Are There Special Scholarships for Native Americans?


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Several special scholarships are available for Native American students seeking financial assistance to attend college or graduate school. Some of the scholarships are specific to certain tribes, schools or fields of study, while others are general scholarships open to any Native American applicant.

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The American Indian College Fund offers scholarships which are open to any Native American student. Any enrolled member of a tribe with state or federal recognition is eligible, as well as non-enrolled students who can prove they are descended from an enrolled tribe member. Separate applications are necessary depending on whether the student wishes to attend a tribal college, a non-tribal college or a graduate school.

The American Indian Education Foundation offers scholarships for Native Americans attending any college in any field of study. As of 2015, the program provides an average of $450,000 to about 225 students every year, and recipients of the program's scholarships complete their degree program at a rate nearly five times that of other Native American college students.

The Bureau of Indian Education in the U.S. Department of the Interior provides links to scholarship programs for Native Americans which focus on specific subject areas, including the Native American Scholarships Fund from the Society for American Archaeology, whose founding president came from the Seneca tribe. The Native American Political Leadership Program scholarship pays the full cost of attending a semester studying political science at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

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