Native American Student Scholarships

The University of Montana's Native American Studies Department is dedicated to promoting high academic achievement among Native American students and assisting them with reaching their educational goals. To uphold this objective, scholarships are awarded each year to undergraduate and graduate students in various University of Montana-Missoula and Missoula College majors. Scholarship funds are limited and the selection process is competitive. All Native American students admitted to The University of Montana are encouraged to apply. Please visit the UM Scholarship Portal for all scholarships and information.

Application Information

Please carefully read through the online application before you begin completing the scholarship application.

Only one application needs to be submitted and the scholarship committee matches qualified applicants with the appropriate scholarship (see Scholarship Descriptions for more information).

You will NOT be able to save the online application so it is recommended that you have all required documents saved BEFORE beginning the application.

DEADLINE: Applications must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. on March 1st


Native American students who plan on enrolling or being admitted to the University of Montana or Missoula College the next year.

Students are required to enroll full-time each semester (12 undergraduate credits or 9 graduate credits).

Students must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 grade point average (GPA).

New and transfer students are encouraged to complete the new Student Orientation process.

Application Requirements

One (1) page, single-spaced essay

Please address the following topic: In 500 words or less, please discuss how you intend to give back to your community or to Indian Country after you complete your education. Please be sure to proofread your essay, and check for grammar, punctuation and spelling errors. 20 POINTS MAXIMUM OF 85 POINTS TOTAL.

Letter of Recommendation

One (1) letter should come from a non-relative who can comment on your academic abilities and accomplishments. The letter should be current and written within the last year.

Current Transcript

(May be unofficial)

Documented Tribal Membership

**There are several scholarships for Native American Studies majors that do not require tribal membership.**

  1. Please provide a tribal identification card or documentation that shows your tribal enrollment.
  2. If applying for scholarships through tribal descendancy, include tribal enrollment documentation of your parents(s) or immediate grandparent(s) and birth certificates that show the familial relationship between you, the applicant, and the tribal member parent(s)/grandparent(s).


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