Native American Education

Native American Scholarships

Some of the scholarships available to your graduating students. For complete lists, eligibility, and deadlines, please see each scholarship link.

Scholarship List (in no particular order)

Steven R. Nelson Native Educator Scholarship

 for Native American people pursuing education. Applications for next year will be made available on November 30, 2021 with a deadline of March 31, 2022.

The American Indian Endowed Scholarship

Helps financially needy students with close social and cultural ties to a Washington State American Indian community pursue a college education. Funding is prioritized for upper-division and graduate students. Students can use the scholarships at public colleges and many accredited independent colleges in Washington.

Scholarship awards range from about $500 to $2,000. Approximately 15 students are selected each year to receive the awards. These students are eligible to receive their college scholarships for up to five years. Renewal scholarships are not automatic and require submission of the application each year.

List of WSU specific Scholarships

American Indian Education Fund

The Undergraduate Scholarship service* supports educational opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native students by awarding more than 200 scholarships annually. We also offer a free guide to help Native Americans pursue higher education: Tools for Success — A Guide for High School Seniors, Families, Counselors and others…. **

Applications submitted by eligible Native American students each spring are reviewed by members of the Scholarship Committee, who award the competitive grants. Up to $2,000 per year is paid directly to each recipient’s college or university***. Grantees must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0 and submit grades to us each semester.

Indian Health Services

The IHS Scholarship Program provides qualified American Indian and Alaska Native health professions students an opportunity to establish an educational foundation for each stage of your pre-professional careers. Since IHS began providing scholarship support to American Indian and Alaska Native students to pursue health profession careers in 1978, the program has grown to support, educate and place health care professionals within medically underserved Indian health programs throughout the continental United States and Alaska. If you envision a career with a true purpose and mission, Indian health programs are looking for people like you. The scholarship program provides financial support in exchange for a minimum two-year service commitment within an Indian health program in your chosen health professional discipline.

SPEEA Aerospace Career Enhancement Scholarship

Status: OPEN
Deadline: November 30, 2021

Native American students attending public institutions in Washington and pursuing degrees in engineering and high-demand degrees that support the aerospace industry are eligible to apply for the SPEEA Aerospace Career Enhancement Scholarship.

This opportunity is need-based and does require a student to show an unmet financial need; applicants must have a 3.0 (unweighted) or higher cumulative GPA. This scholarship award program will award scholarships in the amount of $5,000 for students pursuing an associates, bachelors, or graduate degree at full-time status. Applicants with dependent children may be eligible for additional financial support of up to $5,000 administered through the SPEEA-ACE program to help cover the cost of childcare.


  • Must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of 1/4 degree Indian blood of a federally recognized Tribe to be verified only through submission of a Tribal Eligibility Certificate in your online application
  • A completed financial needs analysis using the Financial Needs Form in your online application
  • Must be enrolled full time in educational institutions within Washington State’s public higher education systems at the Associates, Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree level
  • Must be planning to enter a professional or technical career in the aerospace industry upon graduation
  • Must have declared a major in engineering and other high-demand degrees that support professional and technical careers in the aerospace industry

Association on American Indian Affairs Scholarships​

We will re-open applications February 1, 2022.

If you would like to be notified when applications open up again sign up here!

Scholarship Eligibility

Be enrolled with your 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. You must be directly recognized as a citizen or member of your 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.

Catching the Dream

Founded in 1986, Catching the Dream strives to help improve the quality of life in Indian communities through the higher education of Indian people. We provide scholarship funds for students who demonstrate academic achievement, clearly defined goals, leadership, the determination to succeed, and the desire to return to their communities and help others realize their dreams. We assist Indian schools in preparing students for success in college.

DAR American Indian Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to help Native Americans students of any age, any tribe and in any state striving to get an education at the undergraduate or graduate levels.  However, undergraduate students are given preference. All awards are judged based on financial need and academic achievement.

Applicants must be Native Americans (proof of American Indian blood is required by letter or proof papers) in financial need and have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher. There will be no exceptions.

This is a one-time $4,000 award.

Contact the National Vice Chair, American Indians Scholarship at for questions and information

Frances Crawford Marvin American Indian Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded once a year to one student. A candidate for this scholarship must be enrolled full time at a 2- or 4- year college or university.

Applicants must be Native Americans and proof of American Indian blood is required by letter or proof papers. Students must demonstrate financial need, academic achievement, and have a 3.25 GPA or higher. A recipient may reapply for this scholarship and be considered along with other members of the applicant pool.

The amount of scholarship is based on total return of the endowment, and may vary year to year.

Contact the National Vice Chair, Frances Crawford at

Anne Trevarthen Memorial Scholarship

This one-time scholarship will be presented each April to a high-school senior who will be attending the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Eligible applicants must demonstrate a personal connection to American Indian culture and traditions, as well as evidence of personal commitment to celebrating diversity and to bridging differences between disparate groups.

Preference will be given to students who demonstrate knowledge of and/or involvement with one of Virginia’s state-recognized Tribes. The amount of the scholarship is based on the annual return of the endowment, and may vary year to year.

To apply: For further information about this scholarship, please contact the College of William and Mary Office of Admissions at (757) 221-4223.

2022 Truman D. Picard Scholarship

Sponsored by the Intertribal Timber Council.
For Native American/Alaskan Natural Resource Students.
The deadline is Friday, March 11, 2022, 5:00 p.m. PST.

AISES Lower Columbia/Willamette River Professional Chapter

Scholarship opportunity through the American Indian Science & Engineering Society.

Verl and Dorothy Miller Native American Vocational Scholarship

For Native American residents of Oregon who are seeking vocational training or certification.

Howard Vollum American Indian Scholarship

For Native American residents of Clackamas, Multnomah or Washington counties in Oregon or Clark County in Washington, who are seeking a post-secondary degree in science, computer science, engineering or math.

The Native American Journalism Fellowship

One of NAJA’s primary goals is to create the next generation of storytellers. The Native American Journalism Fellowship, NAJA/NBC News Fellowship (applications closed for 2021), Facebook scholarships, University Student Chapters, and other programs exist to ensure that any Native student interested in a career in journalism will have the assistance they need to achieve their dreams. 

Full Circle & Tribal College Scholarships

The American Indian College Fund provides scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native college students seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees at tribal colleges, nonprofit, and accredited schools.

Any Native American U.S. citizen that is a member or descendant of a state or federally recognized tribe with at least a 2.0 grade point average, and enrolled as a full-time student can apply for a scholarship.

List of Scholarships available at University of Washington