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1119 Mesa Vista Hall
MSC06 3800
1-University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87120
Phone: (505) 277-6343
Fax: (505) 277-0033
E-mail: aiss@unm.edu

Private Scholarships

American Indian Services (AIS) - UG/FT/PT

AIS makes educational opportunities possible for qualifying Native American students who otherwise could not afford it. We provide more than 2300 scholarships annually. Students qualify for participation based on academic merit as well as financial need. The Result: Native American graduates who will lead their tribal communities into a hopeful future. Click to apply.

American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) Google - UG/GR/FT

New in 2008, the AISES Google Scholarship will fund scholarships awards to American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian AISES members pursuing degrees in the computer science, computer engineering and management information systems.  AISES and Google support the advancement of American Indian and Alaska Native students working towards obtaining a degree in the fields computer science and technology so they can obtain the  necessary skills to compete in today’s global society. Click to apply.

AISES A.T. Anderson Memorial - UG/GR/FT

AISES' own scholarship program was established in 1983 in memory of A.T. Anderson (Mohawk), a chemical engineer who founded AISES with six other American Indian scientists. Scholarships are awarded to members of AISES who are American Indian/Alaskan Native college students pursuing academic programs in the sciences, engineering, medicine, natural resources, and math. Click to apply.

Accenture American Indian-UG/GR

The Accenture American Indian Scholarship fund meets a vital need for American Indian and Alaska Native students seeking higher education and requiring financial assistance.  Accenture will award three types of scholarships to high-achieving American Indian and Alaska Native students seeking degrees and careers in all fields of study including high technology and business fields.

American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) Fellowship - GR/FT

The American Indian Graduate Center, Inc. announces the availability of graduate fellowships for the 2009‐2010 Academic Year (AY), for American Indian and Alaska Native students from federally recognized United States tribes. AIGC was founded in 1969 to help open doors to graduate education and help tribes obtain the educated professionals they need to become more self‐sufficient and exercise their rights to self‐determination. Click to apply.

Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) - UG/GR/FT

Since 1922, the Association on American Indian Affairs has been dedicated to helping Native people and their communities in meeting the challenges they face. One of these challenges is paying for a higher education. AAIA assists college students in meeting this challenge through our eight scholarship (graduate and undergraduate) programs. AAIA depends on the generosity of our donors to fund our scholarship programs. Therefore, availability may change from year to year. Click to apply.

American Indian College Fund - UG/GR/FT/PT

The American Indian College Fund transforms Indian higher education by funding and creating awareness of the unique, community-based accredited Tribal Colleges and Universities, offering students access to knowledge, skills, and cultural values which enhance their communities and the country as a whole. Click to apply.

American Indian Education Foundation - UG/GR/FT/PT

The American Indian Education Foundation was established to support educational opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native students. Our vision is strong, self-sufficient American Indian communities. Scholarships are awarded for each school year and are chosen by a national selection committee. Decisions are based on an overall assessment of the application. Click to apply.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BSNF) Foundation

Administered for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation, this scholarship is made available to American Indian high school seniors every year, who reside in states serviced by the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Pacific Corporation and its affiliated companies: Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington. The award is for 4 academic years (8 semesters) or until baccalaureate degree is obtained, whichever occurs first. Applicants who are not selected as recipients will be given consideration in the A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship program, if all criteria is met. Eligible majors include business, engineering, math, medicine/health administration, natural/physical sciences, technology and education. Click to apply.

Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Loan Service - GR/FT

The American Indian Graduate Center, Inc. announces the availability of an educational loan for graduate students for the 2009‐2010 academic year. The AIGC Loan For Service program is a Bureau of Indian Affairs funded financial aid opportunity administered by AIGC for American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and professional degree candidates. Part or all of the loan repayment may be cancelled if the recipient accepts employment with the BIA or tribal employment. This is an interest free loan. Click to apply.

BHP Billiton - UG/GR/FT

BHP Billiton's annual scholarship program is open to entering or continuing college students (undergraduate only) who are Navajo or Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Members. This year's scholarship fund will signigicanlty reward highly motivated students in mining employable disciplines. Scholarship recipients are strongly encouraged in accepting summer employment at BHP Billiton. Download application to view the requirements and program guidelines that must be met on or before June 30th of each year to earn a monetary scholarship award.

