American Indian and Alaska Native Scholarships

For more information about and assistance applying for these scholarships, contact Lara Nelson, American Indian Circle Program director and academic advisor, in Mewaldt-Jensen 109; call 605-626-3573; or email


3M Gives STEM Scholarship

Deadline: Application will open April 5, 2022 and close June 5, 2022

Summary:  American Indian students may apply. Applicants must answer questions and address reasons they would like to pursue a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics). 

A review committee will select awardees based on the application and letter. Applicants also will be required to participate in STEM outreach activities, and model positive academic behavior. One $5,000 scholarship.


The Cobell Scholarship  

Deadline: See website

Summary: Applicant must be an enrolled member of a U.S. federally recognized tribe enrolled full time in a degree-seeking program and demonstrate financial need. Scholarship awards and amounts vary.


Ford Motor Company/American Indian College Fund Corporate Scholars Program

Deadline: See website

Summary: Applicant must be a Native American, Alaskan or Hawaiian student seeking to earn college credentials in math, technology, business and science at tribal colleges and universities or other institutions of higher learning.  A minimum cumulative GPA standard of 3.0 is required for program participation.  Awards worth $10,000 each, based on financial need and academic performance.  


Richard Hagen-Minerva Harvey Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: See website

Summary: Applicant must be an enrolled member of an American Indian tribe who graduated from an accredited South Dakota high school and apply within 5 years of high school graduation or 1 year after release from active duty (if release is within 5 year of high school graduation). Requires application, two letters of recommendation, official high school and college transcript, verification of tribal enrollment, essay, listing of high school/college activities and ACT scores (if applicable). Award amounts vary from $1,000 each to $2,500 (see program detail).


The Bureau of Indian Education Higher Education Grant Program

Deadline: June 1

Summary: Applicants must be American Indian or Alaska native students seeking a bachelor's degree and be a current member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or American Indian descendant with at least one-fourth Indian blood.  Graduate student scholarship available. Requires application. Scholarship amounts vary. 


Adolph Van Pelt Foundation 

Deadline: June 1

Summary: Offers  grants of $500 to $1,500 to American Indian and Alaska native undergraduate students who have economic need and are seeking a degree in any discipline.


American Indian Graduate Center/AIGC Scholars Scholarships

Deadline: See website

Summary: Cobell, Wells Fargo and Accenture scholarships and STEM loan offered. Applicants must be enrolled members of an American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group. Requires application. Scholarship amounts vary. 


The Gates Millennium Scholars

Deadline: See website

Summary: Funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the program removes financial barriers to education for high-performing, low-income students of certain ethnic backgrounds. Applicants must be citizens, legal permanent residents or nationals of the United States and have a cumulative GPA of 3.3, among other requirements.


American Indian Education Fund Undergraduate Scholarships

Deadline: See website (priority deadline March 1)

Summary: Either the applicant or the applicant€'s parent must have documented membership as a Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian. Requires application, essay, transcript and documentation of membership. $2,000 scholarships awarded.


American Indian Services Grants and Scholarships

Deadline: See website

Summary: Provides grants and scholarships to full- or part-time students enrolled in a university, college, junior college or technical school. Applicants must haveat least 1/4 Northern-Native American Indian blood and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25.

American Indian Scholarship Fund Association

Deadline: Contact association at American Indian Scholarship Fund Association, 1508 Crossroads of the World, Los Angeles, CA 90020.

Summary: Provides scholarships and loans to American Indian students.


National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution

Deadline: See website

Summary: Several scholarships, including the DAR American Indian Scholarship and Frances Crawford Marvin American Indian Scholarship.


Association on American Indian Affairs Scholarships

Deadline: See website

Summary: Several scholarships for undergraduate students from federally recognized tribes. One application ensures consideration for all scholarships.


Dakota Indian Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: See website

Summary: Renewable $500 scholarships available to sophomore, junior or senior American Indian students with preference given to those of Lakota, Dakota, Nakota heritage.


Ethel and Emery Fast Scholarship Foundation

Deadline: Fall term, Aug. 15; spring term, Dec. 15

Summary: American Indian applicants who have completed one year of college (graduate or undergraduate) may apply. For an application,write to the Ethel & Emery Fast Foundation, 12620 Rolling Road, Potomac, MD 20854 or phone 301-762-1102.


North Dakota Indian Scholarship

Deadline: July 15

Summary: Must be resident of North Dakota from a federally recognized Indian tribe and a full-time student with GPA of 2.0 or above. $800-$2,000 scholarships.


Indian Health Service Scholarship

Deadline: See website or contact Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service at 605-226-7343.

Summary: The Indian Health Service (IHS) offers three scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students to educate and train health professionals to staff Indian health programs.


American Indian College Fund

Deadline: See website

Summary: Scholarships are awarded to American Indian or Alaska Native students attending tribal ornon-tribal colleges; generally based upon merit or demonstrated financial need.


The American Indian Science and Engineering Society Scholarships

Deadline: See website

Summary: Several scholarships up to $10,000 are offered to American Indian students.


Native American Scholarship Fund - Catching the Dream

Deadline: See website

Summary: Resources for and links toscholarships and grants for American Indians.


Graduate Student Scholarships

American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarships

Deadline: See website

Summary: Students pursuing a graduate degree at any eligible college may apply. Awards are based upon merit or demonstrated financial need. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0.


S.D./N.D. Tribal Programs

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe

Phone: 605-245-2221


Lower Brule Sioux Tribe

Phone: 605-473-5561


Rosebud Sioux Tribe

Phone:605-747-2375, 1-887-808-3283


Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Phone: 701-854-8500


Yankton Sioux Tribe Higher Education Scholarships

Phone: 605-384-3997


Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Phone: 605-964-7880/7882


Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe

Phone: 605-997-3891


Sisseton/Wahpeton Oyate Tribe Higher Education Program

P.O. Box 689 Sisseton, S.D. 57262

Phone: 605-698-3966 ext. 704


Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe

Phone: 605-867-5338, 1-800-832-3651



Three Affiliated Tribes

Phone: 701-627-4112

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