Graduate Fellowships

Cobell Scholars

Deadline: June 1, 2015 (for AY 2015-16)

This scholarship was established as a result of the Cobell v. Salazar litigation.  The Cobell Scholars Program is intended to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native students to defray the cost of attendance at both post-secondary vocational schools and institutions of higher education, including graduate and professional schools.

ELIGIBILITY: Scholarships in various amounts are awarded to U.S. Federally-recognized American Indian and Alaska Native community members (students) who are vocational certificate-seeking or associate, bachelor, graduate and professional degree-seeking students in full-time, accredited, non-profit institutions in the United States; and who are able to demonstrate financial need through the submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

A complete application will consist of:

  1. A completed General Application (deadline June 1); and,
  2. Completion of Cobell Scholars opportunity-specific questions (deadline June 1); and,
  3. Tribal Eligibility Certificate (due July 15) which is also available at aigcs.org in the Scholarships section titledOnline Application Instructions; and,
  4. Financial Needs Form(due July 15) which is also available at aigcs.org in the Scholarships section titled Online Application Instructions.

 

aigc_logo_transparent1BIE STEM LOAN FOR SERVICE
Currently Closed

AIGC administers a Bureau of Indian Education contract to provide financial assistance in the form of loans to eligible American Indian and Alaska Natives seeking graduate and professional degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  The goal is to promote opportunity for careers with tribal governments, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Indian Affairs—funded organizations on and off reservations.  Loans are paid back at the rate of one year of service for one year of funding.

To be considered for the AIGC STEM Loan for Service, the applicant must:

  • Be an enrolled member of a US federally-recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska native group, or possess 1/4 degree federally-recognized Indian blood to be verified only through submission of a TEC;
  • Able to demonstrate financial need through submission of a FNF;
  • Be (or will be) pursuing a master’s or doctorate degree as a full-time degree-seeking student at an accredited graduate school in the United States.  Exclusive consideration is paid to degree candidates in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields to be verified through the submission of current transcripts or proof of acceptance to an eligible program.

aigc_logo_transparent1AIGC Fellowship
Deadline: June 1, 2015

The AIGC Fellowship program provides approximately $1,200,000 in fellowships to over 400 American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and professional students each year.  Graduate fellowships are monetary awards made to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate or professional full-time, degree-seeking students, who meet all eligibility criteria.  The fellowship amount is typically between $1000 and $5000 per academic year (not including summer), and varies from year to year, depending on the number of qualified applicants, the availability of funds and unmet financial need.

To be considered, applicants must be:

  • Pursuing a post-baccalaureate graduate or professional degree as a full time student at an accredited institution in the U.S.;
  • Able to demonstrate financial need through submission of the AIGC Financial Need Form (FNF), and;
  • An enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian or Alaska Native group, or provide documentation of descent (possess one-fourth degree verifiable federally recognized Indian blood) as verified through submission of a Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC).

aigc_logo_transparent1LOAN FOR SERVICE
Deadline: June 1, 2015

AIGC administers a Bureau of Indian Education contract to provide financial assistance in the form of loans to eligible American Indian and Alaska Natives seeking graduate and professional degrees.  The goal is to promote opportunity for careers with tribal governments, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Indian Affairs—funded organizations on and off reservations.  Loans are paid back at the rate of one year of service for one year of funding.

To be considered for the AIGC Loan for Service, the applicant must:

  • Be pursuing a graduate or professional degree as a full time student at an accredited institution in the United States;
  • Able to demonstrate financial need through submission of a FNF;
  • An enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian or Alaska Native group, or provide documentation of descent (possess one-fourth degree verifiable federally recognized Indian blood) verified through submission of a TEC, and;
  • Have a 3.0 GPA;

wells fargoWELLS FARGO AMERICAN INDIAN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Deadline: May 15, 2015

This scholarship is funded by Wells Fargo and administered by American Indian Graduate Center. To be considered for the Wells Fargo scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be an enrolled member of a United States federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group, verified through submission of a TEC;
  • Be pursuing a career and degree in fields relating to banking, resort management, gaming operations, management and administration, including accounting, finance, information technology and human resources;
  • Be a an incoming graduate or professional school student at a U.S. accredited college or university as full-time and degree-seeking student with an average GPA of a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, and;
  • Demonstrate financial need through submission of an AIGC Financial Ned Form (FNF).

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REDW Native American Scholarship in Accounting

Deadline: June 1, 2015

This scholarship is funded by REDW, a national certified public accounting and business consulting firm that boasts many American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and enterprises among their clients.  REDW recognizes not only the need for scholarship support for Native people to enter the field of accounting but also the need for students to gain valuable experience and mentorship in the field.  REDW will support 2 students, studying Accounting, each year.

  • Must be an enrolled member of a United States federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group, as verified through submission of the AIGC Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC);
  • Must be pursuing a career and degree in the field of accounting;
  • Preference for undergraduate applicants; must be a full-time, accounting degree-seeking college undergraduate junior or senior and must meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria.
  • Graduate students must be full-time, accounting degree-seeking graduate student and demonstrate financial need.

Note: REDW will provide priority application status to scholarship recipients, for paid REDW internships, in either the Phoenix, AZ or Albuquerque, NM offices. Residency in either city is not required, however careful consideration will be given to those intern applicants who can obtain housing in either location.

Founded in 1953, REDW is one of the top five largest and most respected certified public accounting and business consulting firms in the southwestern United States, and the fourth fastest-growing firm nationally during 2013, according to Accounting Today. With headquarters in Albuquerque, NM and an office in Phoenix, AZ, REDW has more than 180 employees. Together the offices serve the tax, audit, accounting, business consulting and financial needs of a wide range of clients, including tribes and tribal enterprises, privately held businesses, local and state government agencies, healthcare facilities and financial institutions, nonprofit organizations and individuals both regionally and nationally. REDW is an independent member of the BDO Alliance USA. For additional information, visit redw.com.


OTHER AIGC GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS

AIGC manages a number of private funds and awards and provides these as supplemental scholarships ($500 – $5000 each) based on field of study and other criteria defined by the donor.  All successful applicants for the AIGC Fellowship (above) are considered for these fellowships and will be notified at the time that awards are announced.  There is no separate application process for these awards. These funds are known as:

  • Grace Wall Barreda Memorial Fellowship – Public Health and Environmental Studies
  • Ruth Muskrat Bronson Fellowship – Primarily Nursing or Health related programs
  • Jeanette Elmer Fellowship – Library Science
  • Edna Furber Fellowship – Women studying Creative Fine Arts
  • Katrin Lamon Fellowship – Literature or Journalism
  • Gerald Peet Fellowship – Medicine
  • John Rainer Memorial Fellowship – Continuing AIGC Fellows in all degree areas
  • Dr. Beryl Blue Spruce Memorial Fellowship – Pueblo Citizens studying Medicine or Nursing (OB/GYN)
  • Dr. George Blue Spruce Fellowship – Dentistry