AIS Scholarship

AIS Scholarship

“Education is the key that will open the door of opportunity for the Native Americans.”
– Spencer W. Kimball

Please take a moment to read our Requirements to ensure that you qualify for scholarship support. Be sure to also read the Guidelines, Deadlines, and Required Documents below as well as the Policies and Procedures for more information on our scholarship. If you meet our requirements, follow the link under First Time Applicants to apply for a scholarship if you are interested in receiving assistance through AIS.

If you are an Antelope Point Marina employee, please follow the same Policies and Procedures as you would for an AIS scholarship. The only difference will be that when you fill out the online application you’ll need to check the box for Antelope Point Marina employees.

 

Requirements

  • 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 Federally Recognized Native American Tribe.
  • 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 semester/quarter of college.
  • Completed Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

 

Scholarship Deadlines

*Each deadline is for the Term (semester, trimester or quarter) that starts in one of the months listed.

If Your Term Starts in Either: You Would Apply for Award #: Application and Required Documents are Due: Application Opens:
April or May I  May 1st Oct 2nd
June or July II May 1st Feb 2nd
August, September, October, or November III  June 1st April 2nd
 December, January, February or March IV October 1st June 2nd

 

Guidelines

First-Time Applicants and Re-Applicants – fill out an online application each time and submit all required documents no later than the deadline (see list of required documents below). Students are only able to apply for the current award at a time. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Late documents and/or applications will not be accepted. *If the last time you were awarded was before 2016, you will need to resubmit your photo and proof of heritage.

AIS corresponds with students through emails. Be sure to add scholarship@americanindianservices.org to your contacts and safe senders list to avoid emails from AIS going to your SPAM folder. Check your email frequently.

Please allow 6 to 8 weeks AFTER the deadline for applications to be processed and updated online. With the large amount of documents and emails we receive, it will take us some time to update your online application. (Be advised that during the holiday season it will take us longer.) Please DO NOT call or email about the status of your application. If you are awarded, you will receive an Award Email and you will be required to write a thank you letter (details will be in the email), which needs to be submitted by the specified deadline. Scholarship checks will be sent to the school only after receipt of thank you letters. If no letter is received by the deadline, even after attempts to contact the student, the award will be canceled.

If you have questions about scholarships, please contact us at scholarship@americanindianservices.org

 

Required Documents

First-Time Applicants

Submit online application
Please upload to your application, email or mail the following required documents/items:

  • Photo of the Applicant. Please provide a recent photo. It does not have to be professional, but old, tattered, blurry photos, or photocopies will NOT be accepted. The photo will be sent to potential donors who might fund your scholarship or promotional material.
  • Proof of Heritage. Proof of Heritage must show blood quantum, that you are at least one-quarter. If your document does not show blood quantum, ask your tribal enrollment office for a statement or you can apply for a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood from the BIA.
  • Biographical Letter. Letter about yourself: specify your tribe, where you are from, the school you are attending and area of study. Describe your educational goals and future plans. Explain why you feel you need this scholarship. Letters should be typed, 12-point font, and at least ONE FULL PAGE, but no longer than 1,000 words.
  • Official Tuition Billing Statement. The statement must reflect the semester you are applying for and the tuition amount. If you are unable to get an official tuition statement, you may request a letter of estimated cost of tuition from your school stating your name, the semester you are applying for and the estimated cost of tuition for however many credits you plan to take for that semester. You may also submit a Financial Needs Analysis form in place of a tuition statement. Be sure the statement you get from your school reflects the specific semester or quarter you are applying for and not the academic year.
  • Official Transcript (most current). The student can send it or the school can mail it directly to AIS. Must stay in the school sealed envelope. DO NOT WAIT for final grades to be posted and request the most current official transcript as of today. If ordering an eTrans/eScript (an official electronic transcript), it must be sent directly to transcripts@americanindianservices.org from the institution you order it from. If this is your first semester of college, you can submit an enrollment verification in place of an Official Transcript. Unofficial transcripts or copies are NOT acceptable. *UPLOAD OPTION NOT AVAILABLE.

Re-Applicants

Login to submit online application. After logging in, click on ‘Apply Now’.
Please upload to online application, email or mail the following required documents/items:

  • Biographical Letter. Adhere to First-Time Applicants guidelines. This may be bypassed if most recent accepted bio letter on file is less than a year from the deadline. If you are unsure on this, contact our office.
  • Official Tuition Billing Statement. Adhere to the First-Time Applicants guidelines.
  • Official Transcript (most current). Adhere to First-Time Applicants guidelines. This may be bypassed if most recent acceptable official COLLEGE transcript on file is less than a year from the deadline. If you are unsure on this, contact our office. *UPLOAD OPTION NOT AVAILABLE.
AIS Financial Needs Analysis Form Sample Letter of Estimated Tuition

 

If mailing Official Transcripts and/or other Required Documents, send to:
American Indian Services
Attn: Scholarship Department
3115 East Lion Lane, Suite 320
Salt Lake City, UT 84121-3536

Policies and Procedures

Do you have a question that you can’t find the answer to here? Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.