Graduate Students

Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

American Indian Graduate Center offers a variety of funding opportunities for graduate students including MA, MS, PhD, STEM, Medical, Law, MBA, and other professional degrees. High School Students and Undergraduate Students can find additional scholarship resources on our website.

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American Indian Graduate Center Named Graduate Scholarships 2022-2023

Status: OPEN
Deadline: June 1, 2022

The American Indian Graduate Center Named Graduate Scholarships provide financial assistance to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and professional students pursuing degrees full-time at an accredited institution. Please base your personal statement on the field of study you will be pursuing. These opportunities are need-based awards.

  • Dr. Blue Spruce Scholarship – Students pursuing dentistry or dental medicine
  • Gerald Peet Scholarship – Students pursuing medicine
  • Ruth Muskrat Bronson Scholarship – Students pursuing nursing or a health-related degree
  • Lynne Ruth Lafin Elmore Sucher Scholarship – Students who are a member of a New Mexico Tribe pursuing a degree in math, medicine or life science
  • Grace Wall Barreda Memorial Scholarship – Students pursuing environmental studies or public health
  • Katrin Lamon Scholarship – Students pursuing degrees in literature or journalism
  • Jeanette Elmer Scholarship – Students who are members of Wisconsin, New Mexico or Arizona Tribes and pursuing degrees in library science
  • Elizabeth Fuber Scholarship – Female students studying the creative fine arts
  • Thirty7 Scholarship – Students pursuing a degree in education or a teaching certificate

Requirements:

  • Be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a federally recognized Tribe or Alaska Native group.
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university pursuing a graduate or professional degree.
  • Meet the specific eligibility requirements as outlined above for each opportunity.

For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to our Scholarship Operations Team at fellowships@aigcs.org.

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American Indian Graduate Center Aerospace Career Enhancement (ACE) Scholarship 2022-2023

Status: OPEN
Deadline: June 1, 2022

The purpose of the Aerospace Career Enhancement (ACE) Scholarship, in partnership with the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), is to provide financial assistance to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate students enrolled full-time at an accredited institution within Washington state’s public higher education systems. Applicants must have declared a major in engineering and other high-demand degrees that support professional and technical careers in the aerospace industry and be planning to enter a professional or technical career in the aerospace industry upon graduation.

The program will award two scholarships in the amount of $5,000 per academic year. This opportunity is a need-based award. Recipients with dependent children may be eligible for additional financial support of up to $5,000 to help cover childcare costs.

Requirements:

  • Be an enrolled member of a federally or state recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a federally or state recognized Tribe or Alaska Native group.
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited institution pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree within Washington state’s public higher education systems.
  • Have declared a major in engineering and other high-demand degrees that support professional and technical careers in the aerospace industry and be planning to enter a professional or technical career in the aerospace industry upon graduation.
  • Possess an unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to our Scholarship Operations Team at fellowships@aigcs.org.

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American Indian Graduate Center NextEra Energy Foundation (NEEF) Scholarship 2022-2023

Status: OPEN
Deadline: June 1, 2022

The purpose of the NextEra Energy Foundation (NEEF) scholarship, in partnership with NextEra Energy Foundation, Inc., is to provide financial assistance to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate students enrolled full-time at an accredited institution and pursuing degrees with a focus in environment, energy, cultural sustainability or a major in a STEM or STEM-related discipline. Native American students pursuing degrees that prepare them for the renewable energy workforce are encouraged to apply. Applicants must hold a current GPA of 3.0 or higher.

This program will award 15 scholarships in the amount of $5,000 per academic year. This opportunity is a need-based award.

Requirements:

  • Be an enrolled member of a federally or state recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a federally or state recognized Tribe or Alaska Native group.
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree.
  • Be pursuing a degree with a focus in environment, energy, cultural sustainability or a major in a STEM or STEM-related discipline.
  • Possess an unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to our Scholarship Operations Team at fellowships@aigcs.org.