Catchting The Dream (CTD) - UG/GR/FT

CTD's objective is to recognize and reward outstanding student achievement. This supplemental award is intended to help Native American Indian students who are 1/4 or more degree American Indian, and an enrolled member of a U.S. tribe. "U.S. Tribe" is defined as federally recognized, state recognized or terminated. All awards are based on merit, academic achievement and ambition. Students must attend a college or university on a full-time basis, seeking a BA or higher. CTD does not fund students studying out of the country or attending non-accredited institutions, vocational, technical institutions, distance learning or online programs. CTD scholarships are awarded for life. If you win, you will never have to apply again. However, if you are not selected for scholarship with CTD, you cannot apply again. Click to apply.

Carol Jorgensen Memorial - UG/FT

The Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) is proud to announce the 2010 Carol Jorgensen Memorial Scholarship for Environmental Stewardship. This scholarship provides $1,000 to a full time student pursuing an undergraduate degree in an environmental stewardship discipline, including environmental studies, natural resources management, the natural sciences, public administration, public policy, and related disciplines. Complete application package must be received by end of business on Friday, June 4, 2010 (fax and e-mail submissions are accepted). Click to apply.

Daughters of the American Revolution National Society - UG

The American Indians Committee of the DAR awards this scholarship to Native Americans and is intended to help Native American students of any age, any tribe and in any state striving to get an education. All awards are judged based on financial need and academic achievement. Specify that you want information on the American Indian Scholarship when you send the self-addressed, stamped envelope for information.

This scholarship is intended to help Native American college/university and technical school students of any age, any tribe, in any state at the undergraduate or graduate level. Graduate students are eligible; however, undergraduate students are given preference. Click to apply.

Francis Abeyta Scholarship - UG/FT

Applications for the Francis Abeyta Scholarship are now available at AISS (1119 Mesa Vista Hall).  Students interested in applying for the award must be Santa Fe Indian School graduates who are currently at sophomore, junior, or senior status at UNM. 

Frances Crawford Marvin American Indian - UG/GR/FT

This scholarship is awarded once a year to one student. A candidate for this scholarship must be enrolled full time at a 2- or 4- year college or university.

Applicants must be Native Americans and proof of American Indian blood is required by letter or proof papers. Students must demonstrate financial need, academic achievement, and have a 3.0 GPA or higher. A recipient may reapply for this scholarship and be considered along with other members of the applicant pool.

The amount of scholarship is based on total return of the endowment, and may vary year to year. Click to apply.

Frances C. Allen Fellowship - GR/FT

This fellowship is for women of Native American heritage. While candidates for this award may be working in any graduate or pre-professional field, the particular goal of the Allen Fellowship is to encourage Native American women in their studies of the humanities and social sciences. Financial support varies according to need and may include travel expenses. Allen Fellows are expected to spend a significant part of their tenure in residence at the Newberry's D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History. The tenure of the fellowship is from one month to one year; the fellowship provides up to $8,000 in approved expenses. Please note: applicants for the Allen Fellowship must fill out a supplementary form in addition to the cover sheet for special awards and fellowships. Click to apply.

Florence Hawley Ellis & Andrea Ellis - GR

Scholarship fund established for the purpose of providing college tuition assistance to qualified graduate students from the Pueblos of the Southwest, including Zuni and Hopi. One-time Award of $800.00 ($400 Fall 2012/ $400 Spring 2013)

Submit Complete Application to:                                         
American Indian Student Services
The University of New Mexico
MSC06 3800
1119 Mesa Vista Hall
1-University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Hubbell Trading Post - UG (Junior or Senior)/FT

The Friends of Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site Inc. announce that applications are being accepted for the 2009 annual scholarship for Navajo and Hopi college students.  Two scholarships of up to $600 will be awarded to Navajo or Hopi students in the summer of 2009 for the 2009-10 school year. Click to apply.

Indian Health Services - UG/GR/FT

Indian Health programs need dedicated health and allied health professionals to fill staffing needs - people like you who envision a career with a purpose and mission, and who are willing to commit to working in Indian communities where they can truly make a difference.

The mission of IHS is to raise the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level. Because of the IHS scholarship program, many qualified health professionals are given the opportunity to pursue their career, as well as help their own communities. Click to apply.

Morris K. Udall Native American Congressional Internship - UG (Junior or Senior)/GR/

The Morris K. Udall Native American Congressional Internship program is a fully-funded ten-week summer internship in Washington, DC, for Native American and Alaska Native undergraduate, graduate and law students.  Interns work in congressional and agency offices where they have opportunities to research legislative issues important to tribal communities, network with public officials and tribal advocacy groups, and enhance their understanding of nation-building and tribal self-governance.  The Foundation provides airfare, housing, per diem, and a $1,200 educational stipend.  Click to apply.

