American Indian Nurse Scholarship Awards

Since 1928 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. Since that time, the scholarship has broadened to include American Indians who are in nursing school or who are pursuing degrees in health related fields, including teaching. Males and females are eligible. These awards range from $500 to $1,000 per semester or quarter and are to be used strictly for tuition or for fees applicable to the student’s approved program. The grant is sent to the school and credited to the student’s account. Once a student is accepted, he or she may re-apply for continued funds each semester as long as the student remains in good standing.

To be eligible for a scholarship, the candidate must be:

• An American Indian, enrolled in a tribe. If not enrolled, the student will be considered if he or she can prove direct tribal ancestry.
• A high school graduate or have equivalent education
• Enrolled in an accredited school
• Enrolled in the nursing program, having achieved good scholastic standing in pre-nursing or enrolled in an accredited health care program
• Expected to graduate two years after enrollment if in an Associate Degree program
• Expected to graduate in four years if pursuing a B.S.
• Maintaining the scholastic average required by the school
• Recommended by their counselor, teacher or other school official
• In need of financial assistance
• Not receiving an Indian Health Service Scholarship
• Should have a career goal directly related to the needs of the Indian people

This fund is made possible through contributions of our State Societies and individual members throughout the United States. The purpose of the scholarship is to help the students fill a basic health care need of their people.

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