Diné College Scholarships

Diné College Scholarships help our students with resources to find and apply for scholarships. Below you will find current or scholarship resource information.

The Buddy Whitethorne Memorial Scholarship
The Buddy Whitethorne Foundation was established in 2020 to honor the life and legacy of Diné artist Bahe “Buddy” Whitethorne Jr. Buddy inspired others through the creation of his art and the personal energy that he radiated.

Apply by Nov. 19, 2021

Diné College Warrior Scholarship
Applicants must be fully admitted to Diné College before applying. Applicant must have filed the FAFSA. Applicant must have a 2.0 or higher GPA. With a 250 word essay for one of the following questions: 1. Why did you choose to attend Diné College? How will earning a college education benefit you? 2. Describe your experience as a “First Generation College Student”, if applicapble. Explain your reason for pursuing a college degree? 3. What is your greatest obstacle to success while attending college?

Apply by Oct. 1, 2021

American Indian College Fund

Native American/Alaska Native undergraduate students attending tribal colleges and universities are eligible to apply for both the American Indian College Fund TCU Scholarship Program and the American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarship Program.

Minimum general eligibility requirements for both scholarships include:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Enrolled in an accredited tribal college or university.  Full-time enrollment is required for the Full Circle Scholarship Program, but not for the TCU Scholarship Program
  • Registered as a 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 also use Native Corporation membership) Trace Indian Ancestry
  • Submission of a completed on-line application
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of a 2.0 is required for the Full Circle Scholarship Program, but not for the TCU Scholarship Program
  • Check eligibility requirements for the Full Circle Scholarship Programs here.

Learn how to apply for either scholarship.

ACS Scholars Program
ACS awards renewable scholarships to underrepresented minority students who want to enter the fields of chemistry or chemistry-related fields. American Indian high school seniors or college freshman, sophomores, or juniors pursuing a college degree in the chemical sciences or chemical technology are eligible to apply.

The Actuarial Foundation Scholarships
The Actuarial Foundation supports the future of the actuarial profession and fosters the best and brightest students through its scholarships.

American Indian Services Scholarships
The mission of the American Indian Services is to assist Native Americans in developing their human and natural resources in order to help them make a contribution to society without detracting from the culture and background from which they have emerge through a variety of scholarship opportunities.

Association on American Indian Affairs
AAIA provides scholarships to graduate (including PhD, Medicine and Law) and undergraduate students from federally recognized tribes and tribes that are not recognized by the federal government.

Best Medical Assistant Program
This scholarship provides $500 for one student pursuing a degree in the medical field.

Catching the Dream
Catching the Dream, formerly known as the Native American Scholarship Fund, makes grants to Native college students and works to improve Indian schools through a variety of scholarship programs.

Fisher House Foundation Military Scholarships
Fisher House offers funding opportunities for veterans and families of military personnel, including children and spouses, through multiple scholarship programs.

Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund
Applicants must be the dependent son or daughter of a U.S. Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Guardsman or Marine who has become permanently disabled as a result of an operational mission or training accident, killed in action, or has been classified as a Prisoner of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA).

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program
The Gates Millennium Scholars is a scholarship program is funded by a $1.6 billion grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For Native American students, this program is administered through the American Indian Graduate Center.

George Washington University Native American Political Leadership Program
The Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) is a full scholarship for Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students who want to take part in Semester in Washington Politics. Please mention that you learned about this from the American Indian College Fund.

The Indian Health Services (IHS) Scholarships
The Indian Health Service (IHS) offers three scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students in order to train health professionals to staff Indian health programs.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s scholarship programs are designed to encourage and support outstanding students who work hard and have financial need. They also offer scholarships for students transferring from a 2-year to a 4-year program.

LAGRANT Foundation
The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) provides 15 scholarships annually to ethnically diverse minority undergraduate and graduate students who are attending accredited institutions and are pursuing careers in the fields of advertising, marketing or public relations.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
To be eligible, the student must be the child of an active duty or reserve U.S. Marine or Veteran U.S. Marine who has received an honorable discharge, or who was killed while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The Osage Nation Higher Education Scholarship
The Osage Nation Higher Education Scholarship is available to Osage students, with an Osage tribal membership card, attending a college or university.

The Udall Foundation
This foundation awards scholarships to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.

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

Scholarship America
Scholarship America Scholarships include renewable scholarships for STEM students and the Scholarship America’s Dream Award which is a renewable scholarship fund targeted toward completion.

Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) Scholarships
SAIGE offers a number of different scholarships for American Indian or Alaska Native government employees for professional development, annual training, or continuing education.