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: There are two options to complete the application: online or paper. The North Dakota University System accepts applications annually with a priority deadline application date of July 15th of each year.
        1. Preferred: Complete the 2020-21 ND Indian Scholarship application ONLINE using a secure site. You DO NOT need to upload the completed online application. When you click finish, it comes to the NDUS office automatically.
          • When you complete the ONLINE application, the 2nd page of the application (the needs analysis form) will be sent directly to the college.
          • All documentation should be submitted via this secure online drop box, mail, or fax.
          • Documentation includes: tribal enrollment and most recent transcript


        2. Download and complete the 2020-21 ND Indian Scholarship application.


Important Information

  • If you cannot use the drop box, you may MAIL your application and supporting documents to: NDUS / Attn: Financial Aid / 600 E Blvd Ave Dept 21 / Bismarck, ND  58505; or you may FAX your application and supporting documents to:  701-328-2979 – fax #
  • IN-PERSON drop offs will NOT be accepted in the 2020 application cycle due to COVID-19.
  • EMAILED applications will NOT be accepted due to the personal nature of the application. DO NOT email your application or supporting documents.


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