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Scholarships Available to American Indian Students

Gikinoo'amaagoziwin Deba'igaadeg

The American Indian Resource Center staff will work with students in identifying which of the following scholarships you may be eligible for as well as assisting in locating other financial resources that you may be eligible to apply for.

Bemidji State University American Indian Scholarships

Eligibility: American Indian heritage plus additional criteria for some of the scholarships.

  • Scholarships range from $500 - $1500.
  • Application deadlines for the following year is early March.
  • Contact Colette Dahlke at 218-755-2032 for more information or to secure an application.

Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program

Eligibility:  Any American Indian that is ¼ degree or more Indian blood; registered with a federally recognized tribe; must be a resident of Minnesota for at least 12 months for other purposes than educational.

  • Grants based on college need, up to $3000 per year.
  • Priority deadline to apply is July 1 of each year.
  • Contact Laura Gerhardson at 218-755-2270 for more information or to secure an application, or come visit her at the AIRC on Thursdays.

Ethel Curry Scholarship Program

Eligibility:  the following must be on file at the Minnesota Higher Education Office:

  • Proof of blood quantum ¼ or more from a Minnesota-based tribe or community.
  • Minnesota Indian Scholarship Application.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Deadline to apply is May 31 of each calendar  year.
  • Call 651-582-8832 for more information or to secure an application.

Two Feathers Endowment Scholarship Program

Eligibility: Proof of tribal enrollment and/or blood quantum from a federally recognized American Indian tribe or community.

  • Official transcripts and a copy of your FAFSA application will be needed.
  • Deadline to apply is July 1 of each calendar year.
  • Call 651-224-5463 for more information or to secure an application.

Leech Lake Scholarship Program

Eligibility: Must be an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.

  • Priority deadline is June 15 of each year.
  • Call 1-866-638-7738 for more information or to secure an application.

Red Lake Scholarship Program

Eligibility: Must be an enrolled member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa.

  • Priority deadline is June 15 of each year.
  • Call 218-679-3350 for more information or to secure an application.

White Earth Scholarship Program

Eligibility: Must be an enrolled member of the White Earth Band of Chippewa.

  • Priority deadline is June 15 of each year.
  • Call 218-983-3248 for more information or to secure an application.

Grand Portage Scholarship Program

Eligibility: Must be an enrolled member of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

  • Must have application totally completed at least two weeks before school begins.
  • Call 218-475-2812 for more information or to secure an application.

Fond du Lac Scholarship Program

Eligibility: Must be an enrolled member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

  • Application priority deadline is June 15 of each calendar year.
  • Call Bonnie Wallace at 218-879-4593 for more information or to secure an application.

Mille Lacs Scholarship Program

Eligibility: Must be an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.

  • Application priority deadline is June 15 of each calendar year.
  • Call 1-866-916-5282 for more information or to secure an application.

Bois Forte Scholarship Program

Eligibility: Must be an enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe.

  • Priority deadline date is June 15 of each calendar year.
  • Call 218-757-3261 for more information or to secure an application.

Upper Sioux Community Scholarship Program

Eligibility: Must be an enrolled member of the Upper Sioux Community.

  • Call 320-564-6311 for more information or to secure an application.

Lower Sioux Community Scholarship Program

Eligibility: Must be an enrolled member of the Lower Sioux Community.

  • Call 507-697-6185 for more information or to secure an application.

Shakopee Sioux Scholarship Program

Eligibility: Must be an enrolled member of the Shakopee Sioux Community.

  • Call 952-445-8900 for more information or to secure an application.

Prairie Island Scholarship Program

Eligibility: Must be an enrolled member of the Prairie Island Community.

  • Call 1-651-385-4132 for more information or to secure an application

Spry Environmental Science Scholarship.

Awarded to a Junior/Senior Native American student majoring in Biology or Environmental Studies with a minimum 2.5 gpa. Preference given to Native American students who are members, or descendants, of one of the seven Ojibwe tribes in Minnesota. The Spry Environmental Science Scholarship alternates with the Center for Environmental, Earth, and Space Studies. This scholarship is administrated by the Biology department. Applications are to be handed into the Biology department by March 1st.  The Spry Environmental Science Scholarship is sponsored by Mike Spry who is an Environmental Alumni and a member of the White Earth Reservation.

Spry Environmental Science Scholarship: http://www.bemidjistate.edu/academics/departments/biology/Scholarship_app.pdf