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Catena Foundation Land and Water Management Fellowship Spring 2022

Status: OPEN
Deadline: January 31, 2022

The purpose of the Catena Foundation Land and Water Management Fellowship is to provide financial assistance to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native graduate students pursuing degrees full-time at an accredited institution focusing their studies on water and/or land management. Applicants must be pursuing a graduate degree in land and water planning, policy and management.

The maximum amount of an award is $10,000 per academic year. This opportunity is a need-based award.

Requirements:

  • Be an enrolled member of a federally or state recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a federally or state recognized Tribe or Alaska Native group.
  • Be a member or descendent of a Tribe located within the Colorado River Basin OR be attending an institution within any of the Colorado River Basis states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah or Wyoming).
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university pursuing a graduate degree.
  • Be pursuing a graduate degree in land and water planning, policy and management.
  • Recipients of this scholarship will be required to give a presentation on land and water planning, management and policies directly to the Catena Foundation, or as part of a professional meeting such as a conference or workshop organized by the Catena Foundation.

For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to our Scholarship Operations Team at fellowships@aigcs.org.

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Catena Foundation Land and Water Management Fellowship 2022-2023

Status: OPEN
Deadline: June 1, 2022

The purpose of the Catena Foundation Land and Water Management Fellowship is to provide financial assistance to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native graduate students pursuing degrees full-time at an accredited institution focusing their studies in water and/or land management. Applicants must be pursuing a graduate degree in land and water planning, policy and management.

The maximum amount of an award is $10,000 per academic year. This opportunity is a need-based award.

Requirements:

  • Be an enrolled member of a federally or state recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a federally or state recognized Tribe or Alaska Native group.
  • Be a member or descendent of a Tribe located within the Colorado River Basin OR be attending an institution within any of the Colorado River Basis states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah or Wyoming).
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university pursuing a graduate degree.
  • Be pursuing a graduate degree in land and water planning, policy and management.
  • Recipients of this scholarship will be required to give a presentation on land and water planning, management and policies directly to the Catena Foundation, or as part of a professional meeting such as a conference or workshop organized by the Catena Foundation.

For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to our Scholarship Operations Team at fellowships@aigcs.org.

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CNIGA Journalism Scholarship 2022-2023

Status: OPEN
Deadline: June 1, 2022

The purpose of the CNIGA Journalism Scholarship Program, in partnership with the California Nations Indian Gaming Association, is to provide financial assistance to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees full-time at an accredited institution majoring in journalism or communications.

The maximum amount of an award is $1,700 per academic year. This opportunity is a need-based award.

Requirements:

  • Be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a federally recognized Tribe or Alaska Native group. Preference is given to students who are enrolled in a California based tribe.
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in journalism or communications.

For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to our Scholarship Operations Team at fellowships@aigcs.org.

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CNIGA Seven Generations Scholarship 2022-2023

Status: OPEN
Deadline: June 1, 2022

The purpose of the CNIGA Seven Generations Scholarship Program, in partnership with the California Nations Indian Gaming Association, is to provide financial assistance to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees full-time at an accredited institution majoring in gaming, hospitality management, public policy/public administration, political science, law or Indigenous studies.

The maximum amount of an award is $1,700 per academic year. This opportunity is a need-based award.

Requirements:

  • Be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a federally recognized Tribe or Alaska Native group. Preference is given to students who are enrolled in a California based tribe.
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in gaming, hospitality management, public policy/public administration, political science, law or Indigenous studies. Preference is given to students majoring in gaming, hospitality management or public policy/public administration.

For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to our Scholarship Operations Team at fellowships@aigcs.org.

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Golda Cook Scholarship 2022-2023

Status: OPEN
Deadline: May 1, 2022

The Golda Cook Scholarship was established in honor of the life of Golda Cook (1913–2005) and her on-going support of United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY). Golda’s friends, family and UNITY trustees made contributions to establish the Golda Cook Memorial Fund to provide financial assistance to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate or graduate students pursuing degrees full-time at an accredited institution in any field of study.

