In order to help Native Americans further their education and meet their full potential, many private and public organizations, along with the U.S. government, created numerous college grant programs. To become eligible for many of these grants and scholarships, students must have a Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) to prove their ethnicity and must be part of a federally recognized tribe.
American Indian College Fund awards 6,000 grants annually to Native American college-seeking individuals
American Indian Arts Council awards multiple grants to Native American students. Grants range from $250 to $1,000 and are awarded each semester
Gates Millennium Scholars, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provides outstanding, low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students seeking an undergraduate degree in any discipline area of interest grants
The Koniag Educational Foundation offers six separate grants to Alaskan and Native American descendents
Remember: a college diploma is one of your best assets in life. Don't forego your dreams just because you think college is too much of a financial obligation. Start by researching to see what grants may be available to you at the following websites: