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Minnesota Indian Scholarship


If you have questions about this program, please contact the staff member listed on this page via email. If a staff member is not listed, please email and provide a detailed description of your question.

Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program provides postsecondary financial assistance to eligible Minnesota resident students who are of one-fourth or more Indian ancestry and demonstrate financial need for an award.

Who is Eligible?

Scholarships are available to eligible Indian undergraduate students enrolled at least ¾ time and graduate students enrolled at least half time.

In order to qualify for this scholarship, you must be:

  • One-fourth or more American Indian or be an enrolled member or citizen of a federally-recognized American Indian tribe or Canadian First Nation
  • One-fourth or more American Indian
  • A Minnesota resident
  • Enrolled in an accredited college, university or vocational school in Minnesota
  • An undergrad student who qualifies for either a Pell or State Grant and demonstrates financial need or a graduate student who demonstrates financial need

How Much Money Can You Get?

The annual award amount is up to $4,000 per academic year for undergraduate students and up to $6,000 per academic year for graduate students. Eligible students may receive awards in up to 3 semesters, 4 quarters, or the equivalent during an award year.
Students are eligible to receive awards up to a lifetime maximum of ten (10) annual awards or the equivalent with additional award limits based on the program level.

  • Students enrolled in less than 4-year degree programs (Certificate, Diploma, or Associate's Degree) are limited to 3 annual awards or the equivalent (6 semesters, 9 quarters, etc.)
  • Student enrolled in 4-year degree programs (Bachelor's Degree) are limited to 5 annual awards or the equivalent (10 semesters, 15 quarters, etc.) including any awards received while enrolled in a less than 4-year degree program
  • Students enrolled in graduate or professional degree programs (Master's Degree, Doctorate Degree) are limited to 5 annual awards or the equivalent (10 semesters, 15 quarters, etc.)

Students may receive the scholarship for only one degree per educational level and one terminal graduate degree.

What Is the Application Process?

Interested students should complete the Minnesota Indian Scholarship application below. They should also complete the FAFSA or MN Dream Act application and an application for tribal education funds.

Apply Online Now:

Students are encouraged to contact the school financial aid administrator at their campus and their tribal education program (see list below). The priority deadline is July 1. Information and application forms also are available from:

Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
Tel: (651) 642-0567 or (800) 657-3866
Fax: (651) 642-0675

Lara Gerhardson, Outreach Liaison
Tel: (218) 755-2557
Bemidji State University
114 Decker Hall
Bemidji, MN 56601

Tribal Education and Scholarship Programs

Bois Forte Reservation
5344 Lakeshore Dr. (Mailing Address)
Nett Lake, MN 55772
Tel: (218) 757-3261 or (800) 221-8129

Fond du Lac Tribal Center
1720 Big Lake Road
Cloquet, MN 55720
Tel: (218) 878-2681 or (800) 365-1613

Grand Portage Reservation
P.O. Box 428
Grand Portage, MN 55605
Tel: (218) 475-2812

Leech Lake Scholarship Office
190 Sailstar Dr. NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Tel: (218) 335-8253 or (866) 638-7738

Lower Sioux Community
P.O. Box 308
Morton, MN 56270
Tel: (507) 697-6185 ext 2600

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Scholarship Office
43408 Oodena Drive
Onamia, MN 56359
Tel: (320) 532-4695 or (800) 709-6445

Prairie Island Indian Community
5636 Sturgeon Lake Road
Welch, MN 55089
Tel: (651) 385-4132

Red Lake Nation
P.O. Box 416
Redby, MN 56670
Tel: (218) 679-3350

Shakopee Sioux Mdewakanton Community
2330 Sioux Trail NW
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Tel: (952) 445-8900

Upper Sioux Community
P.O. Box 147
Granite Falls, MN 56241
Tel: (320) 564-3853

White Earth Nation
P.O. Box 418
White Earth, MN 56591
Tel: (218) 983-3285 or (800) 950-3248

Map of Tribal Scholarship Contacts

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