority Advertising Scholarships

Minority Advertising Scholarships program of up to $200,000 a year supports graduate students of minorities to complete their graduate and postgraduate studies in advertising, PR, design, and photography.

Amount
$10,000
Scholarships awarded
10 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
February 1

NAYA-PSU Scholarship

PSU along with the Native American Youth and Family Center offers this scholarship to current or former Native American student-members of the NAYA program for studies at a non-profit, college, or university.

Amount
$10,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
February 1

LAGRANT Foundation Graduate Scholarships

The $3,750 scholarship is awarded to 40 graduate students who identify as minorities to pursue their studies in PR, marketing, and advertising. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.20.

Amount
$3,750
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
3.2
Deadline
February 28

ACS Scholars Program

The American Chemical Society offers the ACS Scholars Program of $5,000 to full-time undergraduate minority students in need pursuing a degree in the chemical sciences.

Amount
$5,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
3
Deadline
March 1
Winner announcement
May 15

Miller Johnson Diversity Law Scholarship

The Miller Johnson Diversity Law Scholarship awards one $5,000 scholarship to a student of color who has been accepted to or is enrolled at an accredited law school within the U.S.

Amount
$5,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
3
Deadline
March 1

Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship

The MTI Scholarship offers up to $5,000 to minority students in higher education institutions in Illinois who are studying to become teachers. Eligible students must have a 2.50 GPA.

Amount
$5,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
2.5
Deadline
March 1

Advocates for African Americans Carolinas Scholarship

The scholarship awards $2,000 to a graduating high school student to pursue undergraduate study in engineering, computer science, accounting, finance, or business administration at universities in North or South Carolina.

Amount
$2,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
3.5
Deadline
March 4

Truman D. Picard Scholarship

The Intertribal Timber Council offers the Truman D. Picard Scholarship Program of $2,500 to 12 high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate students pursuing a degree in natural resources-related fields.

Amount
$2,500
Scholarships awarded
12 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
March 11

Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program

The Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program offers $5,000 to high school graduates and undergraduate students pursuing higher education in transportation, Spanish language or literature, engineering, mathematics, and science.

Amount
$5,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
3.5
Deadline
March 14

Richard W. Collins III Leadership with Honor Scholarship

Maryland Higher Education Commission annually awards the Richard W. Collins Leadership with Honor Scholarship to minority students who are part of ROTC programs at Maryland’s four HBCUs.

Amount
$500–$1,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
April 1

V&E Diversity Scholarship

Vinson & Elkins offers $10,000 to seven high school senior students of a minority in Houston, Dallas, and Austin to enroll in law undergraduate degree programs at accredited universities or colleges.

Amount
$10,000
Scholarships awarded
7 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
April 1
Winner announcement
by May 30

Brown and Caldwell Minority Scholarship

Brown and Caldwell offer the Minority Scholarship to undergraduate students from minorities enrolled in engineering or environmental sciences-related programs at accredited colleges or universities in the U.S.

Amount
$5,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
3
Deadline
April 15

EMPOWER Scholarships

The Courage Kenny Foundation offers the Empower Scholarship of $1,500 to three ethnic minority students to pursue a career in the medical or rehabilitation field in Minnesota or Western Wisconsin.

Amount
$1,500
Scholarships awarded
2 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
April 15

Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

The American Bar Association (ABA) annually offers the Legal Opportunity Scholarship to racial and ethnic minority undergraduate and graduate students pursuing law in the U.S. to complete their studies.

Amount
$5,000–$15,000
Scholarships awarded
10 winners
Required GPA
2.5
Deadline
April 15

Richard Hagen-Minerva Harvey Scholarship

Every year, the South Dakota Department of Education awards scholarships to enrolled members of American Indian tribes at South Dakota post-secondary institutions.

Amount
$1,000–$2,500
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
2.5
Deadline
April 15

Tennessee Minority Teaching Fellows Program

The Tennessee Minority Teaching Fellows Program awards one $5,000 scholarship to full-time undergraduate and/or part-time graduate students enrolled in courses creditable to teachers. Licensed teachers are not eligible.

