When are application packages accepted? March - June
Can my application package be mailed, e-mailed?
We accept these options for submitting your application packet. Due to limited staff, we strongly suggest all completed applications be scanned and emailed to the email address provided on the scholarship application form.
Does your organization require transcripts from my high school/university/college?
No, we only require your completed application form, a verification that you are enrolled your tribe, and a 2-3 page essay on one of the topics provided by the scholarship application.
Do mailed-in applications need to be in the office by the deadline or postmarked by the deadline?
Mailed-in completed scholarship applications are to be received in our office by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time the day of the deadline, not postmarked.
How do I know if my application has been received?
When your application is received by AAIA, you will receive an email notification as well as further instructions for any follow up if needed.
What is verification of tribal enrollment?
Keeping My Award
What is the minimum GPA?
AAIA requires a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Could I lose my scholarship?
Yes. AAIA scholarships are for one year only. Students are welcome to reapply each year. Although, AAIA scholarships do renew automatically.
What if I am receiving a scholarship and want to transfer to another school in the middle of the year?
In some cases, students may find it beneficial to transfer. If this occurs, please contact AAIA to discuss your situation.
Review and Award Process
Are AAIA scholarships based on need or merit?
AAIA's process is merit and need based. A 2.5 on a 4.0 scale GPA is required. Other scholarships, loans or monies do not disqualify you from receiving an award, nor does lack of funding automatically qualify you for an award.
How do I know that status of my application?
All applications received by the deadline will be reviewed as soon as possible. We ask that you be patient. We have a very small staffand it takes a long time to input and review all the applications we receive. All applications are in review status until the end of July.
When do you make decisions about who is awarded?
We make our decisions by mid-July, and send letters and awards by the end of July.
How will I know if I get awarded?
The student will also be notified by e-mail. A formal letter will be sent to the student and the scholarship award will be sent to their financial aid office at the end of July. The names of students who are being offered scholarships will be posted on AAIA's Scholarship Recipients page.
What are the chances of receiving an award?
Scholarships are extremely competitive. We generally receive between 500-600 applications per year and award between 11%-12%.
How many scholarships can I get per year?
One scholarship is allowed per student per school year. Students may reapply on a yearly basis. Except recipients of the Owanah Anderson Scholarship, which is a two year scholarship.
Do I have to be Native American to qualify for an AAIA scholarship?
Yes, all applicants must be enrolled tribal citizens.
Do I have to be from a specific tribe or region of the country to qualify?
AAIA scholarships are open to students enrolled in federally recognized, state recognized, and tribes not recognized by the federal government that are located in the continental U.S. and Alaska.
I am Indian from Central/South America, am Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or First Nations from Canada, but I live in the continental U.S. or Alaska and/or I am a U.S. citizen. Do I qualify?
Indians from central/South America and Hawaiian/Pacific Island are not eligible to apply. First Nations students from Canada are not eligible to apply with exception of those from St. Regis Mohawk. Students from Canadian St. Regis must call the scholarship office prior to submitting an application package.
I am a part time student. Do I qualify?
All AAIA scholarships are for students enrolled full time both fall and spring semesters. Full time students are typically described as having 12 credit hours per semester.
Do you fund summer school?
AAIA only funds classes taken during the traditional school year: usually September - May.
Can I reapply for a scholarship if I have already received one from AAIA in the past?
Yes. Students are eligible to reapply on a yearly basis.
Degrees and Schools
Do I have to be seeking a certain type of degree to qualify?
Yes. Students must be seeking an Associate's degree or higher in order to qualify. AAIA does not fund certificate programs, but if you are getting an Associate's degree or higher at a technical school, you would qualify. Additionally, we do not fund seminary or theology students, but if you are getting a non-religion degree such as nursing, at a religious based institution you would qualify.
Do I have to be attending a specific school or a school in a specific part of the country to qualify?
AAIA funds students attending several types of schools – universities, community colleges, tribal colleges, technical colleges and private colleges. All schools must accredited by one or more of the accrediting agencies recognized by the US Department of Education.
Why Didn't I Receive a Scholarship?
Why did I not receive a scholarship?
Although we cannot tell you exactly why you did not receive an award, the most common explanation is that we receive many more applications than we have dollars and the process is very competitive. If you do not get awarded this year we encourage you to reapply next year.