Bureau of Indian Education | Scholarships and Grants

Scholarship Opportunities for American Indian Students  


American Indian College Fund Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Requirements: American Indian College Fund provides scholarship support to each tribal college and university and administers several scholarship programs to American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate and graduates students attending tribal colleges and state and private universities.

Deadline: Tribal College and University Scholarship Deadline: Contact your financial aid office at your tribal college.  Full Circle Scholarship Deadline: May 31, 2016


American Indian Education Foundation Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Requirements: Undergraduates students must be of American Indian or Alaska Native descent (student or one parent must be enrolled and have documentation) and be enrolled full-time in an accredited 2 or 4 year college/university or technical/vocational school. Graduate students must be of American Indian or Alaska Native descent and attending an accredited graduate school (online college is not applicable).

Deadline: April 4, 2016


American Indian Graduate Center Wells Fargo Undergraduate Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Requirements: This scholarship is funded by Wells Fargo and administered by American Indian Graduate Center. To be considered an applicant must be enrolled in a federally recognized tribe and be a junior or senior pursuing a career and degree in fields related to banking, resort management, gaming operations, management and administration, including accounting, finance, information technology and human resources.

Deadline: Ongoing


American Indian Graduate Center Graduate Fellowships

Amount: Varies

Requirements: Pursuing a master's or doctoral degree as a full-time student at an accredited U.S. graduate School; demonstrate financial need; and be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group, or be able to demonstrate ancestry of 1/4 degree Indian blood.

Deadline: Ongoing


American Indian Services Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Requirements: Enrolled in a university, college, junior college or technical school (1/4) Northern-Native American Indian Blood. Undergraduate student with no more than 150 semester credits or 210 quarter credits. Full-time or part-time status - excluding non-credit courses. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25

Deadline: Ongoing


American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Amount: $1000-$5000

Requirements: An underrepresented minority in the accounting profession (including but not limited to: Black or African American; Hispanic or Latino; Native American; Pacific Islander; or Asian American); Enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or a full-time graduate level student pursuing a degree in an “accounting-related” major.

Deadline: The 2016-2017 scholarship applications will be open in late December 2015/early January 2016. Applications due by April 1, 2016.


Association on American Indian Affairs, Inc. Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Requirements: Student must be enrolled in a tribe from the Continental US or Alaska. There is no minimum blood quantum requirement. Student must be enrolled full time both fall 2015 and spring 2016 at an accredited institution of higher learning. 

Deadline: Deadline to be announced on March 1, 2016 for information about the 2016-2017 school year. 


ColoHealth "Healthcare in America" Scholarship

Amount: $500 
Requirements: Essay contest for high school seniors or students enrolled full time in at least a 2-yr institution. Essay submissions must be at least 500 words. Please see website for submission details. Scholarship will be awarded bi-annually.
Deadline: June 30, 2016


Council of Energy Resource Tribes (CERT) Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Requirements: The CERT Scholarship Program was created to meet the unforeseen need of today’s American Indian college students. CERT Scholarships may be used for books, living expenses, clothing, or other similar needs to assist students in defraying the high costs of education. The award is a gift from the Council of Energy Resource Tribes and should not be counted toward any financial aid the student is currently receiving. A CERT Scholarship is not based on financial need.

Deadline: September 15, 2015 and February 15, 2016


Continental Society Daughters of Indian Wars Scholarships

Amount: $5000

Requirements: Open to Native American, certified tribal members with plans to work on a reservation. Must be an undergraduate junior or senior accepted to or already attending an accredited college/university, be carrying at least eight semester hours, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Must be US citizen and demonstrate financial need.

Deadline: June 15, 2016


The Gates Scholarship

Amount:  Full Scholarship (undergraduate degree)

Requirements:  The Gates Scholarship is a full scholarship for Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors.  Students must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) and must plan to enroll in full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a U.S. accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university.  Proof of tribal enrollment is required.

Deadline:  September 18, 2018.



The Newberry Library Fellowships

Amount: Varies

Requirements: The Newberry Library offers several long- and short-term fellowships to American Indian graduate student scholars pursuing research at the Newberry in order to improve the quality of what is written about American Indians and indigenous peoples; educate teachers about American Indian and indigenous cultures, histories, and literatures; and assist American Indian tribal and indigenous historians in their research.


Long-Term Fellowship: See the Newberry Library website for application criteria and deadlines.

Short-Term Fellowship: See the Newberry Library website for application criteria and deadlines.              


Frances Crawford Marvin American Indian Scholarship

Amount: $4,000

Requirements: The American Indians Committee of the Daughters of the American Revolution awards this scholarship to Native Americans and is intended to help Native American students of any age, any tribe and in any state striving to get an education. All awards are judged based on financial need and academic achievement. Graduate students are eligible; however, undergraduate students are given preference.

