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Students are encouraged to initiate independent research for other scholarship assistance to supplement their expenses. Some resources are posted at the SIPI Financial Aid Office scholarship wall located in the financial aid student computer lab (OT 185). Students interested in receiving financial aid from the following programs must apply directly with the appropriate agency:


SIPI Board of Regents Emergency Fund

Currently enrolled students who find themselves in dire need of financial support in order to manage an unexpected situation that may cause them to quit school are encouraged to apply. A paper application can be found at the SIPI Board of Regents office (OT 142B) or SIPI Financial Aid Office (OT 143/174) or Jolene Aguilar 505-346-2360.


The Johnson Scholarship, funded by the Johnson Foundation - Due March 4, 2020 4PM  Rolling Deadline, please apply today!

Future Entrepreneur Scholarship for students enrolled in the Business & Accounting degree/certificate programs. This award ranges from $2500-$4000 dollars. Please see the bottom of this page for a pdf copy of the application or the SIPI financial aid office or your business/accounting instructor.

American Indian College Fund-TCU Scholarship - Fall deadline TBA
Students are encouraged to apply on-line at Funding is available in for Fall and Spring trimesters only. Fall and spring application deadlines and eligibility details will be posted at the beginning of each trimester by the SIPI Financial Aid Office. See the financial aid office for more information. 


SIPI New Student Scholar Award - This renewable scholarship is for first time SIPI students who are committed to their academic success. All new or transfer students will be considered for this scholarship by the admissions staff.  No separate application is required. This scholarship will waive student fees for full-time, residential or commuter students, including meal plans. 


To be considered:

  • Please complete your SIPI application by the regular fall, spring or summer deadline.
  • Be a First Time SIPI freshman or transfer student
  • Have a 3.0 high school or college transfer GPA
  • Be enrolled full-time at SIPI
This scholarship will automatically renew if student remains continuously enrolled at SIPI, maintains Satisfactory Academic Performance by enrolling in and working towards a degree or certificate program and receives no Student Code of Conduct violations.

BIA/Tribal Scholarship Grant

Students may be eligible to participate in the BIA/Tribal Higher Education or Adult Vocational Training Programs. Applications must be submitted to agencies well in advance of enrollment at SIPI. Availability of funds is determined by the funding agency. To apply for funding contact or write your BIA/Tribal Scholarship Offices. Students must complete a FAFSA in order for the FAO to complete a financial needs analysis to respective BIA/Tribal Higher Education Offices. See link for more information


American Indian College Fund-Full Circle Scholarship - Annual Deadline May 31st
Students are encouraged to apply on-line at All eligibility and award decisions are made by the American Indian College Fund.


American Indian Student Services Scholarship - Four Deadlines 2/1/2020, 4/1/2020, 6/1/2020, & 10/1/2020. For more info:


American Indian Graduate Center - Due 5/1/2020


Association of American Indian Affairs -


Cobell Scholarship - Due 5/15/20

Scholarship is open any post-secondary (after high school) students who are enrolled members of a U.S. Federally Recognized Tribe, and enrolled full-time in an accredited non-profit, public or private institution. For more info see


Catching the Dream Scholarship - Due 3/15/2020, 4/30/2020, 9/15/2020


Albuquerque Community Foundation Scholarship -


NM Gas Native American Scholarship Program -


Baron and Budd Attorneys Mesothelioma Cancer Victims Memorial Scholarships


CDC Intern and Fellowship Minority programs

Benjamin A. Gillman International Scholarship - Various Deadlines

Summer, Fall/Winter application will open in January of 2019. The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints.  The program aims to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries and world regions. For more info go to

North American Van Lines - 12/2020

North American Van Lines, one of the leading moving companies in the United States, is committed to supporting the community as well as the growth and development of the moving services and logistics industries. We believe education is the best way to ensure our industry has qualified professionals for years to come.

Because of this belief, we are proud to announce our first annual Logistics Scholarship contest. Three lucky qualified entrants will each win a $1,000 scholarship towards their degree in logistics or supply chain management at the college or university of their choice. For more info go to


Comar Scholarship - 5pm one week before the term starts 

The scholarship provides for payment of tuition, books, supplies, and equipment expenditures, including tools and/or uniforms. The scholarship is designed to assist persons with mental health disabilities to fulfill their academic potential at any institution of higher education in New Mexico. For more info, go to

SMA STEM Scholarship -

Souder, Miller & Associates offers a $1,500 scholarship opportunity to Native American students pursuing a four-year degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics. The scholarship may be used for tuition, fees, books or on-campus housing/meals. Automatic approval for up to a maximum of four academic years is at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee. For more info, go to

Community Volunteer Ambassador with National Park Service and Americorps

This 50-week internship provides health insurance, a childcare benefit, federally-sponsored training (travel expenses covered), an Education award of $6,095 and living allowance of $440 per week ($22,000 for the year). Some of the sites offer housing in case someone wants to relocate for the internship. We have about 60 National Park sites in the program throughout the United States, including Glacier National Park, Everglades, Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde.For more information go to

The application opens in October, but the main recruitment coordinator (Loveita Morrison), has an online sign-up form where they collect emails of prospective applicants so they can send out a reminder to have interested people apply.

