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.

KuuKuupa In Memoriam Endowed Fund 2023-2024

Status: Closed

“In honor of William Daniel Ray and all our loved ones who we have lost.”

Willie had a huge heart and unconditionally loved his family – those he was given and those he chose. No matter how little he had, he was always willing to lend a hand to family and even a stranger in need. To honor him and the care and compassion he had for those around him, his family started the Kuukuupa Fund. To celebrate and honor Willie’s spirit and the person he was, his family hopes the Kuukuupa Fund can be a way for others to honor loved ones who have journeyed home by supporting Native students in their educational pursuits to achieve their dreams.

The KuuKuupa In Memoriam Endowed Fund was established to assist Native students who are facing financial hardships and challenges by providing them with a one-time relief award. The fund provides emergency support scholarships directly to students in need of assistance for emergency situations that includes, but is not limited to, food insecurity, emergency housing and utility costs, educational technology or technology-related resources, or other difficult choices that will benefit the student and their families in the hopes that some of those needs can be met.

To be considered for KuuKuupa In Memoriam Endowed Fund the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Be currently funded by a Native Forward scholarship opportunity.
  • Be pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree in any field of study.
  • Be enrolled full-time in a U.S. accredited institution and provide proof of full-time enrollment.
  • Be an enrolled member or descendant of a federally or state-recognized Tribe.

For further questions, please reach out to 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.