Undergraduate Students

Funding Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

American Indian Graduate Center offers funding opportunities for undergraduate students including AS, BA and BS degrees in all majors, with special scholarships for STEM majors. High School Students and Graduate Students can find additional scholarship resources on our website.

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AIGC NextEra Energy Foundation (NEEF) Scholarship 2021-2022

Status: OPEN
Deadline: December 31, 2021 

DESCRIPTION

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

REQUIREMENTS

  1. Students must be enrolled in or a descendant from a state or federally recognized Native American Tribe. Documentation of Tribal eligibility is required (TEC Form);
  2. Student must complete FAFSA and provide documentation by submitting a Financial Needs form (FNF), and must have an unmet financial need;

    3. Students must be enrolled full time in regionally or nationally accredited educational institutions within the United States;

    4. Students must 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;

    5. Application will require one academic reference and one community reference;

    6. Students must have a 3.0 (unweighted) or higher cumulative GPA.

For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to fellowships@aigcs.org.

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SPEEA Aerospace Career Enhancement Scholarship

Status: OPEN
Deadline: December 31, 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.

Eligibility:

  • 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

The SPEEA Aerospace Career Enhancement Scholarship is a need-based award.

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Empowering Scholars Initiative: AIGC Access Scholarships

Status: OPEN
Deadline: Ongoing

Recognizing the limited access that American Indian and Alaska Native students have regarding access 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 AIGC Access Scholarship to provide a one-time award to cover a student’s graduate test fee.

Eligibility:

  • Students applying for the Student Access Scholarship:
    • Must complete and submit the application.
    • Must provide an copy of your most-recent, cumulative transcript.
    • Must be an enrolled member or a 1st/2nd generation descendant of a federally or state-recognized Tribe.
    • Must 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.
    • Must submit a receipt of payment and copy of your test score to AIGC. If these verification documents are not received by AIGC, the applicant will be ineligible for future AIGC funding UNLESS the applicant returns the full amount of funds received back to AIGC.

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

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Empowering Scholars Initiative: Community Impact Research Scholarships

Status: OPEN
Deadline: December 17, 2021

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

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled in a U.S. accredited non-profit institution.
  • Must be a current doctoral candidate, provide a letter of candidacy or proof of candidacy from your committee chair or program.
  • Must provide a budget detailing the proposed use of the funds.
  • Must 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.
  • Must be a federally or state-recognized enrolled tribal member or 1st/2nd generation descendant.
  • Must 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.

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Empowering Scholars Initiative: Direct Scholarships

Status: OPEN
Deadline: December 31, 2021

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.

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled full or part-time in a U.S. accredited non-profit institution.
  • Must be pursuing either an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree in any field of study.
  • Must demonstrate an unmet need through the completion of a financial needs form.
  • Applicants must not have been previously awarded an AIGC scholarship for 2021-2022.
  • Must be an enrolled member or a 1st/2nd generation descendant of a federally or state-recognized Tribe.
  • Must 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.

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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 in STEM fields to take advantage of this funding. 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

To be considered for professional development funding the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • 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
  • 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 fellowships@aigcs.org.

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Empowering Scholars Initiative: Student Relief Scholarships

Status: CLOSED
Deadline: November 17,2021

  • 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

    Students applying for the Relief Scholarship must: 

    • Be pursuing either an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree in any field of study.
    • Be enrolled full-time in a U.S. accredited non-profit institution and provide proof of full-time enrollment.
    • Be an enrolled member or 1st/2nd 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.

    For 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

Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund (Undergraduate and Graduate) 2021-2022

Status: CLOSED
Deadline: June 01, 2021

The Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund for Undergraduate and Graduate students is now ACCEPTING for the AY 2021-2022

The specific 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 degree candidates to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research in and opportunities for careers with Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) and BIE funded organizations on and off reservation and tribal governments.

Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund (SPGSF) provides funding and awards specifically for post-secondary and post-graduate level fellowships/scholarships to enrolled members 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 pursuing graduate or professional level education. To be considered, applicants must be pursuing an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate or professional degree in the STEM fields. Must be (or will be) pursuing a degree as a full-time degree-seeking student at an accredited institution in the United States. Exclusive consideration is paid to degree candidates in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields (may include: Medical and Life Sciences; Engineering and Physical Sciences; Mathematics and Computational Sciences, Earth, Environmental and Agriculture Sciences; and Technology) to be verified through the submission of current transcripts or proof of acceptance to an eligible program;

The maximum amount of an undergraduate award is up to $20,000 and the maximum amount of a graduate award is up to $30,000 per year. Actual award amounts and the number of awards will be determined based on the number of funded students at each academic level (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, professional and doctoral). This opportunity is a merit-based award.

