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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.


2019 SIPI Student of the Year  - ANNUAL SPRING DEADLINE
Students must submit typed application to the SIPI financial aid office. Fillable application can be found at the bottom of this website.  For more information, please contact the financial aid office.

Udall Scholarship- 2/1/19
Students are encouraged to seek nomination for this prestigious $5000 scholarship in the spring of their last trimester. For more information, please go to the following link:


American Indian College Fund-TCU Scholarship - TBD in Spring 2019
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


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 ALL 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.
Tribal College Journal Student Photo Contest - Deadline 11/15/18, Extended to 12/31/18
Send in your best photos for a chance to win your share of $800. For information go to


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


New Mexico Education Council (NMEC) - Deadline 3/1/19

Complete the application on-line at


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 -


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Association of American Indian Affairs -


Catching the Dream Scholarship -


Albuquerque Community Foundation Scholarship -


NM Gas Native American Scholarship Program -


Baron and Budd Attorneys Mesothelioma Cancer Victims Memorial Scholarships


FULLY FUNDED Semester in the Arctic, Tribal College Exchange Program @ Ilisagvik College - Deadline 12/15/18

Iḷisaġvik College is offering a semester‐long, fully funded educational experience in Barrow, Alaska, for up to five students. As a two‐year college with a small student body, our goal is to provide a culturally rich learning experience for visiting indigenous students while creating an exchange that will be thought‐ provoking for our students and possibly stir their interest in future visits to another Tribal College. The expectation, while at Iḷisaġvik, is that students enroll in 15 credits, 9 general transfer credits that are intended to count towards other programs and 6 credits in arctic‐themed coursework that would best count as electives. For students currently enrolled in another college, we would work with their advisor to ensure alignment of these classes as much as possible. For more info, go to


CDC Intern and Fellowship Minority programs


NSF Summer REU program - Deadline 2/1/19

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation.

REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. For more information go to


The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington - Deadline 2/8/19

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program DDCSP@UW is a two week program, designed for students who want to pursue their passion for nature conservation, environmental justice and are at the beginning of their studies at a four-year college or university. Students from two-year colleges will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more information go to


Native American Congressional Internship - Deadline 01/31/19

This program provides American Indian and Alaska Native students with the opportunity to gain practical experience with the federal legislative process in order to understand first-hand the government-to-government relationship between tribes and the federal government. The internship is funded by the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy.  Visit the following link for more information:


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


Landscapes of Deep Time in the Red Earth of France: Research Training in Paleoclimate - Deadline 2/1/19

Join the University of Oklahoma for a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program in FRANCE, where we will focus on detecting tropical climate conditions in the paleo-mountains of France during a key period of Pangea Earth history, and involve sedimentology of red bed and associated sediments from this time. Our program is open to current undergraduates in geoscience (or allied) disciplines, and is particularly focused on recruiting undergraduates from under-represented groups. We especially encourage applications from students of Native American heritage, and from those who are first-generation college students. Selected students will receive a stipend of $2,500 plus lodging, meals and travel expenses!!! For more info go to: 


Adrian Rubin Scholarship - Deadline 7/1/2019 


Truman D. Picard Scholarship - Deadline 3/15/2019


The Science Ambassador Scholarship - Deadline 12/11/2018

FULL TUITION Scholarship is open to women seeking an undergraduate degree in science, engineering, or math. Applicant must be enrolled in fall of 2019. There is no citizenship requirement, but student must be or planning to attend a college in the U.S. Applicant must submit a three-minute video explaining a topic in science they are passionate about. For more info:



TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIPS - These scholarships are for graduating & transferring SIPI students due to scholarship requirements. Please review eligibility requirements carefully.


Lloyd Noble Scholars in Agriculture Internship - Deadline 2/6/18


Indian Health Services (IHS) Scholarship Program - Deadline March 28, 2019.


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.


National Institute of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) - Deadline March 2019

NIH UGSP offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral and social science health-related research. For more info go to


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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: