Tribal Education Offices

Bois Forte/Nett Lake Scholarship Program

Billie Isham, Education Director
Department of Education and Training
13090 Westley Drive
Nett Lake, MN 55772

Phone: (218) 757-3261
Fax: (218) 757-3126

Scholarships Offered:
Ethel Curry American Indian Leadership Scholarship – Annual award program administered by the Minnesota Department of Education, Office of Indian Education. This scholarship is intended to aid American Indian students in their pursuit of higher education opportunities. Awards generally range from $1000-$4000 per academic year, but can and do vary. FT students and Graduate students may be awarded at a higher rate.
Deadline: late May (Not posted yet for 2019)

Bois Forte Scholarship – The Higher Education programs offer scholarships for students based upon need as defined by a school financial aid officer. All students are to complete the Bois Forte Scholarship Application and the FAFSA each year. In addition, students attending school in the state of MN are required to complete the MN Indian Scholarship Application. The maximum allowance is $5,000 per academic year for graduate students. Students attending school outside the state of MN are to complete the Out of State form. All of these must be completed annually.
Deadline: N/A (In State) (Out of State)


Fond du Lac Scholarship Program

Rachelle A. West, Scholarship Director
Fond du Lac Scholarship Program
1720 Big Lake Rd.
Cloquet, MN 55720

Phone: (218) 878-2681
Fax: (218) 878-7529

Scholarships Offered:
Fond du Lac Scholarship – Historically, Anishnaabeg were a “performance based” people. The Leaders and Elders would reward a person for the good and positive contributions made to and for their families, community and tribe. Our people continue to practice this tradition which results in a healthy community; a place where people can meet their economic, social, physical, cultural and spiritual needs, work together for the common good and participate in creating their future. The Fond du Lac Scholarship Program’s mission is to follow this path by “rewarding” or providing scholarship assistance to eligible band members who seek to complete college degrees, technical school certificates or private career school diplomas.
Deadline: July 1st of each year if you intend to start Fall Term


Grand Portage Scholarship Program

P.O. Box 428
Grand Portage, MN 55605

Phone: (218) 475-2812
Fax: (218) 475-2531

Scholarships Offered: No website, call for more information.


Leech Lake Scholarship Program

Dorothy Robinson, Scholarship Officer
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
190 Sailstar Drive NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633

Phone: (218) 335-8253
Fax: (218) 335-8339

Scholarships Offered:
Post-Secondary Grant Program – The Post-Secondary Education Program provides grants to enrolled members of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe who plan to attend a higher education institute in Minnesota or out-of-state. Interested full-time, part-time, graduate study students or short-term training students are also encouraged to apply.
Deadline: N/A


Mille Lacs Scholarship Program

Michele Berger, Scholarship & Career Counselor
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Higher Education
43408 Oodena Road
Onamia, MN 56359

Phone: (800) 709-6445, ext.4775

Scholarships Offered:
Mille Lacs Band Higher Education Application – The Higher Education Scholarship Office assists Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe enrolled members and their children pursue higher educational goals. Maximum award is $24,000 per 12 months school year for Band member students. Vocational, technical, college, and university students can apply for scholarships to pay for books, tuition and fees.
Deadline: A minimum of one month prior to the start of graduate program (Application) (Application Policies)


White Earth Scholarship Program

Ronald Buckanaga, Education Director
P.O. Box 418
White Earth, MN 56591

Phone: (218) 983-3285, ext.5304 or 5302

Scholarships Offered:
White Earth Scholarship Program (WESP) – The White Earth Scholarship Program is an incentive-based program. Your post-secondary institution’s financial aid office may determine your award based upon the results of your completed FAFSA. Scholarships offered to in state and out of state undergraduate and graduate students.
Deadline: May 31st prior to the next academic year


Red Lake Scholarship Program

Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians Oshkiimaajitahdah
15525 Mendota Ave
PO Box 416
Redby, MN 56670

Phone: (218) 679-3350
Fax: (218) 679-3367

Scholarships Offered:
Red Lake Scholarship Program – Must be enrolled in the tribe. Must be enrolled in an accredited college in an eligible program. Must apply for all financial aid including MN Indian Scholarship Program. The award will be sent to the institution for disbursement after all the students documentation is submitted to Oshkiimaajitahdah and the file is complete. The maximum award will not exceed $1,600.00 in an academic semester, based on the unmet need probation submitted by the institutions financial aid office. A student with no unmet need as determined by the institutions financial aid office will not be eligible for funding.
Deadline: Fall Semester (Third Friday in September), Spring Semester (Third Friday in February)


Lower Sioux Scholarship Program

Loretta Dixon
P.O. Box 308
Morton, Minnesota 56270

Phone: (507) 679-6185
Fax: (507) 697-8617

Scholarships Offered:
The Lower Sioux Indian Community In the State of Minnesota – A Student Packet may be obtained from the Education Committee by setting up a meeting. At the meeting, you must explain your plans for higher education. If your plans qualify for the tuition assistance program, you will be given a Student Packet. The Education Committee generally meets at 4:30 pm on the second Wednesday of each month Tuition & Fees up to $4000 per semester or $2000 per quarter. Required books, class equipment will NOT be funded. This includes: supplies, computers, etc.


Upper Sioux Scholarship Program

P.O. Box 147
Granite Falls, MN 56270

Phone: (320) 564-3853
Fax: (320) 564-3264

Scholarships Offered:
For more information or to secure an application, call 320-564-3853


Prairie Island Scholarship Program

5636 Sturgeon Lake Road 
Welch, MN 55089 

Phone: (651) 385-4132

Scholarships Offered:
For more information or to secure an application, call (651) 385-4132


Shakopee Sioux Mdewakanton Community

2330 Sioux Trail NW 
Prior Lake, MN 55372 

Phone: (952) 445-8900

Scholarships Offered:
Only applicable to the University of Minnesota students. For more information or to secure an application, call (952) 445-8900


Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program

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


The Ethel and Emery Fast Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

Carol Minami, Manager
12620 Rolling Road
Potomac, Maryland 20854

Phone: (301) 762-1102
Fax: (301) 279-0201

Scholarships Offered:
American Indian applicants who have completed one year of college (graduate or undergraduate) may apply. For an application,write to the Ethel & Emery Fast Foundation, 12620 Rolling Road, Potomac, MD 20854 or phone 301-762-1102.


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