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American Indian/Native American Scholarships

American Indians/Native Americans face a unique set of challenges in gaining access to a college education and are one of the most underrepresented groups both in college and in the degree-holding population. There are fewer Native Americans than other minorities in higher education, and with extreme poverty and limited access to educational resources remaining persistent problems on reservations and educated professionals also in short supply in many communities, education is a pressing concern for the American Indian/Native American community. Despite a strong desire to earn a degree, many American Indian students find themselves in a position where they cannot easily pay for school, even with the help of federal student financial aid. Fortunately, there are American Indian and Mative American scholarship opportunities for students who are dedicated to beating the odds and earning a degree.

A variety of American Indian scholarships exist to help students attain a college education that will benefit not only them, but their families and communities. In some instances, tribal scholarships or other local scholarships are available to American Indian students, though often the award amounts fall significantly shy of the actual cost of attending college. Numerous national American Indian scholarship providers offer more substantial awards to deserving students. American Indian students often qualify for other scholarships for minorities, as well. These awards are often the most substantial, though also the most competitive.

Native American-specific scholarships will typically require documentation and proof of Native American descent and lineage. Also, certain scholarships may be limited to a people from a specific tribe, such as the Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, Chickasaw, or Seminole tribes. Always be sure to read the rules and eligibility carefully before applying.

As an American Indian student, you don't need to limit your scholarship search solely to awards based on ethnicity. Other national and campus-based programs also serve American Indians. Scholarships and grants for low-income or first-generation students are options for many American Indian students who meet those criteria. American Indian students who do well academically or athletically shouldn't rule out finding scholarships based on those characteristics, either. If you start early and thoroughly investigate scholarship options, you will be able to fund your education with American Indian scholarships and other financial aid.

AAAS Minority Science Writers Internship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • This program places minority students interested in journalism as a career and who want to learn about science writing at Science Magazine for 10 weeks over the summer. Interns experience what it's like to cover the scientific and technological issues that shape our global community.

    The internship is open to any minority undergraduate with a serious interest in science writing. Preference [...] More

AAIA Adolph Van Pelt Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • AAIA is grateful for the vision and generosity of Mrs. Van Pelt and the Adolph Van Pelt Foundation in planning for the higher education of Native students. Without those like Mrs. Van Pelt and the Foundation, AAIA would not be able to provide as many scholarships to Native students seeking a higher education. This scholarship is for undergraduate students from federally recognized tribes.

    All [...] More

AAIA Allogan Slagle Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2018
  • Amount: $1,500
  • AAIA provides undergraduate and graduate scholarships (including PhD, Law, Medicine) to Native American/Alaska Native students from tribes that are not on the list of tribes recognized by the federal government in the amount of $1,500 per year. $750 is disbursed October 1 and $750 is disbursed January 31 pending satisfactory grades and a spring schedule.

    General Eligibility:
    -Be enrolled [...] More

AAIA Sequoyah Graduate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2018
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Association on American Indian Affairs offers Sequoyah Graduate Scholarships to students in any curriculum. This scholarship does not automatically renew. Students are eligible to apply on a yearly basis. For full details and to download the application, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

    Note: You can only apply for one AAIA Scholarship. [...] More

AAIA Undergrad Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/2/2018
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) Undergraduate Scholarships for Native American Students
    Acceptance period changes from year to year.

    Must be enrolled in your tribe; must be attending an accredited school full time both fall and spring semesters; must be seeking an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. Open to high school Seniors who will be entering college in the Fall, College [...] More

ABA Diversity Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Diversity Scholarship focuses on broadening the number of traditionally underrepresented groups in the management and operation ranks of the transportation, travel, and tourism industry.

