Scholarships for
Non-Tribal College Students

The American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) provides scholarships to graduating American Indian and Alaska Native college students enrolled in certificate, undergraduate, or graduate programs at accredited public or private, non-profit college or university in the U.S.

Opportunities Available

Applicants only need to submit one application every year to be considered for the College Fund’s portfolio of scholarships. Award amounts vary but average between $2,000 to $3,000.

Basic Eligibility

  • Be an enrolled member of a federally or state-recognized tribe, or a descendent of an enrolled member.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment in school.

Documentation Needed to Apply

Before you begin your scholarship application, we encourage you to gather the following:

    • Digital photo – a headshot or photograph of yourself.
    • Academic records – an unofficial copy of your most recent transcript.
    • Tribal affiliation – if you are an enrolled member of a federally or state-recognized tribe, you will need to provide a copy of your tribal ID (or CIB). If you are a descendant, you will need to provide a copy of your parent’s (or grandparent’s) tribal ID and birth certificate(s) showing your relationship to the enrolled member.

Visit our Application FAQ to learn more about the required documentation.

Application Experience

Before you begin your scholarship application, we encourage you to watch this short video to understand the navigation of the portal.

Start Your Application!

Now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 academic year. Apply by May 31st, 2024!

Click on the Apply Now button to be redirected to the application portal and complete your application.

Returning applicants can access the application portal here.

 

Need Help?

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

Please contact a member of our Scholarships Team at scholarships@collegefund.org, or at 800-987-3863 if you have questions or need one-on-one assistance.

Full Circle Scholarship Timeline

The selection of recipients, as well as the disbursement of funds, are managed by the American Indian College Fund.

Hover on a milestone to learn more

Scholarship Application Opens

Priority Review Deadline

Scholarship  Award Announcements

Fall Disbursement Begins

Scholarship Application Closes

Spring Disbursement Begins

February 1

Our application is available every year starting on February 1st in anticipation of the upcoming fall term.

May 31

We welcome applications after the May 31st priority review deadline; however, we strongly encourage students to apply by this date for a higher chance of being awarded.

July 31

Students that apply after July 31st receive an award notification on a rolling basis.

Late August

  • Before disbursement, recipients are contacted to submit verification of enrollment.
  • Upon disbursement, scholarship funds are sent to the Financial Aid Office of recipients’ institutions.

January 30

Newly enrolled spring students should submit their application by January 30th to be considered for scholarship opportunities for the spring term.

Late January

  • Before disbursement, recipients are contacted to submit verification of enrollment.
  • Upon disbursement, scholarship funds are sent to the Financial Aid Office of recipients’ institutions.

Scholarship Application Opens

February 1

Our application is available every year starting on February 1st in anticipation of the upcoming fall term.

Priority Review Deadline

May 31

We welcome applications after the May 31st priority review deadline; however, we strongly encourage students to apply by this date for a higher chance of being awarded.

Scholarship Award Announcements

July 31

Students that apply after July 31st receive an award notification on a rolling basis.

Fall Disbursement Begins

Late August

  • Before disbursement, recipients are contacted to submit verification of enrollment.
  • Upon disbursement, scholarship funds are sent to the Financial Aid Office of recipients’ institutions.

Scholarship Application Closes

January 30

Newly enrolled spring students should submit their application by January 30th to be considered for scholarship opportunities for the spring term.

Spring Disbursement Begins

Late January

  • Before disbursement, recipients are contacted to submit verification of enrollment.
  • Upon disbursement, scholarship funds are sent to the Financial Aid Office of recipients’ institutions.