The American Indian College Fund provides scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native college students enrolled in certificate, undergraduate, or graduate program at tribal colleges and other nonprofit, accredited schools.


To be eligible, students must be an enrolled member (or a descendant of one) of a federally or state-recognized tribe while demonstrating a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 and maintaining full-time enrollment. 

Documentation Needed to Apply

  • Digital photo – a headshot or photograph of yourself
  • Tribal affiliation – Enrolled members should provide proof of their tribal enrollment (or CIB). Descendants prove descent by providing a copy of their parent/grandparent’s enrollment information and a copy of the student’s birth certificate
  • Transcript – Most recent high school or college unofficial transcript

For more details about the applications, and tips for success, please review resources on the Application Tips Page or the Application FAQs Page.

Application Process

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Our application for the 2023-2024 academic year opened on February 1st, 2023 and had a priority deadline of May 31st, 2023. Applicants will receive an award decision by email by early August. If you have additional questions about the scholarship application, or your status, please contact a member of our Student Success Services team at, or at 800-987-3863.

Tribal College & University (TCU) Scholarship

The American Indian College Fund provides additional scholarship opportunities to students of our 35 accredited tribal college partners. The same Full Circle Scholarship application is used to apply, and you will automatically be considered for funding if you are a full-time student at one of these schools. Reach out to your tribal college’s financial aid department to learn more.

Learn more about the tribal college advantage – including their remarkable programs, culturally supportive classes, and familial student care at the link below.

Additional Scholarships

There are thousands of scholarship opportunities in addition to the Full Circle and Tribal College & University (TCU) scholarship programs we offer. We advise all students to apply to as many as they are eligible for. Discover more scholarship opportunities available outside of the American Indian College Fund.

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