Undergraduate Scholarship for indigenous students of United States of America; The AIS College Scholarship program

Native American Scholarship: The AIS Scholarship program is meant to help undergraduate Native American students with financial support to attend college, maintain enrollment, and graduate. Scholarship Awards are based on up to one-half of tuition and need for the term the student is applying for and are allocated directly to the school for the student. Students will need to have their own email account in order to apply.

Application Steps

  1. Complete the online application

  2. Upload all required documents by the specified deadline

  3. If awarded, submit a thank you letter

  4. Click here to login to view your application

  5. Follow American Indian Services on Facebook or Instagram for updates

Incomplete applications will not be processed. Late documents will not be accepted. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks AFTER the deadline for applications to be evaluated and updated online. If your application has been approved, your application status will be updated and you will receive an email.

Requirements for the Scholarship

  1. Enrolled or will enroll as a matriculated student in a university, college, junior college or technical school located in the United States (incoming freshman accepted)

  2. Must be enrolled or will enroll with an accredited school (Check accreditation status with your school)

  3. An enrolled member of a U.S. Federally Recognized American Indian or Alaska Native Tribe, or descendant of a base roll member (Visit here to find out how to contact your tribe, apply for enrollment, and/or apply for a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood)

  4. Undergraduate student with no more than 150-semester credits or 210 quarter credits (First bachelor’s degree only, graduate studies NOT currently eligible).

  5. Full-time or part-time status – excluding non-credit courses (minimum of 6 credits)

  6. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 must be established and maintained after the first semester/quarter of college

  7. Completed Federal Student Aid

The Required Documents for the Scholarship

All required documents need to be uploaded to the student’s application, and listed below are the required documents;

  • Photo of the Applicant – Photo needs to be recent.

  • Proof of Heritage – Proof of Heritage must show that you are either an enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Tribe or you are not enrolled but are a descendant of a base roll member.

  • Essay (in place of the biographical letter) – The essay is not an actual document that you will upload, but rather a text box on the application itself. What’s included:

    • Tell about yourself. (For example something special about where you grew up, experiences with your tribe or how it has influenced you, what your family is like, the challenges you’ve had to overcome to get your education, etc.)

    • Desired career industry (uses a dropdown list).

    • Why have you chosen this field?

    • Please explain why you feel you need this scholarship.

  • Official Tuition Billing Statement (or acceptable alternative) – The statement must reflect the term you are applying for and the tuition amount.

  • Current Transcript (can be unofficial) – High school or GED transcripts are acceptable for incoming freshmen in their first two terms ONLY.

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