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Scholarships & Resources for Native American and Alaskan Native Students: 

Online scholarship and resource guide for Native American and Alaska Native Students  that showcases 20 scholarship opportunities including many in the healthcare field that can make all the difference in affording college.

American Heart Association EmPOWERED to Serve

Applications launched on November 1 for undergraduate college and university students who are striving to identify solutions to address the social determinants of health.  The focus will be on students who are improving the health of their communities by addressing food insecurity, access to education and transportation or other factors affecting their specific area. Past recipient solutions range from student nutrition education for local youth to teaching diabetes education courses.

American Indian College Fund

Multiple scholarship opportunities listed.


Minority student have long been underrepresented at U.S. colleges and universities. There are many complex reasons for lower enrollment and graduation rates among minority students, not the least of which is financial hardship and lack of access to traditional educational support networks. To make it easier, BestColleges.com has compiled a directory of diversity scholarships and educational support programs and arranged them by category.

Deadlines vary based on individual scholarships

IHS Scholarship Program

Since its creation in 1977, the IHS Scholarship Program has supported thousands of American Indian and Alaska Native students in their quest for a health professions degree leading to a career in Indian health. Today, this support continues as IHS seeks the next generation of leaders committed to improving the health of Indian communities.

Visit the IHS Scholarship Program website or contact the branch office at (301) 443-6197 for application and program information.

John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for American Indian Health Winter Institute

The Center provides financial support for American Indian and Alaska Native scholars, health leaders, and health professionals and paraprofessionals serving tribal communities, who are interested in attending the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health's Summer and Winter Institute courses at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Deadline for applications is November 1, 2019 with award notices emailed by November 31st.

Cobell Scholarship Program

The AY 2020-2021 Cobell Scholarship opportunities are now available!!  Administered by Indigenous Education, Inc. (IEI), the Cobell Scholarship is both a merit and need-based scholarship available to students who exhibit the following qualifications:

  • Enrolled in a US Federally-Recognized Tribe (or 1/4 verified descent)
  • Enrolled full-time in a non-profit post-secondary institution
  • Demonstrate unmet need
  • Exhibit a competitive GPA

Indigenous Education, Inc. (IEI) offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for all levels of post-secondary education - from vocational to graduate level. Beginning with applications for the upcoming Academic Year, students will also be able to apply for scholarship opportunities from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) via the Online Application and Student Information System (OASIS) at cobellscholar.org 

Deadline for applications vary based on opportunity.  Please see cobellscholar.org for more details.

Full Circle Scholarship

The American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) provides scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native students attending tribal colleges and universities.  The College Fund also provides a limited number of scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students attending accredited public and non-profit private colleges across the United States.

Full Circle scholarship applications are open from January 1 - May 31 each year. 
Tribal College and University (TCU) scholarship applications are open on Aug. 1 for the fall semester and January 1 for the spring semester each year. 

Udall Scholarship

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. The Udall Foundation awards scholarships of up to $7,000 each.

Application deadline is March 5, 2020.
Additional documentation is required for applicants in tribal public policy and health care, and for U.S. permanent residents.