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 State of Michigan Scholarships:

Most state of Michigan scholarships are restricted to tuition and mandatory fees, and awards are paid directly to the institution on the student’s behalf.  Programs include:

  • Children of Veterans Tuition Grant (CVTG) – The CVTG provides undergraduate tuition assistance to the children of Michigan veterans who are totally and permanently disabled, missing in action or who have died while serving. Students may receive scholarship assistance for up to four academic years for a total of up to $11,200.
  • Fostering Futures Scholarship (FFS) – The FFS provides scholarships to young adults who have experienced foster care in Michigan. Awards are paid directly to the students’ institution to assist with unmet needs in tuition, fees, room, board, books or supplies.
  • Michigan Competitive Scholarship (MCS) – The MCS program is available to undergraduate students pursuing their first degrees at an approved Michigan postsecondary institution. Students must demonstrate both financial need and merit based on a qualifying SAT score.
  • Michigan Tuition Grant (MTG) – The MTG is available to undergraduate students and is based on financial need for use at independent, non-profit degree-granting colleges and universities in Michigan.
  • Police Officer’s and Firefighter’s Survivor Tuition Grant (STG) – The STG provides for a waiver of tuition at state public institutions of higher education for children and surviving spouses of Michigan police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.
  • Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) - The TIP encourages eligible students to complete high school by providing tuition assistance for the first two years of college and beyond. Students must meet a Medicaid eligibility history requirement and apply prior to high school graduation.
Other Scholarship Opportunities:

The Center also provides financial support for American Indian and Alaska Native scholars, health leaders, and health professionals and paraprofessionals serving tribal communities, who are interested in attending the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health’s Summer and Winter Institute courses at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) -

The joint Materials Research Center program at Columbia University and City College of NY (CCNY) will support outstanding undergraduates as Summer Research Fellows each year. In addition, a joint REU program between Columbia and the City University of New York’s Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) may have additional openings. Those selected will have an opportunity to participate fully in an interdisciplinary research program that draws faculty from the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Applied Physics, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, and Electrical Engineering, nearby government laboratories (Brookhaven National Laboratory), and industry (IBM).

Our materials research program encompasses two research thrusts around the theme of building higher dimensional materials from lower dimensional structures with unprecedented levels of control. The first thrust combines two-dimensional layered materials such as graphene into layered heterostructures; the second combines molecular ‘superatoms’ into three-dimensional solids.  Both thrusts are built around techniques pioneered by the team, and bring together researchers with diverse capabilities, strong accomplishments, and a record of collaboration. Additional Summer Research Fellows in related areas will also be available.

During the program, all REU students will also be involved in workshops, visits to local industry, recreational activities, a symposium of presentations by students, and other activities. It will include training in: laboratory practices and safety; shared materials characterization tools; and scientific writing/presentations. Students attend a weekly research seminar series by Columbia, CCNY and ASRC faculty, and present results at a daylong symposium at the end of the program.


  • This scholarship is funded by Wells Fargo and administered by American Indian Graduate Center. To be considered for the Wells Fargo scholarship, an applicant must:
  •  Be an enrolled member of a United States federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group, as verified through submission of the AIGC Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC)
  • Be pursuing a career and degree in fields relating to banking, resort management, gaming operations, management and administration, including accounting, finance, information technology and human resources;
  • Be a college junior or senior at a U.S. accredited college or university as full time and degree seeking student maintaining an average GPA of a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale at the time of application;
  •  Demonstrate financial need through submission of the AIGC Financial Need Form (FNF).


            The Accenture American Indian Scholarship Fund was established to build personal and lasting relationships with students who will become the future leaders in the American Indian communities and possibly with Accenture. At that time, the scholarship sought the very brightest American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate students; however, recently, Accenture is limiting the funds to the very brightest American Indian and Alaska Native incoming freshman and undergraduate students. The Accenture scholarship program is sponsored and funded by Accenture and administered by the American Indian Graduate Center.

            Each academic year, Accenture selects students who demonstrate character, personal merit and commitment to the American Indian community locally and/or nationally. Merit is demonstrated through leadership in school, civic and extracurricular activities, academic achievement, and motivation to serve and succeed. Eligibility requirements include the following:

            — Be an enrolled member of a U.S. federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group, verified through submission of the AIGC Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC) form;

            — Be seeking a degree and career in fields of study including: various engineering, computer science, operations management, management, finance, marketing and other business oriented fields;

            — Be entering a U.S. accredited college or university as a full-time, degree seeking college undergraduate freshmen. High School transcript must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater, on a 4.0 scale at the end of the seventh semester.

            — Demonstrate character, personal merit and commitment to the American Indian Community locally and/or nationally. Merit is demonstrated through leadership in school, civic and extracurricular activities, academic achievement, and motivation to serve and succeed.


Wilson-Hooper Veterinary Medicine Assistance Program

The Wilson-Hooper Veterinary Medicine Assistance Program provides scholarships to students pursuing veterinary medicine and veterinary technician degrees. If you love animals and possess the desire to pursue a degree at an accredited college or university, you may be qualified for funding from the Wilson-Hooper Vet Med Assistance Program.


  • Pursuing a degree in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or Veterinary Technology (Associates of Applied Science Degree)
  • Enrolled full-time in a nationally accredited college or university in the U.S.
  • Enrolled or a descendant of a federally-recognized American Indian tribe.
  • Maintain a B average
  • Awards are merit based and there is opportunity for multi-year funding.

