Making a Difference

Native Forward is in its fifth decade of providing scholarships for undergraduate, graduate, and professional education for Native students. When investing through Native Forward, you invest in a new generation of leaders for Indian Country.

Our students’ continuing efforts depend on your continued support. Native Forward students graduate at nearly twice the rate for American Indians and Alaska Natives outside our programs, 69% versus 39%.

Create a legacy for generations to come by establishing an endowed scholarship or considering Native Forward when you plan your estate is easy to do and assures Native education continues. There are many options for named and memorial scholarships, fellowships, and internships. Gifts may include cash, appreciated securities, real estate, artwork, partnership interests, life insurance, a retirement plan, or almost any asset. For more information, contact legacy@NativeForward.org.

I really want to see more of our Native students consider education as a pathway, as a way to be an activist in their community, to empower their community and the students.

Sedelta Oosahwee | Native Forward Alumna | Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation & Cherokee

1. Become a Partner

Impact the landscape of Native Higher Education by partnering with Native Forward Scholars Fund. There are many ways in which your organization can become a partner; create a scholarship fund, establish an endowment, invest in Native Forward student support services and/or programming, or engage with us to conduct marketing and outreach to Native students to share career-focused opportunities. Sponsorship and magazine ad opportunities also exist. To learn more, contact partnerships@NativeForward.org.

2. Planned Giving

Create a legacy for generations to come. Establishing an endowed scholarship or considering Native Forward Scholars Fund when you plan your estate is easy to do and assures Native education continues. There are many options for named and memorial scholarships, fellowships, and internships. Gifts may include cash, appreciated securities, real estate, artwork, partnership interests, life insurance, a retirement plan, or almost any asset. Learn more by contacting legacy@NativeForward.org.

3. Sponsorships

Native Forward Scholars Fund host a wide range of events annually, as well as occasional special events. From graduation to campus visits to our signature leadership program, Indigenous Leadership Summit – sponsorships are available. Contact our development team at partnerships@NativeForward.org to learn more about upcoming events and how your organization can get involved.

4. Purchase Fine Art

Fine Art for Sale
Native Forward Scholars Fund has a collection of donated fine art for sale. Proceeds go toward providing scholarships. Many of the pieces have been donated by Stetson Law Offices, P.C. of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Thank you to all artists and donors for their generous donations.
If you are interested in purchasing any of the art pieces or, if you would like to donate art to Native Forward Scholars Fund, contact us at 1-800-628-1920.

“Sacred Arrows” Artist: Tony Abeyta (Navajo) 24″ x 32″ Price: $4,800
“Untitled” Man, Bear and Elk Artist: Mark Swazo-Hinds (Tesuque) 31″ x 38½” Price: $500
“Full Moon Magpie” Artist: Nocona Burgess (Comanche) 20″ x 24″ Price: $2,300
Basket With Ivory Walrus (Eskimo) Artist: Joe Sikvayugak Price: $3,500
“Her Allure Her Majesty” Artist: Darren Vigil Gray 40″ x 40″ Price: $7,600
“Acoma Rooster” Artist: Helen Hardin (Tsa-sah-wee-eh) (Santa Clara) 26″ x 21″ Price: $3,500

5. Create a Scholarship

Create a scholarship that will support more Native students pursuing college, graduate, and professional degrees. Contact donations@NativeForward.org.

6. Donate to a Specific Scholarship area

Donate to a specific funding area of interest to you. Contact donations@NativeForward.org.

Areas of interest:

STEM – Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees (including medicine)
Finance and Business – Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees
Social Sciences and Education – Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees
Fine Arts and Humanities – Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees
Climate Change and Conservation – Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees