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.

Special Higher Education Program (BIE-SHEP) 2022-2023

Status: Opens January 1, 2023
Deadline: June 1, 2023


The Special Higher Education Program (SHEP) provides financial assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and professional students pursuing degrees full-time at an accredited institution in any field of study.

The number of awards and award amounts varies from year to year based on the number of qualified applicants and funding. This opportunity is a need-based award.


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

  • Be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group or provide documentation of ancestry to possession of 1/2 degree Indian blood of a federally recognized Tribe or Alaska Native group.
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university pursuing a graduate or professional degree in any field of study.


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