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Native American/Indigenous and Native Alaska Students

Use the following resources to help you on your college journey. Check with your school counselor to learn more about local organizations or specific programming going on in your community/school to support Indigenous students in going to college.


  • American Indian Graduate Center provides financial support for American Indians and Alaska Natives seeking higher education, and support them in attaining undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. They partner with Tribes, the federal government, foundations, corporations and individuals to ensure the growth and sustainability of scholarships.
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is a national nonprofit organization focused on substantially increasing the representation of Indigenous peoples of North America and the Pacific Islands in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies and careers.
  • Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) at the Aspen Institute is a national education and advocacy organization that works alongside Native youth—ages 24 and under—on reservations, in rural villages and urban spaces across the country to improve their health, safety, and overall well- being.
  • College Horizons is a non-profit organization that supports the higher education of Native American students by providing college and graduate admissions workshops to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students/participants from across the nation.
  • Government Benefits for American Indian and Alaska Native has 39 different resources that range from assistance for children with disabilities, grants and scholarship programs to job placement and training and much more.
  • National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities. NCAI implements several year-round, ongoing programs. They strive to support events which bring youth together on a national scale and celebrate youth achievements.
  • National Indian Education Association advances comprehensive, culture-based educational opportunities for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. The vision of AISES is for the next seven generations of Native people to be successful, respected, influential, and contributing members of our vast and ever-changing global community.
  • United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) aids Native American youth (ages 15-24) in organizing youth councils where young people discuss the needs of their community and decide how they can have an active role in addressing those needs. Councils also focus on promoting culture, heritage, respect for the community, and healthy balanced lifestyles.
  • United Tribes of North Carolina is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit corporation established in 1982 to provide greater coordination and unity among the American Indian tribes and organizations of the State of North Carolina. They work to promote educational, economic, religious, charitable and cultural activities for American Indian people.