Other Navajo Nation resources:

  • The Navajo satellite chapters of Ramah, Alamo, and To’hajiiilee receive annual scholarship funding.
  • All other Navajo Nation chapters are frequently appropriated funds for scholarships to members of their community. Contact your local chapter official for information.

Scholarship opportunities from local organizations, corporations and non-profits:

  • AZ Earn to Learn
    Earn to Learn offers students the opportunity to save and earn a renewable $4,500 scholarship to attend Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona. Students, who complete the program requirements, including saving $500 toward their education, receive a match of $4,000 in scholarship money per academic year. Eligibility: Enrolled high school seniors or enrolled community college students, who are planning to attend one of the three state universities. To apply: Visit www.earntolearn.org and start a pre-application. For information: sean@earntolearn.org or call 928-707-3832 or toll-free at 877-260-7369.
    Deadline: The Pre-Application is open from March 1, 2019 through November 1, 2019 for students entering university Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.

  • Brown and Caldwell Navajo Scholarship for Engineering/Environmental Science
    Brown and Caldwell offers a scholarship designed to encourage and support Navajo students, who have a desire to improve our world by developing their skills and knowledge in preparation for a career in the environmental profession.
    Initial Eligibility: Enrolled members of the Navajo Nation, full-time enrollment at an accredited two-year junior or four-year undergraduate college or a senior in high school with a letter of acceptance from the college or university to be attended; declaration of or intend to declare a major in civil, chemical, or environmental engineering, or one of the environmental sciences (e.g., geology, hydrogeology, biology, ecology, industrial hygiene toxicology), a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on a 5.0 scale). Detailed information and an online application may be found at Navajo Scholarship. For information: Brown and Caldwell, Attn: Navajo Scholarship Program; 6975 Union Park Center, Suite 490; Midvale, UT 84047 or email: scholarships@brwncald.com

  • Cobell Scholarship
    The competitive Cobell Scholarship is annual, non-renewable, and available to any post-secondary (after high school) student who is; an enrolled member of a US Federally-Recognized Tribe, enrolled in full-time study and is degree-seeking. Applicants must plan to attend or be attending any nationally, regionally and industry accredited non-profit, public and private, institution. Applicants must be pursuing a vocational certificate or diploma, associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral or professional degree, or certificate.  For information email: scholarships@cobellscholar.org.
    Deadline for 2019-2020 Academic Year: March 31, 2019.

  • First Things First Quality First Scholarship Program
    Eligibility: Families, who are permanent residents of the Navajo Nation but are temporarily living in other parts of the state while they attend college. Applicant must enroll in a minimum of one course at an accredited college or university each session courses are offered, must  be a permanent resident of the Navajo Nation (living off tribal lands to attend school), have a household income at or below 200% of the current year's federal poverty level, have a child or children (the maximum number of scholarships available to any family is two) between the ages of birth and age 5 no yet in kindergarten. Scholarships are awarded directly to the families and transfer with the child. Download the FY19 Navajo Nation Off-Reservation Family Application or call Valley of the Sun United Way at 1-866-973-0012 to have forms emailed.

  • Indian Health Service Scholarship Programs
    The Indian Health Service Scholarship Program offers three scholarships - Preparatory, Pre-Graduate and Health Professions -  to qualified American Indian and Alaska Native candidates. Scholarships include financial aid covering tuition, required fees, educational and living expenses for all scholarship recipients. Detailed information may be found in the Application Handbook [PDF - 4,350KB].  
    Deadline:  March 28, 2019 7:00 pm EST.

  • IHS Extern Program
    The Indian Health Service Extern Program offers IHS scholarship recipients, as well as other health professions students, the opportunity to gain valuable clinical experience in an Indian health facility. This experience allows students to develop their clinical skills under expert supervision while contributing to an interdisciplinary team of health professionals. Visit the IHS Externship Program website or contact the branch office at (301) 443-6197 for more information on the IHS Extern Program.

  • IHS Residencies and Rotations
    The Indian Health Service has established residency and rotation agreements with a number of health professions schools throughout the United States. These agreements provide excellent clinical and cultural experiences within Indian communities and can lay the foundation for a career in Indian health. Contact the IHS recruiter serving your health profession for more information.

  • Navajo Nation Oil & Gas Scholarships
    Open to students majoring in subject matter central to the oil and gas industry including Engineering (petroleum, mining, mechanical, civil, environmental, or electrical), Geology, Natural Resource Management, Accounting, Marketing, Business Administration or Human Resource Management.
    Deadline(s): Multiple

  • Navajo Transitional Energy Company Scholarship
    Navajo Transitional Energy Company, LLC, owners of Navajo Mine in northwest New Mexico on the Navajo Nation, offers a $1,000 annual scholarship award. Eligibility: Open to all Navajo students, regardless of chapter location or institution, but limited to STEM or industry related field of study. Selection of the NTEC College Scholarship is based on scholastic performance and the following criteria: Sophomore, Junior or Senior in college, resides/registered with a Navajo Nation chapter, attends an accredited college/university/technical institution majoring in a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), or industry-related field of study, a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.80 on a 4.00 scale, Full-time status undergraduate (minimum of 12 semester credit hours) The application can be downloaded at: http://www.navajo-tec.com/education.html.
    Deadline: July 18, 2019