This program awards two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each for one male and one female recipient. This opportunity is a merit-based award.

Requirements:

  • Be an enrolled member of a federally or state recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a federally or state recognized Tribe or Alaska Native group.
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited institution pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in any field of study.
  • Be a current member of UNITY.
  • Be below the age of 24 before June 30th of the year applying.
  • Attend the National UNITY Conference for the year awarded.
    • Note: Travel expenses incurred by the recipient WILL NOT be covered by American Indian Graduate Center or UNITY.

For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to our Scholarship Operations Team at fellowships@aigcs.org.

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Loan For Service (BIE-LFS) 2022-2023

Status: OPEN
Deadline: June 1, 2022

The Loan For Service is a graduate-level educational loan awarded to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and professional students pursuing degrees full-time at an accredited institution in any field of study. Particular attention is paid to degree candidates in the fields of law, education, medicine, natural resources, engineering, business administration and social work. Priority will be given to applicants studying education and those pursuing degrees at TCUs. To be considered, applicants must maintain satisfactory academic progress.

Loan for Service is a payback service loan, and recipients must agree to relocate, if necessary, to obtain acceptable employment for the service payback agreement. The payback agreement is a year-to-year match, meaning that if you are funded for two years, you are required to work in a BIE approved location for two years to fulfill and forgive your loan. 

The award amount varies depending on the applicant’s unmet need, but it will not exceed $20,000 per year. This opportunity is a need-based award.

Requirements:

  • Be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a federally recognized Tribe or Alaska Native group.
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university pursuing a graduate or professional degree in any field of study.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  • Agree to the payback service portion of the program.

For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to our Scholarship Operations Team at fellowships@aigcs.org.

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Native American Graduate Fellowship in Land and Water Management 2022-2023

Status: OPEN
Deadline: June 1, 2022

The purpose of the Native American Graduate Fellowship in Land and Water Management, in partnership with the Babbitt Center of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, is to provide financial assistance to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native graduate students pursuing degrees full-time at an accredited institution focusing their studies in water and/or land management. Applicants must be pursuing a graduate degree in environmental in natural resource management, civil engineering, hydrology, planning, public policy, agricultural science and management, geography and geographic information science, law, interdisciplinary sustainability studies, basic physical sciences such as biology, chemistry and ecology, or a related field.

The maximum amount of an award is $10,000 per academic year. This opportunity is a need-based award.

Requirements:

  • Be an enrolled member of a federally or state recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a federally or state recognized Tribe or Alaska Native group.
  • Be a member or descendent of a Tribe located within the Colorado River Basin OR be attending an institution within any of the Colorado River Basis states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah or Wyoming).
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university pursuing a graduate degree.
  • Be pursuing a graduate degree in environmental and natural resource management, civil engineering, hydrology, planning, public policy, agricultural science and management, geography and geographic information science, law, interdisciplinary sustainability studies, basic physical sciences such as biology, chemistry and ecology, or a related field.
  • Recipients of this scholarship will be expected to participate in one of the following activities:
    • Give a presentation directly to the Lincoln Institute, or as part of a professional meeting such as a conference or workshop organized by the Babbitt Center, to share knowledge and skills gained through your work and how those skills may be applied to Tribal water management challenges.
    • Mentor a younger college or high school student.

For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to our Scholarship Operations Team at fellowships@aigcs.org.

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REDW Scholarship 2022-2023

Status: OPEN
Deadline: June 1, 2022

The REDW Scholarship provides financial assistance to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate (juniors and seniors) and graduate students pursuing degrees full-time at an accredited institution. Applicants must hold a current GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Undergraduate applicants must be a full-time junior or senior who is pursuing a degree in accounting, finance or business-related field. Graduate applicants must be in a full-time master’s degree program pursing a master’s in business administration, taxation or accountancy.

