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:
    • Applicants must be North Dakota residents and enrolled members of federally recognized Indian tribe.
    • Applicants must be accepted for admission by a North Dakota institution of higher learning or state vocational education program.
    • Applicants must be enrolled full time, with few exceptions.
    • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
    • Merit-based scholarship:  Students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher can qualify based on merit.
    • Need-based scholarship:  Students with cumulative GPAs of 2.0-3.499 can qualify based on unmet need.  A FAFSA is required to determine unmet need.
    • 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.


  • How to apply: The North Dakota University System accepts applications annually with a priority deadline application date of July 15th of each year.
    • Download and complete the application.  All documentation should be mailed to the NDUS.
    • The 2019-20 North Dakota Indian Scholarship application period is now closed.
    • For Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 funding, please check back in April 2020 for the 2020-21 ND Indian Scholarship application.


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