Scholarships for Indian High School Students

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      Specific grants and scholarships are available for Native American students who wish to attend college. Many colleges and universities across the country also offer free tuition and campus housing for Native American students. Students must be a member of a federally recognized tribe to qualify. A Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) document or card is accepted as proof of membership in their tribe. Exceptions to this are Canadian born Native American students who have at least one half Indian blood and are eligible for Title IV federal student aid.

    United States Bureau of Indian Affairs

    • Students who have more than one quarter Indian blood are eligible for Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) scholarships. Funds may only be provided to a student who is a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe. Students must apply through their tribe, home agency or area office of Indian Education. In addition, a FAFSA (Federal Student Aid) form must be filed in order to qualify. BIA provides funding for 26 institutions. Two of these organizations, the Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, are run by the BIA. The remaining 24 are tribal-run community colleges.

      US Bureau of Indian Affairs
      Office of Education
      1849 C Street, NW
      Washington, DC 20240-0001
      202-208-4871
      800-332-9186
      finaid.org/otheraid/natamind.phtml

    American Indian College Fund

    • Tribal colleges are unique because they are managed by the tribe, provide education to tribal members on the reservation and are located on the reservation's premises. The American Indian College Fund provides approximately 6,000 scholarships to Native American Indian students each year. The organization also gives financial support to the country's 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities.

      American Indian College Fund
      8333 Greenwood Blvd
      Denver, CO 80221
      800-776-3863
      303-426-8900
      collegefund.org

    Native American Fund

    • The Native American Scholarship Fund provides scholarships in Science, Math, Engineering, Education, Business and Computer Science. Both undergraduate and graduate funds are awarded. Applicants must be one fourth Native Indian or more and enrolled as a member of a recognized tribe.

      Native American Scholarship Fund, Inc
      8200 Mountain Rd., NE, Suite 203
      Albuquerque NM 87110
      505-262-2351
      free-4u.com/native_american_scholarship_fund,_inc__(scholarships).htm

    Indian Health Service Preparatory Scholarship

    • The Indian Health Service Preparatory Scholarship is given by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to students enrolling in baccalaureate programs in health professions, social work and accounting. Students must be citizens of the United States. This is a renewable scholarship but must be applied for each time. A one year service obligation is required for each year of funding received.

      U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
      Indian Health Service Preparatory Scholarship Program
      Twinbrook Metro Plaza, Suite 100
      12300 Twinbrook Pkwy
      Rockville MD 20852
      301-443-0234
      ihs.gov/JobsCareerDevelop/DHPS/scholarships/learn_more.cfm

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