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  • NASP Tuition Assistance/Student Ambassador Application, Deadline: January 7, 2022

    Hello Native American Support Program Scholars,

    NASP has funds available to offer tuition assistance through our NASP Student Ambassador program. Get your application in for the Spring 2022 semester by the DEADLINE: January 7, 2022!  Please see details about the program and the application linked below. We are here to answer any questions and provide additional support with getting your application in. Once you complete the application, please email it to

    NASP Student Ambassador Program:

    The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Native American Support Program (NASP) offers tuition assistance to eligible students interested in serving as Student Ambassadors. The Student Ambassador Program is a leadership opportunity for students who are dedicated to serving and representing NASP. Student Ambassadors provide outreach to students and perform duties at various NASP sponsored campus and community events. UIC students can re-apply for the program each semester. Submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Due to limited funding, award amounts vary, and priority is given to students with financial needs. Due to the funding source, out-of-state students are ineligible for this opportunity. 

    Students awarded a full tuition waiver (1,000.00+) are expected to commit 30+ hours per semester Students awarded a partial tuition waiver (500.00 – 1000.00) are expected to commit 15+ hours per semester

    Fall Student Ambassador Tuition Waiver Application:

    -NASP Team

  • UIC SnAP Scholarships

    UIC SnAP is the internal scholarship information portal for the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). The scholarship application process determining funding support for the 2021-2022 academic year has concluded. Current and/or continuing UIC students may access the UIC SnAP portal beginning August 25, 2021 to submit a new General Application. Please note that General Applications submitted prior to August 25, 2021 will be archived and inaccessible.

    If you are a UIC student, you may log in beginning August 25, 2021 using your UIC netid and password. The UIC SnAP portal will display a list of scholarships for which you may be eligible, based on a number of criteria, including major, financial aid status, etc.

  • College Fund Scholarship Update

    • Gates Scholarship is OPEN!
    • Catching the Dream Scholarship
    • MSU Native Nursing Scholarships
    • Doctoral Grants for Women
    • Environmental Stewardship Scholarships
    • Career Technical Scholarships
    • Dept. of Energy Scholars Program
    • Greenhouse Scholars Program
    • Army Spouses Scholarships

    Click Title Link to Learn More. 

  • American Indian College Fund Flyer

    American Indian College Fund Scholarship Updates

    • Gates Scholarship is OPEN
    • Funds for Low-Income Mothers
    • Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships
    • Science/Engineering Scholarships
    • Environmental Stewardship Scholarships
    • Career Technical Scholarships
    • Dept. of Energy Scholars Program
    • Army Spouses Scholarships
  • American Indian College Fund Flyer

    American Indian College Fund Scholarship Updates

    Full Circle Scholarship

    Scholarships for California Tribes

    AIGC Scholarship Opportunities

    New Mexico Student Scholarships

    Education/Social Service Scholars

    Summer Program Scholarship

    Environmental Stewardship Scholarships

    HACU Scholarship Program

    Iowa Nursing Scholarships

    Army Spouses Scholarships

    Tribe Specific Scholarships

  • Come to the Last Minute Opportunities and Virtual Tours Webinar Flyer

    Come learn about Last Minute Opportunities and Virtual Tours!!!

    Join the College Fund on May 5 at 3 pm MDT for a webinar on Last Minute Opportunities and Virtual Tours.

    Learn how to stay on track this year!

    Click Here to RSVP, and you can also WIN GREAT PRIZES!

  • American Indian College Fund Updates

    • Medical School Application Workshop: Attend this two-day workshop for a comprehensive review of the medical school admissions process presented by top medical schools. 
    • Tribal Public and Environmental Health Fellowship: Apply to the full-year paid internship and research the environmental health of Alaskan tribal lands. 
    • Graduate Marketing Internship: Apply to the 3-month internship and work across various phases of the Nike marketing process. 
    • Criminal Justice Travel Grant: 15 American Indian and Alaska Native students can attend criminal justice-related conferences. 
    • USAJobs Navigation Webinar: Register for this virtual training that provides a step-by-step process for searching for, and applying to, Federal jobs. 
    • Bloomberg Summer Institute: Take courses designed to introduce indigenous health leaders to public health approaches to address health disparities in tribal communities. 
    • Henry Roe Cloud FellowshipThe Roe Cloud Fellowship has developed American Indian Studies at Yale by supporting doctorate completion in Native studies. 
    • NAHJ Multimedia Fellowship: NAHJ and Verizon Media are providing fellows the opportunity to make an impact with their multimedia content.
  • American Indian College Fund Scholarship Updates

    • Scholarships for California Tribes: The College Fund has millions of dollars in new scholarships for most California tribal members interested in getting a degree or certificate.
    • AIGC Scholarship Opportunities: A number of different undergraduate and graduate scholarship opportunities are available to Native students from the American Indian Graduate Center.
    • Native Journalism Scholarships: $10,000 is available to Native journalism students through NAJA's Facebook scholarship program.
    • AISES Scholarships Open: Applications are now open for a number of science and engineering scholarships through AISES.
    • Summer Program Scholarship: Senior high school students can receive a scholarship to attend summer programs, vocational schools, community colleges, and universities.
    • Environmental Scholarship: Undergrad and grad students pursuing environmental careers can receive $5,000.
    • Environmental Stewardship Scholarships: Undergrads studying environmental stewardship of Indigenous lands can receive $10,000 a year for up to four years. 
  • College Readiness Program

    College Readiness Program

    Please see attached flyer for details.

  • New Flames Abroad Scholarship & Pop-Up Study Abroad Advising!

    Chancellor Michael Amiridis has graciously supported the launch of a new scholarship to encourage first-generation, first-year students to study abroad. The Chancellor’s FirstGen Flames Abroad Scholarship is designed to award first-year students with high potential whose parent(s) did not complete a bachelor’s degree with a scholarship to study abroad. Students will be notified during their first year at UIC if they have earned the scholarship and will have the remainder of their time at UIC to use the scholarship towards the costs of an approved UIC faculty-directed or exchange program.

  • Medtronic Logo

    Medtronic’s $5,500 Health-Science-Engineering Scholarships Due March 1,2021 American Indian Employee Resource Group 2020-2021 Scholarship Program

    Medtronic’s $5,500 Health-Science-Engineering Scholarships Due March 1, 2021

    American Indian Employee Resource Group

    2020-2021 Scholarship Program

    The Medtronic American Indian Employee Resource Group (AIERG) is committed to helping advance the health and well-being of the American Indian population in the United States.

    Historically, American Indians face a unique set of challenges in gaining access to a college education and are one of the most underrepresented groups both in college and in the degree-holding population. In 2019, the Medtronic AIERG created a scholarship program for students who want to earn a college degree and reach their educational goals. Our scholarships provide financial support to qualifying students who may be unable to afford the full price for program enrollment.

  • American Indian College Fund Flyer

    Native Scholarship Forum, American Indian College Fund

    Native Scholarship Forum FEB 18 at 6pm (MST)

    Students, parents, and teachers are encouraged to attend, so CLICK HERE to RSVP for this important event.


  • American Indian College Fund Scholarship

    • American Indian Law School Scholarship
    • Cobell Graduate Fellowship
    • Dell Scholarship
    • Google Veterans Scholarship
    • AISES T3 Fund Scholarships
    • Fellowships and Grants for Women
    • Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships
    • South Dakota Scholarship
    • Greenhouse Scholars Program
    • Gucci Changemakers Scholarship
    • Root-Tilden-Kern Interest Scholarship Program
    • Bloomberg Fellows Program
    • MS in Ecology Inclusivity and Innovation Scholarship
    • AMS Minority Scholarship
  • DAR American Indian Scholarship

    DAR American Indian Scholarship

    Each year the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) awards multiple scholarships to students showing dedication to the pursuit of higher education. The DAR American Indian Scholarship is awarded to help Native American students of any age, any tribe, and in any state striving to get an education at the undergraduate or graduate levels. However, preference is given to undergrad students. All of the awards are judged based on financial needs and academic achievement. These awards are available for vocational training or college/university studies.

    • Application Deadline:
      • January 31, 2021, 11:59PM EST.
    • Award:
      • One time award of $4,000.00
    • Requirements
      • Must be Native American (must provide proof) GPA of 3.25 or higher Selection is based on academic achievement and financial need
    • Application Process
      • All applicants must complete a general application and will be automatically considered for other scholarships, please sign-in here or sign-up here.

    For questions contact the National Vice-Chair, American Indians Scholarship at for questions and information

  • Student Affairs Scholarship Opportunities

    UIC Student Affairs is accepting applications for more than 30 competitive scholarships available to students across all colleges and academic disciplines. Students are currently receiving over $300,000 in financial support from these scholarships. Students may log in to UIC SnAP at to review specific requirements of each scholarship that will support the 2021-2022 academic year. A general application must be submitted before addressing criteria specific to each scholarship. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, January 20, 2021. It is recommended that students visit UIC SnAP soon to participate in this scholarship process...