American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) Scholarships
  • Advancing Agricultural Science Opportunities for Native Americans (AASONA) Scholarship
  • 3M Scholarship
  • A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship
  • Aristocrat-VGT Scholarship
  • Chevron Scholarship
  • Intel Growing the Legacy Scholarship Program
EFWA Scholarships - Due 4/30/2020

Mountain American Scholarship - Due 4/24/2020
Scholarships are open to incoming and current college students who are Mountain American Credit Union members or family of members. In addition to the general scholarship, there are specific scholarships for community service and Business/Communications majors. For more info:
First in Family Humanist Scholarship - Due 6/26/20
Scholarship is open to students of color who identify as agnostic, atheist, humanist and/or secular. Preference will be given to students who are first in their families to go to college and students who are (or have been) in foster care, homeless, undocumented and/or LGBTQ are encouraged to apply. Applicant must provide an admission letter to a two or four-year college. For more info see
Do Something Scholarship - 5/1/20  You could win an easy $1,000 scholarship by swapping stories with an older adult to decrease isolation during COVID-19. Research shows that encouraging older adults to share their stories benefits the emotional, physical, and mental well-being of older adults, and leads to greater empathy and stronger connection with the listener (that’s you!). Call or video chat with an older adult in your life (a grandparent, family member, friend, any older person you admire) and ask them to share a story from their life with you. You’ll be automatically entered to win a $1,000 scholarship. Yep, it’s that easy!
Youth in Foster Care Scholarship Program - 6/4/2020
Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate students who are between 17 and 21 years of age and have been in the New Mexico foster care system for a minimum of one year. For more info:
LNESC Emergency Scholarship Fund - Rolling Deadline
Scholarship is open to students facing economic hardship, such as change in family income/support, loss of job, death of an immediate family member, natural disaster, pending eviction or home foreclosure, burglary or fire. Applicant must be a resident of California, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, or Texas and enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university with at least a 3.0 GPA. For more info:
Arizona Public Service Four Corners Power Plant Scholarship - Due 7/2/2020
The Four Corners Power Plant Navajo Scholarship Program provides financial aid assistance to area Navajo students pursuing undergraduate degrees in a utility related field of study. Payment of funds is made directly to the accredited educational institution’s financial aid office. For more info:

ACFEF Scholarships for Apprenticeship, Certificate and Post-Secondary Degree Programs - Due 4/30/2020 Scholarships are open to exemplary students who are currently enrolled in an accredited, post-secondary college, with a major in either culinary or pastry arts, or be an ACFEF registered apprentice. For more info:

Best Hospitality Degrees Scholarship - Due 4/30/2020 
Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled as a hospitality major at a community college or university in the United States. Career interests can include but are not limited to tourism, hotel managements, culinary arts, restaurant management, or culinary management. For more info:
Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship - Due 4/30/20

The Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund (SCSF) was founded on the belief that any motivated individual in need should have the opportunity to further his or her education. By removing some of the financial burdens associated with going to, surviving in, and graduating from college, the SCSF plays a vital role in increasing college access and success for many motivated yet underserved youth and young adults. The SCSF provides individual grants, paid directly to the educational institution, to every student who qualifies and reapplies yearly, from admission to graduation. The grant can be used to cover tuition expenses and related supplemental educational expenses such as books, lab fees, travel and select costs of living. All Shawn Carter Scholars are required to “give back” by conducting community service and by serving as mentors to younger, aspiring Shawn Carter Scholars. For more info: 

AWMF/NCTA Scholarship -  5/1/20 The Internet and Television Association Scholarship allows a deserving female communications/media undergraduate or graduate student to create an original piece (essay, digital, short, video, animation or other concept chosen by the student) that will be featured in NCTA and AWMF media distribution channels. In addition, the chosen student will receive a scholarship to their educational institution for $5,000 for the 2020/20201 school year and a ticket to attend the Gracies Leadership Awards in the Fall of 2020. For more info
Chef Hoaro Cantu Scholarship - Due 5/15/2020
Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current college students with at least a 2.5 GPA. Applicant must be studying Culinary Arts, Baking/Pastry, or Hospitality. For more info:
Sandia has a few postings open that target American Indian Students currently enrolled full-time at a Tribal College. Students can apply at for the following postings with requisition numbers:
  • 670981-Seeking student with a mechanical engineer/design interest
  • 671118-Seeking student with nuclear engineering/physics interest
National congress of American Indians Internship/Fellowship - Rolling Deadline
NCAI offers fellowships and internships to provide an opportunity for young leaders from across Indian Country to serve on the front lines of legislative action and policy development. All fellows and interns are selected through an application and interview process. For more info:
Salish Kootenai College Center for the Tribal Research and Education in Ecosystem Science - Varying Deadlines

The Salish Kootenai College Center for Tribal Research and Education in Ecosystem Sciences—SKC TREES—has opportunities for tribal and non-enrolled students of Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).

