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Scholarships

In addition to the standard resources available to all students, Augsburg has a number of scholarships available exclusively for American Indian students. Those scholarships are described in detail below.

We want you to know that Augsburg is committed to providing the best financial aid package possible.

American Indian Recognition Full Tuition Program

Augsburg’s American Indian Recognition Full Tuition Program aims to support and promote the importance of American Indian students on campus. The program will cover all remaining tuition and fees after federal and state gift aid has been applied for eligible students starting in Fall 2022. Visit the American Indian Recognition Full Tuition Program website for more information.

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.

  1. American Indian Scholarship (endowed) Established to provide personal encouragement and financial assistance to an American Indian student(s) of any major who has demonstrated financial need and academic achievement. The scholarship is renewable. Established in 1999 by an anonymous donor.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Honeywell American Indian Scholarship (endowed) Established in 1999 by the Honeywell Foundation, a neighbor of Augsburg College, this scholarship supports American Indian students.
  6. James M. Kingsley American Indian Scholarship (endowed) Established to provide recognition, encouragement, and financial support to American Indian students of any class or major, based upon academic achievement and financial need. Established in 1997 by Professor Mary A. Kingsley in memory of and in tribute to her late husband James M. Kingsley.
  7. 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 College by Louie Anderson, a native of St Paul, Minn., who resides in Los Angeles, Calif.
  8. 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.
  9. Minnesota Indian Teacher Training Grant Program For education majors only. A partnership with the Minneapolis 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. Find more information here.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Bonnie Wallace American Indian Leadership Award Awarded annually to ten American Indian undergraduate Day students who exemplify established leadership. Annual award $2500, 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. It is known as one of the “Multicultural Life Scholarships”. For more information about the Multicultural Life Scholarships Application, visit here.

Aside from the Minnesota Indian Teacher Training Partnership and the Bonnie Wallace American Indian Leadership Award, there is no special application form or process necessary to apply for these scholarships at this time. All American Indian students are encouraged, however, to work with the  American Indian Student Services Program Manager 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

Tribal – 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 nation for information about eligibility for scholarship assistance and application deadlines.

Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program (MISP) – Students who are one-fourth or more American Indian ancestry OR an enrolled member or citizen of a federally-recognized American Indian tribe or Canadian First Nation 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.

For additional financial aid resources, check out: fastweb.com.