The maximum amount of an academic year award is $2,500. This opportunity is a merit-based award.

Requirements:

  • Be an enrolled member of a federally or state recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a federally or state recognized Tribe or Alaska Native group.
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university.
  • Undergraduate applicants must be a full-time junior or senior who is pursuing a degree in accounting, finance or business-related field.
  • Graduate applicants must be in a full-time master’s degree program pursing a master’s in business administration, taxation or accountancy.
  • Possess an unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to our Scholarship Operations Team at fellowships@aigcs.org.

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Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund (BIE-SPGSF) 2022-2023

Status: OPEN
Deadline: June 1, 2022

The purpose of the Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund (SPGSF) Program is to provide financial assistance to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate, graduate and professional students pursuing degrees full-time at an accredited institution in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields (i.e., medical and life sciences, engineering, physical sciences, chemistry, natural resources/conservation, mathematics and computational sciences, earth, environmental and agriculture/animal sciences, technology, computer sciences, architectural sciences, public health, psychology, etc.).

The maximum amount of an undergraduate award is $20,000 and the maximum amount of a graduate award is $30,000 per year. This opportunity is a need-based award.

Requirements:

  • Be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a federally recognized Tribe or Alaska Native group.
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university pursuing an undergraduate, graduate or professional degree.
  • Be pursuing a degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field.

For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to our Scholarship Operations Team at fellowships@aigcs.org.

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Special Higher Education Program (BIE-SHEP) 2022-2023

Status: OPEN
Deadline: June 1, 2022

The purpose of the Special Higher Education Program (SHEP) is to provide financial assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and professional students pursuing degrees full-time at an accredited institution in any field of study.

The number of awards and award amounts varies from year to year based on the number of qualified applicants and funding. This opportunity is a need-based award.

Requirements:

  • Be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a federally recognized Tribe or Alaska Native group.
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university pursuing a graduate or professional degree in any field of study.

For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to our Scholarship Operations Team at fellowships@aigcs.org.

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Wells Fargo American Indian Scholarship 2022-2023

Status: OPEN
Deadline: June 1, 2022

The purpose of the Wells Fargo American Indian Scholarship program is to provide financial assistance to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate (juniors and seniors) and graduate students pursuing degrees full-time at an accredited institution.

Undergraduate (juniors and seniors) students must be pursuing a degree in the gaming, tourism, financial or hospitality industries. Graduate students must be pursuing a degree in business or a gaming/hospitality related field. This includes banking, resort management, gaming operations or management and administration (including accounting, finance, information technology and human resources).

The maximum amount of an undergraduate award is $2,500 and the maximum amount of a graduate award is $5,000 per year. This opportunity is a need-based award.

Requirements:

  • Be an enrolled member of a federally or state recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a federally or state recognized Tribe or Alaska Native group.
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university pursuing an undergraduate (junior or senior) or graduate degree.
  • Undergraduate (juniors and seniors) students must be pursuing a degree in the gaming, tourism, financial or hospitality industries.
  • Graduate students must be pursuing a degree in business or a gaming/hospitality related field. This includes banking, resort management, gaming operations, or management and administration (including accounting, finance, information technology and human resources).

For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to our Scholarship Operations Team at fellowships@aigcs.org.

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Wilson-Hooper Veterinary Medicine Assistance Program 2022-2023

Status: OPEN
Deadline: June 1, 2022

The Wilson-Hooper Veterinary Medicine Assistance Program, created in the memory of Jane Wilson Hooper and Colonel Philip L. Hooper, provides financial assistance to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native students pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine (DVM) or veterinary technology (Associate of Applied Science) full-time at an accredited institution. Applicants must hold a current GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The maximum amount of an academic year award is $5,000. This opportunity is a renewable, merit-based award.