Morris K. Udall Scholarship - UNM Internal Deadline is November 18th - UG/FT

The Scholarship Program awards eighty $5,000 merit-based scholarships for college sophomores and juniors seeking a career in tribal health, tribal public policy or the environment. Scholarship recipients participate in a five-day Orientation in Tucson, AZ, to learn more about tribal and environmental issues. Applications must be submitted through a Udall Faculty Representative at the student's college or university. More information about Faulty Representatives can be found on the Udall website. Click to apply.

* NOTE: Morris K. Udall Scholarship applicants: Completed application packets are due by Thursday, November 18, 2011 . Please visit the UNM Udall website at http://nisf.unm.edu/AppUdall.php for information on obtaining a UNM institutional nomination letter and final submission instructions.

Navajo NationOil & Gas Company - UG/GR/FT

The Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Company ("NNOGC") is a wholly-owned corporation of the Navajo Nation, established as a federally-chartered entity under authority granted by the Navajo Nation Council.  NNOGC is a product of the Navajo Nation’s Energy Policy.  NNOGC’s scholarship program is designed to encourage academic excellence and to prepare Navajo tribal members to become skilled and knowledgeable  in the petroleum industry by providing a resource to assist selected Navajo students to pay for their educational expenses, including tuition, fees, books, and room and board.  Scholarship recipients are encouraged to apply for summer employment not only with NNOGC but also with other companies and agencies involved in the petroleum industry. Click to apply.

Native American Finance Officers Association

The Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) is dedicated to supporting Native people pursuing their education. Our scholarship program assists Native American and Alaska Native students working toward a degree within a financially related field. NAFOA Scholars are chosen by the Board of Directors based upon academic merit, interest in business and finance, and demonstrated commitment to the Native community. Click to apply.

\Native Health Initiative's "Education is Ceremony" - UG (Incoming Freshman ONLY)/FT/PT

Native Health Initiative (NHI) will be awarding 10 awards of $1,000 each, and among the things that make this unique is that NHI are hoping to support students from 18 -98 years old as they further their education. Click to apply.

New Mexico Gas Company - UG/GR/FT

The New Mexico Gas Company (NMGC) Native American Scholarship Program (NASP) is a program that is intended to assist students in pursuit of post-secondary education that may result an Associates, Bachelors, Masters Degree, or certification from a trade school.

NMGC continues to work hard to build and maintain positive relations with our New Mexico tribal communities. We value and regard the sovereign status of tribal governments here in New Mexico and across the country and we look forward to continuing our positive relations into the future.

NMGC is pleased to announce that we have extended our scholarship program and will be offering 15 scholarships in 2012

Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) - UG/FT

It is the policy of the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) to encourage Navajos to pursue studies that lead to either a bachelor or master degee 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. Click to apply.

RNRC-NNOGC Full Ride College Scholarship

Resolute Natural Resources Company and Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Company will provide up to four, full-ride scholarships for Navajo undergraduates pursuing a bachelor’s degree in geology or petroleum, mechanical, or chemical engineering. The four-year scholarship will cover the student’s tuition, books and campus living expenses during their pursuit of a qualified degree. Currently looking for two qualified applicants in 2009 and two qualified applicants in 2010. Click to apply.

SRP/NGC Navajo

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled members of the Navajo Nation who willl be full-time students at an accredited college or university. Priority will be given to the math, engineering and enviromental studies. Recipients must be a junior in college during the time the scholarship is used and must have and maintain, a mininum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Click to apply.

Tsay Corporation - UG/GR/FT

The Tsay Corporation Scholarship's (TCS) objective is to provide scholarship assistance to tribal members in good standing who are able to use their course of study to contribute to the well-being of Ohkay Owingeh. Students must attend a college or university on a full-time basis and attend an accredited institution.

Wells Fargo American Indian - UG/GR/FT

This scholarship is funded by the Wells Fargo and administered by American Indian Graduate Center. To be considered for the Wells Fargo scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be an enrolled member of a United States federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group;
  • Be pursuing a career and degree in fields relating to banking, resort management, gaming operations, management and administration, including accounting, finance, information technology and human resources;
  • Be a undergraduate student of junior status at a U.S. accredited college or university as full time and degree seeking;
  • Have a cumulative average GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application;
  • Demonstrate financial need.

Xerox Technical Minority - UG/GR/FT

The Technical Minority Scholarship Program was developed to demonstrate Xerox's strong commitment to providing financial support and meaningful experiences for minorities. Scholarships are available to minorities enrolled in a technical degree program at the bachelor level or above. Click to apply.