In addition to the standard sources available to all students, Augsburg has a number of scholarships available exclusively for American Indian students. Those scholarships are described in detail below. We currently have over $600,000 in endowment for American Indian scholarships at Augsburg. Our Office for Institutional Advancement has a commitment to raising that endowment to $1 Million!
We want you to know that Augsubrg is committed to providing the best financial aid package possible.
American Indian Scholarships
Through the cooperation of the American Indian Student Support Program, Development Office, and the Enrollment and Financial Services Office we have established eligibility criteria for the following Scholarships. Augsburg American Indian scholarships are supplemental to all other forms of financial aid including Bureau of Indian Affairs, Tribal and State Indian Scholarship Program awards.
- Kent Anderson American Indian Scholarship (endowed)Awarded annually to American Indian students of any class or major based upon academic performance and financial need, with preference given to students who are affiliated with a federally recognized American Indian tribe. Established in 1990 with the proceeds of a benefit performance at Augsburg University by comedian Louie Anderson, a St. Paul native, who resides in Los Angeles, CA.
- Ada Bakken Memorial American Indian Scholarship (endowed)Awarded annually to American Indian students of any class or major, based upon academic performance and financial need. Established in 1988 through the estate and trust of Ada Bakken, St. Charles, MN
- Grand Met American Indian Scholarship (endowed)Awarded annually to American Indian students of any class or major. Established in 1991, by Pillsbury Grand Met.
- Hearst Foundation American Indian Scholarship (endowed)One or more scholarships are awarded annually to an American Indian upper-class student(s) who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better at Augsburg University. Established in 1984 by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation
- Kerridge-Mueller American Indian Scholarship (endowed)Awarded annually to an American Indian student of any class or major who demonstrates potential and financial need. Established in 1988 by Dr. “Mike” (Kerridge) and Dr. Van Meuller, Minneapolis, MN.
- Kraus-Anderson American Indian Scholarship (endowed)Awarded annually to an American Indian student of any class or major. Established in 1999 by Kraus-Anderson Construction Company, Inc.
- Little Six, Inc. Scholarship (endowed)Awarded annually to American Indian students of any class or major, who are enrolled members of a recognized tribe, based on financial need. Established in 1993 by Little Six, Inc., Prior Lake, MN, as evidence of their commitment to American Indian education.
- Minnesota Indian Teacher Training Grant and Loan ProgramFor education majors only. A partnership with the Minneapolis and St. Paul Public Schools, the program’s goal is to increase the number of American Indian teachers in these districts. Funded by the State Legislature, this is one of four American Indian teacher training programs in Minnesota. It is a grant and loan forgiveness program.
- Prairie Island Indian Community Scholarship (endowed)Awarded annually to a student of any class or major, based on academic achievement and financial need. Applicants must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. Established in 1995 by members of the Prairie Island Indian Community, Welch, MN, as evidence of their commitment to American Indian education.
- Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota Community Scholarship (endowed)Awarded annually to American Indian Students of any class or major, who are enrolled members of a federally recognized tribe, based upon academic achievement and financial need. Established in 1991 by members of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota Community, Prior Lake, MN as evidence of their commitment to American Indian education.
- Bonnie Wallace American Indian Leadership Award Awarded annually to five incoming American Indian undergraduate Day students who exemplify established leadership. Annual award $1500, renewable, based on performance standards, for up to four years. Established in 1996 to honor Bonnie Wallace, American Indian Student Services creator and Program Director from 1978-1996. Apply for the 2016-2017 scholarship here.
Aside from the Minnesota Indian Teacher Training Partnership and the Bonnie Wallace American Indian Leadersihp Award, there is no special application form or process necessary to apply for these scholarships. All American Indian students are encouraged, however, to work with the Director of the American indian Student Services Program in completing financial aid applications. This will ensure that students will be considered for the American Indian scholarships when the Office for Enrollment and Student Financial Services is putting together award packages.
Tribal and State Indian Scholarships
Tribe – Many tribes fund their enrolled members or descendants to attend college. Each nation has their own policies and procedures. Many tribes have application deadlines. Students are encouraged to contact the Education Director or Scholarship Officer for their reservation for information about eligibility for scholarship assistance and application deadlines.
Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program (MISP) – Students who are 1/4 or more degree Indian blood and/or are enrolled members of a federally recognized tribe may be eligible for scholarship assistance through the MISP. Students are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Limited funds are available for students enrolled in tribes outside of Minnesota. Students are encouraged to apply early. Check with the American Indian Student Services Program or MISP for additional information.
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