Association on American Indian Affairs


Welcome to AAIA's Scholarship Page


We are NOT accepting applications at this time.

Please check back on March 1 for information about the 2015-2016 school year

Basic Requirements: Student must be enrolled in a tribe from the Continental US or Alaska. There is no minimum blood quantum requirement. Student must be enrolled full time both Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 at an accredited institution of higher learning. Your Spring 2016 schedule will not be needed until January 2016.

For information about more Native and non-Native scholarships, click on the
Other Scholarships and Internships box below.

What will be different if you obtain your degree?
What will be different if you get this scholarship?

As you approach your academic career you might ask yourself, what will be different if you receive this (or other) scholarships and what will be different if you obtain your degree  --  for yourself, your family, your community of origin, or for the larger Native community. 

These is not an essay question that we are asking you to answer, but questions to consider if you haven’t done so -- and possibly a jumping off point for your essay.

Scholarship Tutorial Videos

In 2012 we created the following very basic general information videos which list things to be aware of that might be helpful for first generation students and parents and good reminders for others.

General Information video tutorials:

Tutorial #1 - 15 minutes, Tutorial #2 - 11 minutes, Tutorial #3 - 16 minutes

Calling All Former AAIA Scholarship Recipients

We are often asked if we ever hear from our previous scholarship recipients. If you were a previous AAIA scholarship recipient, please send us an update about what you are currently doing. We would love to hear from you and be able to let others know how our students are making a difference in Indian Country and the world!

Cobell Education Scholarships


Funds for the Cobell Education Scholarship have been transferred to the American Indian College Fund as part of the settlement of the historic Cobell Settlement. The College Fund and the American Indian Graduate Center have been selected to administer the scholarships. 80% of the funding will be managed by the College Fund and 20% by the Grad Center. See for more information.



Please check back on March 1 for information about the
2015-2016 school year

Please click on the red boxes below for more information.

Undergraduate Students
Federally Recognized
Graduate Students
Federally Recognized
Graduate & Undergraduate Students
Non-Federally Recognized

Emergency Aid

General Information

Other Scholarships & Internships
Middle School/
High School

Congratulations to the following students who obtained a
4.0 gpa Fall 2014


Cheyenne Gray

Megan Richardson

Johnny Buck

Joanne Rhoads

Jordan Dresser

Sheila Cooper

Karen Severns

Moriah Mathson

Kody Silas

Lindsey Montileaux

Amber Morningstar Byars

Earlphia Sells

Candance Dan

Chelsea Barnes

Congratulations to the following students who obtained a
3.5-3.99 gpa Fall 2014


Kellen Hernandez

Mara Hunt

Tammy Henry

Nakoa Chiltoskie

Jesse Big Knife

Shallee Baker

Joshua Riley

Congratulations to the following students who obtained a
3.0-3.49 gpa Fall 2014


April Youpee

Anna Brunelle

Tara Thorpe

Raina Cappetta

Arielle Quintana

Lakresha Mireau

John Yakanak

Chelsea Fish

CONGRATULATIONS!!! The following AAIA scholarship recipients are to be congratulated for their exceptionally hard work and high gpa for the Fall 2013 semester!

Amy Irons, Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians, Arts & Sciences, Northwest Indian College, 4.0

Alex Loeb, Oglala Lakota, Social Work, Oglala Lakota College, 4.0

Siynituah Martinez, Cahuilla, Paralegal, Pikes Peak Community College, 4.0

Candice Keyes, Navajo, Masters of Community Counseling, University of Oklahoma, 4.0

Eric Marshall, Cherokee Nation, Masters of Higher Education Leadership,
Northeastern State University, 4.0

Dorris Boyer, Lummi Nation, Accounting, San Diego State University, 3.88

Derrick Belgarde, Confederated Tribes of Siletz, Masters of Public Administration, 3.85

Viki Eagle, Rosebud Sioux, Masters of Higher Education, University of Denver, 3.8


Contact Us

Questions may directed to our Rockville office at 240-314-7155 or
We are in the Eastern Time Zone. The best time to call is between 12:30-6:00pm Eastern time or e-mail.