Scholarships for Native Students

Below is a very small selection of available grant programs committed to helping Native American students further their education through college. Many more programs are available to college-bound Native Americans and Native Alaskans. Loads of Research and Diligence is the key to finding these invaluable financial aid programs. Begin your search for financial aid for college early, to allow plenty of time to research and apply for, all grants and scholarships applicable to Natives.

AICF Full Circle Scholarship – for Native American graduate level students pursuing their degrees at either a Tribal, or non-Tribal, college or university

American Indian College Fund

American Indian Graduate Center

American Indian Services

Association on American Indian Affairs

Bureau of Indian Education Higher Education Grant/Scholarship Program

Cherokee Nation

Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes

Davidson Institute Fellows Scholarship

Ford Motor Company Tribal Scholars Program

Gates Millennium Scholars Program

Indian Country Media Networks Scholarship Directory

Indian Health Service Scholarship

Maureen L. & Howard N. Blitman, P.E., Scholarship to Promote Diversity in Engineering

 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship 

Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative Scholarship Program

Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship & Financial Assistance

Society for American Archaeology – Native American Scholarship Fund

Tyonek Native Corporation

Undergraduate Tribal University Scholarship – designed for students attending one of the 33 accredited Tribal Universities

Undergraduate Non-Tribal University Scholarship – available to Native American students attending an accredited non-tribal college or university

White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities 


Additional areas to research for funding



OTHER Helpful Forms/Applications

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Application

5 Steps to Start the Financial Aid Process