​​​​The links below are various scholarship opportunities available to Native American students. Each one has certain requirements the student will need to fulfill. There are also some general sites that offer various scholarships. If your student needs any help in accessing the scholarships please contact Liz Leines, (253) 571-1820 or

Scholarships & Opportunities

For a more complete list of scholarships and opportunities see our Tacoma Public Schools Indian Education Program Scholarship Information and Opportunities 2018 - 2019 Guide - 

Indian Education Program Scholarship Information 2018-2019.pdf - Tacoma's one-stop-shop to get you ready for life after high school.

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Scholarships for Indigenous Students.pdf


Western Washington Native American Education Consortium Spring 2017 Merit Award

National Indian Education Association, Opportunities for Native Students

Semester in Washington Politics at the George Washington University - NAPLP - Native American Political Leadership Program

American Indian Endowed Scholarship - Washington Student Achievement Council - APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2019-20 YEAR AWARDS ARE AVAILABLE NOW.  Click the application and instruction links just below the “How do I apply?” caption to open and download the materials.  The WSAC will accept applications beginning January 1, 2019Signed applications, with all required attachments, are due to the WASAC postmarked by February 1, 2019.

Ready To Rise Scholarship

Our application CLOSES MAY 1st, 2019 and we are looking for high school seniors planning to attend one of the following colleges/universities after graduation:

  • Central Washington University
  • Tacoma Community College
  • University of Washington- Tacoma
  • Western Washington University

Are you a high school senior thinking about attending UW-Tacoma, Central, Western, or TCC? Make sure you apply for the Ready to Rise program! It includes a $500 stipend, leadership development, and a bridge to college & back to opportunities in your community!   The application opened February 1st.  To apply, visit  If you have questions, stop by the career center!

Application Deadline is:  May 1, 2019

We work with seniors upon being selected as a Ready to Rise scholar through the summer to create partnerships with their college campus resources, staff, and students while also building leadership and self-advocacy skills. We also support students through the financial aid, orientation, and registration processes.

Scholars also receive up to $500 for participation in summer training and activities.

We accept current Running Start and High School diploma candidates through programs like Fresh Start at TCC. We also accept students who have graduated in the last year.

In addition to the support scholars get leading up to their first year of college, we also work with students to build career pathways and opportunities in their community for them after they graduate.

Check out the brochure!  ReadyToRise-brochure-tacoma.pd

! ! ! Tacoma Public Schools Indian Education Program & Tacoma Community College

2019 - 2020 Native American Student Achievement Program Scholarship  ! ! !

For the fourth consecutive year, Tacoma Community College, the Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) Indian Education Program, and the Tacoma Community College Foundation will offer the Native American Student Achievement Program scholarship (NASAP). The TPS Indian Education Program and Tacoma Community College have a long-standing relationship through co-sponsorship of the annual TCC Powwow since 2006. This partnership exemplifies respect in recognizing and honoring our local Native American/Alaskan Native students and families. 

Scholarship Criteria  

  • Participate in the TPS Indian Education (Title VI) Program. It is not required that you are enrolled in a tribe or corporation. Students whose parent(s), and/or grandparent(s) maintain tribal affiliation qualify.  
  • Be a TPS High School senior graduating by June 2019.  
  • Graduate with a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.  
  • Completed the Free Application for Federal School Aid (FAFSA)  
  • Plan to attend Tacoma Community College starting fall 2019, and complete the online admissions application 
  • Once enrolled at TCC, you must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA.  
  • Apply online by Friday, April 26th, 2019, no later than 5:00 pm 
  • For more details please see the scholarship flier - TCC-TPS_NASAP_application_2019.pdf
  • To apply please visit - 

Western Washington Native American Education Consortium Spring 2019 Merit Award

Merit Awards are offered to Native American High School Seniors each spring.  Awards are presented to students planning to attend an accredited two or four-year college, tribal college or university, to include vocational or technical institutes.  

