50

Years

Throughout our 50-year history, Native Forward has empowered over 20,000 students from over 500 Tribes in all 50 states by providing scholarship dollars and support for services for undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees.

Our collective story is woven together from a diverse fabric of cultures, customs, and histories. The exchange of ideas and knowledge enriches our shared experiences from one generation to the next.

We are all part of contributing to that story and with each Native perspective and journey, the next chapter will evolve and grow.

We believe higher education deepens our transformative impact on every part of society. Knowledge and experience are powerful tools that can advance and preserve our way of life.

Native Forward Scholars Fund is the largest scholarship provider to Native students in the U.S. We award approximately $15 million in scholarships annually and have awarded over $350 million since our inception.

Throughout our 50-year history Native Forward Scholars Fund has empowered over 20,000 students from over 500 Tribes in all 50 states by providing scholarship dollars and support services for undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees.

By learning from the past, we are creating our own brilliant future.

To inspire excellence with impact, we provide:

  • Holistic support services and resources to help Native students access and navigate the higher education of their choice.

  • A strong network of engaged alumni that fosters community and mentorship beyond our organization.

  • Advocacy of greater representation and visibility of Native communities.

  • Trusted stewardship of donor support and scholarship funding to make meaningful differences.

Cole Walker | Native Forward Scholar | Cherokee Nation

Vision

Building on a 50-year legacy, Native Forward will continue to be the premier national resource in funding and empowering the next generation of Native leaders across all sectors, by meeting the unmet need of every Native student.

Our
Core
Values:

Excellence

Impact

Respect

Empowerment

It’s Personal

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Mission

We provide financial support for American Indians and Alaska Natives seeking higher education and support them in obtaining undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. We partner with Tribes, the federal government, foundations, corporations, and individuals to ensure the growth and sustainability of scholarships.

Mitchell Rose Bear Don’t Walk | Native Forward Alumna | Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes, Crow Nation, Lone Pine Shoshone Paiute

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