The Southwest Native American Foundation’s goal is to give deserving high school and college students the chance to further their education while also advancing the purpose of Native American tribes in the South. No matter what their origin or financial circumstances, we think everyone should have access to this chance.
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The Southwest Native American Foundation’s main objective is to provide scholarships to high school graduates who are matriculating to college. Over $500,000 in grants have been awarded by SWNAF to worthy and exceptional Native-American high schoolers since 2004. We firmly feel that these rewards aid a college freshman’s adjustment to university life. We intend to increase the number of scholarship opportunities this year.
SWNAF has had the distinction of providing scholarships over the years to students attending summer programs, technical schools, community institutions, and universities. Numerous tribes, including Hopi, Tewa, Ute, Navajo, Apache, Yavapai, Arapaho, Tohono O’odham, Lakota, Sioux, Yuma, Pima, Zuni, Pueblo, Hualapai, and Havasupai, have received scholarships from us.
SUBMIT A SCHOLARSHIP REQUEST
You have come to the perfect site if you are a Native American student looking for a scholarship for nearly any educational opportunity. Visit our School Grants page if you’re seeking a school grant.
Applicants interested in participating in four-year colleges, graduate programs, state colleges, apprenticeship programs, art schools, as well as other educational institutions are welcome to apply to our scholarship program. If your application demonstrates that you are intelligent and committed to pursuing further education in whatever capacity, we will make a genuine effort to assist you.
We also recommend applying if you are a high school student interested in a summer school that you believe will help you get ready for your post-high school education.
Schools that serve students of Native American origin are encouraged to submit funding applications by the Southwest Native-American Foundation. Grants from the SWNAF can help teachers provide more educational opportunities by increasing the number of learning materials and resources available to classrooms and schools that would not otherwise be able to afford them. We hope you will get in touch if this seems like your institution or classroom.
HOW TO APPLY
Send SWNAF a letter outlining how your school grant will help children of Native American descent and what it will be used for. Also, if possible, attach a thorough budget outlining the intended use of the money. We are interested in reviewing your application.
You can send your message by mail to the following address or via email to [email protected]:
Native American Foundation of the Southwest
Postal Box W
80302-9998 Boulder, Colorado
Please put together an entrance packet containing all of the necessary information if you want to apply for grants to high school summer programs, technical school, college, and/or graduate school. Please send an email to [email protected] if you have any queries about the application procedure. Every year, on May 1, we have a postmark and email deadline. If you submit your application after May 1 you will be eligible for a scholarship the following year. At the bottom of this page are instructions on how to submit your application materials.
YOUR ESSENTIAL DATA
- Middle Initial
- Final Name
• Zip Code, City, and State
• Cellular Number
TRIBAL ENROLLMENT FOR YOU
Your enrollment in the U.S. officially recognized tribe, your connection to a native American tribe who is descended from someone on the base roll, or both will determine if you are eligible for a scholarship. Tribe constitutional amendments, articles of existence, or laws specify the requirements for tribal enrollment. There are no standard standards for membership because they differ between tribes. Here you may find a guide to contacting your tribe as well as further details regarding the tribal enrollment procedure.
CONDITIONS FOR JOINING A TRIBE
• A descendant of a basic roll member or an enrolled member of an American Indian tribe that is federally recognized by the United States.
• Connection to a tribal member who is a direct descendant of someone listed on the tribe’s base roll, or lineal descent from that person.
• Additional requirements, including a Confirmation of Degree of Indian Ancestry, tribal residency, or ongoing ties to the tribe, are frequent.
PLEASE ENCLOSE A DUPLICATE OF
• A native ID card, OR
• A duplicate of the CDIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood), OR
• Documentation proving lineal descent from a base roll member or an official statement from your tribe declaring the membership status of the parent, grandmother, or both.
• Please also provide your tribe membership status (for instance, what Diné/Navajo chapter do you belong to) and your tribal allegiance.
• Name of high school
• The year you completed your GED or graduated
STATE AND CITY
• Would you kindly send copies of your high school transcript?
Interested persons can now apply here