The Association's Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships
The Association on American Indian Affairs has been providing Native American student scholarships since 1947 and provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate Native American students who are citizens/ members of their Tribal Nation – whether or not their Nation is recognized by the federal government.
The Association’s scholarships are funded by an endowment from the Elizabeth and Sherman Asche Memorial Scholarship, the Homborg Scholarship and the Mary Hemenway Memorial Funds, AND DONORS LIKE YOU!
The Association's Scholarships are provided to students twice per year until they graduate, as long as they maintain a 2.5 GPA and attend full-time. Our mission is to support students who are connected to their Tribal Nation and Indian Country and wish to utilize their degree to serve their Nations.
Criteria for the Scholarship
- Be enrolled with his or her respective Tribe, either federally recognized or non-federally recognized Tribe, from the continental US or Alaska.
- Submit a copy of Tribal enrollment (there is no minimum blood quantum requirement for eligibility). This can be a copy of the student's Tribal I.D. card or a copy of an official letter from the Tribe. The student must be directly recognized as a citizen or member of his or her Tribal Nation.
- Be enrolled as full-time student.
- Have a minimum 2.5 out of 4.0 GPA.
- Submit a current class schedule and transcript.
- Attend an accredited institution seeking an Associate's Degree or higher (the Association does not fund certificate programs or seminaries).
- Provide essays described in the application that show the student’s connection to their Tribal Nation and Indian Country.
Scholarship applications for the
2020-2021 academic year are now closed.
Before you send us a question, please review our FAQs page!
And watch this video from our partners at the American Indian College Fund, which will give you basic information and steps on how to apply.
Scholarship Application Dates for 2021-2022 Academic year:
February 1st 2021-May 31st 2021
We are pleased to announce that we are now partnering with the American Indian College Fund!
The Association on American Indian Affairs has teamed up with the American Indian College Fund to provide administration to the Association’s longstanding scholarships!
Founded by Board members from the Association on American Indian Affairs in 1989, the American Indian College Fund provides Native American scholarships and supports Native higher education. The College Fund also supports a variety of academic and support programs at 35 accredited Tribal colleges and universities, which are located in Indian Country, ensuring students have the tools to graduate and succeed in their careers.