American Indian College Fund

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Application Deadline

The 2019 application period is closed. Please check back for more information regarding the 2020 program.



The American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) provides scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native students attending tribal colleges and universities. The College Fund also provides a limited number of scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students attending accredited public and non-profit private colleges across the United States.

Apply for Scholarships

The American Indian College Fund determines student eligibility and awards the scholarships. All applicants are emailed an award or denial notice by August. Those applicants who are chosen to receive a scholarship will also receive a mailed notice to the address listed on their applications.

How to apply

  • Undergraduate Tribal College and University Students
  • Undergraduate Non-Tribal College and University Students
  • Graduate Students, All Colleges

How to Apply

The American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarships

How to Complete Your Application

The following information is required in the online application. All required sections must be complete to submit the application. Work may be saved for completion later if necessary. Once an application has been submitted nothing may be changed.

  • Profile — Contact information must be accurate.
  • Full Circle Application — Questions and three short answers evaluated to select awards.
  • Documents — Required information to help determine eligibility.

1. Digital Photo — Photos are shared with donors to encourage future donations. The digital photo must be at least 1.5 MB in size.

2. Tribal Affiliation — Submit Certificate of Indian Blood or other proof of enrollment. If not enrolled, but have an enrolled parent or grandparent, please submit proof of tribal enrollment for the enrolled relative and scanned birth certificates that prove descent. Alaska Natives can show proof of Native corporation membership.

3. Transcripts — Upload the most recent college transcript. Unofficial transcripts are accepted. Students just beginning college should upload their high school transcript or GED score report.


Minimum general eligibility requirements for a scholarship from the American Indian College Fund (the Full Circle and/or TCU Scholarship Programs) include:

  • U.S. citizens or Canadians eligible to attend college in the U.S. under provisions of the Jay Treaty
  • Enrolled in a certificate, associates, bachelors, or graduate program at an accredited tribal, public, or private (non-profit) college or university
  • Full-time enrollment (Full Circle applicants only).
  • • Registered as an enrolled member of a federal or state recognized tribe, or a descendant of at least one grandparent or parent who is an enrolled tribal member. Alaska Natives may use Native Corporation membership. Learn how to prove descent or trace Indian ancestry.
  • • At least a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Your scholarship may require a higher GPA to maintain eligibility. Use this online tool to calculate your current or cumulative GPA. (Students attending TCUs with less than a 2.0 GPA may be considered for Tribal College and University scholarships; however, each TCU makes this determination individually.)
  • Submission of a completed online application.

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