TREES places college students in science-based internships with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Forest Service and other qualified partners.

Positions available for Fire and Forestry with BIA Pathways. $5,000/year tuition support, summer job, non-competitive, post graduation career placement. For more info:


Lakota Summer Institute South - Due 5/15/2020

LSI ​- ​Lakota ​Language ​Academy ​at ​Oglala ​Lakota ​College ​will ​run ​from June 1-12, ​2020. ​It ​will ​offer ​courses ​for ​residents ​of ​Pine ​Ridge ​at ​the ​beginner, ​pre-intermediate, ​intermediate, and ​teacher ​levels.


There ​is ​NO ​COST ​to ​attend ​the ​LSI ​- ​Lakota ​Language ​Academy. ​Participants ​may ​earn ​(free) ​CEUʻs ​through ​Oglala ​Lakota ​College. ​Lakota ​Academy ​teacher ​track ​courses ​can ​be ​taken ​for ​academic ​credit ​in ​2020.


If ​you ​are ​a ​non-resident, ​we ​encourage ​you ​to ​attend ​LSI-North, ​where ​all ​levels ​will ​be ​offered. ​For more info:


Mountain America Scholarship - Due 5/15/20

Scholarships are open to incoming and current college students who are Mountain American Credit Union members or family of members. In addition to the general scholarship, there are specific scholarships for community service and Business/Communications majors. For more info see


NANOG - Due 5/15/20

Scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in one of the following fields of study: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electric Engineering, Network Engineering or Telecommunications. Applicant must have at least a 3.0 GPA. For more info see


Aging Matters Scholarship - Due 5/15/20

Scholarship is open to incoming freshman and current college students who will be enrolled during the upcoming Fall semester/quarter. Applicant must be caring for an aging loved one, working within the senior community, or intending to pursue a career that will have an impact on the elder population. For more info see


Coast Guard Essay Contest - Due 5/15/20

Contest is open to any contributor – active duty military, reservists, veterans, government civilian personnel and civilians. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to making the Coast Guard stronger. For more info see


Paumanauke Festival Scholarship - Due 5/15/20

Scholarship is open to tribally enrolled Native American Indians attending colleges, universities, and accredited post-secondary educational institutions on a full-time basis. For more info see


BNSF Foundation Scholarship - Due 5/25/20

Scholarship is open to Native American, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians who are graduating high school seniors and live in a state serviced by BNSF (Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, and Washington). Applicant must be planning to study Business, Finance, Mathematics, Natural/Physical Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Education, Medicine, or Health Administration. For more info


Pledge Your #Collegiance Scholarship - Due 6/1/20

Contest is open to legal residents of the United States who will be attending college for the first time in the fall of 2020. Applicant must upload a video to Instagram announcing their college decision. For more info see


SEA Scholarship - Due 5/15/20

Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current college students who will have a major that focuses on Environmental Studies/Sciences. For more info see


Alice S. Marriott - Due 5/1/20

Scholarship is open to undergraduate students from traditionally underrepresented groups who are interested in careers in hospitality. Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. For more info see


TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIPS - These scholarships are for graduating & transferring SIPI students due to scholarship requirements. Please review eligibility requirements carefully.
CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service - Various Deadlines

CyberCorps (R): Scholarship For Service (SFS) is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government's critical information infrastructure. This program provides scholarships that may fully fund the typical costs incurred by full-time students while attending a participating institution (University of New Mexico is a participating institution. Please see website for more institutions), including tuition and education and related fees. Additionally, participants receive stipends of $22,500 for undergraduate students and $34,000 for graduate students. The scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation.

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Veterans Administration

SIPI complies with the principal of excellence for educational institutions serving service members, veterans, spouses, and other family members. Students are encouraged to complete their veterans application on line at: Eligible students will then need to:

  • contact the SIPI certifying official,
  • submit signed Program of Study with current classes listed
  • DD-214 and Military Transcript
  • certificate of eligibility,
  • and transcripts from previous colleges (transferability must be reviewed by academic advisor).

Written records of previous education and training are maintained to show that appropriate credit has been given for the previous education. The training program at SIPI is then shortened proportionately. Information about eligibility for VA education and training benefits is available at any Veterans Administration Office. The Albuquerque Veterans Administration is located at 500 Gold Avenue SW 87102, Call toll free 1-800-827-1000 (NM Residents) or visit:


New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)

Disabled persons may be eligible for education and training benefits from DVR. The Albuquerque offices include: The Albuquerque office include: 7905 Marble Avenue NE, (505) 232-8701; 300 San Mateo NE, Suite 101, (505) 841-6450; Disability Determination Services, 3121 Amherst Drive, NE, (505) 841-5600; DVR Toll Free Numbers - 1-800-224-7005; 1-877-475-8226 TTY. DVR Web site: Students may also contact the on-campus counselor at (505) 346-2319.

Social Security Administration

In specific instances, disabled students may be eligible to draw educational benefits through Social Security. Information on the application process and eligibility requirements may be requested by calling 1-800-772-1213. Visit SSA web site: