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WSU Scholarships for Native American Students


WSUAA Leadership Scholarship
The Washington State Alumni Association (WSUAA) Ku-ah-mah Society awards two $6,000 scholarships. American Indian/Alaskan Native undergraduate students who are sophomores or above are eligible. Applicants need to demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities and academic excellence and have a minimum GPA of 3.30. To apply, complete the WSU General Scholarship link above. Applicants must also submit a supplemental essay, click on the WSUAA Leadership Scholarship link above.
DEADLINE:  January 31

Norman & Linda Baer Scholarship for Native American Students

The Baer scholarship awards one or more scholarships to an undergraduate student who is Native American. Must be enrolled full time, be in good academic standing, completed the general scholarship application, be an enrolled tribal member or descendant from a federally recognized tribe. Extra consideration will be given to students who are actively involved with WSU Native American Programs or other extracurricular activities at WSU. Applicants must also submit an additional application. Applications are open for the 2024-2025 school year. Application due by July 6th 2024.

The Robbie Paul Scholarship

The Robbie Paul (Nez Perce), PhD, Scholarship for Native American Students was created to honor the legacy and leadership of Dr. Robbie Paul, Director for Native American Health Sciences at WSU Spokane. Dr. Paul founded WSU Native American Health Sciences in 2007 but began youth programs as early as 1995. She taught and contributed to research, student projects, and community tribal health work, and retired in the fall of 2016, following a 22-year career at WSU. The WSU Native American Advisory Board partnered with the WSU Foundation in seeking support from local tribes and individuals to establish the scholarship endowment. Undergraduate, graduate, or professional students enrolled in the health sciences are eligible. Applications due end of October.

TNBL  / MOU Tribal Scholarship
Awards are $4000 per year for new incoming students, who are members of a tribe that is signatory to a Memorandum of Understanding with WSU, including:  Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Colville Confederated Tribes, Confederated Tribes of the Salish and Kootenai, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, Cowlitz Tribe, Kalispel Tribe, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, Nez Perce Tribe, Quinault Tribe, Spokane Tribe, and Yakama Nation.
DEADLINE: July 6th

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 required. Renewable.
DEADLINE: July 6th

WSU Departmental Scholarships for Native American Students

Talk to your department or advisor and find out what scholarships are available through your major department.  Applications, award amounts & deadlines vary!

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. See document (pg. 54) for more information.

J. Richard Franks Scholarship for Native American Students in Speech and Hearing Sciences
Applicants must be an enrolled Native American tribal member or show proof of descendance from a Native American tribe or a Native village/association; accepted into or currently enrolled in the WSU Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences undergraduate or graduate program with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0; have documented close social and cultural ties to a Native American tribe, Native village/association, or Native community; and demonstrate a desire to serve Native tribes and/or communities.
DEADLINE:  April 1

Jay and Retha Inghram Rockey Scholarship
(Murrow School of Communication)
Used to recruit and recognize incoming freshmen students who will major in communications. Preference will be given to Nez Perce or Native American students demonstrating an interest in the field of public relations.

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.

(Carson College of Business)
This scholarship was funded through a gift from Lucy W. Cozier Brennan to honor her husband and son, Philip and Steven Cozier, and her father-in-law, Carl Cozier. The Cozier family has a long association with WSU. Both Carl and Philip were Cougs, along with other family member and their relatives. Carl Cozier farmed and raised livestock. He attended the Washington Agricultural School of farming from 1899-1901 and the WAC School of Veterinary Science from 1901-1903. He later completed his DVM and practiced veterinary medicine in Washington for many years. Throughout his life he was a dedicated advocate of education. The Carl Cozier Elementary School in Bellingham, WA was named for him. Philip Cozier graduated from WSU in 1937 with a degree in business. After graduation, he was employed by the General Electric Company.

The Tousley Scholarship
(Carson College of Business)
Annual scholarship given to a full-time, undergraduate or graduate student with a preference for a major within the Dept. of Marketing and demonstrates financial need.

WSU General Scholarship

The WSU General Scholarship is open to all WSU students, and one application allows you to be considered for over 700 scholarships, including many of the scholarships below that target Native students. Apply online here.
DEADLINE:  January 31

Academic Achievement/Diversity Scholarship
Awards range from $2000 – $4000, depending on your GPA. For freshmen and transfer students.  Based on academic strength and financial need.  Renewable for 4 years.

Muckleshoot Scholarship
Amount varies. Not renewable, but would be reconsidered every year. Must be an enrolled tribal member with financial need.

NACI-Hanes Scholarship
Amount varies. One scholarship given each year. Requirements: Must be an enrolled member of the Spokane tribe. Not renewable, but would be reconsidered every year.

Creighton Scholarship
Around $1000, multiple awards. Preference is given to students in health fields such as pre-pharmacy, nursing, speech & hearing, nutrition, pre-med, etc. Must be an enrolled tribal member, with preference given to NW tribes (Washington, Idaho, and Oregon). Not renewable, but would be reconsidered every year.

The Bob & Betty Lovett Donellan Scholarship for Opportunity 
(College of Education)

The Bob & Betty Lovett Donellan Scholarship for Opportunity was established to award a scholarship to a Native American student who demonstrates a passion for education and teaching. This student should be one who lives, or lived, on a reservation and is an incoming student or existing student who intends to pursue a degree in Education and desires to return to the reservation as an Educator to empower more Native Americans to pursue a degree in higher education. Preference should be given to someone demonstrating an interest in returning to a reservation as an educator to empower more Native Americans to pursue higher education. One award of $2000 is awarded each year.

Clyde Harry Backus Scholarship
(School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)

Used to assist students in electrical engineering or related fields.  Preference given to Native American students. Must have at least a 3.2 GPA.