Scholarships for American Indians


Tribes and Nations  - Misc. and Other Minorities


A.T. Anderson memorial Scholarship Program

American Indian Science and Engineering Society
Attn: Scholarship Coordinator
2305 Renard, S.E., Suite 200
P.O. Box 9828
Albuquerque, NM 87119-9828
(505) 765-1052, ext. 106      Fax: (505) 765-5608


To provide financial assistance to members of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society who are majoring in designated fields as undergraduate or graduate students.


This program is open to members of the society who can furnish a Certificate of Indian Blood or proof of enrollment in an American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group.

Applicants must be:

  • full-time students at the undergraduate or graduate level attending an accredited 4-year college or university or a 2-year college leading to an academic degree in engineering, mathematics, medicine, natural resources, physical sciences, the sciences, or technology. 
  • they must submit a 500-word essay on their educational and career goals, including their interest in and motivation to continue higher education, an understanding of the importance of college and completing their educational and/or career goals, and a commitment to learning and giving back to the community. 

Selection is based on:

  • the essay
  • academic achievement (GPA of 3.0 or higher)
  • leadership potential
  • commitment to helping other American Indians. 

Financial need is not considered.

Financial data

The annual stipend is $1,000 for undergraduates or $2,000 for graduate students


1 year; nonrenewable

Additional information

The program was launched in 1983 in memory of A.T. Anderson, a Mohawk and chemical engineer who worked with Albert Einstein.  Anderson was 1 of the society's founders and was the society's first executive director.  The program includes the following awards:

  • Al Qoyawayma Award for an applicant who is majoring in science or engineering and also has a strong interest in the arts
  • Norbert S. Hill, Jr. Leadership Award
  • Polingaysi Qoyawayma Award for an applicant who is working on a teaching degree in order to teach mathematics or science in a Native community or an advanced degree for personal improvement or teaching at the college level
  • Robert W. Brocksbank Scholarship 

Numbers awarded

Varies; generally, 200 or more each year, depending upon the availability of funds from corporate and other sponsors


June of each year