  • SRP Navajo Generating Station Navajo Scholarship
    Eligibility: Open to enrolled members of the Navajo Nation, who will be full-time students at an accredited college or university. Priority will be given to the math, engineering and environmental studies. Recipients must be juniors in college during the time the scholarship is used and must have, and maintain, a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    Deadline: May 20, 2019

  • Utah Navajo Trust Fund Higher Education Financial Aid
    The Utah Navajo Trust Fund (UNTF) assists eligible Utah Navajo students with post secondary financial assistance/scholarships. UNTF has two types of College Scholarship/Financial Assistance: one is the UNTF Endowment Fund and the other is the regular UNTF higher education program. Eligibility: Meet the Residency definition of a Utah Navajo and enrollment with the Navajo Nation as a tribal member. Students can attend a university of their choice but their parents have to be a full time resident living in San Juan County, Utah. Older students with a family, must have lived in San Juan County, Utah for the past five years or have left San Juan County not more than one year ago. The students can attend any university, college, or technical/trade school of their choosing, including on-line courses. Most of the Utah Navajo students attend universities in the states of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and Ft Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, mostly because Utah Navajo students are eligible for in-state tuition because the Navajo Nation is in these states. UNTF can also fund high school students under the concurrent enrollment program, where they can continue to attend high school and some college classes at the same time. For information: UNTF Higher Education Office; 151 East 500 North; Blanding, Utah 84511. Phone: (800) 378-2050 or (435) 678-1460 (front desk); (435) 678-1462 (Education Specialist); (435) 678-1469 (Education Administrative Assistant)

Other sources:

  • American Indian College Fund
    Deadline: May 31
    Eligibility: All scholarships require U.S. Citizenship and American Indian or Alaska Native tribe membership, or proof of descendancy (parent or grandparent).  Full-time enrollment is required for all scholarships. Additional requirements may be in place for various scholarships. Applications are accepted from students attending tribal colleges and universities beginning January 1 and ending May 31 of each year. 
  • American Indian Education Fund
    Eligibility: Undergraduate Students must be of American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian descent (student or one parent must be enrolled and have documentation) and be enrolled full-time in an accredited 2- or 4-year college/university or technical/vocational school. Graduate students must be of American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian descent and attending an accredited graduate school. (Online colleges are not applicable.) Early Application Deadline: March 1st Final Deadline: April 4th (every year)
  • American Indian Graduate Center
    The American Indian Graduate Center provides financial support for American Indians and Alaska Natives seeking higher education and support them in attaining undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. AIGC partners with Tribes, the federal government, foundations, corporations, and individuals to ensure the growth and sustainability of scholarships. AIGC administers graduate fellowships funded by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Higher Education and Loan for Service programs. Basic eligibility for all scholarships and fellowships include the following: Being a full-time degree seeking student from an accredited higher education institution in the United States; Able to demonstrate tribal affiliation through the submission of a Tribal Eligibility Certificate; Demonstrate financial need through submission of a Financial Needs form (FNF) (due by July 15 each year) and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Each opportunity has specific affiliation requirements, review the specific criteria for the opportunity that you are applying for to ensure eligibility. The TEC is due on the day the application is due. For information: Email: fellowships@aigcs.org or call  (505) 881-4584, toll-free 1 (800) 628-1920.
  • American Indian Science & Engineering Society
    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. To apply, you must be an AISES member. AISES student members have access to other scholarships for American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and Indigenous peoples of Canada through the Online Application System (OASIS). Information about all scholarships may be found at www.aises.org/scholarships or by going to https://cobellscholar.academicworks.com
  • Catching the Dream
    Eligibility: Enrolled members of a federally recognized, state recognized or terminated tribe and ¼ or more degree American Indian. All awards are based on merit, academic achievement and ambition. Students must attend an accredited college or university on a full-time basis, seeking a BA or higher. Additional requirements are listed on the CTD application. 
    Deadline(s): Fall Semester April 30; Spring Semester Sept. 15; Summer Session March 15.

  • Funding Your Medical Assistant Program 
    Medical assisting is one of the fastest growing career fields in the country, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting 23% growth nationally between 2014 and 2024. As the demand continues to increase, competition for the best talent is expected to heighten. Completing a postsecondary education is paramount, yet students may have concerns about financing their education. Learn about the different types of financial aid opportunities available to medical assistant students, including medical assistant scholarships, grants and loans.
    Deadline(s): Varies

  • SMA Native American STEM Scholarship
    Souder, Miller & Associates offers a $1,500 scholarship opportunity to Native American students pursuing a four-year degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics. The scholarship may be used for tuition, fees, books or on-campus housing/meals. Automatic approval for up to a maximum of four academic years is at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee.
    Eligibility: Enrolled members of a Pueblo or Tribe; students graduating from high school by June 2019 and accepted to an accredited U.S. college or university or a college STEM student already enrolled at an accredited college or university. Click here for the application packet.  For information email:
    Deadline: June 14, 2019 at 5 pm