Scholarship Opportunities

American Indian Studies Scholarships

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Endowed Scholarship was established in 2008 through a generous gift from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. The SMSC scholarship program is designed to recruit and retain talented American Indian students with demonstrated financial need to the University of Minnesota. The SMSC scholarship program is administered by the University's Office for Equity and Diversity. Application deadline: May 1st.

The Page Education Foundation awards scholarships to Minnesota students of color who attend Minnesota post-secondary schools and agree to complete annual service projects with young children. Students at all levels of academic achievement can qualify for a grant. Application deadline: May 1st.

Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program provides postsecondary financial assistance to eligible Minnesota resident students who are of one-fourth or more Indian ancestry and demonstrate financial need for an award.

The Udall Foundation has internship and scholarship program opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native Students.

Ethel Curry American Indian Leadership Scholarship program supports undergraduate students up to $2,000 per academic year and graduate students up to $4,000 per academic year. Applications and instructions can be found on the Indian Education page of the Minnesota Department of Education website:  When applying, please make sure all required materials are sent in together in one single application packet and please make sure applications are postmarked by May 30th.

The Native American Congressional Internship Program provides American Indian and Alaska Native students with the opportunity to gain practical experience with the federal legislative process in order to understand first-hand the government-to-government relationship between Tribes and the federal government. The internship is funded by the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy.  Application deadline: January 31st. 

Catching the Dream (CTD) is a national Native American education and scholarship center.  CTD provides supplementary funding for those students who may have received financial assistance from other sources.  Application deadline for Fall admission: April 30th.