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Affordable Colleges Online Database

The Affordable College Online website features a guidebook to help students from many minority groups — including African American, Native American, Asian and Pacific Islander, and others — better understand their financial aid options. The guide includes a wealth of resources intended to help minority students and their families through the scholarship and financial aid process.

These resources include:

  • A list of scholarships available to students from various minority groups
  • A step-by-step guide to finding scholarships and grants
  • A breakdown of the many types of financial aid available

American Indian Services (AIS) - UG/FT/PT

AIS make educational opportunities possible for qualifying Native American students who otherwise could not afford it. We provide more than 2300 scholarships annually. Students qualify for participation based on academic merit as well as financial need. The Result: Native American graduates who will lead their tribal communities into a hopeful future.


American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) Google - UG/GR/FT

New in 2008, the AISES Google Scholarship will fund scholarships awards to American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian AISES members pursuing degrees in the computer science, computer engineering and management information systems.  AISES and Google support the advancement of American Indian and Alaska Native students working towards obtaining a degree in the fields computer science and technology so they can obtain the  necessary skills to compete in today’s global society.



The AISES Intel Scholarship will fund scholarship awards to American Indian/Alaska Native AISES members pursuing degrees in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. This scholarship was developed by AISES and Intel to support the advancement of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students with technical and leadership accomplishments, as well as a commitment to and passion for the computer science field. Intel Scholarships are non-renewable, and will only be awarded to a student once during their academic career.


AISES A.T. Anderson Memorial - UG/GR/FT

AISES' own scholarship program was established in 1983 in memory of A.T. Anderson (Mohawk), a chemical engineer who founded AISES with six other American Indian scientists. Scholarships are awarded to members of AISES who are American Indian/Alaskan Native college students pursuing academic programs in the sciences, engineering, medicine, natural resources, and math.


Accenture American Indian-UG/GR

The Accenture American Indian Scholarship fund meets a vital need for American Indian and Alaska Native students seeking higher education and requiring financial assistance.  Accenture will award three types of scholarships to high-achieving American Indian and Alaska Native students seeking degrees and careers in all fields of study including high technology and business fields.


Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) - UG/GR/FT1

Since 1922, the Association on American Indian Affairs has been dedicated to helping Native people and their communities in meeting the challenges they face. One of these challenges is paying for a higher education. AAIA assists college students in meeting this challenge through our eight scholarship (graduate and undergraduate) programs. AAIA depends on the generosity of our donors to fund our scholarship programs. Therefore, availability may change from year to year. Deadline: June 1, 2016 - 5 pm (MST)


American Indian College Fund - UG/GR/FT/PT

The American Indian College Fund transforms Indian higher education by funding and creating awareness of the unique, community-based accredited Tribal Colleges and Universities, offering students access to knowledge, skills, and cultural values which enhance their communities and the country as a whole.


American Indian Education Foundation - UG/GR/FT/PT

The American Indian Education Foundation was established to support educational opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native students. Our vision is strong, self-sufficient American Indian communities. Scholarships are awarded for each school year and are chosen by a national selection committee. Decisions are based on an overall assessment of the application.


Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BSNF) Foundation

Administered for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation, this scholarship is made available to American Indian high school seniors every year, who reside in states serviced by the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Pacific Corporation and its affiliated companies: Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington. The award is for 4 academic years (8 semesters) or until baccalaureate degree is obtained, whichever occurs first. Applicants who are not selected as recipients will be given consideration in the A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship program, if all criteria is met. Eligible majors include business, engineering, math, medicine/health administration, natural/physical sciences, technology and education.


Bureau of Indian Education (BIE)

BIE’s mission is to provide quality education opportunities from early childhood through life in accordance with the Tribe’s needs for cultural and economic well-being, in keeping with the wide diversity of Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages as distinct cultural and governmental entities. The Bureau is to manifest consideration of the whole person by taking into account the spiritual, mental, physical, and cultural aspects of the person within family and Tribal or Alaska Native village contexts.


BHP Billiton - UG/GR/FT

BHP Billiton's annual scholarship program is open to entering or continuing college students (undergraduate only) who are Navajo or Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Members. This year's scholarship fund will significantly reward highly motivated students in mining employable disciplines. Scholarship recipients are strongly encouraged in accepting summer employment at BHP Billiton. Download application to view the requirements and program guidelines that must be met on or before June 30th of each year to earn a monetary scholarship award.