Amount
$5,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
2.5
Deadline
April 15

Milliman Opportunity Scholarship

Milliman Inc. offers the Milliman Opportunity Scholarship of $5,000 to undergraduate students of an ethnic minority to study actuarial science, data science, mathematics, computer science, statistics, finance, economics, or programming.

Amount
$5,000
Scholarships awarded
25 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
April 29

APA Judith McManus Price Scholarship

The American Planning Association (APA) provides the APA Judith McManus Price Scholarship of $1,000 to female and minority students to pursue careers as practicing planners in the public sector.

Amount
$1,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
April 30

APSA Minority Fellowship Program

The American Political Science Association offers the APSA Diversity Fellowship Program of $5,000 to 14 graduate students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to pursue their doctorate degrees in political science.

Amount
$4,000
Scholarships awarded
14 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
April 30

Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship

The Kansas Board of Regents offers the Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship of $1,850 to ethnic minority high school senior students in Kansas to pursue undergraduate degree programs of their choice.

Amount
$1,850
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
3
Deadline
May 1

Ohio News Media Foundation Minority Scholarship

The Scholarship, administered by Ohio Newspaper Association, offers one scholarship to the value of $750 to a high school senior majoring in journalism, advertising, marketing, or communications.

Amount
$750
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
2.5
Deadline
May 23

For A Bright Future Global Scholarship Program

Annually, college students in the United States apply for the For A Bright Future Global Scholarship to complete their degree programs. The scholarship is renewable.

Amount
$2,500–$10,000
Scholarships awarded
5 winners
Required GPA
3
Deadline
May 30
Winner announcement
August 1 to September 30

AISES 3M Scholarship

The AISES 3M Scholarship is for incoming college freshmen from American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, First Nations, and other indigenous communities of North America to enroll in a STEM-related degree.

Amount
$2,500
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
May 31

AISES Aristocrat-VGT Scholarship

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), in partnership with Aristocrat/VGT, offers the AISES Aristocrat Scholarship, ranging from $2,500 to $5,000, to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in a field related to casino gaming.

Amount
$2,500–$5,000
Scholarships awarded
15 winners
Required GPA
3
Deadline
May 31
Winner announcement
August 2022

AISES Chevron Scholarship

The Scholarship is awarded to students who belong to the American Indian, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, First Nations, and other indigenous communities of North America to further their STEM education.

Amount
$5,000
Scholarships awarded
18 winners
Required GPA
3
Deadline
May 31

The Leon Bradley Scholarship

The American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA) offers the Leon Bradley Scholarship Program of $3,500 to two minority students of all levels pursuing teaching certificates in the U.S.

Amount
$3,500
Scholarships awarded
2 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
May 31

Funding the Future of Finance in Indian Country/Johnson Scholarship Foundation

Funding the Future of Finance in Indian Country (FFFIC) Scholarship Program offers Native American undergraduates pursuing a business, finance, or accounting degree a scholarship of $10,000 to continue their education.

Amount
$10,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
June 1
Winner announcement
August 2023

Wells Fargo American Indian Scholarship

The Wells Fargo Scholarship for Undergraduates provides financial assistance to eligible Native American and Alaska Native undergraduate students pursuing degrees full-time at an accredited institution in any field of study.

Amount
$2,500–$5,000
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
June 1

Warner Norcross & Judd Law Scholarship

The scholarship, administered by Warner Norcross & Judd and Grand Rapids Community Foundation, is offered to a minority student enrolled at or pursuing a law degree at an accredited U.S. institution.

Amount
$5,000–$20,000
Scholarships awarded
2 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
June 30

Minnesota Indian Scholarships

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education annually offers the Minnesota Indian Scholarships, ranging from $4,000 to $6,000, to Native American undergraduate and graduate students to further their education.

Amount
$4,000–$6,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
July 1
Winner announcement
August, 2022

BLM² Scholarship

The BLM² Foundation awards $1,000 to six successful applicants to address the financial needs of minority students to pursue higher education at accredited colleges or universities across the U.S.

