Tribal Scholarships

Native American students who wish to seek financial assistance from their respective tribes must apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students must complete both a financial aid file with UNM's Office of Student Financial Aid and a file with their respective tribal scholarship office. Both processes must be done every school year.

American Indian College Fund (AICF) - Full Circle Scholarship

The AICF invests in Native students and tribal college education to transform lives and communities.

Deadline: May 31, 2024


American Indian Education Fund (AIEF)

The program gives more American Indians and Alaskan Natives the resources and encouragement they need to learn and succeed. The AIEF program is one of the United States' largest grantors of scholarships to Native Americans, providing nearly $450000 to about 225 students each year.

Deadline: April 4, 2024


American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC)

AIGC provides financial support for American Indians and Alaskan Natives seeking higher education, and support them in attaining undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. AIGC collaborates with Tribes, the federal government, foundations, corporations, and individual to ensure growth and sustainability of scholarships.

Deadline: June 1, 2024


American Indian Services (AIS)

The AIS create programs and generate funding that will help Native Americans receive a quality education, while still preserving the culture and honoring the heritage of Native Americans.

Fall: July 1, 2024
Spring: November 1, 2024


Cobell Education Scholarship

Authorized by the Cobell Settlement and is designed to provide financial assistance to American Indian and Alaska Natives wishing to pursue post-secondary education and training.

Deadline: March 31, 2024


Friends of Hubbell Trading Post

The scholarships are established in honor of three weaver (Evelyn Curley, Mary Lee Begay and Helen Kirk) who spent many years demonstrating their art to people in the Visitor Center. In August of 2017, the Friends group awarded $22,500 in scholarships.

Deadline: June 15, 2024


Indian Health Service (IHS)

The Indian Health Service (IHS) offers three scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students in order to educate and train health professionals to staff Indian health programs. We strive to develop our next generation of leaders, as well as help make the pursuit of a meaningful career in Indian health attainable for American Indian and Alaska Native students.

Deadline: February 28 (annually)


Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship & Financial Assistance

The ONNSFA serves eligible Navajo people and provides students the opportunity to achieve their educational goals. This opportunity is provided as a privilege with the intent that recipients, upon graduation, will return to the Navajo Nation to apply their learning to benefit the continuing development of the Navajo Nation.

Fall: June 25, 2024
Spring: November 25, 2024


Navajo Tribal Utility Authority Scholarship (NTUA)

It is the policy of the NTUA to encourage Navajos to pursue studies that lead to either a bachelor or master degree in fields relating to the multi-service utility industry. One way for NTUA to fulfill its goal to be a good corporate citizen is to provide financial assistance to qualified Navajos who wish to attend College.

Deadline: April 26, 2024

Navajo Nation Chapter House Scholarship

Chapter house Scholarship has been formed to assist students in meeting their educational goals.

Deadline: Varies (Depends on Chapter)

Contact: UNM-G Financial Aid Office

SMA Native American STEM Scholarship

SMA supports lasting positive goals in tribal communities by bridging our commitment to providing successful projects with an active investment into tribal capacity development SMA offers a $1,500 scholarship opportunity to Native American students pursuing a four-year degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.

Deadline: June 9, 2024


The Julie's Helpers Memorial Scholarship

The Julie's Helpers Memorial Scholarship, in memory of Julie Elizabeth Meadows (May 6, 1973 - December 13, 2009), was established in February 2011, under the co-sponsorship of White Rock Presbyterian Church (of Los Alamos, New Mexico) and the House of Fellowship Church (of Vanderwagen, New Mexico). The purpose of the scholarship is to provide an annual grant of $2500 to one capable Navajo woman who might not otherwise be able pursue a college degree for the purpose of serving her community.

Deadline: June 1, 2024


Zuni Education and Career Development Center (ZECDC)

ZECDC Vision will be to empower our participants and their families to become motivated, confident, and successful. To be productive members of our Zuni Community, by providing access to resources, and economic development opportunities.

Fall: June 30, 2024
Summer: April 30, 2024