    Eligible candidates must have completed, at a minimum, their first year of college at an accredited university; must have a declared major or course of study relevant to the transportation, travel, and [...] More

ACF Notah Begay III Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/16/2018
  • Amount: $1,300
  • Professional golfer Notah Begay III established this scholarship fund in 1999 to benefit Native American athletes attending college. Awards are made to New Mexico high school graduating seniors demonstrating strong academic achievement and participation in any varsity level team sport. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be Native American scholar-athletes (proof of tribal enrollment or [...] More

ACHE Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives established this scholarship in honor of Albert W. Dent, the first African-American Fellow of ACHE. This scholarship is offered to provide financial aid to minority students in healthcare management graduate programs to help offset tuition costs, student loans and expenses. Offered annually, the Albert W. Dent Graduate Student [...] More

ACS Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • ACS awards renewable scholarships to underrepresented minority students who want to enter the fields of chemistry or chemistry-related fields. Awards are given to qualified students. African American, Hispanic, or American Indian high school seniors or college freshman, sophomores, or juniors pursuing a college degree in the chemical sciences or chemical technology are eligible to apply. [...] More

Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/2/2018
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The Actuarial Diversity Scholarship promotes diversity within the profession through an annual scholarship program for Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American and Pacific Islander students.

    Each applicant must fulfill all the requirements listed below:
    -Intent on pursuing a career in the actuarial profession
    -Must have at least one birth parent who is a member of one of the [...] More

AICPA Fellowships for Minority Doctoral Students

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2018
  • Amount: $12,000
  • The AICPA Fellowship for Minority Doctoral Students ensures that CPAs of diverse backgrounds are visible in college and university classrooms. The program's goal is to increase the number of minority CPAs who serve as role models and mentors to young people in the academic environment and university classrooms. The AICPA Foundation awards annual fellowships to full-time minority accounting [...] More

ALA - LITA/LSSI Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship, established in 1994, is awarded annually by the Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the American Library Association, and Library Systems and Services, Inc.

    The scholarship is designed to encourage the entry of qualified persons into the library and automation field who plan to follow a career in that field; who demonstrate [...] More

American Indian Nurse Scholarship Awards

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The American Indian Nurse Scholarship Award Program was started by the NSCDA in 1927 to give students of American Indian descent the opportunity to pursue careers in nursing. The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America has provided a small number of scholarship awards to assist students of American Indian heritage who are pursuing degrees in nursing or in the field of health care and [...] More

AMS Minority Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/3/2018
  • Amount: $6,000
  • The AMS Minority Scholarships will award funding to minority students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, especially Hispanic, Native American, and Black/African American students. Funding for the scholarships is provided by donations made by members to the AMS Giving Program. The two-year scholarship is distributed once per year during freshman and sophomore years [...] More

APSA Minority Fellowship Program

  • Application Deadline: 10/30/2018
  • Amount: $4,000
  • Minority Fellows Program is a fellowship competition for individuals from under-represented backgrounds applying to doctoral programs in political science. The MFP was established in 1969 (originally as the Black Graduate Fellowship) to increase the number of minority scholars in the discipline.

    Eligibility:
    -Be a member of one of the following racial/ethnic minority groups: African [...] More

ASA Minority Fellowship Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $18,000
  • Minority Fellowship Program applicants can be new or continuing graduate students. However, the MFP is primarily designed for minority students entering a doctoral program in sociology for the first time or for those who are in the early stages of their graduate programs. MFP applicants must be applying to or enrolled in sociology departments which have strong mental health research programs [...] More

Augustana University Diversity Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Diversity Scholarships are for full-time students who are members of a minority ethnic group and bring diversity to campus. Ethnicity and financial need are two of the factors considered. Verify your eligibility with the Office of Admission or Financial Aid.

    For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

AWWA Holly Cornell Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/10/2018
  • Amount: $7,500
  • AWWA and its members recognize the importance of investing in students as the future of the water industry. The Holly A. Cornell Scholarship was created by CH2M Hill, Inc. to honor the name of Holly A. Cornell, co-founder of CH2M Hill and to encourage and support outstanding female and/or minority students pursuing advanced training in the field of water supply and [...] More

Brown and Caldwell Minority Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • At Brown and Caldwell, we value diversity in the workplace, supporting organizations like the Society of Women Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers. We've also set up a Minority Scholarship Program to help minority groups succeed in the environmental engineering industry.

