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Resources and Scholarships

Information on scholarships and other resources from the Office of Indigenous Affairs at Central Michigan University.

Native American Advancement Scholarship (PDF) - The Native American Advancement Award is awarded to one new freshman each year. The award is for $3,000 per year and is renewable for up to four years. The award can be applied to tuition, fees, books, and/or housing and food.

Native American Scholastic Award (PDF) -  The Native American Scholastic Award is given to first-time or continuing CMU students committed to the promotion of Native American culture. The award value will range from $500 to $1500 (based on funds availability). Funding is provided by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. Award winners will be announced at the annual CMU Pow wow. The award can be applied to tuition, fees, books, and/or housing and food.

American Indian College Fund - The American Indian College Fund provides financial support for Native American students and tribal colleges and universities, and also supports programs for institutional growth and sustainability and cultural preservation.

Association on American Indian Affairs Scholarship Programs - The Association on American Indian Affairs has been providing Native American student scholarships since 1947 and provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate Native American students who are citizens/ members of their Tribal Nation – whether or not their Nation is recognized by the federal government.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society Scholarships - The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) helps students move forward in their educational journeys by providing a wide range of programs and scholarship opportunities. AISES scholarships help students acquire skills and training that will help them meet the unique STEM needs of our communities.

Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship - Each year the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) awards multiple scholarships to students showing dedication to the pursuit of higher education in diverse areas of study including history, economics, law, political science, medicine, nursing, occupational and physical therapy, elementary and secondary education, chemistry, math, science and English.

BIE Student Scholarship & Internship Opportunities - Part of BIE’s mission is to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed to flourish in the opportunities of tomorrow. Higher education, also called post-secondary education, is an optional stage of formal learning after secondary education.

Catching the Dream Scholarship (PDF) - Founded in 1986, Catching the Dream strives to help improve the quality of life in Indian communities through the higher education of Indian people. We provide scholarship funds for students who demonstrate academic achievement, clearly defined goals, leadership, the determination to succeed, and the desire to return to their communities and help others realize their dreams. We assist Indian schools in preparing students for success in college.

Gates Millennium Undergraduate Scholars Program - The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest.

Indian Health Services Scholarships - The IHS Scholarship Program provides qualified American Indian and Alaska Native health professions students an opportunity to establish an educational foundation for each stage of your pre-professional careers.

National Indian Education Association - Since NIEA was founded in 1969, Native educators and advocates have fought to ensure Native students receive an equitable and quality education that is afforded to many of their peers.

Bureau of Indian Education Resources - ​The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) welcomes educators to its website. The success of our schools rests with our ability to provide a quality educational environment to our students during the course of the school year. Professional development and training is the key to providing quality educational services to our students. - College means hard work and dedication, whether you major in a healthcare-related field or not. And no matter your race, gender, or nationality, just about every student could use resources and scholarships to help move their academic journey forward.

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