Scholarship Opportunities

American Indian Studies Scholarships

The University of Minnesota Duluth announces the establishment of the Wells Fargo Tribal Resource and Environmental  Stewardship Scholarship which will award five students in Cohort 3 of the Master of Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship (MTRES) program $5,000 each ($2,500 per year).  This scholarship is for MTRES Cohort 3 students. You must be admitted to MTRES prior to applying for this scholarship. Eligible applicants must be one of the following: an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe; eligible for enrollment in a federally recognized tribe; recognized as a descendant of a federally recognized tribe; identified as American Indian by the Indian Education Act; or identified as Canadian Indian by the Indian Act RSC 1985, CI-5.  To fill out the scholarship application, respondents need to be signed in to a Google Account. Deadline to apply: June 20, 2022.  If all of your documents are not submitted by June 20 at 11:59 pm, your application will not be eligible for review.  Awardees will be selected and notified on or before July 1, 2022.

Neezh Odain Scholarship. Awarded to undergraduate students studying towards a degree in American Indian Studies or Tribal Administration and Governance who are in good academic standing. 


Mike Munnell Scholar Award.  Michael Munnell was the first graduate to major in American Indian Studies at UMD. In fall 2012, the AIS Department established this scholar award in his name. Munnell is the drum keeper and lead singer of the MA'IIN'GAN Drum. The singers perform at dozens of events each year, including UMD's commencement ceremony. The scholarship is awarded to the student with the highest GPA within the Department of American Indian Studies.

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: http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/StuSuc/IndianEd/index.html  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. 

American Indian College Fund provides scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native college students seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees at tribal colleges, nonprofit, and accredited schools. https://collegefund.org/students/scholarships/

The American Indian Graduate Center offers more than 30 scholarships and fellowships that fund undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. https://www.aigcs.org/scholarships-fellowships/#grad-schol

Cobell Scholarship – https://cobellscholar.org/

Daughters of the American Revolution – This scholarship is awarded to help Native American students of any age, any tribe and in any state striving to get an education at the undergraduate or graduate levels.  However, undergraduate students are given preference. All awards are judged based on financial need and academic achievement. https://www.dar.org/national-society/scholarships/american-indian

Individuals must contact their tribe or tribal band to determine availability, eligibility, and application requirements.