    Criteria:
    -Be a United States citizen or permanent [...] More

CANFIT Nutrition, Physical Education and Culinary Arts Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • Undergraduate and graduate scholarships are available for California African-American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian American, Pacific Islander or Latino/Hispanic students expressing financial need to study nutrition, physical education or culinary arts in the state of California. By providing undergraduate and graduate scholarships, CANFIT hopes to encourage more students to consider [...] More

Catching The Dream Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Catching the Dream seeks to address this deficiency. Our high-priority areas of study are math, engineering, science, business, education, and computers. These fields of study are critical to the future of Indian people and the nation, and Native Americans are very underrepresented in these fields.

    Catching the Dream is a national Native American education and scholarship center.
    Our strategy [...] More

Catharine Lealtad Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $72,000
  • Catharine Lealtad Scholarships are named for Macalester's first African American graduate, Catharine Lealtad '15. These scholarships are awarded to selected African American, Latino, and Native American students with strong high school records. The Admissions committee selects recipients. There is no special application to complete. Lealtad Scholarships will be renewed at the same amount for each [...] More

Cherokee Nation College Resource Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/15/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Cherokee Nation's Higher Education Office awards scholarships to selected Cherokee Nation Tribal Citizens pursuing degrees at a college or university accredited with Carnegie units.

    Eligibility:
    -Applicant must posses a tribal citizenship card showing citizenship in the Cherokee Nation
    -Applicant must be attending or plan to attend a regionally accredited post-secondary institution. [...] More

Chickasaw Nation Clothing Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Chickasaw citizens pursuing higher education from accredited institutions are eligible to receive various grants and scholarships to assist with the cost of tuition, books and fees. Chickasaw students attending an accredited college, who are enrolled in at least 12 credit hours, may be awarded a clothing grant for each classification (e.g. freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, graduate, or [...] More

Chickasaw Nation Higher Education Grant

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Chickasaw citizens pursuing higher education from accredited institutions are eligible to receive various grants and scholarships to assist with the cost of tuition, books, and fees. The higher education grant may be awarded to undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral students who maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher each semester.

    For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Chips Quinn Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 10/1/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism offers students hands-on training and mentoring by caring news veterans. More than 1,300 men and women have been named Chips Quinn Scholars since 1991, making it the largest and most enduring diversity initiative of the Newseum Institute. The program's aim is to provide training and support that will open doors to news and information [...] More

Colorado Christian University First Generation Minority Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The First Generation Minority Student Scholarship is available for students enrolled in the College of Undergraduate Studies. This scholarship provides an opportunity for minority students whose parents did not attend college to complete a Christian college degree. CCU will support the students through a series of academic, personal, mentoring, and leadership development activities. The selection [...] More

Edward S. Roth Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • In order to apply for the Edward S. Roth Scholarship, applicants must be graduating high school seniors, current full-time undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in manufacturing engineering. Must have and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. Preferences will be given to students demonstrating financial need, minority students and students participating in a Co-Op program. Must be seeking a [...] More

Elms College STEM Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2018
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Elms College ElmSTEM program, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, awards scholarship funds to students who major in STEM fields and attend Elms College full-time.

    Eligibility:
    -Be a prospective full-time, first-year student at Elms College
    -Be a prospective major in biology, computer information technology, chemistry, or mathematics, except for clinical fields [...] More

EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $45,000
  • The goal of the EPP Undergraduate Scholars Program is to increase the number of students who undertake course work and graduate with degrees in targeted academic fields integral to NOAA's mission. This program targets students who have completed their sophomore year, attending minority serving institutions (MSIs), and have recently declared, or about to declare a major in atmospheric, oceanic, or [...] More

ESA Foundation Scholarship Program for Minority Students

  • Application Deadline: 5/4/2018
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The ESA Foundation scholarships are offered for full-time undergraduate study at accredited four-year colleges and universities in the USA. Up to 30 scholarships of $3,000 each will be awarded annually, 15 to graduating high school seniors and 15 to current college students. Women and minority students are eligible to apply, so long as they are U.S. citizens and have a minimum 2.75 GPA. Students [...] More

F.A. and Charlotte Blount Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2018
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The F.A. and Charlotte Blount Scholarship was established in 1997 to provide college scholarships to graduating
    Forsyth County high school seniors who will pursue a four-year baccalaureate degree at an accredited college or university. To receive consideration, applicants must be African-American or Hispanic, have a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need. For more information or to [...] More

Fontana Transport Inc Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Fontana Transport Inc. is a family owned trucking company based out of Southern California whose owners are passionate about higher education and to be able to help future leaders in their community pursue a higher education degree.

    The Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program is open to underrepresented, low-income and first-generation college-bound students. Students must be pursuing an [...] More

Ford Motor Company Tribal College Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2018
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Native American/Alaska Native undergraduate students attending tribal colleges and universities are eligible to apply for both the American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarship Program and the American Indian College Fund TCU Scholarship Program.

    Minimum general eligibility requirements for both scholarships include:
    -U.S. citizenship
    -Enrollment in an accredited tribal college or [...] More

Freedom From Religion Foundation Catherine Fahringer Memorial Award

  • Application Deadline: 6/17/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The First In The Family Freedom From Religion Foundation Catherine Fahringer Memorial award is available to high school youth who live in the U.S. who identify as atheist, agnostic, humanist and/or secular, and are accepted into two or four-year colleges. Preference is given to students of color (Black/African American, Latino(a), Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American) who are (or have been) in [...] More

George A. Strait Minority Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • George A. Strait Minority Scholarships are awarded annually to college graduates with meaningful law library experience who are members of a minority group as defined by current U.S. government guidelines, are degree candidates in an accredited library or law school, and who intend to have a career in law librarianship. Applicants must show evidence of financial need. To apply for the George A. [...] More

GRCF Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids Minority Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids Minority Scholarship is open to students of color (African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander) attending a non-profit public or private college/university majoring in fine arts, including all visual and performing arts. Applicants must have financial need, be a Kent County resident, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA.

    For more [...] More

GRCF Hackett Family Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • Grand Rapids Community Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships annually, primarily to Kent County students bound for or in college, or those pursuing a technical career.

    To be eligible for the Hackett Family Scholarship, students must be seniors at, or have graduated from any Grand Rapids public high school and is an undergraduate attending an accredited college/university or skilled trade [...] More

GRCF Jackie Klinesteker Minority Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Grand Rapids Community Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships annually primarily to Kent County students bound for or in college, or those pursuing a technical career.

    The Jackie Klinesteker Minority Scholarship is awarded to students of color (African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander) residing in West Michigan with a declared major in a mental health-related [...] More

GRCF Miller Johnson West Michigan Diversity Law School Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Grand Rapids Community Foundation administers and awards the following Law Scholarships to students of color (African
    American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander).

    The Miller Johnson West Michigan Diversity Law School Scholarship is awarded to students of color currently residing in Michigan (with preference given to West Michigan residents) pursuing a law degree at [...] More

GRCF Warner Norcross & Judd Law School Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Grand Rapids Community Foundation administers and awards the following Law Scholarships to students of color (African
    American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander).

    The Warner Norcross & Judd Law School Scholarship is awarded to students of color pursuing a law degree at any accredited law school in the United States. Applicant must be a current or former resident of [...] More

Holland & Knight Young Native Writers Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Young Native Writers Essay Contest is a writing contest for Native American high school students and is designed to encourage young Native Americans to write about the progress their tribal communities have made and how their tribal communities can keep moving forward.