Requirements:

  • Be an enrolled member of a federally or state recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a federally or state recognized Tribe or Alaska Native group.
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine (DVM) or veterinary technology (Associate of Applied Science).
  • Possess an unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to our Scholarship Operations Team at fellowships@aigcs.org.

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Empowering Scholars Initiative: American Indian Graduate Center Access Scholarships

Status: OPEN
Deadline: Ongoing

Recognizing the limited access that American Indian and Alaska Native students have to graduate entrance exams and the cost of affording such exams, we researched the average cost of the following tests:

  • GRE:   $205.00
  • GMAT: $250.00
  • MCAT: $320.00
  • LSAT:  $200.00
  • PCAT:  $210.00

Seeing this need as a barrier to Native students’ access to graduate education, American Indian Graduate Center continues the American Indian Graduate Center Access Scholarship to provide a one-time award to cover a student’s graduate test fee.

Requirements:

  • Be an enrolled member or a first or second-generation descendant of a federally or state recognized Tribe.
  • Provide proof of Tribal enrollment via a copy of their Certificate Degree of Indian Blood, Tribal membership card OR a letter of enrollment/descendency from your Tribal enrollment office.
  • Complete and submit the application.
  • Provide a copy of your most recent, cumulative transcript.
  • Submit a receipt of payment and copy of your test score to American Indian Graduate Center. If these verification documents are not received, the applicant will be ineligible for future funding UNLESS the applicant returns the full amount of funds received back to American Indian Graduate Center.

For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to our Scholarship Operations Team at fellowships@aigcs.org.

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Professional Development Funding for STEM Educators and Students 2021-2022

Status: OPEN
Deadline: Ongoing

The Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund (SPGSF) is administered by American Indian Graduate Center and funded by the Bureau of Indian Education to provide funding specifically for training opportunities in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Typical awards for professional development will be between $1,200 to $10,000. This is a great opportunity for TCU faculty, staff and students who are focused on STEM fields to take advantage of. Individuals who are seeking professional development such as continuing education, conferences, training and certifications can apply for funding to assist with registration, travel and other related costs. Educators (K-12) at a BIE funded school, a BIE controlled school, a school on a reservation or a school with a 20% or more Native American population are encouraged to apply.

Requirements:

  • Be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a federally recognized Tribe to be verified only through submission of a Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC).
  • Be employed at a Bureau funded school, a Bureau controlled school, a school on a reservation, a school with at least 20% Native population or attending a TCU or accredited-post secondary institution.
  • Exclusive consideration will be given to applicants using training in STEM in an education field.

For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to our Scholarship Operations Team at fellowships@aigcs.org.

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American Indian Graduate Center Professional Examination Funding

Status: OPEN
Deadline: Ongoing

American Indian Graduate Center provides financial assistance to Fellows to cover the cost of professional examinations, including Bar Examination funding. Exam assistance is limited to a single examination, which must be taken within one calendar year after graduation date. This award covers fees incurred to register for the exam, costs of preparatory courses and other exam-related expenses.

Requirements:

  • Be currently funded by:
    • BIE Loan for Service (LFS)
    • BIE Special Higher Education Program (SHEP)
    • BIE Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund (SPGSF)
  • Have graduated within one year of applying for exam funding assistance.
  • Submit test results to American Indian Graduate Center as soon as the results are received.
  • Exam assistance is limited to one professional examination.

For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to our Scholarship Operations Team at fellowships@aigcs.org.

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American Indian Graduate Center Johnson Scholarship Foundation CPA Examination Funding

Status: OPEN
Deadline: Ongoing

American Indian Graduate Center, in partnership with the Johnson Scholarship Foundation, provides financial assistance to American Indians and Alaska Natives to assist with the costs associated with taking the CPA examination sections. Students and professionals seeking CPA licensure are encouraged to apply.

Eligible applicants may receive assistance no more than one time for each section of the CPA examination, and recipients will only be awarded for one section of the exam at a time. American Indian Graduate Center will provide assistance for application fees, registration fees and exam fees. This award covers fees incurred to register for the exam and other exam-related expenses. Costs of preparatory courses may be considered depending on funding availability.

