Scholarships for Indian students are plentiful. One of the hardest parts of the process is locating appropriate scholarship opportunities. Below is a list of scholarships that are available to students with Indian heritage.
American Indian College Fund provides scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate students who are members of the American Indian tribal community. In order to apply for the undergraduate awards, students must be citizens of the U.S. and plan to enroll full-time at a college or university. Students are required to hold at least a 2.0 grade point average. More information is available from the following website: https://aicfstudents.civicore.com/index.php?action=userLogin. The deadline for this award is May 31st.
American Indian education Foundation Scholarships are offered to undergraduate students who plan to enroll in a two or four year institution. Graduate students can also apply. The selection committee considers a wide array of criteria, including leadership skills, passion, goal setting, and more! More information about this award can be found at the following website: http://www.nrcprograms.org/site/PageServer?pagename=aief_progs_sf_scholarshipfund.
American Indian Nurse Scholarship Awards provide students with up to $1,500. In order to be eligible students must be of American Indian background and planning to major in the field or nursing or health care. The award money can be applied to tuition, textbooks, or student fees. The award is renewable, but students are required to reapply each year. In order to apply, students must be at least 1/4 Indian and the member of a tribe. The student must have a high school diploma and plan to enroll in an accredited college or university. Students must be recommended by school personnel and must prove that they have financial need. Lastly, their stated career pursuits should relate to the need of the Indian community. More information can be found at this website: http://www.nrcprograms.org/site/PageServer?pagename=aief_progs_sf_scholarshipfund.
Catching the Dream MESBEC Program provides over two hundred awards of up to $5,000. The aim of this funding mechanism is to close the gap between the number of Indian teacher, doctors, engineers, and social workers who are needed and the lack of trained professionals from Native communities. In order to apply for this grant, students must complete and submit an application prior to the deadline, which is April 15th for fall semester. Additional information about this award can be found on the following website: http://catchingthedream.org/.
Catharine Lealtad Scholarships provides funding to Native American students. The award is for a scholarship worth $5,000. Students are automatically considered for this award when they enroll in Macalester, so no additional application form is required.
Cheyenne and Arapaho Higher Education Grants are offered to members of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, which are located in Oklahoma. Each year, about 75 scholarships are awarded. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply for this award. More information can be found on the following website: http://www.nrcprograms.org/site/PageServer?pagename=index.
In addition to the above grants, Indian students may find it helpful to complete the FAFSA to see whether they qualify for any tuition assistance from the federal or state government.
Author: Jeff Gitlen
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