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.

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
  • 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

DeadlinesSummerFallSpring
Navajo Nation April 25 June 25 November 25
Zuni 477 Program April 30 July 1 October 1

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.

The Mission of 477:

  • To provide effective outreach and participant services in caring, efficient and confidential service environment.
  • To provide successful advocacy, guidance, and follow-up services to all eligible Zuni and community members in accessing program services, resources and opportunities to reduce barriers to employment, training, education and related services.
  • To enable individuals to become self-sufficient and successful through the achievement of their education, employment and training goals.
  • To provide sustained employment and reduce joblessness for all eligible participants.

The American Indian Graduate Center offers:

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

The Utah Navajo Trust Fund (UNTF) Scholarship and San Juan Endowment Fund provides financial assistance to eligible San Juan County,Utah Navajo students who are in pursuit of a (an):

  • One Year Certificate
  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Science
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Masters
  • Doctorate
  • Degree from an accredited post-secondary institution, including vocational or technical schools.

Applicants must:

  • Have applied for Federal Student Aid (Pell Grant) and turned in Student Aid Report (SAR) to financial aid office.
  • Be enrolled and have completed 6 credit hours or more per term, maintaining a 2.9 or higher GPA to remain eligible.

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

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:

  • Be an enrolled member of the Navajo or Hopi Nation
  • Attending a two or four-year college/university in the four corners region
  • Have a declared major or special degree program
  • Entering your junior or senior year in Fall
  • Or entering the second year of a two-year college program
  • Have a 3.0 GPA or better

Your letter of application should include a narrative description of:

  1. Your degree program
  2. Your career plans
  3. How your educational goals relate to the Navajo or Hopi Nation
  4. A copy of your census card or proof of tribal enrollment
  5. Your social security number
  6. Your address while at school and your home address, plus a contact phone number
  7. Certification of enrollment from your educational institution that indicates your status in school as of the end of the spring semester, and your current GPA.

Deadline: Postmarked by April 1st

Applications must be mailed to:
Friends of HTPNHS
P.O. Box 1380
Ganado, Arizona 86505

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

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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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