Grants & Scholarships

American Indians 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. 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 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. Luckily, American Indian scholarship opportunities exist for those 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.
As an American Indian student, you needn’t limit your scholarship search solely to awards based on ethnicity, though. 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.


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$975,000 grant to get more Native Americans into health care fields

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 23.6 percent of Native American adults lacked a usual source of health care in 2012 – a higher proportion than any other race considered.

To help address that problem, the federal Indian Health Service has awarded the University of Arizona College of Medicine a five-year $975,000 grant to get more Native Americans into health care fields.

American Bar Association $15,000 Scholarship for Minorities

This minority scholarship grants 20 incoming diverse law students with $15,000 of financial assistance over the course of their three years in law school. 

Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Scholarship Program

Applicants for the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Scholarship Program must be an enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Indians at an accredited institution of higher education.

Bureau of Indian Affairs Higher Education Grant Program
Cheyenne and Arapaho Higher Education Grants
Daughters of the American Revolution American Indian $4,000 Scholarship
Ford American Indian College Fund
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New program aimed at American Indian college students
Oregon tribes, university partner to mentor prospective Native teachers
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The Hopi Tribe Grants and Scholarship Program (HTGSP)
Tribal Training/Tribal Higher Education Scholarships for Alaskan Natives
University of Minnesota’s medical schools actively recruiting American Indians to become doctors