Tribal College Blanket Design Competition

Tribal college students, express your culture

View a recording of our event about the contest application HERE!

​The American Indian College Fund and Pendleton Woolen Mills are challenging tribal college students to express their culture and identity through original designs for our next tribal college student blanket. Blanket sales will support College Fund scholarships. Textile design experience is not necessary to enter, and student winners will receive the following prizes:

Grand Prize Winner:

  • $2,000 Cash
  • $5,000 Scholarship
  • 6 x blankets

2nd Place Winner:

  • $500 Cash
  • $2,500 Scholarship

3rd Place Winner:

  • $250 Cash
  • $1,500 Scholarship

Only current tribal college students are eligible to submit. Students must be an enrolled tribal member, or the descendant of a parent or grandparent that is tribally enrolled. Students cannot submit more than two designs, and a committee of Native artists, and College Fund and Pendleton staff will select the winners.

Submissions must be received by 11:59pm MST on January 15, 2021.

Little Big Horn College students and College Fund scholar, Deshawna Anderson, is the winner of the 2020 Tribal College Blanket Competition. A visual learner, Anderson became interested in art as an education tool to communicate her perspectives and experiences to others. She says, “My art is influenced by the Apache and Crow cultural landscapes, from the Crazy Mountain Range in the Northern Rockies of Montana to the Salt River Canyon,” (which has been described as the most scenic vista in Arizona). She also draws inspiration from historic and contemporary Apache beadwork, quillwork, and burden baskets (conically shaped and fringed baskets that traditionally were used by women to carry everyday items like food and firewood).