    The contest is designed to encourage young Native American writers to explore their heritage while becoming positive [...] More

Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • In 1988, Hyatt established this fund to provide financial aid to minority students pursuing a degree in hotel management. Since 1988, approximately 351 minority students have received $702,000 through this scholarship.

    Eligibility Criteria:
    -Enrolled in at least 12 credit hours for the upcoming fall and spring semesters, or just the fall semester if graduating this December
    -A baccalaureate [...] More

IIE UPS Scholarship for Minority Students

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $4,000
  • IIE's scholarship and fellowship program is in place to recognize graduate and undergraduate industrial engineering students for academic excellence and campus leadership. The UPS Scholarship for Minority Students is available to undergraduate students enrolled in any school in the United States and its territories, Canada, and Mexico, where the school's industrial engineering program or [...] More

Indiana CPA Society education Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/24/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Indiana CPA Society provides financial assistance to encourage accounting careers and promote financial activities for Indiana students. One such effort is the awarding of $50,000 in scholarships since 2002 to 57 students at independent campuses across the state through the Indiana CPA Educational Foundation.

    Eligibility requirements:
    -The student must be a resident of Indiana
    -Attending [...] More

Interpublic Group Scholarship and Internship

  • Application Deadline: 1/27/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The New York Women in Communications Foundation, in conjunction with New York Women in Communications, awards the Interpublic Group (IPG) Scholarship and Internship annually based on academic excellence, need and involvement in the field of communications.

    Each is awarded to an ethnically diverse student who is currently a college junior and has a demonstrated interest in a career in [...] More

Kahdine Ann DaCosta Scholarship for Excellence in Leadership

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Kahdine Ann DaCosta Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Leadership was established on October 15, 2011 in honor of Kahdine Ann DaCosta. Every year, I AM O'KAH! searches for students that embody Kahdine’s tenacious drive and unwavering dedication to the community.

    Eligibility:
    -Applicants must attend a high school in the Baltimore Metro area (Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Ann [...] More

Leon Bradley Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/29/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Leon Bradley Scholarship Program is established to encourage more minorities or persons of color to enter the field to teaching and school leadership. AASPA believes that it is of benefit for all students to experience diversity among the educators who serve as role models for our students. Thus, the American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA) will annually award up to two [...] More

Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students awards a scholarship for undergraduate studies of religion, journalism, or communications. The scholarship assists a United Methodist undergraduate who intends to pursue a career in religious journalism through study at an accredited U.S. college or university.

    Eligibility:
    -Must be a United Methodist [...] More

LITA/OCLC Minority Scholarship in Library and Information Technology

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The LITA/OCLC Minority Scholarship, established in 1991, is awarded jointly annually by the Online Computer Library Center and the Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the American Library Association.The scholarship is designed to encourage the entry of qualified persons into the library and automation field who plan to follow a career in that field; who demonstrate [...] More

Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Award

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The scholarship is awarded to minority nominees who have demonstrated a need and a willingness to continue an educational mission toward a college education or graduate training related to a career in the criminal justice field.

    All nominees must describe in a short essay (250 words, double-spaced) their reflections on the ideals and philosophies of Dr. Martin Luther King, and how they have [...] More

Microsoft Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/26/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • We strongly encourage underrepresented groups to pursue STEM fields of study. Because we greatly value a broad range of perspectives and contributions, a large majority of our scholarships will be awarded to female students, underrepresented minority students (African-American, Hispanic or Native American etc.) or students with disabilities. We will review all applications and select final [...] More

Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 7/1/2018
  • Amount: $50,000
  • Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program provides post-secondary financial assistance to eligible Minnesota resident students who are of one-fourth or more Indian ancestry and demonstrate financial need for an award.

    Scholarships are available to eligible Indian undergraduate students enrolled at least three-quarters of the time and graduate students enrolled at least [...] More

Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/19/2018
  • Amount: $8,000
  • The Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship is available for award to an upper-division undergraduate or graduate
    student enrolled in a course of study preparing for a career in state and local government finance.

