Minnesota Indian Scholarship

Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program provides postsecondary financial assistance to eligible Minnesota resident students who are of one-fourth or more Indian ancestry and demonstrate financial need for an award.

Who is Eligible?

Scholarships are available to eligible Indian undergraduate students enrolled at least ¾ time and graduate students enrolled at least half time.

In order to qualify for this scholarship, you must be:

  • One-fourth or more American Indian ancestry
  • A Minnesota resident
  • Enrolled in an accredited college, university or vocational school in Minnesota
  • Qualify for either a Pell or State Grant

How Much Money Can You Get?

The award amount is based on need up to $4,000 per year for undergraduate students and up to $6,000 for graduate students.

Students are eligible to receive scholarship funding for a maximum of ten years, five years for undergraduate study and an additional five years for graduate-level study. Undergraduate students seeking less than a four-year degree can receive a maximum of three years of scholarship funding in order to preserve two years of eligibility to complete a four-year degree. Students may receive the scholarship for only one degree per undergraduate educational level and one terminal degree.

What Is the Application Process?

Interested students should complete the Minnesota Indian Scholarship application below. They should also complete the FAFSA and an application for tribal education funds.

Apply Online Now:

MISP Online Student Application

Download 2012-2013 Indian Scholarship Applicationpdficon-2239537

Download 2011-2012 Indian Scholarship Applicationpdficon-2239537

Students are encouraged to contact the school financial aid administrator at their campus and their tribal education program (see list below). The priority deadline is July 1. Information and application forms also are available from:

Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program Minnesota Office of Higher Education 1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350 St. Paul, MN 55108 Tel: (651) 642-0567 or (800) 657-3866

Fax: (651) 642-0675

Lara Gerhardson, Outreach Liaison Tel: (218) 755-2557 Bemidji State University American Indian Resource Center, Suite 110A Bemidji, MN 56601

E-mail: misp.lara@hotmail.com

Tribal Education and Scholarship Programs

Bois Forte Reservation P.O. Box 16 Nett Lake, MN 55772

Tel: (218) 757-3261 or (800) 221-8129

Fond du Lac Tribal Center 1720 Big Lake Road Cloquet, MN 55720

Tel: (218) 879-4593 x2633 or (800) 365-1613

Grand Portage Reservation P.O. Box 428 Grand Portage, MN 55605

Tel: (218) 475-2812

Leech Lake Scholarship Office 115 6th Street Northwest, Suite E Cass Lake, MN 56633

Tel: (218) 335-8523 or (866) 638-7738

Lower Sioux Community P.O. Box 308 Morton, MN 56270

Tel: (507) 697-6185

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Scholarship Office 43408 Oodena Drive Onamia, MN 56359

Tel: (320) 495-3702 or (866) 916-5282 x32

Prairie Island Indian Community 5636 Sturgeon Lake Road Welch, MN 55089

Tel: (651) 385-4132

Red Lake Tribe New Beginnings P.O. Box 416 Redby, MN 56670

Tel: (218) 679-3350

Shakopee Sioux Community 2330 Sioux Trail NW Prior Lake, MN 55372

Tel: (952) 445-8900

Upper Sioux Community P.O. Box 147 Granite Falls, MN 56241

Tel: (320) 564-2360

White Earth Tribal Council P.O. Box 418 White Earth, MN 56591

Tel: (218) 757-3124 or (800) 950-3248

Map of Tribal Scholarship Contacts pdficon-2239537

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