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A Letter from Linda Walking Woman
Director of Education


Dear Tribal Student, Parents, and Guardians,

      Too often, young adults wait until they graduate from high school to make important decision about what to do with their lives. But if students feel that they might want to go to college, they should begin planning during their freshman year of high school. The following is a suggested guideline for students interested in attending college.

Guideline for High School Students

About Financial Assistance for College

      Financial assistance is often available through your choice college or university if your family has a financial need. Most colleges post information on applying for financial aide on their websites. If you have questions about the application, contact the college's Financial Aide office. You might want to make an appointment for a one-on-one session with a financial aide counsellor. It is also very important that you apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or "FAFSA" each year. This is a requirement at most colleges and universities if you are seeking any financial assistance such as scholarships, grants, and loans.

      Regrettably, our Tribe does not have funds that can be used to help students with their college education. It is our hope that someday this will be possible, but none are available at this time. However, below I have listed links to funds available through grants and scholarship for students of State-recognized tribes. These scholarships/grants are highly competitive in that many students apply for the few available. Students must also meet the academic and/or financial qualifications of the scholarship or grant. Having said that, we have had some of our students who have won these scholarships/grants based on their tribal membership and academic qualifications. The application process is often long and might require references, but it is worth the effort if a student qualifies. Remember, not every student who applies is awarded the scholarship/grant.


   
Scholarships for U.S. American Indian including State-Recognized Tribes

 
  From the American Indian College Fund (AICF):
  This Funding is NEWLY opened to State-Recognized Tribes!
 
    American Indian College Fund Full Circle scholarships
     -- Students Attending Non-Tribal Colleges:
     The American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarships are awarded to students attending non-tribal colleges. These
     scholarships are funded through our partnerships with corporate and private donors and are available to American Indian
     students attending mainstream universities who are pursuing undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees.
     The American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarships are administered by the American Indian College Fund and are
     generally based upon merit or demonstrated financial need.

     To learn how to apply for an AICF scholarship, click here.


  From the Udall Foundation:

    Udall Scholarship
     -- Awarding 50 scholarships of up to $7,000 each to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related
     to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. You must be nominated by Faculty Rep in your college
     for this scholarship.

     To Apply, contact you Faculty Rep. "Click Here" to find you Faculty Rep. The online application is available September 1, 2018,
     but only your Udall faculty representative can give you access to the application. Deadline March 7, 2019 to register students
     for the online application.


  From the Association of American Indain Affairs (AAIA):

  Undergraduate & Graduate


    AAIA: Allogan Slagle Memorial Scholarships
     -- $1,500 ($750 per semester)
     -- Note: Current funding for scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year has been met. Please check back in October 2018
        for 2019-2020 school year.

  From Indian Health Service:
 
        The IHS Scholarship Program has closed the application cycle for 2018-2019. The application cycle for 2019-2020 will
        open in late December.
    Health Professions Prep Scholarship
     -- Tuition & Fees covered
     -- Read about in Application Handbook
 
    Health Professions Pre-Grad Scholarship
     -- Tuition & Fees covered
     -- Read about in Application Handbook



  From American Indian Education Foundation
 
    AIEF Scholarship Information

    AIEF Undergraduate Scholarships
     -- Up to $2,000 per year, provides nearly $450,000 to about 225 students each year. Check back for 2019-2020 year
         application. It should be available late Fall 2018.
     -- 2019-2020 Application<--Available in Fall 2018.

        Deadline for 2019-2020 scholarship applications is April 4th, 2019. Remember to apply early for 2019-2020 year because
        completed applications received before March 1st will earn you one additional point on your score!

 
    AIEF Graduate Scholarship
     -- $1000 to $2000 per scholarship
     -- 2018-2019 Application<--Available in Fall 2018.



  Scholarship for Law School from the American Bar Association
 
    American Bar Association (ABA) Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
     --2019-2020 Application<--The 2019 applications with be posted the first week of October 2018.

        (Read submission directions carefully; mailed applications not accepted.)  

     Check Here for participating Law Schools.





   
Scholarships for U.S. American Indian including State-Recognized Tribes
Membership in Organization Required

 
  Native American Journalist Association:
 
    2019-2020 NAJA Scholarship<--Application available in late Fall 2019

     Each year NAJA offers various forms of scholarships/fellowships/grants ranging from $500-$3,000 to Native American students
     pursuing journalism degrees at a higher learning institution. To apply, students must be current paid members. Annual
     memberships cost $10 for high school students and $20 for college students. NAJA serves students pursuing a career in radio,
     television or print (newspaper) journalism.

     Deadline for applying is often by mid-April. Check website for specific deadlines.


  American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES):
 
     AISES offers a variety of scholarships to its members.
    For scholarship information in STEM fields go here.
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