Requirements:

  • Be a member of a federally recognized Tribe.
  • Meet all CPA examination requirements.
  • Submit test results for each section to American Indian Graduate Center as soon as the results are received.
  • Exam assistance is limited to no more than one time for each section.

For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to our Scholarship Operations Team at fellowships@aigcs.org.

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Empowering Scholars Initiative: Student Relief Scholarships

Status: CLOSED
Deadline: CLOSED

The Student Relief Scholarship is designed to assist Native students who are facing financial hardships and challenges by providing them with a one-time relief scholarship. The fund will be utilized to help support students in emergency situations that includes, but is not limited to, food insecurity, emergency travel costs, emergency housing costs, educational technology or technology-related resources, or other educational expenses. This scholarship is open for Native students who meet the requirements listed below.

Requirements:

  • Be an enrolled member or first or second-generation descendant of a federally or state recognized Tribe.
  • Provide proof of enrollment via a copy of their Certificate Degree of Indian Blood, Tribal membership card OR a letter of enrollment/descendency from your Tribal enrollment office.
  • Be enrolled full-time in a U.S. accredited non-profit institution and provide proof of full-time enrollment.
  • Be pursuing either an undergraduate, graduate or professional degree in any field of study.

For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to our Scholarship Operations Team at fellowships@aigcs.org.

Miller Indigenous Economic Development Fellowship

Status: CLOSED
Deadline: CLOSED

Recognizing the current economic climate and the underrepresentation of Native researchers in the field of economics and economic development, American Indian Graduate Center established the Miller Indigenous Economic Development Fellowship. Through the generous support of American Indian Graduate Center Alumnus Robert J. Miller, this fellowship is established to award research fellowships to doctoral candidates in their current data collection or analysis phase whose work centers on economics and economic development focusing on or influencing Native communities.

These funds will support candidates in need of assistance with costs related to their data collection and data analysis processes. This can include, but is not limited to:

  • Research travel
  • Research supplies
  • Data analysis tools or subscriptions
  • Transcriptions services
  • Analysis services
  • Analysis review or editor cost

Requirements:

  • Be an enrolled member of a federally or state recognized tribe or have first or second-generation descendant and provide proof of enrollment via a copy of their Certificate Degree of Indian Blood, Tribal Membership card OR letter from Tribal enrollment office.
  • Be enrolled in an accredited non-profit institution of higher education.
  • Be a current doctoral candidate and provide a letter of candidacy or proof of candidacy from your committee chair or program.
  • Provide a budget detailing the proposed use of funds.
  • Provide a narrative (1,000 words or less) describing the following:
    • Purpose and significance of their study.
    • Brief description of their methodology, data collection methods and data analysis.
  • Provide details on any other funding sources the applicants have received or applied to.
  • Provide a letter of support from the applicant’s committee chair that speaks to their research knowledge and study.

For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to our Scholarship Operations Team at fellowships@aigcs.org.

Empowering Scholars Initiative: Community Impact Research Scholarships

Status: CLOSED
Deadline: CLOSED

Recognizing the current social climate regarding equity, diversity and civil unrest, American Indian Graduate Center established the Community Impact Research Scholarship.

This one-time research scholarship will be awarded to doctoral candidates that are in their current data collection or analysis phase whose work centers on issues of social and racial diversity and equity in Indian Country. These funds will support candidates in need of assistance with costs related to their data collection and data analysis processes. This can include:

  • Research travel
  • Research supplies
  • Data analysis tools or subscription
  • Transcriptions services
  • Analysis services
  • Analysis review or edit fees

Requirements:

  • Be a federally or state recognized enrolled Tribal member or first or second-generation descendant.
  • Provide proof of enrollment via a copy of their Certificate Degree of Indian Blood, Tribal membership card, Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC) OR a letter of enrollment/descendency from your Tribal enrollment office. Faxed and emailed documents will no longer be accepted.
  • Be enrolled in a U.S. accredited non-profit institution.
  • Be a current doctoral candidate and provide a letter of candidacy or proof of candidacy from your committee chair or program.
  • Provide a budget detailing the proposed use of the funds.
  • Provide a narrative describing the following (750-words maximum):
    • Purpose and significance of their study.
    • Brief descriptions of the methodology, data collection, and data analysis methods.
    • How their research will impact Indian country regarding social and racial diversity and equity.
  • Provide details on any other funding sources they have received or applied to.
  • Provide information for one academic reference that can speak to your work as a doctoral candidate.

For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to our Scholarship Operations Team at fellowships@aigcs.org.

American Indian Graduate Center NextEra Energy Foundation (NEEF) Scholarship 

Status: CLOSED
Deadline: CLOSED

American Indian Graduate Center is pleased to offer this scholarship in partnership with NextEra Energy Foundation, Inc. (NEEF) for the 2021-2022 academic year. Native American students pursuing degrees that prepare them for the renewable energy workforce are eligible to apply. The purpose and goal of this program is to invest in higher education for Native American students in the fields of energy, environment and cultural sustainability/preservation.

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 program will award scholarships in the amount of $5,000 for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at full-time status.

Requirements:

  • Be enrolled in or a descendant from a federally or state recognized Native American Tribe. Documentation of Tribal eligibility (TEC Form) is required.
  • Be enrolled full-time in regionally or nationally accredited educational institutions within the U.S.
  • Be pursuing a field of study with a focus in environment, energy, or cultural sustainability and/or a major in a STEM or STEM-related discipline.
  • Complete FAFSA and provide documentation by submitting a Financial Needs Form (FNF) and must have an unmet financial need.
  • Provide one academic reference and one community reference.
  • Have a 3.0 (unweighted) or higher cumulative GPA.

For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to our Scholarship Operations Team at fellowships@aigcs.org.

SPEEA Aerospace Career Enhancement Scholarship

Status: CLOSED
Deadline: CLOSED

Native American students attending public institutions in Washington state 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 program will award scholarships in the amount of $5,000 for students pursuing an associate, bachelor’s 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.

Requirements:

  • Be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a federally recognized Tribe to be verified only through submission of a Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC) in your online application.
  • Be enrolled full-time in educational institutions within Washington state’s public higher education systems at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree level.
  • Be planning to enter a professional or technical career in the aerospace industry upon graduation.
  • Have declared a major in engineering and other high-demand degrees that support professional and technical careers in the aerospace industry.
  • Provide financial needs analysis using the Financial Needs Form (FNF) in your online application.

For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to our Scholarship Operations Team at fellowships@aigcs.org.

Empowering Scholars Initiative: Direct Scholarships

Status: CLOSED
Deadline: CLOSED

Recognizing and refusing to allow students to choose between education and basic needs, American Indian Graduate Center continues to provide educational support to American Indian and Alaska Native students. This need-based scholarship serves to allow students an opportunity to apply for mid-year funding to help alleviate educational costs to continue with their pursuit of higher education.

Requirements:

  • Be an enrolled member or a first or second-generation descendant of a federally or state recognized Tribe.
  • Provide proof of Tribal enrollment via a copy of their Certificate Degree of Indian Blood, Tribal membership card OR a letter of enrollment/descendency from your Tribal enrollment office.
  • Be enrolled full or part-time in a U.S. accredited non-profit institution.
  • Be pursuing either an undergraduate, graduate or professional degree in any field of study.
  • Demonstrate an unmet need through the completion of a Financial Needs Form (FNF).
  • Have not been previously awarded an American Indian Graduate Center scholarship for 2021-2022.

For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to our Scholarship Operations Team at fellowships@aigcs.org.

To learn more about Graduate Student Scholarships, contact American Indian Graduate Center!