AIS (American Indian Services) came up with scholarships and academic programs to help Native American students build a career of their own by attending the college of their choice. Many bright students from the Native American communities find it hard to pay for college tuition after they graduate from high school.

Although they qualify for admissions, they fail to enroll in the programs of their choice due to a lack of funding. AIS has made it a goal to help these young minds do wonders. AIS has been offering scholarship programs to Native Americans for 62 years now.

If you are a Native American and you are being held back by your financial situation, read on to find out how you can apply for the ais scholarship, and receive aid.

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Eligibility Criteria For AIS Scholarship


  • You have to be a citizen of the United States of America.
  • Currently attending college, university, or technical school. Students who are going to apply to college this year are also welcome to apply.
  • Have to enrol in a part-time or a full-time program in college at the undergraduate level. No graduate students are allowed to take part in the scholarship program.
  • Undergraduate students should have a minimum of 210 quarter credits or 150-semester credits to apply.
  • AIS require students to have a minimum of 2.25 GPA during the entire college year.
  • Completed federal student aid (FAFSA).
  • One quarterly of the family members should be enrolled as a member of the federally recognize Native American tribe.


AIS Scholarship Reward

The selected students will be awarded prize money of 2000 dollars. The scholarship is awarded to a total of 3500 students, and the checks will be mailed to the school address. Since the scholarship money will be sent to the school address, all students are advised to update their school address, home address, and email ID to make sure there are no mistakes.

How to apply for AIS Scholarship?

To apply for the scholarship, you need to head to the official website of ais–

  • Once the portal opens, fill in the application properly.
  • All first-time applicants and re-applicants are required to fill the applications and submit it with all the required documents.

First-time applicants need to submit the following documents:

  • Biographical letter: this letter should contain information about yourself, like where you study, your tribe, and why you are seeking financial aid. You should also mention in this letter, where do you wish to study in the future and your plans.
  • Photo: students need to send a recent photo that is not pixilated or blurred. All the features of the face should be identifiable. Since this photo will be sent to donors who will likely fund your education, you are advised to send a recent photo.
  • Official tuition billing statement: students need to submit an official tuition billing statement form that mentions that course that you will be applying for and also the amount needed to enrol in that course. Students can also submit a financial needs analysis form.
  • Proof of heritage: applicants need to submit proof a heritage that shows you are one-quarter Native American Indian. If the document does not have blood quantum mentioned, ask for a document or certificate that mentions your blood quantum from the tribal enrollment office, or you can also go to the BIA and get a certificate of degree of Indian blood.
  • Official transcript: order the most recent official transcript and mail it directly to the AIS. All electronic transcripts should be sent directly to [email protected].


Those who are reapplying for the scholarship need to submit the following documents:


  1. Biographical letter
  2. Official transcript
  3. Official tuition billing statement


  • All applications should be submitted before the deadline that is before October 2nd.
  • No applications will be accepted after the deadline.
  • Incorrect applications will be rejected.
  • The application portal will open from February 2nd.
  • There is no option for you to upload transcripts. Official transcripts need to be mailed by the applicants or by the school directly to AIS.
  • Checks will be sent to the school address.
  • Selected students will be notified via email and will be required to submit a thank you letter.

You will be notified of the results after 6-8 weeks.


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