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The AIS Scholarship program is to help undergraduate Native American students with financial support to attend college, maintain enrollment, and graduate. Scholarship Awards are based on up to one-half of tuition and need for the term the student is applying for and are allocated directly to the school for the student. Students will need to have their own email account in order to apply.

Incomplete applications will not be processed. Late documents will not be accepted. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks AFTER the deadline for applications to be evaluated and updated online. If your application has been approved, your application status will be updated and you will receive an email. Students will be required to write a thank you letter if approved, which needs to be submitted by the specified deadline. Scholarship checks will be sent to the school after receipt of thank you letters.

If you have questions visit our FAQ or contact the AIS Scholarship Department. You can send an email to scholarship@americanindianservices.org or call 801-375-1777 ext. 1002.

Requirements

  • Enrolled or will enroll as a matriculated student in a university, college, junior college or technical school located in the United States (incoming freshman accepted)

  • An enrolled member of a U.S. Federally Recognized American Indian or Alaska Native Tribe, or descendant of a base roll member (Visit here to find out how to contact your tribe, apply for enrollment, and/or apply for a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood)

  • Undergraduate student with no more than 150-semester credits or 210 quarter credits (First bachelor’s degree only, graduate studies NOT currently eligible)

  • Full-time or part-time status – excluding non-credit courses (minimum of 6 credits)

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 must be established and maintained after the first semester/quarter of college

  • Completed Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

 

Required Documents

ALL required documents need to be uploaded to the student’s application and are due by the deadline. We are no longer accepting emailed, faxed, or hard copy documents. Late documents will not be accepted. Be sure to request your documents early to avoid missing the deadline.

  • Photo of the Applicant – Photo needs to be recent. It does not have to be professional, but old, tattered, blurry, filtered photos or a copy of your ID will NOT be accepted. The photo will be sent to potential donors who may fund your scholarship and/or used for marketing purposes. Go here for tips on how to take a great applicant photo.

  • Proof of Heritage – Proof of Heritage must show that you are either an enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Tribe or you are not enrolled but are a descendant of a base roll member.  If you are not enrolled but are a descendant, you will need to show proof of enrollment and relation. Ask your tribal enrollment office for a statement or you can apply for a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood from the BIA. Visit here to find out how to contact your tribe, apply for enrollment, and/or apply for a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood.

  • Essay (in place of the biographical letter) – The essay is not an actual document that you will upload, but rather a text box on the application itself. What’s included:

    • Tell us about yourself. (For example something special about where you grew up, experiences with your tribe or how it has influenced you, what your family is like, the challenges you’ve had to overcome to get your education, etc.)

    • Desired career industry (uses a dropdown list).

    • Why have you chosen this field?

    • Please explain why you feel you need this scholarship.

  • Official Tuition Billing Statement (or acceptable alternative) – The statement must reflect the term you are applying for and the tuition amount. Acceptable alternatives:

    • Letter of the estimated cost of tuition from your school stating your name, the term you are applying for, and the estimated cost of tuition for however many credits you plan to take for that term.

    • Financial Needs Analysis (FNA) form in place of a tuition statement. FNA’s for other organizations will not be accepted. Be advised that FNA’s are for full-time status only. *We are now accepting tuition statements for the Academic Year. 

  • Current Transcript (can be unofficial) – DO NOT WAIT for final grades to be posted and submit the most current transcript as of today. You don't need to pay for an official transcript. You can submit an unofficial transcript. High school or GED transcripts are acceptable for incoming freshmen in their first two terms ONLY.

  • Thank You Letter (only required if your application is approved). Click here for tips on how to write a thank you letter.

 

Deadlines

Starting 2021, we will begin awarding for the Academic Year (this typically covers Fall to Spring/Winter, or Fall to Summer). You can only be awarded for Summer once per year. Be sure to apply for the deadline that corresponds with your summer start date.

I Spring/Summer | Enrollment Opens: January 1 | Deadline: February 1

If your term starts in April or May, you would apply for Award I.

II Summer | Enrollment Opens: March 1 | Deadline: April 1

If your term starts in June or July, you would apply for Award II.

III Fall/Academic Year | Enrollment Opens: May 1 | Deadline: July 1

If your term starts in August, September, October, or November you would apply for Award III.

IV Spring/Winter | Enrollment Opens: September 1 | Deadline: November 1

If your term starts in December, January, February, or March you would apply for Award IV.