REQUIREMENTS

Students should meet the following requirements to be considered eligible for this scholarship:

  • Must 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.
  • Must be enrolled full time at an accredited college or university pursuing an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate or professional degree.
  • Must be pursuing a degree in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field, which will be verified by submitting your current transcripts or proof of acceptance to an eligible program.

For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to fellowships@aigcs.org.

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REDW Scholarship

Status: CLOSED
Deadline: June 1, 2021

The REDW Scholarship is for undergraduate and graduate student who are enrolled members of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group or a state-recognized Tribe in the U.S. OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of 1/4 degree Indian blood of a state or federally recognized Tribe in Arizona or New Mexico. REDW encourages Native Americans to pursue a career in accounting and finance, increase the pool of top talent from which to recruit for the Firm’s Nation Tribal Services team and identify Native American students interested in participating in the Firm’s Internship Program.

REDW encourages scholarship recipients to apply for paid REDW internships in either the Phoenix, Arizona or Albuquerque, New Mexico offices. Residency in either city is not required, however careful consideration will be given to those intern applications who can obtain housing in either location.

Eligibility:

  • 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 a full-time junior or senior who is pursuing a degree in accounting, financial or related business field

The REDW Scholarship is a merit-based and a multi-year award.

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Wells Fargo Scholarship for Undergraduates

Status: CLOSED
Deadline: June 1, 2021

The Wells Fargo Scholarships for Undergraduate American Indian and Alaska Native Students will fund full-time and degree-seeking college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors who hold a current GPA of 2.7 or higher with up to $5,000 for one year of study in any chosen major at any accredited institution in the United States. Must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group or a state-recognized Tribe in the U.S. OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a state or federally recognized Tribe.

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Wilson-Hooper Veterinary Medicine Assistance Program

Status: CLOSED
Deadline: June 1, 2021

Created in memory of Jane Wilson Hooper (Choctaw-Chickasaw) and Colonel Philip L. Hooper, the goal of the Wilson-Hooper Veterinary Medicine Assistance Program is to identify and assist young qualified people who love animals and who posses the desire and ability to pursue learning how to care for those animals in the best way possible.

Eligibility:

  • Pursuing a degree in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or Veterinary Technology (Associates of Applied Science Degree)
  • Enrolled full-time in a nationally accredited college or university in the U.S.
  • Must 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
  • Maintain a B average

Awards are merit-based and there is the opportunity for multi-year funding.

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Wells Fargo American Indian Scholarship

Status: CLOSED
Deadline: June 1, 2021

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 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
  • 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
  • Be a college junior or senior at a U.S. accredited college or university as full time and degree-seeking student maintaining an average GPA of a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale at the time of application
  • A completed financial needs analysis using the Financial Needs Form in your online application 

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Accenture Native American Scholarship Fund

Status: CLOSED
Deadline: June 1, 2021

The Accenture Native American Scholarship Fund was established to build personal and lasting relationships with students who will become the future leaders in their Native American communities and possibly with Accenture. The Accenture scholarship program is available to incoming freshman and undergraduate students and sponsored and funded by Accenture and administered by the American Indian Graduate Center.

Each academic year, Accenture selects students who demonstrate character, personal merit, and commitment to the Native American community locally and/or nationally. Merit is demonstrated through leadership in school, civic and extracurricular activities, academic achievement and motivation to serve and succeed. Eligibility requirements include the following:

  • Must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group or a state-recognized Tribe in the U.S. OR provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a state or federally recognized Tribe
  • Be seeking a degree and career in fields of study including various engineering, computer science, operations management, management, finance, marketing and other business-oriented fields
  • Be entering a U.S. accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking college undergraduate freshmen or sophomore. High School transcript must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater, on a 4.0 scale at the end of the seventh semester or 3.0 for college freshmen
  • Demonstrate character, personal merit and commitment to the Native American Community locally and/or nationally. Merit is demonstrated through leadership in school, civic and extracurricular activities, academic achievement and motivation to serve and succeed

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