Native Students College Preparation and Scholarship

Resources for high school students to aid in preparing for higher education. The American Indian Education Program staff is able to assist throughout any part of the process. 

A good place to begin thinking about college is while students are in their freshman or sophomore year. Indian Country Today 101 Tips to Landing Native American Scholarships  is a fantastic resource to begin your student's journey to college and scholarship opportunities.

Native American Student Scholarships 

Native American Scholarship Database: Updated 2017-18 - the most comprehensive list of Native American scholarships. Includes focused scholarships, native support, Minnesota, and regional tribes higher education contacts. 

U of M Circle of Indigenous Nations - University of Minnesota's Native American on campus support. Site includes info for campus events, American Indian Film Series, American Indian Cultural House, and Scholarship & Internship Opportunities. 

RCTC Brittany Bradford  - Awarded to an incoming Native American Freshman at RCTC. No GPA req. Can Major in any area of study.

Augsburg College Minnesota Indian Teacher Training Partnership - Requirements include tribal enrolled member or lineage, 2.0 GPA, Education Major, Accepted at Augsburg, Complete Following Financial Aid (FASFA, MISP, Tribe Scholarhip), and Complete Minnesota Indian Teacher Training Application. For more information and to apply contact Jennifer Simon, Augsburg Director of American Indian Student Services. or 612-330-1144 

Cobell Scholarships - Both Merit-based and Need-based, the competitive Cobell Scholarship is annual, non-renewable, and available to any student who is; an enrolled member of a US Federally-Recognized Tribe, enrolled in full-time study and is degree-seeking. Applicants must plan to attend or be attending accredited institution.  Applicants must be pursuing a vocational certificate or diploma, associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral or professional degree, or certificate.

Judicare American Indian Education Content -  A list of Native American Scholarship organizations, Tribal Colleges, Colleges with Native Studies Departments, and college Native student organizations 

Native Youth Empowerment Organizations

Generation Indigenous - is a Native youth initiative focused on removing the barriers that stand between Native youth and their opportunity to succeed.

We R Native - is a comprehensive health resource for Native youth, by Native youth, providing content and stories about the topics that matter most to them. We strive to promote holistic health and positive growth in our local communities and nation at large.

College Horizons - is non-profit dedicated to increasing the number of Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students succeeding in college and graduate programs. College horizon is a pre-college program for Native American high school students open to current sophomores and juniors.  Each summer students work with college counselors and college admissions officers in a five-day "crash course." Students must have a 3.0 in core classes to qualify.  Scholarships available for summer program.

First Alaskans Institute - develop the capacities of Alaska Native people and their communities to meet the social, economic and educational challenges of the future, while fostering positive relationships among all segments of our society. Programs include Annual Elders & Youth Conference, Summer Internship Program, and Public Policy Fellowship.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society
 (AISES)is a national, nonprofit organization focused on substantially increasing the representation of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, First Nations and other indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers. Programs include Pre-college, College, and professional support. 

College Preparation and Student Support

College Possible
 makes college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Program provides coaching and support beginning in junior year continuing through college.  Students are required to have a 2.5 gpa and be eligible for free and reduced lunch. 

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