Deadline: February 15, 2016


Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation, Inc. - Young Native Writers Essay Contest

Amount:  $2500 college scholarship and participate in the Washington, DC Scholars' Week

Requirements:  Students are asked to write about one or more of the cultural images, symbols or art forms that have been historically developed by their community (American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian) to communicate a particular message or value or serve a specific purpose.  Essays are to be 1,200 words or less and should cover the following:  describe the image(s), symbol(s) or art forms selected; explain how it was originally developed or used by the community; reflect on the student's own experience about it, including thoughts and feelings; and suggest why or how it is still relevant today.

Deadline: April 15, 2016


Indian Health Services Health Professionals Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Requirements: Enrolled in a federally recognized tribe Preparatory scholarship can be 1st or 2nd degree descendant of a tribal member (see application) 2.0 GPA or higher Pursuing a degree in a health related profession OR a junior or senior in college planning to get a masters in social work or physical therapy Service obligation upon completion

Deadline: March 28, 2016


International Order of the King's Daughters and Sons North Indian Scholarship Program

Amount: $650

Requirements: No restriction as to Tribal affiliation or Indian blood quantum. The student must provide a Tribal Registration number and fulfill the other requirements. The scholarships are given for technical, vocational or college studies but not granted for studies beyond a Bachelors degree.

Deadline: March 1, 2016


Intertribal Timber Council Truman D. Picard Scholarship Program

Amount: Up to $2,500

Requirements: The Truman D. Picard Scholarship Program is dedicated to the support of Native American students pursuing a higher education in Natural Resources.

Deadline: The 2015 scholarship deadline date was January 16, 2015. Check back with information regarding the 2016 Scholarship.


Morris K. Udall Foundation Scholarship

Amount: Up to $5,000

Requirements: The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment.

Deadline: March 4, 2016


Native American Journalist Association Scholarship

Amount: $500 to $3,000

Requirements: Any Native American graduating high school senior or college student pursuing a career in media is eligible. All student applicants must be current NAJA members in good standing. Annual memberships cost $10 for high school students and $20 for college students.

Deadline: April 30, 2016


Native American Political Leadership Program

Amount: Tuition, housing, transportation

Requirements: The Native American Political Leadership Program at George Washington University is a full scholarship for Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian undergraduate and graduates students who want to take part in Semester in Washington Politics. Scholarship includes tuition and fees for 6 credit hours of undergraduate work, housing, books, transportation to and from Washington, and a stipend.

Deadline: November 1, 2015 and March 1, 2016


Native Vision Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Scholarship

Amount: $5000

Requirements: Native Vision gives scholarships to outstanding American Indian students with a commitment to education, athletics and leadership. Eligibility Candidates must: 1. Be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe; 2. Demonstrate a sustained involvement in the community and an applied concern for American Indian issues and initiatives; 3. Maintain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 at the time of application; 4. Demonstrate involvement in extracurricular and/or athletic activities; 5. Be admitted to an accredited community college or four year undergraduate.

Deadline: May 4, 2016


National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Requirements: Applicants must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe and majoring in a business filed. Students must be a junior, senior or graduate student and enrolled full time at an accredited university.

Deadline: September 5, 2015


National Native American Youth Initiative

Amount: Lodging, meals and travel expenses

Requirements: The National Native American Youth Initiative is an intense enrichment program funded by the Office of Minority Health and the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. NNAYI is designed to better prepare American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) high school students ages 16-18 to remain in the academic pipeline and pursue a career in the health professions and//or biomedical research.

Deadline: April 17, 2016               


Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science Scholarships

Amount: Travel, lodging and registration

Requirements: The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) funds travel scholarships to attend the SACNAS National Conference. SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists – from college students to professionals – to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science.

Deadline: Spring notifications have been sent.  Summer Application Period: June 29-July 24       


Society for American Archaeology Native American Scholarships

Amount: $5,000-$10,000

Requirements: The Native American Scholarships Fund is an endowment established to foster a sense of shared purpose and positive interaction between archaeologists and Native Americans. The Native American Scholarships Fund is an endowment established to foster a sense of shared purpose and positive interaction between archaeologists and Native Americans. Scholarships are open to all Native peoples from anywhere in the Americas, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Indigenous Pacific Islanders

Deadline: December 14, 2016


United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. Scholarships

Amount: $750-$1000

Requirements: Scholarship monies are awarded to USET area Indian undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled members of one of the twenty-six USET member Tribes. Students must be in satisfactory standing and demonstrate a need for financial assistance.

Deadline: April 30, 2016


Washington Internship for Native Students

Amount: Tuition, lodging, travel and meals 

Requirements: American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian (AI/AN/NH), and other students enrolled in a college or university as a sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student in good academic standing are eligible to participate in the WINS program.  Sophomores must have completed the equivalent of three (3) semesters of full time study to be eligible to participate in the program.

Deadline: Fall: First Friday in June, Spring: First Friday in October. Summer: First Friday in February 




Fellowships and Internships

Morris K. Udall Congressional Internship Program
National Congress of American Indians Fellowship/Internships
Presidential Management Fellowship
Washington Internships for Native Students

Financial Assistance

Montana American Indian Tuition Waiver Flyer(.pdf)


Application for Federal Assistance Standard Form-424 (.pdf)