NAFWS Scholarships

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Scholarships Lessen the Tuition Burden

The NAFWS provides various scholarships to full-time undergraduate and graduate Native students that are attending an accredited college/university and are majoring in the fields of natural resources and environmental sciences.

NOTE: Not all regions offer scholarships or deadlines may have passed. If you have further questions contact us, applications on the website are updated and recent.

NAFWS Regional Scholarships

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the “Downloadable Application” and the “Online Application”?

The downloadable application is for applicants who would like to submit their application through email. You will download and fill out the application OR print the application and fill out the application then send it through email to the NAFWS education coordinator.

The online application is for applicants who would like to fill the online form and submit through the website.

I am not enrolled with a Federally-recognized Tribe, but am a descendent, can I still apply? 

Yes, you can. If you are not enrolled with a Federally-recognized Tribe and do not have a Tribal ID document/card. You MUST submit a completed BIA Form 4432 to claim Indian Preference. The process to complete the BIA Form 4432 can be lengthy b/c you need certain signatures, start this process as soon as you can and as early as you can. It is good to get this document completed and saved for your records, so in the future, you can supply this document if you would like to claim Indian Preference for future scholarships, funding and jobs.

I recently graduated high school in May of 2022, am I eligible? 

Yes! As long as you are going to be attending college/university in Fall of 2022. You still need to submit an enrollment verification document.

I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree, and will start my graduate program in Fall of 2022, am I eligible? 

Yes! As long as you are going to be attending college/university in Fall of 2022. You still need to submit an enrollment verification document.

How do I know which region I need to put on my application?  

You can refer to the NAFWS region map, and you will apply to the region that your Tribe is located in. In example, Jane Boots is an enrolled member of Confederate Tribes  of the Colville Reservation (Washington) and resides in Colorado because she is attending school at Colorado State University. Jane Boots will indicate in her application, that her region is Pacific Region.

Do I turn in the letters of recommendation?

No, Letters of Recommendations are required to be submitted by the recommender, not the student applicant. If submitted by student, letter will not be accepted. Recommenders must submit their letter by email to Ashley Carlisle, Education Coordinator by the scholarship deadline date and time.

Additional Information:

Applicants who are interested in how the NAFWS Selection Committee evaluate and select scholarship recipients, may see and download the Scholarship Application Rubric.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION RUBRIC

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