    Eligibility:
    -Currently a full or part-time upper-division undergraduate or graduate student in public administration, governmental accounting, finance, political science, [...] More

Minority Teacher Education Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $4,000
  • Minority teacher education scholars program is a collaborative performance-based scholarship program for African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American, and Native American students. The participants in the program include Florida’s Florida College System institutions and its public and private universities that have teacher education programs.

    Individuals who are selected for the MTES [...] More

Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • If you plan to teach at a non-profit Illinois public, private, or parochial preschool, elementary school, or secondary school, for which the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has determined that no less than 30% of the enrolled students are African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American, or Native American; and you are of African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American [...] More

Morgan Stanley Tribal Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarship Program scholarships are awarded to students attending non-tribal colleges.

    Minimum general eligibility requirements for Full Circle scholarships include:
    -U.S. citizenship
    -Enrolled full-time in an accredited public or private (non-profit) college or university
    -Registered as a member of a federal or state recognized tribe, or a [...] More

Ohio Newspaper Association Minority Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2018
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Ohio Newspapers Foundation will award a scholarship to a minority high school senior in Ohio who plans to major in a field relevant to the newspaper industry, particularly journalism, advertising, marketing, or communications degree program at an Ohio college or university.

    Eligibility:
    -Applicant must be a graduating senior at an Ohio high school. Awardee must be enrolled as college [...] More

Osage Nation Higher Education Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/11/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Osage Nation Higher Education Scholarship is available to Osage students with an Osage tribal membership card attending a college or university. Please be aware this is not an entitlement program and students will remain eligible if all requirements and compliance is maintained per the Osage Nation Department of Education – Higher Education Scholarships and Incentives Policy and Procedures. [...] More

Page Education Foundation Grants

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Page Grants are awarded to Minnesota students of color who attend Minnesota post-secondary schools and agree to complete annual service projects with young children. Students at all levels of academic achievement can qualify for a grant. The selection process highlights an applicant’s attitude toward education, willingness to provide service to children, and financial need.

    To be eligible for [...] More

Presbyterian Student Opportunity Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Student Opportunity Scholarship program serves Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) college students by providing need-based aid for sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are full-time, first-degree students attending accredited institutions in the United States. Student Opportunity Scholarship applicants will explore who God created them to be in a series of essay questions intended for students to [...] More

Presbyterian U.S.A. Native American Supplemental Grant

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2018
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Native American Supplemental Grant is for Native American and Alaska natives pursuing full-time post-secondary education who have been awarded the Presbyterian Study Grant and have remaining need.

    Eligible applicants must be full-time M.Div. or M.A.C.E. students attending a Presbyterian Church U.S.A.-related seminary at the following institutions:
    -Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary [...] More

Presbyterian U.S.A. Racial Ethnic Supplemental Grant

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Racial Ethnic Supplemental Grant is for African American, Alaska Native, Asian American, Hispanic American or Native American students who have been awarded the Presbyterian Study Grant and have remaining need.

    Eligible applicants must be full-time M.Div. or M.A.C.E. students attending a Presbyterian Church U.S.A.-related seminary at the following institutions:
    -Austin Presbyterian [...] More

Presbyterian U.S.A. Women of Color Grant

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2018
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The Presbyterian Women of Color Grant is for women minorities pursuing full-time post-secondary education who have been awarded the Presbyterian Study Grant and have remaining need.

