American Indian Scholarships for Women

Scholarships for Women

Purpose: Spinsters Ink invites young women in their last year of high school to submit essays on feminism and what it means to them. The winner will be announced on International Women's Day, March 8.

Eligibility: Applicants must be US permanent residents or citizens in the last year of high school. Essays must be no longer than three pages, typed, and doubled-spaced.

Amount: $1000

Application: May be downloaded and electronically submitted

Deadline: December 31



  • Be high school senior girls who intend to graduate in the year of application;
  • Be US citizens
  • Meet entrance requirements of and plan to enroll at an accredited college or university;

Applicants must: Fill out the Federal Student Aid Report to be filed with the US Government.


Purpose: To provide financial assistance to educationally handicapped minority students interested in pursuing postsecondary education or training.

Eligibility: Applicants must be educationally handicapped students who intend to enroll full time in a college or university and are able to document financial need. Only minority students are eligible for the award.

Financial Data: $1000
Duration: Awarded annually.
Number Awarded: 1 each year.
Deadline: February 1 of each year.


Purpose: To provide financial assistance to Lutheran women studying for a career other than ordained ministry.


  • Be a citizen of the US.
  • Hold membership in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have experienced an interruption of two or more years since the completion of high school;

Financial Data: The amount of the award depends upon the financial need of recipient and/or characteristics of award received; generally, awards range from $500 to $5000.

Number Awarded: Varies
Deadline: February 15
Application: May be downloaded from website.

Purpose: The BPW Foundation created the Career Advancement Scholarship Program to award financial assistance to disadvantaged women who want to further their education. Scholarships are provided to women who wish to advance in their career, or will soon re-enter the work-force. The Foundation has awarded almost $6 million in scholarships, research grants, and loans since 1969, and awarded $120,000 in the 2000-2001 academic years.

Eligibility: Must be:

  • Female, 25 years or older and a U.S. citizen;
  • Demonstrate critical need for financial assistance;
  • Demonstrate clear career plans
  • Be officially accepted into a program or course of study in an accredited institution in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands;
  • Graduate within 12 to 24 months from the date of the grant.

Deadline: April 15
Application: May be downloaded from web site or requested in writing.


Purpose: To recognize and reward the most beautiful and talented Native American women.

Eligibility: Young Native American Women are eligible.

Financial Data: The winner receives a full scholarship to a nationally known college or university. This award is up to $15,000 per year.

Duration: Scholarships are granted for two years.

Number Awarded: 1 each year.


Purpose: To provide financial assistance to minority women who wish to pursue postsecondary education.

Eligibility: Applicants must be minority group women who wish to continue their education through undergraduate, graduate, or vocational, study and who are members of the Lutheran Church in America. They may be women in their teens who are going to college directly from high school.

Financial Data: The stipend is $1500.

Duration: Awarded annually.

Number Awarded: Varies each year.

Deadline: February of each year.

Application: The application can be downloaded from the website or a printed copy of the application may be obtained by writing or calling the AAUW Educational Foundation.

  • Department of Education, between January 1 and March 1. (A free application form, FASFA, may be obtained from the high school counseling center.)
  • Fill out a Preliminary Application before March 1. The Preliminary Application consists of the following: general information, statement of family financial condition, and statement as to the application's involvement with golf.

Award: $2,000 yearly, renewable each year, for four years, if the student meets the following requirements: continued financial need and a grade point average of 3.0 or above. The scholarship is applied toward tuition, room and board, university fees and other school charges.

Application: May be obtained by sending a request stating you have read the information concerning your eligibility, with a self-addressed stamped envelope after October 1 to the address above.


Purpose: The Chrysalis Scholarship provides degree-completion funding for three women geo science graduate students whose education has been interrupted for at least one year. The award is intended to cover thesis/dissertation costs such as typing or drafting expenses, child-care, or anything necessary to assist a degree candidate during those critical, final days.

Eligibility: Must be female student who has contributed and will continue to contribute to both to the geosciences and the larger world community through her academic and personal strength.

