FAQ

SCHOLARSHIP FAQs

Students need to fill out the online application and submit all required documents by the specified deadline.

AIS has four different deadlines that correspond with the school’s term start date. (*Term meaning semester, trimester or quarter.) Be sure to apply for the deadline that matches your school’s academic calendar.

  • Award I – Deadline: February 1st
    • For the term that starts in either Apr/May
    • Opens October 15th
  • Award II – Deadline: April 1st
    • For the term that starts in either Jun/Jul
    • Opens February 15th
  • Award III – Deadline: June 1st
    • For the term that starts in either Aug/Sep/Oct/Nov
    • Opens April 15th
  • Award IV – Deadline: October 1st
    • For the term that starts in either Dec/Jan/Feb/Mar
    • Opens June 15th

-Enrolled or will enroll as a matriculated student in a university, college, junior college or technical school (incoming freshman accepted).

-At least one-quarter (1/4) enrolled member of a U.S. Federally Recognized Native American Tribe or descendant of an enrolled member with possession of at least one-fourth degree Indian blood.

-Undergraduate student with no more than 150 semester credits or 210 quarter credits. First bachelor’s degree only. *Graduate studies NOT eligible.

-Full-time or part-time status – excluding non-credit courses (minimum of 6 credits).

-Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 must be established and maintained after the first term of college.

No. Only students who are at least one-quarter (1/4) enrolled member of a U.S. Federally Recognized Native American Tribe, or descendant of an enrolled member, with possession of at least one-fourth degree Indian blood, are eligible to apply.

You will need to know and have access to the email address you entered when you created your account with us. You will then click on the link for “Forgot your Password” and enter your email address. Your login information will be emailed to you. If you don’t know what email address you used or no longer have access to it, contact the scholarship department.

New Scholarship – Forgot your Password

Archived Scholarship – Forgot your Password

First-time applicants need to submit a PHOTO and PROOF OF HERITAGE. All applicants need to submit a tuition statement and transcript. See Required Documents listed on our website for further information regarding each item.

All required documents need to be uploaded directly to the application no later than the deadline.

No. We are no longer accepting any emailed or faxed documents. Students  need to upload all required documents, directly to their application, no later than the deadline.

Proof of Heritage must show that you are at least one-quarter and enrolled in a Federally Recognized Tribe (some tribes require at least one-quarter to be enrolled so you would only need proof of enrollment if they do). If you are a descendant of an enrolled member with possession of at least one-fourth degree Indian blood, you will need to provide proof of enrollment for your relative as well as proof of relation. If your document does not show blood quantum, and your tribe does not require a certain amount to be enrolled, ask your tribal enrollment office for a statement or you can apply for a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood from the BIA. Visit here to find out how to contact your tribe, apply for enrollment, and/or apply for a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood.

No. Late documents will not be accepted. If you are not able to register before the deadline, you may request a letter from your school with the estimated cost of tuition for the term you are applying for. Be sure to request it ahead of time so you can get it submitted by the deadline.

No. Late documents will not be accepted. Don’t wait for final grades to be posted and request the most current transcript as soon as possible. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

Login with your email and the password you created to check your status.

New Scholarship App Login

AIS Scholarship – Archived

Awards vary between $500 and $2,000, depending on tuition, merit, and funds available. Receiving a certain award amount for one term does not mean you will receive the same amount for another term.

No. Late documents will not be accepted and your application will automatically be marked as incomplete.

No. Late applications will not be accepted. Each award is only for the term listed under the deadline schedule and cannot be used for the current or previous term. You will not be able to apply for the next award for the current award’s term. Check out our resource page with links to other scholarships for Native Americans.

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