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WSU Scholarships for Graduate Students

Creighton Graduate Fellowship
Around $1000, multiple awards. Preference is given to students in health fields. Must be enrolled tribal member, with preference given to NW tribes (Washington, Idaho, and Oregon). Not renewable, but would be reconsidered every year. Apply with WSU Scholarship Application.
DEADLINE:  January 31

Eva Feryl Peterson Fellowship
(Department of English)

For Native American women and will be chosen on the basis of qualifications for graduate study and motivation to complete a Master of Arts degree program in English. Recipients will receive a stipend of $2000 per year, for two years, normally to supplement a Teaching Assistantship.

Muriel Dawley Award
(School of Music)

Amount varies. Scholarship recipients can be either undergraduate or graduate students. Award is based on talent and need. Applications are on the School of Music’s website.
DEADLINE: Auditions are in January and application materials are due Mar 1.

Plateau Native American Scholarship
Amount varies.  Requirements: Enrolled members from Coeur d’Alene, Colville, CSKT, Umatilla, Kalispel, Klamath, Kootenai, Nez Perce, Spokane, Yakama OR from a tribe known as Plateau Salishan, Sahaptian or Kootenai, OR from Warm Springs or Cowlitz if of Sahaptian speaking descent. 2.5 GPA (Current undergraduate students), 3.0 (Grad students). Renewable.

Outside Scholarships for Graduate Students


American Indian College Fund
The American Indian College Fund provides about 6,000 scholarships for American Indian (or descendant) graduate and undergraduate students each year.

American Indian Education Foundation
The AIEF program is one of the United States’ largest grantors of scholarships to Native Americans, providing nearly $450,000 to about 225 graduate and undergraduate students each year.

American Indian Graduate Center Scholarships
Each year, the AIGC fellowship program provides $1,200,000 in fellowships to over 350 Native American and Alaska Native (or descendant) graduate students.  They also administer a few scholarships for undergraduates.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society
National scholarships awarded to members of AISES who are American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) college students pursuing academic degrees in the sciences, engineering, medicine, natural resources, and math.
DEADLINE: April 30th

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Scholarship
Given by: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  Various scholarships available to Native American and other minority students pursuing graduate accounting degrees or who plan to work as CPA’s.

Association on American Indian Affairs
AAIA has eight scholarship programs for graduate and undergraduate students. All scholarships are for students who are from federally recognized tribes and who are at least 1/4 Indian blood, except one scholarship that is specifically for members of tribes that are not federally recognized.

Catching the Dream Scholarships
The six priority fields of study are math, engineering, science, business, education, and computers. Science includes all the medical fields. These fields are the ones in which tribes need graduates the most, and the fields in which there are the fewest Indian graduates.
DEADLINE: Summer Session – March 15, Fall Semester – April 30, Spring Semester – September 15

DAR American Indian Scholarships
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.
DEADLINE: Jan 31st

Francis C. Allen Fellowships
Awarded to Federally recognized tribal members who are female and studying at the graduate or Ph.D. in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Deadline: varies see website for details

Hana Scholars Program
Scholarship for active, full member of The United Methodist Church, born of Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or Pacific Island parentage. Must be able to identify with his/her particular ethnic community.

Ke Ali’I Pauahi Foundation
Various scholarships available to Hawaiian Native and other students.
DEADLINE: see website

Indian Health Service (IHS)
The Indian Health Service Scholarship provides full tuition and fees, books, uniforms, equipment, travel, insurance, national board exams, travel for clinical training, and a stipend for students majoring in health professions, engineering, and accounting.
DEADLINE: March 28

National Congress of American Indians Graduate Health Fellowship
Applicants should be members of an American Indian or Alaska Native tribal nation and must be new or continuing full-time students pursuing graduate or professional degrees.
DEADLINE: varies

Presbyterian Native American and North American Education Grants
Grants assist Native American and Alaska natives pursuing full-time post-secondary education.

SAA Arthur C. Parker Scholarship or NSF Scholarship for Archaeological Training and SAA Native American Graduate Archaeology Scholarship
The Native American Scholarships Fund is an endowment established to foster a sense of shared purpose and positive interaction between archaeologists and Native Americans. Scholarships are open to all Native peoples from anywhere in the Americas, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Indigenous Pacific Islanders.
DEADLINE: Jan 31st

Steven R. Nelson Native Educator Scholarship
The program provides selected students with as many as three years of annually renewable scholarships. Awardees will receive a maximum of $5,000 each year to pursue a master’s degree in education policy, leadership, technical assistance, research, or a related field.
DEADLINE: March 31

Washington Indian Gaming Association
Requirements: Students pursuing degrees at community and technical colleges, four-year colleges, and post-graduate and professional schools are eligible. Scholarship recipients are students who come from or attend school in Washington State.
DEADLINE: March 31