Miscellaneous Scholarships for American Indians

Miscellaneous Scholarships

Eligibility: Graduating high school seniors; in top third of class; plan to major in American history; plan to continue education in the next school semester (exception of military service); approved for admission to a college or university in the United States, or relatively sure of admission; American Citizens; maintain satisfactory grades and report transcript of grades at the end of each semester. No affiliation or relationship with the DAR necessary. For Undergraduate study only.

$2,000 per year: $8,000 over a four year period if student maintains satisfactory grades. One scholarship annually. Second place awards of $4,000, at $1,000 each year may be given. Scholarship payment placed on deposit with the college or university. If the student leaves the university or college, unused portion of the scholarship is returned to the National Society.

Each state selects a state winner according to scholarship, character, and need, judged preferably by three persons who have been active in the educational field. The winning application from each state must be forwarded to the National Chairman by February 1. Three judges recommended by the National Scholarship Committee, and appointed by the President General select final winner. The national winner is invited to attend Continental Congress to receive the award.

Request applications and information from local DAR chapters; or from address above. Return completed applications to state chairman of the Scholarship Committee by February 1. Include with applications the following: letter of not more than 500 words, giving reasons for wanting an education in American history; transcript of grades sent from high school accompanied by a completed school form; SAT or ACT scores; information about extracurricular activities, financial need report; recommendation by principle, guidance director of school, and instructor of American History; two character references (not relatives). Applications must be certified by a notary public. Committee will review only applications complete in every detail.


Purpose: To provide financial assistance for the education of Native American artists.

Eligibility: Young Native American Artists who submit artistic works to the Red Cloud Indian Art Show are considered for this award.

Financial Data: A total of $5,000 in art scholarships is awarded, at the discretion of the Red Cloud Indian Art Show Judges, to show participants.

Duration: The award is presented annually.
Deadline: May of each year.

Purpose: To provide funds for research in the field of social and cultural anthropology among living American native peoples.

Eligibility: Preference is given to the Pacific Northwest as an area of study, but other regions of North America are eligible for consideration. Field studies that address cultural expressive systems (such as music, language, dance, mythology, world view, plastic and graphic arts, intellectual life, and religion), including ones that propose comparative psychological analyses, are appropriate.
Financial Data: Amount varies; generally, up to $1,200 is awarded.

Duration: 1 year; renewable.

Special Features: This program was formerly known as Melville and Elizabeth Jacobs Research Fund.
Limitations: Funds are not supplied for salaries, ordinal living expenses, or equipment. Projects in archaeology, physical anthropology, applied anthropology, and applied linguistics are not eligible, nor are archival research supported. In addition, if the applicant has little or no academic research training or experience, research scholars must be found to act as sponsors.

Number awarded: Varies each year.
Deadline: Postmark by February 15th.

Purpose: This scholarship initiative is a major drive to recruit applicants and award scholarships to African American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Native American/Alaskan Native students for graduate programs in library and information studies.

Eligibility: To be eligible for a Spectrum Scholarship:

Applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada. Applicant must be American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander. Applicant must attend an ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information studies or an ALA-recognized NCATE School Library Media program. Applicant shall have completed no more than a third of the credit requirements toward her/his MLIS or school library media degree at the time of award, June 1st.
Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited program and begin school no later than September 1st or the Fall Semester immediately following the award. Applicants may have full or part time status.

Financial Data: 50 annual scholarships of $5,000 per year. Contact website for eligibility criteria and application.

Website: ala.org

Purpose: The Hearst Scholar serves as a summer intern with the Fund. Through this program, the Fund seeks to introduce a diverse group of students to issues relating to philanthropy, voluntarism, and nonprofit organizations. Recipients may arrange with their colleges or universities to receive academic credit for this experience.

Eligibility: The scholarship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are members of minority groups. The ideal candidate for this scholarship is a highly motivated continuing graduate or undergraduate student from an underrepresented community. She or he should have an excellent academic record and also have the following: 1. Outstanding research skills; 2. A background in the social sciences or humanities; 3. Excellent writing and communication skills; and 4. Demonstrated financial need. 5. American Citizenship The student must be able to intern for 10-12 weeks full-time during the summer at the Washington, DC, office of the Aspen Institute. All travel and housing costs must be covered by the student.