The American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarships

            The online application is available January 1 to  May 31 each year for the following school year. For example, online applications are that are accepted January 1 to May 31 are considered for the school year starting in the fall of that year. Applications may be submitted for a limited time period after May 31, but will only be considered if additional funds become available at a later date.

How to Complete Your Application

            The following information is required on your online application. You will not be able to submit the application until all required sections are complete. You can save your work and come back to complete it later if you wish. Once an application has been submitted you may not change anything.

    Profile —Be sure your contact information is accurate.

    Full Circle Application - Questions and three short answers that we evaluate to make awards.

    Documents—Required information to help us determine your eligibility:

            1. Digital photo - Photos are shared with our donors to encourage them to make future donations. Upload a digital photo that’s at least 1.5 MB in size. Please be sure it’s a photo that a donor would like to see. See our Application Photos Q&A for further tips.

            2. Tribal Affiliation —Submit your CIB or other proof of enrollment. If you are not enrolled, but have an enrolled parent or grandparent, please submit proof of enrollment for the enrolled relative and include birth certificates that prove that you are a descendant.  (Alaska Natives can show proof of Native corporation membership.) Additional information for proving descendency can be found here.

            3. Transcripts - Upload your most recent college transcript. Unofficial transcripts are accepted. Students just starting college should upload their high school transcript or GED score report. Transcripts must be uploaded before the application can be submitted and due to new application formatting, the short answers will NOT SAVE unless the transcript is uploaded in the same session,

            4. Financial Needs Analysis (FNA) form—If you are attending a tribal college just ask your financial aid office to complete this online.  If you're not at a tribal college, click here to download the form. This must be completed by your school’s financial aid office and they will fax or mail it directly to us. You will not be considered for any need based scholarships without this information.

            Tribal College Students Only: To be considered for all available scholarships be sure to complete both the TCU Scholarship Program application and the Full Circle Scholarship Program application. See your tribal college's financial aid office for more information on the TCU Scholarship Program and the deadlines for applying.



Other scholarship offerings:

Hershey Company Tribal Scholarship

Scholarship value: $1,250

Classification: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Other requirements:

  • ·      Majoring in math, technology, science, engineering and/or business.
  • ·      Recipients are strongly encouraged to apply for the Hershey Company’s internship program

National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) Tribal College Scholarship

Scholarship value: $2,000

Classification: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Other requirements: Preference given to business, information technology, hospitality, and marketing majors.

Ford Motor Company Tribal College Scholarship

Scholarship value: $3,000

Classification: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Other requirements:

  •     First preference for students in a Michigan college
  •     Majoring in Accounting, Computer Science, Engineering, Finance, Marketing, or Operations Management.


Morgan Stanley Tribal Scholars Program

Scholarship value: $5,000

Classification: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Other requirements:

·      Declared major in business or a related field

·      Interest in the financial services industry

·      Interest in internship opportunities

·      Must demonstrate a commitment to the American Indian community


Please visit: for application information on these opportunities.


There are more than 3 million private scholarships in the U.S. according to Sallie Mae.  They give away $9 billion a year in scholarship money. Students who are over the $30,000 limit for family income for Financial Aid may have to rely on these sources for much of their college expenses.  The major other alternative sources of funds are work/self-help and loans.

 Remember DON'T JUST LOOK ONLY FOR NATIVE AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIPS.  If you look only for the Native American scholarships you are looking at only one-tenth of one percent (0.001) of the scholarships universe. DON'T FORGET THE OTHER 99.9%, which is where almost all the money is.

Use all the keywords that apply to you--honors, awards, hobbies, work experience, clubs elected positions, appointed positions, and your major.  For instance, a female who is going into nursing should have the following and  more keywords (the more the better):  woman, female, Native American, American Indian, Indian, minority, nursing, nursing care, health care, medical care, health administration, Dean's list, Honor Roll, Candy Striper volunteer, Science Club, Science Achievement Award, hospital volunteer, vice president of Student Council, etc.

The best websites on the Internet are,

There are several dozen internet sites, but Fastweb has over 1,500,000 entries in its database.  Sallie Mae has over 3.0 million entries in its database.  Fewer than 100 of these are Native American scholarships, and out of these 100, only seven have large amounts of money to give.  Which are:  the Gates Millennium Scholarships, the American Indian College Fund (AICF), the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), Catching the Dream, the American Indian Education Foundation, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and the Association on American Indian Affairs.  The total giving of these seven is less than 6 million a year.

Here are the links to the seven:


Higher Education Incentive Program revised

As higher education continues to be a priority with the Bay Mills Indian Community, the Higher Education Incentive Program will continue for classes that begin Jan. 1, 2014 or after. The revised 2014 Higher Education Incentive Program Award guidelines are as follows: 

  • Students attending four (4) year colleges/universities are eligible for $100 per semester credit hour;
  • Students attending two (2) year community colleges are eligible for $50 per semester credit hour for coursework completed with a minimum;
  • Graduate students enrolled and accepted in a post-graduate program at an institution listed on the U.S. Department of Education’s Database of Accredited Post-Secondary Institutions are eligible for $200 per semester credit hour.
  • To be eligible for the award, all coursework must be completed with a grade point average of 2.0, which may also be recorded as “C”, Average or Satisfactory Progress.

The Executive Council will evaluate the funding available to the program on regular basis. 

If you have questions please don’t hesitate to contact Shannon Belk at or (906) 248-8128.

Related Links

Electronically submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All students interested in financial aid for college will need to complete this form.

The BIE website offers resources and links to scholarships and student intern opportunities.