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Native Americans are struggling to create new better prospects for their people. Since 1958, AIS has designed many valuable programs which assist them towards self-sufficiency and building better communities. Primarily by providing scholarships for low income Native Americans to attend colleges and vocational schools. There are many bright young students from various tribes who qualify academically for a college education. Yet, after high school, they have no means to pay college tuition.
Over the last forty years, AIS has made it possible for thousands of Native Americans to attend college, obtain degrees and, in turn, provide needed support in their communities. But there are so many more who need help. Please take time to browse through the site and learn more about how AIS is making a difference.
Must Demonstrate Need:
Incoming first-year student
Enrolled in a university, college, junior college or technical school
Undergraduate student with no more than 150 semester credits or 210 quarter credits.
One-Quarter (1/4) Northern-Native American Indian Blood.
FIRST TIME APPLICANTS (Submit an online application)
Please mail in the following required documents/items:
One photo of the applicant. Please provide a recent photo. Family photos are encouraged. It does not have to be professional, but old / tattered photos, or photocopies will not be accepted. The photo will be sent to potential donors who might fund your scholarship.
One full-page letter about yourself: specify your tribe, where you are from, the school you are attending and your area of study. Describe your educational goals and future plans. Explain why you feel you need this scholarship. Letters should be double-spaced, using 12-point font and signed.
Certificate of Indian Blood or proof of Indian heritage.
Official Tuition Billing Statement from your school. The statement must reflect the semester you are applying for and must also list the number of credit hours (full-time/part-time status), semester attending, year in school, and tuition amount or a letter from your financial aid advisor with the estimated cost of tuition.
Official copy of current transcript. It can be issued to the student, or the school can send it directly to AIS.
RE-APPLICANTS (Submit an online application)
The following must be turned in each time you re-apply:
One full-page letter about yourself. Adhere to the same guidelines as First Time Applicants.
Tuition billing statement from your school. Adhere to the same guidelines as First Time Applicants.
Official copy of current transcript. Adhere to the same guidelines as First Time Applicants.
American Indian Services