Graduate Fellowships & Other Financial Aid for Native American & Alaskan Students

March 26, 2012 Category: College Scholarships and Grants

Students from underrepresented backgrounds typically do not have the same opportunities available to them when it comes to pursuing a higher education. Luckily, with more and more financial aid options becoming available, including scholarships, grants and fellowships, students from various ethnic backgrounds now have the chance to acquire the funds required to afford their education.

Native American and Alaskan graduate students that are hard-pressed for money have a number of fellowship and other financial aid opportunities worth checking out, which are listed below.

Katrin Lamon Fund Fellowship

This fellowship opportunity is for graduate students pursuing degrees in Journalism or Literature.

Fellowship Amount: $1,000 – $5,000 per academic year (not including summer)

Eligibility Requirements:

– Demonstrate financial need by filling out and submitting the FAFSA

– Possess 1/4 degree Indian blood from a federally recognized tribe or be an enrolled member of a US federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group

– Enrolled at a full-time Master’s, doctoral or professional degree program (college/university must be an accredited institution in the US)

Wells Fargo American Indian Scholarship ProgramAmerican Indian College Scholarships

This scholarship opportunity is for both undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in the fields of gaming operations, finance, banking, accounting, management and administration, resort management, human resources and information technology.

Scholarship Amount: N/A

Eligibility Requirements:

– Possess 1/4 degree Indian blood from a federally recognized tribe or be an enrolled member of a US federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group

– Demonstrate financial need

– Enrolled as a full-time junior or senior at an accredited US college or university

– Maintain a 3.00 GPA

Accenture American Indian Scholarship

This scholarship is for incoming freshmen and undergraduate students, planning on pursuing a degree in operations management, engineering, marketing, finance, computer science, management and business. Additionally, the Accenture American Indian Scholarship is a merit-based financial aid award that serves to recognize students that have demonstrated their leadership skills in categories such as extracurricular activities, school, civic settings and academic achievements, among others.

Scholarship Amount: N/A

Eligibility Requirements:

– Enrolled member of a US federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group

– Provide a TEC form (Tribal Eligibility Certificate)

– Provide a high school transcript, showing a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher

– Demonstrate merit (personal and character) in the areas mentioned above, as well as commitment to serving the American Indian community on either a local or national scale.

Navajo Nation Graduate Fellowship

The Navajo Nation Graduate Fellowship is for students wishing to pursue a graduate degree.

Fellowship Amount: $5,000 – $10,000 per academic year

Eligibility Requirements:

– Part-time or full-time student at a graduate school and working towards a Master’s, education terminal degree or Doctorate

– Carry between 9-12 semester credit hours (for full-time students) and maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher

– Maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher (for part-time students)

– Maintain a 2.00 GPA or higher (for full-time students pursuing veterinary, medical and law degrees)

– Provide necessary documentation, including transcripts, Regular Letter of Acceptance into their chosen graduate program of study, Regular Letter of Admission from their graduate school and other related paperwork, as outlined by the Navajo Nation Graduate Trust Fund.

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