Tribal Scholarships

Scholarships

Native American students who wish to seek financial assistance from their respective tribes must apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA ). Students must complete both a financial aid file with UNM's Office of Student Financial Aid and a file with their respective tribal scholarship office. Both processes must be done every school year.

UNM Federal School Code is 002663.

The following documents will be required from most tribal scholarship offices:

  • Tribal Higher Education Application
  • Tribal Financial Need Analysis (FNA) completed and submitted by the school's financial aid office. (request online FNA: UNM NETID / Password required).
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Letter of Admission for new students. Majority of tribes request an official copy, check with your respective tribal higher education office to be sure.
  • Certificate of Indian Blood
  • Verification of Enrollment for continuing students or copy of Course Schedule (Print/Save Enrollment Certification – National Student Clearinghouse via UNM LoboWeb: UNM NetID/Password required).
    • Log into my.unm.edu
    • Student Life tab
    • LoboWeb
    • Registration & Records
    • Scroll down to "Enrollment Certification – National Student Clearinghouse"
    • Once logged into National Student Clearinghouse
      • You have two options: "Current Enrollment" or "All Enrollment"
      • Make selection then select "Obtain an enrollment certificate" (Print/Save)

DeadlinesSummerFallSpring
Navajo Nation April 25 June 25 November 25
Zuni Tribal Scholarship April 30 June 30 October 30

The American Indian Graduate Center offers:

  • Native American Gates Millennium Scholars
  • Fellowships
  • Minority Scholarship database search

Annie D. Wauneka Scholarships are awarded to Navajo students who are denied educational funding through the Navajo Nation's Department of High Education. Priority is given to higher level classmen enrolled in a degree program at an accredited college or university. The maximum award is $1,000.00.

Scholarship Application and Guidelines

Applicant must:

  • Must have been denied a scholarship from the Navajo Nation Dept. of Higher Education
  • Must be officially admitted for the semester for which you are applying
  • Must be registered as a full time student (this requirement may be waived)
  • Be a legally enrolled member of the Navajo Nation
  • Provide official transcripts
  • Provide a financial needs analysis
  • Sign a Privacy Act Waiver
  • Write an essay on why the Foundation should fund you
  • Sign Certification stating you will send a transcript within 15 days after completion of the term for which you received funding.

Navajo Education and Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3209
Window Rock, AZ 86515
Phone: 928.871.3386
Toll Free: 1.800.398.2461

Student Qualifications:

  • Member of Navajo or Hopi nation
  • Currently attending a four-year college or university in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico or Utah. Full or Part Time Student
  • Entering your junior or senior year in fall semester 2015 or winter semester 2016
  • A declared major field of study or enrollment in special degree program
  • Current cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher
  • Demonstrated financial need

Please attach the following documents:

  1. Certification of enrollment from your educational institution that Indicates your status in school as of the end spring semester 2015
  2. Official transcript showing GPA (if not part of [a.] above)
  3. Copy of your tribal enrollment certificate
  4. An essay of one to two pages describing your educational goals, your career goals, and how they relate to the Navajo or Hopi Nation
  5. Printout from your financial aid office indicating a calculation of your need/cost of attendance/other financial aid awards

Deadline: July 1, 2015

FoH Scholarship
c/o Janet Hooper
6650 N. Leonardo da Vinci Way
Tucson, AZ 85745

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IHS conducts three interrelated scholarship programs to train professional health personnel necessary to staff IHS health programs serving the Indian people.

Both full and part-time student opportunities are available. The Preparatory scholarship programs do not have an active duty service obligation.

  • Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship Program (section 103, (b)(1)
  • Health Professions Pre-graduate Scholarship Program (section 103, (b)(2:)
  • Health Professions Scholarship Program (section 104)

Student Qualifications

  • Be an American Indian or Alaska Native (Federally or State recognized)
  • Be a high school graduate or equivalent
  • Have the capacity to complete a health professions course of study
  • Be enrolled, or accepted for enrollment in a compensatory pre-professional general education course or curriculum, Health Professions Pre-graduate baccalaureate degree program or in a full or part-time study program leading to a degree in a health related professions school and be one of the "priority categories" published in the Federal Register
  • Be in good standing at the Educational Institution they are attending
  • Intend to serve Indian people upon completion of professional health care education and training as a health care provider in the discipline/specialty for which he/she is taking preparatory courses and for which the application is submitted.

The level of scholarship benefits is contingent upon the availability of funds appropriated each fiscal year by the Congress of the United States and, therefore, is subject to yearly changes.

Indian Health Service Scholarship Program

Brenda Miller
Twinbrook Metro Plaza, Suite 100
12300 Twinbrook Parkway
Rockville, Md 20852
Phone: 301.443.6197
Fax: 301.443.6048

Area Offices:

Albuquerque Area IHS
5300 Homestead Road, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Phone: 505.248.4513

Navajo Area IHS
P.O. Box 9020
Window Rock, AZ 86515
Phone: 928.871.1358

Deadline: February 28th

The Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance Program's purpose is to serve eligible Navajo people and provide them the opportunity to achieve their educational goals. This opportunity is provided as a privilege with the intent that recipients, upon graduation, will return to the Navajo Nation to apply their learning to benefit the continuing development of the Navajo Nation.

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The Julie's Helpers Memorial Scholarship, in memory of Julie Elizabeth Meadows (May 6, 1973 - December 13, 2009), was established in February 2011, under the co-sponsorship of White Rock Presbyterian Church (of Los Alamos, New Mexico) and the House of Fellowship Church (of Vanderwagen, New Mexico). The purpose of the scholarship is to provide an annual grant of $2500 to one capable Navajo woman who might not otherwise be able pursue a college degree for the purpose of serving her community.

BACKGROUND

The Labor Day weekend of 2008, a week before she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor (a metastasis of which, ostensibly, finally took her life some fifteen months later), Julie Meadows was engaged in a short-term mission experience that profoundly touched her. Along with her husband and her two sons and a cadre of her fellow members and friends in White Rock Presbyterian Church, Julie made the trip from Los Alamos to the House of Fellowship Church, near Vanderwagen, New Mexico, just south of Gallup, on the Navajo Reservation. There she worked alongside a number of Navajo people in service to that community.

Julie

Julie was particularly intrigued by several young Navajo girls she met there - who seemed to be even more intrigued by her. Real attachments began to be formed; and one can only speculate about how those nascent relationships might have unfolded, and about what sort of impact Julie might have had in the lives of these, and conceivably many other, young Navajo girls, had she lived.

Although Julie was never able to return to House of Fellowship Church, the Navajo saints there faithfully joined – with many in Los Alamos and around the country – in praying for Julie’s healing. These, along with a great many others among Julie’s friends and Beta Sigma Phi sorority sisters, also collaborated as they were able in "Julie’s Helpers," a web-based network of support for Julie and her family, providing meals, rides, childcare, companionship, and the like, for the duration of Julie’s struggle with her disease. After Julie’s death, a number of those close to Julie began to imagine a continued existence for "Julie’s Helpers" – only not any longer as a network of support for and assistance to Julie herself, but rather as a network of friends and fellow saints who would, as a portion of her legacy, extend the work of compassionate partnership, of "help," to those to whom Julie might have extended it herself had she survived her disease. Quickly, too, the idea of focusing that "help" on young Navajo women and girls, like those with whom Julie had just begun to establish relationship before the onset of her disease, was joined to this vision. Julie's own extensive education (a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from New Mexico Tech and subsequent MBA from UNM), her attention to professional and personal development (not only her own, but of others), her history of involvement in "labors of love" through her sorority and in the community, and especially in recent years her renewed commitment to being a faithful disciple of Jesus engaged in her church's mission – in particular, perhaps, its mission to and with Navajos through the House of Fellowship – all lent additional excitement to the prospect. The Julie's Helpers Memorial Scholarship represents the logical fusion of all these elements of Julie’s character, personality, faith, and legacy.

AWARD

$2,500 to be payable to recipient and her New Mexico college or university. Notification of award will be made by June 30, 2015 with formal presentation of the award (attendance optional) to be made in July in Los Alamos. The scholarship is awarded for one academic year only. Reapplication is required for each academic year which financial assistance is sought.

ELIGIBILITY

All applicants must be Navajo females between the ages of 17 and 30, of at least one-fourth degree Navajo Indian blood, be full-time students pursuing an undergraduate degree at a New Mexico College or University in the Business, Education, Engineering or Science field, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (see Application Checklist for details).

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UNTF Scholarship Assistance Check List

Applies to All Students -- Before applying for UNTF:

  1. Applicants must be a lifetime resident, having permanent homestead in San Juan County, Utah to be eligible.
  2. Have been accepted by and officially registered with your college or university.
  3. Have applied for Federal Student Aid (Pell Grant) and turned Student Aid Report (SAR) to financial aid office.
  4. Applied for the Navajo Tribal scholarship (NTS). If denied, submit denial letter. Call 1-800-243-2956 for NTS information.

NEW STUDENTS: (Never received UNTF scholarship assistance)

  1. Verification of Residency form. Obtain from your Chapter House. Submit original, with all signatures. (No fax or Xerox) Submit only once.
  2. UNTF application. Answer all questions & sign application (see reverse side of this page - upper portion). Incomplete is unacceptable.
  3. Financial Needs Analysis (FNA) for terms you are applying for. To be completed by your financial aid office (reverse side lower portion).
  4. Class Schedule: Submit copy after you are officially registered. Include listing of all current classes by name, with credit hours.
  5. Official transcript: GED, high school, or up-to-date college official transcript. (No fax or Xerox)
  6. Consent Form. Submit once. Authorizes UNTF to check your status with Navajo Tribal Scholarship at your area Agency.

RETURNING STUDENTS: (Have been assisted by UNTF before)

  1. UNTF application. Answer all questions & sign application (see reverse side of this page - upper portion). Incomplete is unacceptable.
  2. Financial Needs Analysis (FNA) for terms you are applying for. To be completed by your financial aid office (reverse side lower portion).
  3. Class Schedule: Submit copy after you are officially registered. Include listing of all current classes by name, with credit hours.
  4. Official transcript Up-to-date official transcript is required at the beginning of each year (copies OK after that).

Requirement: Student must be enrolled and complete 6 credit hours or more per term and maintain a 2.0 (C) or higher GPA to remain eligible.

NOTE: It is the student's responsibility to make sure all documents are complete and submitted on time. If your file is incomplete by the deadline date, PLEASE be prepared for the next term.

Deadlines

Fall Quarter/Semester October 21
Winter Quarter/Spring Semester February 1
Spring Quarter April 15
Summer Quarter/Sessions June 15

151 East 500 North
Blanding, UT 84511
Phone: 435-678-1462/1463/1460
Toll Free: 1.800.378.2050
Fax: 435.678.1464

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The Zuni Tribal Scholarship is to provide supplemental assistance to eligible applicants entering accredited post-secondary educational institutions. The scholarship is based on eligible UNMET NEED and is not considered an entitlement.

Applicant must complete a program intake and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) PRIOR to applying to be considered for scholarship eligibility. IF, you are currently a scholarship recipient with the program, your information is required to be updated once a year (see Renewal Application). Intakes need to be updated every year after your first initial intake to continue receiving the scholarship. Upon completion of the intake and application process, a Self-Sufficiency Plan (SSP) must be completed. The SSP outlines the goals and objectives of the participant.

If at any time you need help with applying for FAFSA, need financial advisement, transferring and/or applying for admission, and/or career guidance. Please schedule an appointment with our Higher Education Coordinator. Our Higher Education Coordinator is here to help with any continuing educational questions or concerns.

Please DO NOT Fax application.

Must be postmarked before or on due date. No exceptions for late documents.

Contact:

Zuni Education & Career Development Center (ZECDC)
ATTN: Higher Education
PO Box 339
01 Twin Buttes Road
Zuni, NM 87327
(p): 505-782-5998/5909
(f): 505-782-6080
(email): ZECDC@ashiwi.org

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