    Eligible applicants must be full-time M.Div. or M.A.C.E. students attending a Presbyterian Church U.S.A.-related seminary at the following institutions:
    -Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
    -Columbia [...] More

RTDNF Carole Simpson Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Carole Simpson is a former RTDNF trustee and the 1996 recipient of the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award in recognition of her work to protect First Amendment Freedoms. She established the Carole Simpson Scholarship to encourage and help minority students to overcome hurdles along their career path in electronic journalism. Students must be sophomores, juniors, or seniors at the time the [...] More

RTDNF Ed Bradley Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2018
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Ed Bradley is best known for his award-winning work in 26 years on CBS News' 60 Minutes and as the first African-American White House TV correspondent. He established the Ed Bradley Scholarship in 1994. Students must be sophomores, juniors, or seniors at the time the scholarship is awarded and be pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism. Winners must be officially enrolled, [...] More

Sault Tribe Higher Education Grant Program

  • Application Deadline: 7/1/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Sault Tribe Higher Education Grant Program is for Sault Tribe members attending a Michigan state-supported two- or four-year college or university full-time (12 credit hours or more). Grants are based on unmet financial need as determined by the individual college in which the student is enrolled.

    The grant program deadline is July 1st. Students may be awarded up to $500 for two [...] More

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science SOARS Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • SOARS encourages applications from individuals who are members of a group that is historically under-represented in the atmospheric and related sciences, including students who are Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Hispanic or Latino, female, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities. SOARS welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [...] More

Smithsonian Institution James E. Webb Internship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $6,000
  • This program was established in honor of the late James. E. Webb, Regent Emeritus and former Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), to promote excellence in the management of not-for-profit organizations.

    These opportunities are intended to increase participation of minority groups who are under-represented in the management of scientific and cultural [...] More

Smithsonian Native American Awards Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $6,000
  • The Native American Awards Internship falls within the Native American Awards Program which supports students, who are formally or informally affiliated with a Native American community or tribe, to visit the Institution to learn about research or other museum-related activities using its Native American-related resources.

    Internship Awards are available for students currently enrolled in an [...] More

Surety & Fidelity Industry Intern-Scholarship Program for Minority Students

  • Application Deadline: 11/22/2017
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Surety Industry Scholarship Program provides awards of up to $5,000 to outstanding minority students to support their studies in the areas of insurance/risk management, accounting, or business/finance and to encourage their consideration of the surety industry and surety underwriting as a career choice. Applicants must have a declared insurance/risk management, accounting or business/finance [...] More

Tennessee Minority Teaching Fellows Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Minority Teaching Fellows Program is intended to encourage talented minority Tennesseans to enter the teaching field in Tennessee. The award is for students who are pursing a teacher certification at an eligible Tennessee college or university.

    To be eligible, the applicant must:
    -Be a minority Tennessee resident and a U.S. citizen
    -Be a high school senior or a continuing college [...] More

The AIEF Undergraduate Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 4/4/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The American Indian Education Foundation was established to support educational opportunities for American Indian and
    Alaska Native students. Our vision is strong, self-sufficient American Indian communities. Scholarships are awarded for each school year and are chosen by a national selection committee. Decisions are based on an overall assessment of the application.

    Applicant [...] More

The David Eaton Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • Maurine Mulliner, a long-time member of All Soul's Church in Washington, DC, made an estate gift to establish this award in order to affirm Rev. David Hilliard Eaton's vision of a community dedicated to strengthening hope, justice and balance, and creating an anti-racist, multi-cultural religious organization and country. This scholarship is awarded to women from a historically marginalized group [...] More

The Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The mission of the Herbert Lehman Fund is to help transform the promise of racial equality into a social, economic, and political reality for all people by supporting talented undergraduate students who need financial help to stay in school and successfully complete their bachelor's degree. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors; first-year students in an accredited four-year college; [...] More

The Kurt Brown Fellowship for Diverse Voices

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $1,500
  • In honor of the distinguished essayist & poet Kurt Brown, Laure-Anne Bosselaar Brown - Kurt Brown's wife and a faculty member of the Solstice MFA Program - and Lee Hope, Editor-in-chief of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, underwrite an annual fellowship of $1,000 to a writer in any genre.

