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USDA expands SNAP benefits to help students. Please go to link below for more information and eligibility.
Low-cost internet and laptops are available for low-income and Pell-eligible families. For more information, visit the Comcast website
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Students are encouraged to initiate independent research for other scholarship assistance to supplement their expenses. Some resources are available on this webpage below. Students interested in receiving financial aid from the following programs must apply directly with the appropriate agency:
SIPI Administered Scholarships


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 -  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  21-22 FAFSA to be considered. There is no application, all students enrolled in Business & Accounting degree/certificate programs, who submit a 21-22 FAFSA  will be considered until funds are depleted. Awarded in the financial aid office. 


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.
NM Teacher Preparation Affordability Scholarship Program (NMPASP) -  Rolling Deadline. Awards range from $100 to $6000 based on need. Eligibility:
  • Enrolled in Early Childhood Education Certificate or Degree program
  • Enrolled in at least 6 cr. hrs.
  • Be a NM resident
  • Submit 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. 
NM Grown Your Own Teachers scholarship (NMGYOT) -  Rolling Deadline. Awards range from $100 to $6000 based on need. Eligibility:
  • 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
  • Submit 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] 
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Future Leaders in Public Service Internship Program - November 27, 2022

Managed by the Partnership for Public Service, the Future Leaders in Public Service Internship Program is actively recruiting its summer 2023 cohort and seeking young talent—undergraduate, graduate and professional students from across disciplines—to join the federal workforce as paid interns. With just under 7% of the full-time federal workforce under the age of 30, executive branch agencies are working to meet this need, prioritizing the design and
implementation of paid internship programs that provide students with valuable work experience, an expanded professional network, and a better understanding of the importance and impact of public service. For application and information please see


All-USA Academic Team - December 1, 2023

The All-USA Academic Team seeks to honor outstanding students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines to hold up as representatives of all outstanding students enrolled in associate degree/certificate programs.  Because each school is limited to nominating a total of four students per campus (2 transferring to a bachelor's program and 2 entering the workforce immediately upon associate degree/certificate completion), the work students put into their application will determine how competitive they will be in the national competition.  Weaving their story in a coherent fashion is critical in letting nominators and judges know who the student is, what they are doing, and why they feel qualified to receive this recognition.
All‐USA Academic Team nominees may also be considered for the Coca‐Cola Academic Team, New Century Pathway Scholarship programs, and All‐State Academic Teams where applicable.  To be considered for these scholarships, students must have a completed application on file and be nominated by the designated nominator on their college’s campus.
The online application is currently open for access by both students and nominators.  Student access will close at 5:00pm CT on December 1, 2022.  Nominators will have until December 7, 2022, at 5:00pm CT to submit their nominations.  Student applications and nominations must be submitted online; incomplete applications will not be considered for nomination.

For application and information please contact [email protected] or call 601-987-5741 or visit


Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship - January 2023 TBA

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise scholarship program provides new Phi Theta Kappa members with financial resources to help defray educational expenses while enrolled in an associate degree program to develop leadership potential through participation in Phi Theta Kappa programs. The program awards up to 200 scholarships of $1,000 each, a total of $200,000 in scholarships annually. Of these awards, 25 scholarships are earmarked for current members of the military or military veterans.. For application and information please contact [email protected] or call 601-987-5741. 


AIHEC Climate Resilience Summer Research Program - February 24, 2023

AIHEC is recruiting TCU students for a 12-week summer opportunity in which undergraduate students participate in identifying and addressing climate change and energy issues in their respective communities. Program dates May 30-August 18, 2023. Students receive a monthly stipend for a total of $6000. For application and information please contact Frank Bannon [email protected] 


AIHEC Aseto'ne Networking Project Medicine Shield

The Aseto'ne Networking Project is offering an online cultural resilience educational journey. Medicine Shield strives to teach participants what resilience means within themselves and their Native communities. It provides tools to build resilience an integrate resilience into one's community and educational professional journey. Medicine Shield is a one-credit learning journey, but it can be combined with other Aseto'ne Institute journeys. Participants will gain access to Native researchers and mentors and learn from activities developed and delivered from the Native perspective. 

Please note, Medicine Shield does not offer a stipend for completion. 

For more information contact [email protected] or go to


Soil Conservationist Technician - 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] 


Engineering Technician - 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] 


Cobell Scholarship- TBA

Both Merit-based and Need-based, the competitive Cobell Scholarship is annual, non-renewable, and available to any post-secondary (after high school) student who is; an enrolled member of a US Federally-Recognized Tribe, enrolled in full-time study and is degree-seeking. Applicants must plan to attend or be attending any nationally, regionally and industry accredited non-profit, public and private, institution. For application and information please see


American Indian College Fund-Full Circle Scholarship - TBA

Students must apply online at Awards are for the fall and spring term. 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. For AICF TCU scholarship instructions and tips, visit their website


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  


Early Childhood Education and Care Department Scholarship (ECECD) -  Rolling Deadline. Awards pay for Tuition, Fees and Books. Eligibility:
  • 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 at

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 Student Services Scholarship - Four Deadlines 2/1/2022, 4/1/2022, 6/1/2022, & 10/2/2022. For more info:


American Indian Education Fund (AIEF) - Deadline 4/2023

Applications submitted by eligible Native American students each spring are reviewed by a scholarship committee, who awards the competitive grants. Up to $2,000 per year is paid directly to each recipient’s college or university***. Grantees must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0 and submit grades to us each semester. For more information


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

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
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:
National Congress of American Indians Internship/Fellowship - 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:
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 at!
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These scholarships are for graduating & transferring SIPI students due to scholarship requirements. Review eligibility requirements carefully.
Jack Kent Cook Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship- January 12, 2023
The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is a highly selective scholarship for the nation’s top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges or universities. Each Cooke Scholar has access to generous financial support for two to three years, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to connect with the thriving community of fellow Scholars. For more info & to apply go to
Udall Undergraduate Scholarship - March 2, 2023
The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.
In 2023, the Udall Foundation anticipates awarding 55 scholarships of up to $7,000 each. For more info go to . To apply please email [email protected] for on-line access to the application. 
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.
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. For more info
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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: