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American Indian Scholarship Programs

Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program (MISP)
Students who possess one-fourth or more Indian ancestry, are a Minnesota resident and have financial need should apply with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. In order to qualify for this scholarship, you must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell or Minnesota State Grant. The priority deadline is July 1. Recipients will receive an official notification of an award from the MISP. You must be enrolled for at least 12 credits.
Tribal (Bureau of Indian Affairs–BIA) Scholarship
Students who are enrolled with a state or federally recognized tribe are encouraged to apply for BIA funds by directly contacting their BIA Higher Education Program. The amount awarded is based on financial need and availability of funds through the BIA. You are encouraged to apply with your tribe as early as possible. Recipients will receive an official notification of an award from the BIA. You must be enrolled for at least 12 credits.
Ethel M. Curry American Indian Scholarship
The Ethel M. Curry American Indian Scholarship is awarded to students who are admitted to the University of Minnesota, Morris as a first-year freshman. To be considered for the Ethel M. Curry American Indian Scholarship you must complete the American Indian Tuition Waiver Application providing proof of American Indian heritage. You will be given priority if you are one-fourth American Indian, enrolled in a federally-recognized tribe, and a Minnesota resident. The documentation deadline is June 1. Recipients will be notified by the Financial Aid Office. You must be enrolled for at least 12 credits.
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Endowed Scholarship
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) Endowed Scholarship was established in 2008 through a generous gift from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. The SMSC scholarship program is designed to recruit and retain talented American Indian students with demonstrated financial need to the University of Minnesota. This scholarship program is administered by the University’s Office for Equity and Diversity. Learn more about the scholarship and how to apply by visiting the SMSC Web site.



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