All About Scholarships
How do scholarships work?
There are two basic types of scholarships: Need-based & Merit-based scholarships.
Need-based scholarships are awarded based on your financial need.
Merit-based scholarships are awarded based on your talents, leadership, community service, honors, awards, and are not directly tied to your financial need.
Where do I find Scholarships?
Below are some great places to begin your scholarship search.
- Tribal Education departments
- Tribal Foundations
- Private scholarships
- Civic organizations
- University scholarships (Most universities will have scholarships you may be eligible for based on your college application)
- Native American and Indigenous scholarships
- Scholarship search engines (Set up a profile with scholarship search engines such as Fastweb.com)
Scholarship Tips & Resources
- Make sure to dedicate time every week to your scholarship search.
- Apply for every eligible opportunity, regardless of the award amount. Remember that small amounts add up.
- Keep applying. Scholarships are not limited to incoming freshman.
- Remember that not all scholarships are renewable so keep searching for new scholarships every year.
- You don’t need a 4.0 GPA to apply for a scholarship. Most scholarships may also consider your school, community, and tribal involvement.
- Keep a record of all your awards, leadership roles, community service, and tribal involvement.
- Make sure to proofread and edit the scholarship application before submitting.
Did you know?
Scholarships come in a variety of award amounts. We encourage you to apply for the large-dollar scholarships but remember that there are THOUSANDS of smaller award opportunities that receive far fewer applicants.