Award: $750
Deadline: March 1

Application: May be down loaded from the website.


Purpose: To promote the higher education of Native American women by providing support for academic study by encouraging the use of the rich resources of the D Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History at the Newberry Library.

Eligibility: Only women college graduates of Indian heritage may apply. They must be enrolled in graduate school and be able to demonstrate the capacity to accomplish scholarly research. Applicants may be working in any graduate of professional area, although preference is given to the humanities and social sciences. Selection is based on academic achievement, career plans, and financial need.

Financial Data: Varies; depends on needs

Duration: Varies from 1 month to 1 year

Limitations: Recommendations are required. At least two must come from academic advisors or instructors who can comment on the significance of the applicant's proposed project and explain how it will help in the achievement of professional goal.

Deadline: Feb. 1 of each year

Type of Aid: Fellowship
Duration: 1 year


  • Must be a woman who is a citizen or permanent resident of the US;
  • must intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited institution during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women's participation traditionally has been low: Architecture (M. Arch., M.S. Arch.); Computer/Information Science (M.S.); Engineering (M.E., M.S., Ph. D.); or Mathematics/Statistics (M.S.)
  • Women of color only who are pursuing degrees in Business Administration (M.B.A., E.M.B.A.); Law (J.D.); or Medicine (M.D., D.O.)

Application: The application may be downloaded from the website or a printed copy of the application may be obtained by writing or calling the AAUW Educational Foundation.


Eligibility: Applicants to the Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund must -

  • Be women currently residing in the United States;
  • Be women who have earned a high school diploma or their GED on or before September 1995;
  • Be enrolled or planning to enroll in a full- or part-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school;
  • Be attending the full 2005-2006 academic year and receiving a degree no earlier than May 2006; and Have at least two semesters (24 credit hours or more) remaining to complete an undergraduate* degree as of the beginning of the 2005 fall academic term.

*Students who have previously obtained a bachelor's degree are not eligible to apply.

Talbots and Scholarship America employees or family members are not eligible to apply to this program. Only the first 1,000 eligible applications received will be processed.

Deadline: Varies, usually early January or until 1000 applications have been received, whichever is earlier.

Purpose: To provide educational access, support, and opportunity for low-income women, especially mothers; and educational enrichment for children.

Eligibility: Applicant must be a woman at least 17 years of age; a mother; be enrolled in a skills training, ESL, or GED program; or pursuing a technical/vocational degree, an associates degree, a first bachelors degree, or a professional/masters/doctoral degree; be enrolled in an accredited program during the award year; must be low income (annual family income less than $14,000 for a family of one, $18,000 for a family of 2, $24,000 for a family of 3; less than $30,000 for a family of 4)

Application: Available online

Deadline: July 1


Purpose: The Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship Awards were established in 1938 in honor of Amelia Earhart, famed pilot and member of Zonta International. The awards are granted annually to women pursuing graduate degrees in aerospace-related engineering.

Eligibility: Women of any nationality are eligible. Applicants must:

  • Have completed a bachelor's degree in a qualifying area of science or engineering related to advanced studies in aero-space sciences and aerospace related engineering;
  • Demonstrate a superior academic record with evidence of potential at a recognized university or college a verified by transcripts;
  • Provide evidence of a well-defined research program in aero-space related science or aero-space related engineering as described in application essay, research publications;
  • By the time the fellowship grant is awarded, have completed one year of aero-space related graduate studies at a well-recognized institution of higher education.

Award: The scholarship award of $6,000 may be used for tuition, books and fees, or living expenses. The award may be used at any university or college offering accredited graduate courses and degrees in aero-space studies. Awards may be renewed for an additional year by a current Fellow and will undergo the same application and evaluation procedures as a first-time applicant.

Deadline: November 15.

Application: May be downloaded from website.


Purpose: Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowships are available to all women public school teachers.

Eligibility: Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents who have taught for at least three years and are committed to teaching beyond the initial fellowship year. The foundation especially encourages applicants from women of color and others from underrepresented groups as well as those who teach underserved students.

Amount: Up to $5000.
Deadline: January 10.