Amount
$1,000
Scholarships awarded
6 winners
Required GPA
3
Deadline
July 3
Winner announcement
July 10th, 2022

Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana Scholarships

The Sovereign Nation of the Chitimacha offers the Chitimacha Scholarship to provide financial assistance to high school graduates from the Chitimacha tribe in Louisiana to continue their education.

Amount
$500–$2,500
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
2
Deadline
July 15

Phoenix AISES Scholarship

Phoenix AISES offers the Phoenix AISES Professional Chapter Scholarship to high school seniors and undergraduate students to further their education in STEM-related majors. Only two scholarships are awarded each year.

Amount
$500–$1,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
3
Deadline
August 31

Foundation Education Award Scholarship

The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society offers the $5,500 Foundation Education Award Scholarship to underrepresented minority medical students who are Pennsylvania residents and enrolled at a Pennsylvania medical school.

Amount
$5,500
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
September 30
Winner announcement
December 2022

Law School Diversity Scholarship Program

Buckfire Law firm annually offers the Law School Diversity Scholarship Program to support law school students belonging to minority groups or demonstrating a defined commitment to issues of diversity.

Amount
$2,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
3
Deadline
October 1

Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program

The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program of $2,800 is awarded to undergraduate or graduate students interested in advancing toward doctoral study upon completing their bachelor's degree.

Amount
$2,800
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
2.9
Deadline
October 1

Alma Exley Scholarship

The Scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in a teacher training program at a Connecticut college or university. Students in their junior or senior year and master’s students are eligible to apply.

Amount
$5,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
October 31

CAA’s Professional Development Fellowship in Visual Arts

CAA's Professional Development Fellowship in Visual Arts was created to help multicultural artists and artists from underrepresented minority groups and culturally diverse communities in the various aspects of their work.

Amount
$10,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
November 15

Stewardship Scholarship Essay Contest

The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance offers prizes ranging from $500 to $1,000 to three undergraduate BIPOC students to pursue any degree at an accredited higher institution in the U.S.

Amount
$500–$1,000
Scholarships awarded
3 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
November 29

Minority Teacher Education Scholarship

The Minority Teacher Education Scholarship (MTES) is a renewable award of up to $4,000 a year to minority students in Florida pursuing education-related bachelor's undergraduate or graduate programs.

Amount
$4,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
November 30

Scholarships for Native Americans

Being able to afford college or university is difficult for the majority of people but for minority groups, it’s even more difficult. Native Americans are one of the least represented groups in college enrollment — they make up approximately 1% of all undergraduates in the U.S. The problem isn’t that Native American students don’t want to earn degrees, it’s that their access is hindered by several factors. One of these is the high cost of earning a degree. Even with the help of federal aid, many students still cannot afford to complete their degree programs which leads to fewer degree-holding Native Americans. To help address this imbalance, many government and independent organizations have established scholarships specifically for Native Americans so that they too can attend college and earn a degree. By having more certified and qualified Native American professionals, diversity and representation in professional spaces can be improved.

Native Americans from the U.S. are often referred to as American Indians and you will notice that some scholarships use this terminology while others use Native American or Native North American. We’ve used Native American for our own tags but followed individual scholarship terminology in their content. If you’re a Native Hawaiian student, there’s a separate page for scholarships for Native Hawaiians, but feel free to browse these scholarships for Native Americans — you may be eligible for some of them.

Frequently asked questions

How do I know if I'm eligible for Native American scholarships?

Native American is a very broad term and covers a lot of different identities, tribes, and people. Broadly speaking, Native American refers to any indigenous person from South-, Central- and North America. Most of the scholarships featured here refer to the indigenous people from the U.S. This includes independent nations or tribes such as the Navajo, Gabrielino/Tongva, Cherokee, Chippewa, and Sioux, to name a few. Native Americans from the U.S. are often referred to as American Indians and you will notice that some scholarships use this terminology while others use Native American or Native North American. It’s best to confirm your eligibility with the organizers before applying.

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