Catching the Dream (CTD) - UG/GR/FT

CTD's objective is to recognize and reward outstanding student achievement. This supplemental award is intended to help Native American Indian students who are 1/4 or more degree American Indian, and an enrolled member of a U.S. tribe. "U.S. Tribe" is defined as federally recognized, state recognized or terminated. All awards are based on merit, academic achievement and ambition. Students must attend a college or university on a full-time basis, seeking a BA or higher. CTD does not fund students studying out of the country or attending non-accredited institutions, vocational, technical institutions, distance learning or online programs. CTD scholarships are awarded for life. If you win, you will never have to apply again. However, if you are not selected for scholarship with CTD, you cannot apply again.


Carol Jorgensen Memorial - UG/FT

The Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) is proud to announce the 2010 Carol Jorgensen Memorial Scholarship for Environmental Stewardship. This scholarship provides $1,000 to a full time student pursuing an undergraduate degree in an environmental stewardship discipline, including environmental studies, natural resources management, the natural sciences, public administration, public policy, and related disciplines. Complete application package must be received by end of business on Friday, June 4, 2010 (fax and e-mail submissions are accepted).


Daughters of the American Revolution National Society - UG

The American Indians Committee of the DAR awards this scholarship to Native Americans and is intended to help Native American students of any age, any tribe and in any state striving to get an education. All awards are judged based on financial need and academic achievement. Specify that you want information on the American Indian Scholarship when you send the self-addressed, stamped envelope for information.

This scholarship is intended to help Native American college/university and technical school students of any age, any tribe, in any state at the undergraduate or graduate level. Graduate students are eligible; however, undergraduate students are given preference.

DAR American Indian Scholarship

DAR American Indian Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to help Native Americans students of any age, any tribe and in any state striving to get an education at the undergraduate or graduate levels. However, undergraduate students are given preference. All awards are judged based on financial need and academic achievement.

Applicants must be Native Americans (proof of American Indian blood is required by letter or proof papers) in financial need and have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher. There will be no exceptions.


Frances Crawford Marvin American Indian - UG/GR/FT

This scholarship is awarded once a year to one student. A candidate for this scholarship must be enrolled full time at a 2- or 4- year college or university. Applicants must be Native Americans and proof of American Indian blood is required by letter or proof papers. Students must demonstrate financial need, academic achievement, and have a 3.0 GPA or higher. A recipient may reapply for this scholarship and be considered along with other members of the applicant pool. The amount of scholarship is based on total return of the endowment, and may vary year to year. Deadline: February 10, 2016 - 5 pm (MST)


Frances C. Allen Fellowship - GR/FT

This fellowship is for women of Native American heritage. While candidates for this award may be working in any graduate or pre-professional field, the particular goal of the Allen Fellowship is to encourage Native American women in their studies of the humanities and social sciences. Financial support varies according to need and may include travel expenses. Allen Fellows are expected to spend a significant part of their tenure in residence at the Newberry's D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History. The tenure of the fellowship is from one month to one year; the fellowship provides up to $8,000 in approved expenses. Please note: applicants for the Allen Fellowship must fill out a supplementary form in addition to the cover sheet for special awards and fellowships.


Hubbell Trading Post - UG (Junior or Senior)/FT

The Friends of Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site Inc. announce that applications are being accepted for the 2009 annual scholarship for Navajo and Hopi college students.  Two scholarships of up to $600 will be awarded to Navajo or Hopi students in the summer of 2009 for the 2009-10 school year.


Indian Health Services - UG/GR/FT

Indian Health programs need dedicated health and allied health professionals to fill staffing needs - people like you who envision a career with a purpose and mission, and who are willing to commit to working in Indian communities where they can truly make a difference.

The mission of IHS is to raise the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level. Because of the IHS scholarship program, many qualified health professionals are given the opportunity to pursue their career, as well as help their own communities.


Morris K. Udall Native American Congressional Internship - UG (Junior or Senior)/GR

The Morris K. Udall Native American Congressional Internship program is a fully-funded ten-week summer internship in Washington, DC, for Native American and Alaska Native undergraduate, graduate and law students.  Interns work in congressional and agency offices where they have opportunities to research legislative issues important to tribal communities, network with public officials and tribal advocacy groups, and enhance their understanding of nation-building and tribal self-governance.  The Foundation provides airfare, housing, per diem, and a $1,200 educational stipend.


