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Scholarships

Students are encouraged to initiate independent research for other scholarship assistance to supplement their expenses. Some resources are available on this web page, below. Students interested in receiving financial aid from the following programs must apply directly with the appropriate agency:
 
SIPI SCHOLARSHIP TIPS SIPI ADMINISTERED SCHOLARSHIPS:

 

American Indian College Fund-TCU Scholarship - TBA in 2021-2022
Students must apply on-line at http://www.collegefund.org. Awards are for the fall and spring term.  Application deadlines and eligibility details will be posted at the beginning of the fall trimester by the SIPI Financial Aid Office. 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 please go to their website https://collegefund.org/blog/tips-fill-scholarship-application/

 

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. Future Entrepreneur Scholarship for students enrolled in the Business & Accounting degree/certificate programs. This award ranges from $4000-$6000 dollars. 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 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.
 
MISCELLANEOUS SCHOLARSHIPS & INTERNSHIPS ADMINISTERED BY INDIVIDUAL ORGANIZATIONS:
 

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 https://www.bie.edu/ParentsStudents/Grants/index.htm

 

American Indian College Fund-Full Circle Scholarship - TBA
Students are encouraged to apply on-line at http://www.collegefund.org. All eligibility and award decisions are made by the American Indian College Fund.

 

American Indian College Fund (AICF) - 2021 Tribal College Blanket Design Competition Due Jan. 15, 2021

Only current tribal college students are eligible to submit. Students must be an enrolled tribal member, or the descendant of a parent or grandparent that is tribally enrolled. Students cannot submit more than two designs, and a committee of Native artists, and College Fund and Pendleton staff will select the winners. For more info go to https://collegefund.org/students/pendleton-contest/

 

N7 Summer Internship 2021 -  Due Jan 30, 2021

In Nike's paid internship program, undergraduate students get a full immersion into the brand's culture of curiosity and innovation. Interns interact with top company leaders, tackle complex business challenges, and build relationships and skills that endure far beyond their several months at Nike. For more info, go to https://collegefundconnect.peoplegrove.com/hub/collegefund/job/detail/nike-n7-summer-internship-2021-agnl0qm

 

Tribal Program Project-Based Solar Installer -  Due Dec 31, 2020

Assist Construction staff with installations of solar electric systems in a fast-paced, production-focused environment. For more info, go to https://collegefundconnect.peoplegrove.com/hub/collegefund/job/detail/grid-alternatives-tribal-program-temporary-project-based-solar-installer-co-boulder-co-a8pfh

 

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

 

Department of Energy Scholarship Program - Closes Jan 4, 2021

The DOE Scholars Program is a Department-wide program designed to create a pipeline of highly qualified talent in disciplinary fields that support mission critical areas of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). For more info, go to https://collegefundconnect.peoplegrove.com/hub/collegefund/job/detail/united-states-department-of-energy-department-of-energy-scholars-program-sez6r

 

Air Force Laboratory Scholars Program - Closes Jan 12, 2021

The selected interns gain valuable hands-on experiences working with full-time AFRL scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research and technology and are able to contribute to unique, research-based projects. For more info, go to https://collegefundconnect.peoplegrove.com/hub/collegefund/job/detail/air-force-research-laboratory-scholars-program-scholars-program-yi5cba

 

Ethnobotany Internship - Closes Feb 3, 2021

San Juan Island National Historical Park is looking for an ethnobotany intern. The internship begins June 2021, and will span the duration of 10-week long period. Coast Salish peoples have inhabited and navigated the San Juan Islands since time immemorial. San Juan Island National Historical Park is conducting a Traditional Use Study to document culturally significant plants and traditionally associated relationships. This inventory is careful not to include private or family knowledge. The park is recruiting interns to continue with this ongoing project. For more info https://collegefundconnect.peoplegrove.com/hub/collegefund/job/detail/san-juan-island-national-historical-park-ethnobotany-internship-3rmupc

 

TCJ Student 26th Annual Creative Writing, Art, & Film Contest - Multiple Deadlines 2/12/21 - 3/26/21

Each year, Tribal College Journal seeks exceptional creative writing, art, photography, and film by tribal college students for its student writing, art, and film contests. The top writing and art submissions are featured in both the fall print edition of TCJ Student and online at TCJStudent.org. Top film entries will be featured on TCJStudent.org. We encourage students to submit their best work (proofread and edited) for consideration. For more info https://tcjstudent.org/contest/

 

Education is Ceremony - due January 1, 2021

Each year NHI offers a variety of scholarships and grants to support indigenous men and women. For more info please email smontoya5@unm.edu

Association of American Indian Affairs - https://www.indian-affairs.org/scholarships.html

Catching the Dream Scholarship - Due 3/15/2021

http://catchingthedream.org/

 

Albuquerque Community Foundation Scholarship - http://www.albuquerquefoundation.org/college-scholarships.aspx

 

NM Gas Native American Scholarship Program - https://www.nmgco.com/nasp/

 

Baron and Budd Attorneys Mesothelioma Cancer Victims Memorial Scholarshipshttps://baronandbudd.com/mesothelioma-lawyer/scholarships/

 

CDC Intern and Fellowship Minority programshttps://www.cdc.gov/minorityhealth/internships.html?fbclid=IwAR2Us4HFdULCyhe-pNhQHxYVeCg0Rjmeb1ND4lPTOr6huA4sq7RQ8RRd6eA

 
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 https://www.cnm.edu/depts/financial-aid/scholarships/documents/comar-scholarship.pdf

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 https://www.soudermiller.com/company/tss.

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: http://www.lnesc.org/macys-scholarship
 
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: http://www.ncai.org/about-ncai/internships-fellowships
 
NGLCC - Denny's Hungry for Education Scholarship - Dec 11, 2020
Scholarship is open to college students residing in the US who identify as a member of the LGBT community. LGBT students of color, those who identify as transgender or non-binary, LGBT students with disabilities and those with geographic diversity are strongly encourage to apply. For more information https://www.dennyshungryforeducation.com/scholarships-nglcc
 
TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIPS - These scholarships are for graduating & transferring SIPI students due to scholarship requirements. Please review eligibility requirements carefully.
 
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship -1/6/21
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.The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship application is now available in the Common App for Transfer. The application closes on January 6, 2021 at 11:59 pm in your local time zone. https://www.jkcf.org/our-scholarships/undergraduate-transfer-scholarship/
 
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.

Notable Scholarship Blogs:
JLV College Counseling Scholarships and Contests -  https://jlvcollegecounseling.com/scholarships/
 
External Scholarship Database Links:

www.nerdwallet.com
www.cashcourse.org
www.fastweb.com
www.supercollege.com
www.collegefund.org

 

 

 
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: http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov. 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: https://www.va.gov/education/

 

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: http://www.dvrgetsjobs.com. 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: http://www.ssa.gov.

Scholarships