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Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute


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Students are encouraged to initiate independent research for other scholarship assistance to supplement their expenses. Students interested in receiving financial aid from the following programs must apply directly with the appropriate agency:

SUMMER American Indian College Fund-TCU Scholarship


2023-2024 Deadline: 6/15/24


Students must submit a PAPER application available at the financial aid office or at the bottom of this webpage. The minimum summer 2024 award is $500. Award notifications will come from the SIPI Financial Aid Office after the 6/15/24 deadline.  Questions can be directed to the financial aid office or via email to [email protected]


The Johnson Scholarship, funded by the Johnson Foundation


Rolling Deadline.


Future Entrepreneur Scholarship for students enrolled in the Business & Accounting degree/certificate programs. This award ranges from $500-$6000 dollars. You must submit a 23-24 FAFSA  to be considered for Fall 23 or Spring 24.. There is no application, all students enrolled in Business & Accounting degree/certificate programs, who submit a 23-24 FAFSA will be considered until funds are depleted. Awarded in the financial aid office. 



New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship


The NM Opportunity Scholarship (NMOS) can cover academic fees at SIPI for New Mexico state residents and US students from federally recognized tribes that cross the NM border.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

  • Enroll in 6-18 credit hours
  • Courses must be credit-bearing
  • Have a 2.5 cumulative college GPA or above
  • Have less than 90 total attempted credits
  • Enroll in an eligible certificate and/or degree program

No application is necessary. All students will be screened and awarded if deemed eligible by the SIPI financial aid office. If you have question, please contact the SIPI financial aid office at 505-346-2361 or 505-252-4593 or by email [email protected]. 



NM Teacher Preparation Affordability Scholarship Program (NMPAS)


Rolling Deadline. Awards range from $100 to $6000 based on need.



  • Enrolled in Early Childhood Education Certificate or Degree program
  • Enrolled in at least 6 cr. hrs.
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Be a NM resident
  • Have remaining financial need, determined by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

There is NO APPLICATION, all Early Childhood Education students who submit a FAFSA will be considered. Awards are made in the financial aid office until funds are depleted.



NM Grown Your Own Teachers Scholarship (NMGYOT)


Rolling Deadline. Awards range from $100 to $6000 based on need.



  • Enrolled in Early Childhood Education Certificate or Degree program
  • Enrolled in at least 6 cr. hrs.
  • Be a NM resident
  • Employed as an Educational Assistant for 2+ years
  • Have remaining financial need, determined by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Application can be found at the bottom of this webpage or by emailing the financial aid office at [email protected]



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 Dr. Cometsevah 505-922-4093.



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 the 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.




American Indian College Fund-Full Circle Scholarship


2023-2024 Deadline: 5/31/24. 


Students must apply online. Mid-year 2023-2024 Awards are for the spring term. 2024-2025 Awards are for the fall and spring terms next academic year. Please be prepared to upload a digital copy of your most recent academic transcript, Certification of Tribal Enrollment, and photo (headshot). The application includes essay components which we recommend you complete in a separate word document and then cut & paste into the application. Award notifications will come from the American Indian College Fund in Denver, CO. For AICF Full Circle scholarship instructions and tips, visit their website


Native Forward Scholars Fund

Wells Fargo, Aerospace Career Enhancement Scholarship, Funding the Future of Finance in Indian Country, Land Conservation and Indigenous Languages Scholarship, NextEra Energy Foundation, PNM Pueblo Education Endowment Scholarship


2024-2025 Deadline: 6/1/24


Application can be found at



Cobell Vocational Scholarship Program


Various Deadlines

Go to for application and information. 


Native Health Initiative

Education is Ceremony Scholarship 


2024-2025 Deadline: 6/30/24


NHI awards indigenous students pursuing higher education in healthcare careers through the Education is Ceremony Scholarship.  For application questions, please contact [email protected]. Application can be found at


Albuquerque Community Foundation Student Scholarships


2024-2025 Deadline: 6/4/24


Albuquerque Community Foundation has an online scholarship process. To make your application process easier and more efficient, you will need to take an eligibility quiz prior to receive the full application. To create a student account go to For more information see


American Indian Student Services Scholarship


Various Deadlines

Click here for more info.


Comar Scholarship


Deadline: 5 pm 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 here for more info.


Early Childhood Education and Care Department Scholarship (ECECD)


Rolling Deadline. Awards pay for Tuition, Fees and Books.



  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Enrolled in Early Childhood Education Certificate or Degree program
  • Enrolled in at least 6 cr. hrs.
  • Work a minimum of 20hrs per week in a childcare position


To connect call 505-224-3232 or email [email protected]. Apply online here



Engineering Technician


Deadline: Student Trainee applications are accepted on rolling basis


The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides undergraduate level students with challenging internship opportunities. The program is designed to promote public service and create access to higher education for students attending one of the 1994 Land-Grant Institutions, the accredited Tribal Colleges and Universities. Positions available across the U.S. Required Materials: Completed Application, unofficial transcript, and letter of recommendation. For application and information please contact Frank Bannon [email protected]. 



Indigenous Voices Conference Participation


Rolling Deadline


Are you interested in education, research, or a career in botany, ecology, or entomology? 


The AISES Indigenous Voices project will support college students and professionals interested in attending the Botanical Society of America, Ecological Society of America, or Entomological Society of America annual conferences in 2023. Funding can be full or partial and includes registration to the conference, travel, lodging, and per diem. The review committee will prioritize indigenous applicants. For more info contact Sky Wildcat at [email protected].



 Laguna Emergency Rental Assistance


Laguna Housing Development and Management Enterprise has received funds from the U.S. Department of Treasury to help our tribal members that have been financially affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic. Assistance is available for rent, relocation, deposits, late fees, utility bills, other housing costs such as hotel/motel costs. All payments will be made directly to the Landlord/provider. To apply please see flyer, application and informational letter at the bottom of web page, or visit  



National Congress of American Indians Internship/Fellowship


Deadline: TBA


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 go to



New Zealand ThinkNew Study Abroad Scholarship


Multiple Deadlines.


Students can apply to win a $15,000 study abroad scholarship to a New Zealand University! Learn more and apply here.


These scholarships are for graduating & transferring SIPI students due to scholarship requirements. Review eligibility requirements carefully.


Catching the Dream


Deadlines: 3/15, 4/30, 9/18


They provide scholarship funds for students who demonstrate academic achievement, clearly defined goals, leadership, the determination to succeed, and the desire to return to their communities and help others realize their dreams. Students must attend a college or university on a full-time basis, seeking a BA or higher. Catching the Dream scholarships are awarded for life. However, if you are not selected for scholarship with CTD, you cannot apply again. Click here for more info.


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. Click here for more info. 


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 here.


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
  • 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 click here.



New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)


Disabled persons may be eligible for education and training benefits from DVR. The Albuquerque offices 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.

DVR website.


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, or visit their website.



Student Success Center

Building 101 (South of Hogan)

Applications & Transcripts


[email protected]

Financial Aid & Scholarships


[email protected]