Scholarships for
High School Students

The American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) provides scholarships to graduating American Indian and Alaska Native high school students that plan to pursue certificate or undergraduate programs at a Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) or an accredited 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; and
  • Be a high school senior in their last semester.

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.

High School Partners

The American Indian College Fund has special partnerships with a number of high schools to support students seeking postsecondary education. We encourage students of the institutions below to apply for our scholarships during the last semester of the senior year as we have special opportunities for them.

St. Francis High School | St. Francis, SD St. Ignatius High School | St. Ignatius, MT
Little Wound School | Kyle , SD Big Sky High School | Missoula, MT
Lakota Tech High School | Pine Ridge, SD Colstrip High School | Colstrip, MT
Pawhuska High School | Pawhuska, OK Kelliher High School | Kelliher, MN
Tiospa Zina Tribal School | Tiospa Zina Tribal School, SD Okmulgee High School | Okmulgee, OK
Timber Lake High School | Timber Lake, SD Pawnee High School | Pawnee, OK
Wagoner High School | Wagoner, OK Dodson High School | Dodson, MT
Pine Ridge High School | Pine Ridge, SD Shawano High School | Shawano, WI
Lummi Nation School | Bellingham, WA Sault Area High School | Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Stillwater High School | Stillwater, OK Menominee Indian High School | Kenshena, WI
El Reno High School | El Reno, OK Ronan High School | Ronan, MT
Harlem High School | Harlem, MT Many Farms High School | Many Farms, AZ
Glenpool High School | Glenpool, OK White River High School | White River, SD
Barrow High School | Barrow, AK Winner High School | Winner, SD
Rocky Boy High School | Box Elder, MT Crazy Horse School | Wanblee, SD
Red Cloud High School | Pine Ridge, SD Todd County High School | Mission, SD
Browning High School | Browning, MT Wolf Point Jr/Sr High School | Wolf Point, MT
Mahnomen High School | Mahnomen, MN St. Labre Indian Catholic School | Ashland, MT
Hopi Jr/Sr High School | Keams Canyon, AZ Superior High School | Superior, WI
Arlee High School | Arlee, MT Baboquivari High School | Sells, AZ
Cass Lake-Bena High School | Cass Lake, MN To’Hajiilee Community School | To?Hajiilee, NM
Pinion High School | Pinion, AZ McLaughlin High School | McLaughlin, SD
Chippewa Hills High School | Remus, MI Metlakatla High School | Metlakatla, AK
Frontier High School | Red Rock, OK New Town High School | New Town, ND
Dunseith High School | Dunseith, ND Wakpala Smee High School | Wakpala, SD
Puyallup High School | Puyallup, WA Oaks Mission High School | Oaks, OK

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.