  • College Fund Scholarship Update - October 2020

    • NABI College Scholarship
    • Jack Kent Cooke Scholars
    • AISES T3 Fund Scholarships
    • Agricultural Research Award
    • AAUW Fellowships and Grants for Women
    • Career & Technical Scholarships
    • South Dakota Scholarship
    • Greenhouse Scholars Program
    • MSU Native Nursing Scholarships
    • Dell Scholarship
    • Google Veterans Scholarship
    • Gucci Changemakers Scholarship
    • Root-Tilden-Kern Interest Scholarship Program
    • Bloomberg Fellows Program


  • American Indian College Fund: CONNECT Update (Networking - Internships - Jobs) SEPTEMBER

    American Indian College Fund: CONNECT Update (Networking - Internships - Jobs) SEPTEMBER

  • American Indian College Fund Resources

    • The Gates Scholarship
    • Catching the Dream Scholarship
    • American Indian Services Support
    • CVS Pharmacy Scholarship
    • State & National Scholarships
    • MSU Native Nursing Scholarships
    • Doctoral Grants for Women
    • Graduate Library Scholarships
    • Greenhouse Scholars Program
  • American Indian College Fund Education Calendar

    Dive Into the Native Pathways Fall Education Calendar!

  • UIC Study Abroad

    Study Abroad Discovery Week: Sept. 14-18

    In place of our annual study abroad fair, we’ll be hosting a full week’s worth of events for our Virtual Study Abroad Discovery Week.  Each day of the week we’ll be focusing on a different topic related to study abroad such as how to choose the right program and funding study abroad.  The week will culminate on September 18th with our virtual study abroad fair where we will have virtual meeting rooms for students and advisors to meet our study abroad program partners as well as our very own UIC faculty members leading programs. A full media kit with more details is forthcoming, but for now, please make a note on your calendar for the week of September 14th-18th and share with your students.

    Study Abroad Scholarship Workshops

    We know that funding study abroad is among students’ chief concerns, however, there are a host of scholarship opportunities available.  We’ll be hosting a series of workshops promoting scholarship opportunities. Please see the details below and share with your students:

    September 8th 12:00 to 1:00 PM - General Study Abroad Scholarship Workshop (Registration Link)September 9th 4:00 to 5:00 PM - Gilman International Scholarship Workshop (for Pell-eligible students; Registration Link)September 22nd 4:00 to 5:00 PM – General Study Abroad Scholarship Workshop (Registration Link)September 23rd 12:00 to 1:00 PM - Gilman International Scholarship Workshop (for Pell-eligible students; Registration Link)

    Study Abroad Virtual Trivia for UIC Advisors

    It’s been one strange and difficult year. The Study Abroad Office would like to take some time to unwind and engage with you and is excited to invite all UIC advisors to a virtual trivia event. We’ll plan to share brief updates and then our very own trivia expert, Maggie Miller (Study Abroad Advisor), will host us in some internationally-focused trivia!  We’ll send an official invite/RSVP out soon, but for now, please hold the date & time of September 10th from 4:00 to 5:00 PM.

    The SAO is committed to providing all UIC students with meaningful international experiences and we know we can’t do this work without your support. Thanks for all that you do; we look forward to connecting!

    Kyle Rausch, EdD(pronouns: he/him/his)Executive DirectorStudy Abroad Office

    Office of Global EngagementUniversity of Illinois Chicago


  • Two new scholarship opportunities – visit SNAP to get started!

    Current UIC students may visit the UIC SnAP portal – – to log in, complete and submit a General Application. A new General Application is needed each academic year for a student to fully access the portal.

    Two new scholarship opportunities are available for new first-time freshmen (not transfer) undergraduate students. The applications for the Belvedere Cares Inc. Scholarship and the UIC Isadore and Sadie Dorin Scholarship are now accessible. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Students may access the descriptions, eligibility criteria and apply by visiting the UIC SnAP portal. The application deadline for each scholarship is September 16, 2020. The funding support is applicable for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    There are five (5) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Undergraduate Scholarships available. The opportunity is for current Junior and Senior undergraduate students. The application is now available within the UIC SnAP portal. Students may access the description, eligibility criteria and apply by visiting the UIC SnAP portal. The application deadline is September 18, 2020. The funding support is applicable for the 2020-2021 academic year.

  • Emergency Rental Assistance

    If you’ve been unable to pay your rent due to COVID-19, we’re here to help you. It’s important to continue paying as much of your rent as you can. Also, talk to your landlord on a regular basis about your situation.

    Funds are limited so complete your application as soon as possible. Only one application per household is allowed and an application is not a guarantee of assistance.

    If you are approved, you will receive a grant of $5,000 that will be sent to your landlord to be applied against your rent.

  • The Gates Scholarship

    The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 of these student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum potential.

    Scholars will receive funding for the full cost of attendance* that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or the methodology used by a Scholar’s college or university.

    To learn more watch this video.

  • American Indian College Fund Scholarships

    Pulled from the American Indian College Fund newsletter.

  • CONNECT Update (Networking - Internships - Jobs) JUNE

    American Indian College Fund Monthly Update

  • College Fund Scholarship Update - June 2020

    American Indian College Fund Scholarships

  • American Indian College Fund

    Native Journalism Fellowship

    This fellowship provides Native students an opportunity to broaden their reporting and multimedia skills, while learning from professional Native journalists. Apply by MAY 31!

    ADEA Dental Virtual Fair

    This event connects prospective dental students with 50+ dental schools, their environment and curriculum, student experience and mission. RSVP for the MAY 19 Event

    4H Youth In Action Awards

    4‑H high school students and recent grads can earn a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C. for National 4‑H Council’s Legacy Awards! Apply by MAY 18!

    Agriculture Fund Deadline

    NAAF helps Native farmers through grants in the areas of business assistance, ag education, technical support and advocacy. 

    Learn more and apply by JUNE 1st!

    NMAI Fall Internship Deadline

    The workshop will helps Native students navigate the dental school application process, strengthen their applications, and expand their network. Apply by JUNE 15th!

    Community Well-Being Fellow

    Dept of Global Health and Social Medicine seeks a postdoctoral fellow to coordinate a new research project dedicated to advancing Indigenous Community Well-Being. Learn more & apply!

    Disney Imagineering In A Box

    Disney has partnered with Khan Academy to provide this FREE online program, with 32 video modules that explore the diverse talents of Disney Imagineers around the world. Check it out HERE! 

  • AISES Undergraduate Opportunities


    Bake & Build Series - ENGINEERS

    On this original television series, where baking meets building, top cake artists and super engineers of all kinds team up to make the incredible … edible! The creators of the greatest edible creations will walk away with a large cash prize!

    Research & Extension Experiences for Undergraduates

    The National Institute of Food and Agriculture funded FAST REEU Fellowship program will provide both Native American and economically challenged students with research and educational experiences for two summers.

    NIJ Native Student Travel Scholarship Program Deadline April 15th

    Are you an American Indian or Alaska Native student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program AND interested in issues related to public safety, crime, and justice? If so, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) would like to help you explore science in criminal justice and public safety through conference scholarships!

    Summer Employment

    The UW-NPS Research Station, at the historic AMK Ranch, is located on the shore of Jackson Lake within Grand Teton National Park. The station provides housing and financial support for researchers addressing issues in the biological, social, and physical sciences as well as music, writing, painting, and other arts.

    Grace Hopper Celebration - Scholarships and Complimentary Registrations!

    The GHC Scholars Program provides funds for women who are either undergraduate students, graduate students, or faculty to attend our Celebration. Women who get selected as scholars gain access to career and academic workshops, networking opportunities, and memories that will last a lifetime.

    Stipends for Mentoring STEM Students!

    We invite you to apply for the Society for Science & the Public’s Advocate Program, which provides a $3,000 stipend and training to an individual (teacher, scientist, counselor, or mentor) who agrees to serve as an advocate for a minimum of three additional underserved students.

    Hyundai Women in STEM Scholarship

    Five scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each. Write an essay of 500 words or more on what has driven you to choose a STEM-related field for your future.

    Google Summer of Code

    Spend your summer break writing code and learning about open source development while earning a stipend! Many become lifetime open source developers. Application deadline is March 31, 2020.

    National Inventors Hall of Fame

    The National Inventors Hall of Fame is celebrating Women’s History Month by putting out a call for nominations for the 2020 Class of Inductees. If inducted, you or a colleague could join the ranks of world-changing innovators.

    View all opportunities.


  • UIC's Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change all have amazing opportunities for you every week! Coming up:

    African-American Cultural Center

    Wellness Wednesday: Wed, March 4Exhibit: Quilting: Telling Our Stories through Patterns and PurposeExhibit: She Did Language: Remembering Toni Morrison

    Arab American Cultural Center & Latino Cultural Center

    Noche de Poetas: Women, Gender, and Sexuality: Thu, March 12

    Disability Cultural Center

    Know Your Rights to Fair Housing: Wed, March 4Check-in Hours: Thu, March 5Food Access: When Food and Accessibility Come Together: Mon, March 9Balancing Act: Reimagining the Bodymind: Thu, March 12

    Gender and Sexuality Center

    Therapy Group for LGBQ+ Students: Tuesdays, 3-4:30pmTherapy Group for TGNC Students: Tuesdays, 5-6:30pm

  • Indian Health Service Scholarship

    IHS offers scholarships to undergrad and graduate Native students to educate and train the next generation of health professionals. Learn more about these opportunities and apply by FEB 28th!

  • Scholarships for California Tribes

    The College Fund is offering a new scholarship opportunity for most California tribal members. Visit the scholarship information page, and learn more about funding opportunities for associates, vocational, and bachelors degrees!

  • UIC to offer in-state tuition to students from any of the 573 tribal nations in US

    American Indian and Alaska Native students have the lowest representation of any group on college and university campuses across the nation, according to U.S. Department of Education statistics.

    The University of Illinois at Chicago is trying to remedy this by beginning to offer in-state tuition this fall to students who are members of any of the 573 tribal nations recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

  • Sundance Film Fellowships

    This Sundance Institute has a number of labs, grants and fellowships related to film and storytelling. Apply by FEB 11th!

  • California Capital Fellows

    Students interested in politics and policy can apply for California's Capital Fellows program. Learn more and apply by FEB 3rd!

  • 2020-21 Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Fellowship [DFI] Program

    The UIC Graduate College is accepting applications for the 2020-21 Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Fellowship [DFI] Program. The goal of DFI Fellowship Program is to increase the number of minority full-time tenure track faculty and staff at Illinois’ two-year and four-year, public and private colleges and universities. Please click here for the 2020-21 DFI Fellowship Application . The application is also available via our DFI Fellowship webpage. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, February 14, 2020.

  • Washington Gaming Scholaships

    Native students in Washington can apply for scholarships by the MAR 31 deadline.

  • Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship

    Scholarships fill unmet financial need of veterans after military benefits and other grants and scholarships. Learn more and apply by FEB 28th!

  • Jeannette Rankin Women's Fund

    Low-income, female students over the age of 35 can get funding for any degree or certificate. Apply by FEB 29 HERE!

  • Native Natural Resources Funding

    Truman D. Picard Scholarship is dedicated to the support of Native American students pursuing a higher education in Natural Resources. Apply by MARCH 3rd!

  • Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships

    Up to $40,000 a year in undergraduate and transfer scholarships is available to high-achieving, low-income high school seniors and college students. Apply by MAR 23!

  • AIGC Scholarship Opportunities

    A number of different undergraduate and graduate scholarship opportunities are available to Native students from the American Indian Graduate Center. CLICK HERE to apply by MAY 31st!

  • AISES Scholarship Opportunities

    Applications are open for a number of scholarships for Native students studying science, engineering and other technical fields. Learn more and apply HERE!

  • Tribal College Blanket Contest

    Thousands of dollars of scholarships and prizes are available to Native tribal college students who enter the Tribal College Blanket Design Competition. Learn more about the contest, and submit your artwork by the FEB 15 deadline.

  • Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

    $7,000 is available to Native students interested in tribal policy, healthcare and the environment. Contact a Udall faculty representative and Apply by MAR 5th

  • Cobell Scholarship Open

    The Cobell Scholarship for Native students is NOW OPEN for undergrad and graduate students. Apply for support in the 2020-2021 school year. Click here to apply!

  • Full Circle Scholarship Open!

    The application is now open for the College Fund's Full Circle Scholarship for Native students. CLICK HERE to learn more about this fantastic opportunity and apply! Share with your friends at

    View a walkthru of the Full Circle Scholarship application by CLICKING HERE!

  • Virtual Native Scholarship Forum

    February 21, 1 - 2 pm (CST)

    Hear from the 4 top Native American scholarship organizations at the Virtual Native Scholarship Forum – Friday, Feb 21, 2020, at noon (MST). Learn about all the opportunities available to Native students from these premiere organizations, and ask a question. Contact with any questions about the event.