Association on American Indian Affairs


We would like to thank all of the wonderful students who applied for the AAIA scholarships this year. Regrettably, the reality is that we have a budget and unfortunately that budget does not allow us to fund all 500 applicants who apply for our scholarships.

If you were not awarded an AAIA scholarship this year we encourage you to apply again. Most AAIA scholarships are for one year only and the applicant pool changes each year.

We do not send regret letters unless a specific request is made. If you need a regret letter please contact our office at 240-314-7155. Information for the 2015-2016 school year will be posted on the website on or about March 1st. We look forward to hearing from you at that time.

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

Recently I sat in on a webinar and was asked a similar question.  It was a webinar about applying for grants and the moderator asked what would be different if the grant were obtained.  Not only were they asking what would be different for the individual organization applying for the grant, but what would be different for those our organization serves. 

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

This 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.

Minimum Requirements: Applicants must be enrolled in their tribe (Continental US or Alaska only), enrolled in an accredited school full time both fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters, and be seeking an Associate's degree or higher.

Complete Information Below.

Scholarship Tutorial Videos

Last year we created the following very basic general information videos which is really just a list of things to be aware of that might be helpful for first generation students and parents.

General Information video tutorials:

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

Federal Work Study Opportunity

If you are attending school in the Washington, DC area and have Federal Work Study as part of your financial aid package, AAIA will have FWS Office Assistant positions available for the 2014-2015 school year. We are required to have a contract with the school which you attend, please let us know if you are interested in applying so we can ensure that this relationship is established. Please send inquiries to

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.


We are no longer accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year. Please check back on March 1, 2015.

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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!!! 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.