With a goal and hope to enable Native Americans to achieve individual success and provide better support for their communities and bring positive change for future generations, the American Indian Services (AIS) has organized the College Scholarships program for the academic year 2022-2023.
The AIS Scholarship program has been established to help undergraduate Native American students with financial support to attend college, maintain enrolment, and graduate with flying colors. Students enrolled in any graduate program in any American accredited college or university and who hold a minimum GPA of 2.5 are eligible to win this scholarship award, i.e. half of the tuition fee of the graduate program undertaken by the winning candidates.
American Indian Services (AIS) s a non-profit charity located in Salt Lake City. AIS is a charitable organization that provides undergraduate Native American students with financial support to attend college, maintain enrolment and graduate through scholarships. All of American Indian Services’ administrative expenses are covered by its generous board members, which means that every donation the organization receives goes directly to a Native American seeking an education. The mission of AIS is very simple, to create programs and generate funding that will help Native Americans receive a quality education while still preserving their culture and honoring their heritage. The organization believes that through education that Native Americans will be able to protect their history.
|Organization||American Indian Services|
|Amount||One-half of the tuition fee|
|Number of Awards||NA|
|Contest Deadline||1st July or 1st November 2022|
Who is Eligible?
- The applicants must be enrolled or will enroll as matriculated students in a university, college, junior college, or technical school located in the United States.
- The applicants must be enrolled or will enroll with an accredited school.
- The applicants must be enrolled members of a U.S. Federally Recognized American Indian or Alaska Native Tribe, or descendants of a base roll member.
- The applicants must be undergraduate students with no more than 150-semester credits or 210 quarter credits.
- The applicants must be full-time or part-time status – excluding non-credit courses.
- The applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 must be established and maintained after the first semester/quarter of college
- The applicants must have completed Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
How to Apply?
All interested students can submit their scholarship applications online. The applicants are required to submit the following documents:
- Photo of the Applicant
- Proof of Heritage
- Essay on the following topics:
- Tell us about yourself. (For example something special about where you grew up, experiences with your tribe or how it has influenced you, what your family is like, the challenges you’ve had to overcome to get your education, etc.)
- Desired career industry (uses a dropdown list).
- Why have you chosen this field?
- Please explain why you feel you need this scholarship.
- Official Tuition Billing Statement
- Current transcript
- Thankyou letter
The American Indian Services will provide the selected college or university students up to one-half of the tuition of the graduate programme they choose to pursue at an accredited American college or university.
The scholarship typically covers Fall to Spring/Winter, or Fall to Summer studies. Therefore, the applications deadline to submit scholarship applications for Fall and Winter semesters is 1st July 2022, and 1st November 2022 respectively. The scholarship is only awarded for Summer once per year. Therefore, applicants must be sure to apply for the deadline that corresponds with their summer start date.