Scholarship Stipend: A scholarship grant of between $2,500 and $5,000 will be awarded, depending on the recipient's educational level, financial need, and time commitment.

Application Procedure: There is no application form for this scholarship. A letter of interest, resume, transcript, a letter from the appropriate college or university financial aid officer certifying demonstrated financial need, and two letters of reference should be sent to address above.

Deadline: Spring 2015 - December 5, 2014; Summer 2015 - March 31, 2-15; Fall 2015 - July 17, 2015

Website: aspeninstitute.org

Purpose: To provide short-term fellowships for Native Americans interested in writing their histories or in conducting research related to their graduate studies.

Eligibility: The fellowships are designed for use by academic students, adults who can only spare short periods of time from community commitments, tribal historians, and librarians and archivists of tribal cultural centers. All recipients must be Native American.

Financial data: Fellows receive travel expenses plus a stipend of $300 per week for each week of the residency. Arrangements for graduate students may differ.

Duration: 1 to 4 weeks.

Special features: This program was established in 1973. Since then, over 125 tribal historians have been funded.

Number awarded: Varies

Deadline: January and July of each year.

Website: newberry.org

Purpose: Annual award to support the work of outstanding graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in studying the classical liberal/libertarian tradition of individual rights and dignity; protection of rights by institutions of private property, contract, and the rule of law; and voluntarism in all human relations, including the unhampered market mechanism in economic affairs, with the goals of free trade, free migration, and peace.

Field of Study: Humane studies research that deals with the moral and economic choices involved in human affairs.

Eligibility: Graduate students and junior and senior undergraduates who are registered for full-time study. Fellowships are awarded generally to applicants studying in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., but applicants from students in other countries are considered.

Award: Up to $12,000 for one year. Fellows are eligible to reapply in subsequent years.

Deadline: December 31
Application: Consult the website for further information. Address questions and applications to the listed above.

Website: theihs.org

Purpose: The FCD Young Scholars Program (YSP) aims to stimulate basic and policy-relevant research focused on the early education, health, and well-being of immigrant children from birth to age 10, particularly those who are living in low-income families. FCD is particularly interested in research that can inform policies regarding the health and education needs of young newcomer children. Proposals may include research designs for an empirical study, pilot work for a larger scale research project that will seek funding from other public and private funders, or analysis of data previously collected. Research areas of interest are limited to the following:

  1. Factors (e.g., individual, familial, cultural, neighborhood) contributing to both positive and negative outcomes for young immigrant children in their communities and schools.
  2. Individual and group identity formation among young children from a variety of groups living in different environments.

Eligibility: Scholars must:

  1. Have earned their Ph.D. within the last 15 years prior to application
  2. Hold a Ph.D. or its equivalent in one of the behavioral and social sciences or in an allied professional field ( public policy, public health, education, social work, nursing, medicine)
  3. Applicants may either:
    Not have received tenure and hold a full time, tenure track faculty position at an American college or university located in the US. Please note that tenure equivalent positions are not eligible for the fellowship.

    Have received tenure within the past four years at the time of application and hold a full-time faculty position at an American college or university located in the US.
  4. Applicants must be US citizens, permanent residents, or international scholars who are affiliated with an American academic institution during the duration of the award.
  5. Special consideration will be given to the candidates who are more junior in their careers. Candidates from diverse backgrounds (e.g., ethnicity, discipline) are encouraged to apply.
  6. The award is intended to support the individual career development of the recipient. Proposed research that is structured to include co-principle investigators is ineligible.

Young Scholar Requirements: FCD Young Scholars must:

  1. Initiate the research project within four months of the award. The Foundation of Child Development must be notified in writing a soon as possible about the reasons for any delays in implementing the project. Depending on the nature of the delay, a revised proposal, budget, and timeline may be required to be submitted for approval.
  2. Submit a request to the institution's internal review board if applicable. To offset any potential delays, the process for receiving approval for human subjects review from the institution's internal review board must be underway at the time of application.
  3. Complete research that results in a book or article(s) suitable for publication.
  4. Be the principal investigator on the research project.
  5. Submit annual reports on the progress of the research.
  6. Participate in meetings with other FCD Young Scholars. Expenses for these meetings will be underwritten separately and should not be included in the proposal budget.

Deadline: Completed proposals must be received in FCD's office on or before deadline date. The deadline is firm. No email or fax submissions will be accepted.

Website: fcd-us.org