    All applicants are welcome to apply. The Kurt Brown Fellowship especially seeks to support [...] More

The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) Graduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2018
  • Amount: $3,750
  • The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) Graduate Scholarships are available to minority students who are full-time students at a four-year, accredited institution, carrying a total of 12 units or more per semester/quarter and have a minimum 3.2 GPA. Additionally, applicants must be majoring in a field of study that has an emphasis in advertising, marketing or public relations, and must have a minimum of two [...] More

The LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Current freshmen, sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors are eligible to receive a trip to Atlanta where they will participate in career building activities including a welcome dinner with a keynote speaker, two daylong career & professional development workshops, and a scholarship & donor recognition reception. Applicants must be from a minority ethnic group, studying a field of study [...] More

The Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2018
  • Amount: $1,250
  • The Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship is granted annually through The LPGA Foundation and the Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship Fund. Established in 2006, the objective of the Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship is to provide a need-based scholarship to a female high school senior from a recognized minority background who will be pursuing a full-time course of study and playing collegiate golf at an [...] More

Truman D. Picard Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/18/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Truman D. Picard Scholarship is dedicated to the support of Native American students pursuing higher education in natural resources.

    Submission materials:
    -Letter of application
    -Resume
    -3 letters of recommendation
    -Evidence of validated enrollment in a federally recognized tribe or Alaska Native Corporation, as established by the U.S. government (i.e. a photocopy of an enrollment [...] More

Vinson & Elkins Scholarship Foundation

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2018
  • Amount: $10,000
  • In addition to receiving a $10,000 scholarship, each V&E Scholar is offered summer internships at Vinson & Elkins, mentoring from V&E attorneys (some of whom are themselves V&E Scholars), and reimbursement for an LSAT preparatory course. V&E Scholars have gone on to the nation's most prestigious universities, and many have attended top law schools. Whether our scholars are in law school, the [...] More

Washington HECB American Indian Endowed Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • A highly-educated American Indian population is vital for improving the economic sufficiency and prosperity of American Indian communities located within the state of Washington. To this end, Washington State, in collaboration with the American Indian Community and other private sector partners, established the American Indian Endowed Scholarship (AIES). This program provides educational [...] More

White Earth Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The White Earth Scholarship Program (WESP) offers scholarships for Native American students pursuing post-secondary education. Scholarship categories include undergraduate, out-of-state undergraduate, graduate, and Minnesota Indian.

    Eligibility:
    -Be an enrolled member of the MCT-White Earth Band
    -Apply at least 8-12 weeks prior to the day classes begin
    -Be accepted to an accredited higher [...] More

WHOI Summer Student Fellowship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • Summer Student Fellowships at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are awarded to undergraduate students who have completed their junior or senior year at colleges or universities and are studying in any of the fields of science or engineering including but not limited to the fields of biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, geophysics, mathematics, meteorology, physics, oceanography, and [...] More

Wisconsin Indian Student Assistance Grants

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $1,100
  • Awards under this program are made to Wisconsin residents who are at least 25% Native American and are undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in degree or certificate programs at University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Technical College, independent colleges and universities, tribal colleges, or proprietary institutions based in Wisconsin. Awards are based on financial need with a limit of ten [...] More

Wisconsin Minority Undergraduate Retention Grants

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Awards under this program are made to Wisconsin resident minority undergraduates, excluding first year students, enrolled at least half-time in independent, tribal, or Wisconsin Technical College institutions. According to the statutes, a minority student is defined as a student who is either an African American; American Indian; Hispanic; or Southeast Asian from Laos, Cambodia, or Vietnam [...] More

Wisconsin Talent Incentive Program TIP Grants

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $1,800
  • The Talent Incentive Program (TIP) Grant provides grant assistance to the most financially needy and educationally disadvantaged Wisconsin resident students attending colleges and universities in the State of Wisconsin. First-time freshmen students are nominated for the TIP Grant by the school financial aid offices or by counselors of the Wisconsin Educational Opportunity Programs (WEOP). To [...] More

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