ND Indian Scholarship

Enrolled members of federally recognized Indian tribes may qualify for up to $2,000 annually in scholarship funding under this merit and need-based program.


Eligibility and Qualifications

To be considered for an award, applicants must:

    • Be North Dakota residents and enrolled members of a federally recognized Indian tribe;
    • Be accepted for admission by a North Dakota institution of higher learning or state vocational education program;
    • Be enrolled full time; and
    • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.


Scholarship Details

    • An annual application is required.
    • All application materials must be completed EACH YEAR by July 15th for priority consideration.  Completed applications include:
      • The annual NDUS application;
      • Verification of tribal enrollment (CIB or tribal ID)
      • Most recent transcript showing cumulative GPA (grade reports are not accepted)
      • Needs analysis form
      • Certification of admittance and residency
    • Merit-based scholarships may be awarded to students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher.
    • Need-based scholarships may be awarded to students with cumulative GPAs of 2.0-3.499.
      • The annual FAFSA application is required to determine unmet need.
      • Please do not send FAFSA results with your application.
    • Eligibility is limited to no more than the equivalent of full time funding for six academic years.
    • Funding is limited and awards will be made based on a priority awarding process.
    • Eligible programs include certificate, associate’s, bachelor’s, and graduate level.


How to Apply

There are two options to complete the application, either online (preferred) or by paper. The North Dakota University System accepts applications annually with a priority deadline application date of July 15th.

        1. Preferred Option: Complete the 2021-22 ND Indian Scholarship application ONLINE using a secure site. *** Do not enter any information in the Institutional FA Reviewer section***
          • Additional required documentation includes: tribal enrollment and most recent transcript.
          • All documentation should be submitted via this secure online drop box, by mail, or via fax.
          • If you complete the online application, you do NOT need to upload it using the drop box.
          • Page 2 of the application will be sent directly to the college you list on your application.
          • In order for the online application to work properly, please leave Insitutional FA reviewer blank.


        2. Option 2:  Download and complete the 2021-22 ND Indian Scholarship application.
          • The drop box is the PREFERRED method of delivery in 2021 as mail time can delay your processing.
          • Use the secure online DROP BOX at to send your application and supporting documents to the NDUS.
          • If you mail your application, it will be date stamped the day the NDUS receives it.



    • Preferred & Fastest:  Use the secure DROP BOX  to deliver all documents.
      • If you cannot use the DROP BOX, mail your application and supporting documents to: NDUS / Attn: Financial Aid / 600 E Blvd Ave Dept. 21 / Bismarck, ND  58505, or you can FAX your application and supporting documents to:  701-328-2979.
      • IN-PERSON drop offs will NOT be accepted in the 2021-22 application cycle.
      • EMAILED applications will NOT be accepted due to the personal information in the application. DO NOT email your application or supporting documents as your application will be denied. 


If you have questions, please contact the NDUS at ndfinaid@ndus.edu or 701-328-2964.