Morris K. Udall Scholarship - UNM Internal Deadline is November 20th - UG/FT

The Scholarship Program awards eighty $5,000 merit-based scholarships for college sophomores and juniors seeking a career in tribal health, tribal public policy or the environment. Scholarship recipients participate in a five-day Orientation in Tucson, AZ, to learn more about tribal and environmental issues. Applications must be submitted through a Udall Faculty Representative at the student's college or university. More information about Faulty Representatives can be found on the Udall website.


Native American Finance Officers Association

The Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) is dedicated to supporting Native people pursuing their education. Our scholarship program assists Native American and Alaska Native students working toward a degree within a financially related field. NAFOA Scholars are chosen by the Board of Directors based upon academic merit, interest in business and finance, and demonstrated commitment to the Native community.


Native Health Initiative's "Education is Ceremony" - UG (Incoming Freshman ONLY)/FT/PT

Native Health Initiative (NHI) will be awarding 10 awards of $1,000 each, and among the things that make this unique is that NHI are hoping to support students from 18 -98 years old as they further their education.


New Mexico Gas Company - UG/GR/FT

The New Mexico Gas Company (NMGC) Native American Scholarship Program (NASP) is a program that is intended to assist students in pursuit of post-secondary education that may result an Associates, Bachelors, Masters Degree, or certification from a trade school.

NMGC continues to work hard to build and maintain positive relations with our New Mexico tribal communities. We value and regard the sovereign status of tribal governments here in New Mexico and across the country and we look forward to continuing our positive relations into the future.

NMGC is pleased to announce that we have extended our scholarship program and will be offering 15 scholarships in 2012


Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) - UG/FT

It is the policy of the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) to encourage Navajos to pursue studies that lead to either a bachelor or master degree in fields relating to the multi-service utility industry. One way for NTUA to fulfill its goal to be a good corporate citizen is to provide financial assistance to qualified Navajos who wish to attend College.


Nightingale Nursing Scholarship - UG/GR/FT

$1000 scholarships awarded to all levels of nursing studies: LPN, ADN, BSN and graduate nursing students! Sponsored by Center for New Mexico Nursing Excellence.


SMA Native American STEM Scholarship

Souder, Miller & Associates is pleased to offer 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.
In order to be eligible for consideration under this award program, the scholarship applicant must be an enrolled member of a Pueblo or Tribe, a high school graduate by June 2014 who has been accepted by an accredited U.S. college or university or a college STEM student already enrolled at an accredited college or university. Deadline: June 17, 2016 - 5 pm (MST)


SRP/NGC Navajo

To be eligible, applicants must be 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 a junior 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.


Truman D. Picard - Graduating HS Senior/UG/FT

The Truman D. Picard Scholarship Program is dedicated to the support of Native American students pursuing a higher education in Natural Resources.


Tsay Corporation - UG/GR/FT

The Tsay Corporation Scholarship's (TCS) objective is to provide scholarship assistance to tribal members in good standing who are able to use their course of study to contribute to the well-being of Ohkay Owingeh. Students must attend a college or university on a full-time basis and attend an accredited institution.


Xerox Technical Minority - UG/GR/FT

The Technical Minority Scholarship Program was developed to demonstrate Xerox's strong commitment to providing financial support and meaningful experiences for minorities. Scholarships are available to minorities enrolled in a technical degree program at the bachelor level or above.


Wells Fargo American Indian - UG/GR/FT

This scholarship is funded by the Wells Fargo and administered by American Indian Graduate Center. To be considered for the Wells Fargo scholarship, an applicant must:

Be an enrolled member of a United States federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group; Be pursuing a career and degree in fields relating to banking, resort management, gaming operations, management and administration, including accounting, finance, information technology and human resources; Be a undergraduate student of junior status at a U.S. accredited college or university as full time and degree seeking; Have a cumulative average GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application; Demonstrate financial need.


Northern offers over 50 bachelor's, associate and certificate programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math); Nursing and Health Sciences; Liberal Arts and Humanities; Arts, Film & Media; Business Administration; Teacher Education and Technical Trades.
Northern New Mexico College is the most affordable 4-year college in the Southwestern US. Choose us for our value, our quality degree and continuing education programs in diverse areas of study, and our experienced faculty. We provide students with unique opportunities for academic, personal, and professional growth, small class sizes, personalized attention, and strong hands-on experiences from day one.
The Northern Foundation remains committed to stimulate leadership, promote equity, and grow resources and philanthropy in the Española Valley and surrounding rural areas. Over the past twenty years, we have granted $1.3 million to support over 1,250 NNMC students.