Funding Opportunities for
Undergraduate Students
Native Forward Scholars Fund offers funding opportunities for undergraduate students including AS, BA and BS degrees in all majors, with special scholarships for STEM majors

Funding Opportunities for
Graduate Students
Native Forward Scholars Fund offers a variety of funding opportunities for graduate students including MA, MS, PhD, STEM, Medical, Law, MBA, and other professional degrees.

CNIGA Journalism Scholarship 2022-2023

Status: CLOSED
Deadline: CLOSED

The CNIGA Journalism Scholarship program, in partnership with the California Nations Indian Gaming Association, provides financial assistance to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees full-time at an accredited institution majoring in journalism or communications.

The maximum amount of an award is $1,700 per academic year. This opportunity is a need-based award..


Students must meet the following requirements to be considered for this scholarship:

  • Be an enrolled member or a descendant of a federally or state-recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group. Documentation from the Tribe is required through Native Forward’s online tribal eligibility certification (TEC) form. Preference is given to students who are enrolled in a California-based tribe.
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in journalism or communications.


For any further questions, contact our Scholarship Operations team at



My whole life I really didn’t think that was in the cards for me and Native Forward Scholars Fund believed in me and was able to provide me with the support and the community to be able to study what I wanted and also know that I had a place within the science world.

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