Recipients must be Native American, have a minimum GPA of 2.00 and enrolled in a school where the Native Education Coordinator is a member of WWNAEC.  WWNAEC is an organization dedicated to furthering the educational goals of Native Youth in Western Washington.  WWNAEC offers several awards at $573.00 each.  Exact dollar amount and number of awards are contingent on that year's fundraising efforts.

Questions?? Contact Sandra Gordon, Merit Award Coordinator at 


 No Overnight Express Mail Accepted

For more information - 2019 Merit Award Application.docx

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Washington State Indian Education Association High School Merit Award Application Information

WA State Indian Ed Association Merit Award 2019.pdf


Sound Credit Union - Sound Scholarships

Sound Credit Union grants scholarships to graduating high school seniors planning to attend two- and four-year colleges. The 2019 Sound Scholarship application is now available. 

  • Student applicants must have an average grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher and be high school senior in good standing. 
  • Tacoma Public Schools students have been encouraged to apply – even if the student may not be a Sound Credit Union member.
  • All applications and materials are due by Saturday, March 2, 2019.
Applications can be found at:

If you have questions, contact: Ziquora Banks, Sound Credit Union

Bacone College - Bacone College is the nation's oldest American Indian institution of higher learning and the oldest higher education institution in Oklahoma.  Furthermore, Bacone is the most affordable university option for American Indian students in the State of Oklahoma. No institution of higher education has a longer standing connection to the education of American Indian people than Bacone College!  Read more about Bacone College - Bacone College.docx

Davidson Fellows Scholarship –

2019 Davidson Fellows $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 Scholarships

The Davidson Institute for Talent Development offers high-achieving young people across the country the opportunity to be named a 2019 Davidson Fellow, an honor accompanied by a $50,000, $25,000 or $10,000 scholarship in recognition of a significant piece of work in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Music, Literature, Philosophy or Outside the Box. Applicants must submit an original piece of work that is recognized as significant by experts in the field and that has the potential to make a positive contribution to society. The scholarship may be used at any accredited college or university. The deadline to apply is Feb. 13, 2019.

Other Scholarship Information and Opportunities

FastWeb College Scholarships

College Board's Scholarship Search Scholarship Search Scholarship Search

SallieMae Scholarship Search

Nelson Scholarship

Steven R. Nelson Native Educator Scholarship

2018 Merit Award Application.docx

WIGA Scholarship.pdf

Cowlitz Tribal Education - Includes Cowlitz Tribal Education information as well as links to outside scholarship opportunities.

Scholarships for Women 

   Affordable Colleges Online - Helping Women Pay For College

Undergraduate Scholarships

Wells Fargo Scholarship for Undergraduates

Cobell Scholarships

Summer Camp Scholarships & Opportunities

Bank of America Student Leaders - 

Bank of America is looking for the next generation of community leaders. If you are a junior or senior in high school and are working to make a difference in your school or community, we want to support you.

As a Student Leader, you will participate in an eight-week paid internship at a local nonprofit organization where you will learn first-hand about the needs of your community and the critical role nonprofits play. In addition, you will learn valuable civic, social and business leadership skills. Each Student Leader will attend the Student Leaders Summit held in Washington, D.C. where you will learn how government, business and the nonprofit sector work together to address critical community needs.

To become a Student Leader, you must:
  • Currently be a junior or senior in high school
  • Be able to participate in an 8-week paid internship at a local nonprofit organization and work 35 hours a week
  • Be legally authorized to work in the US without sponsorship through the end of September 2019
  • Be able to participate in a week-long Student Leader's Summit in Washington, DC (July 8 - July 13, 2019) (All expenses paid. This week will be part of your 8-week experience.)
  • Be a student in good standing at your school
  • Obtain a letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or school administrator.
Please note, Bank of America employees or members of their family are NOT eligible for nomination. Family members include: spouse or domestic partner, child (including by adoption), parent, grandparent, grandchild, cousin, aunt, uncle, sibling, parent-in-law, brother-in-law or sister-in-law of the employee or the employee’s spouse or domestic partner, as well as step relationships.

For questions concerning this program, please call 1-800-218-9946.
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