American Indian Scholarships

Tribal Scholarship Programs

If you would like contact information for scholarship programs of the top tribes represented at Northeastern State University, you can download the info here.

Current top tribes: Cherokee Nation, Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation, Comanche Nation, Delaware Nation, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Osage Nation, Otoe-Missouria Tribe, Ponca Nation, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Seminole Nation and United Keetoowah Band.

American Indian Education and Scholarship Resources

Cobell Scholarship
Both Merit-based and Need-based, the competitive Cobell Scholarship is annual, non-renewable, and available to any post-secondary (after high school) 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 any nationally, regionally and industry accredited non-profit, public and private, institution.

American Indian College Fund
The American Indian College Fund provides scholarship support for American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate and graduates students attending higher education institutions.

American Indian College Fund website

American Indian Education Fund
The American Indian Education Fund was established to support educational opportunities for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students. Our vision is strong, self-sufficient American Indian communities. Scholarships are awarded for each school year and are chosen by a national selection committee.

American Indian Education Fund Website

American Indian Graduate Center
The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) provides scholarship and fellowship opportunities to Native American and Alaskan Natives.

American Indian Graduate Center

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission Workforce Opportunities
The Columbia River Inter-tribal Fish Commission updates information weekly related to job opportunities, internship/fellowships, and scholarships in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Click on the link below to discover these opportunities and more.

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission Workforce

Four Myths About Scholarships

Myth #1: I must have excellent grades to get an NSU scholarship.
FACT: Many of the NSU Foundation scholarships focus on criteria other than grades (such as declared major, involvement in certain extracurricular activities, hometown, etc.), and some are designed specifically for students who have less than stellar grades.

Myth #2: I must have significant financial need and file a FAFSA to get an NSU scholarship.
FACT: Many scholarships do not focus on financial need or require a FAFSA. If they do, be sure to meet FAFSA deadlines.

Myth #3: I don't have to do anything to qualify for an NSU scholarship.
FACT: Nearly every NSU scholarship requires that you fill out the basic scholarship application by February 1 in order to be eligible for scholarships the following fall and spring semesters. The application is available at There are different forms for incoming freshmen, continuing students, and transfer students.

Some scholarships offered by the NSU Foundation require additional information, an essay, and/or letter(s) of recommendation. Those will be advertised separately at and via email. Check this web page regularly and pay attention to requirements and deadlines!

Myth #4: Scholarships aren't worth the hassle.
FACT: If you receive a scholarship, it generally only requires you to keep a certain grade point average, sign an agreement with any additional terms of the scholarship, and write a thank you letter to the donor. You should list any scholarships you receive on your resume when you begin looking for jobs, since NSU alumni may be interviewing you for a position and may recognize the name of the scholarship or know something about the donor.