Scholarships for American Indians
Blackfeet Higher Education Grants
Attn: Higher Education Program
P.O. Box 850
Browning, MT 59417
(406) 338-7539 Fax: (406) 338-7530
To provide financial assistance to members of the Blackfeet Tribe who are interested in working on an undergraduate degree at a college or university in any state.
Applicants must be enrolled members of the Blackfeet Tribe and be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as an undergraduate at an academically recognized college or university in any state.
They must submit:
- a 1-page letter describing their career goals and academic plans
- high school or GED transcripts
- college transcripts (if they have previously attended college)
- a copy of admission letter from the college or university they plan to attend
- a financial needs analysis
- and a Certification of Indian Blood.
Scholarships are awarded according to the following priorities:
- renewal of grants to students currently funded who are in good academic and financial aid standing and submit the application packet on time
- college seniors not currently funded who can graduate within the current academic year
- 2-year degree graduates who apply within 1 year of earning their associate degree
- high school seniors who apply within 1 year of earning their high school diploma
- applicants previously funded who are in good academic and financial aid standing and submit the application packet in a timely manner
- candidates who submit late applications (supported only if funding permits)
The amount awarded varies, depending upon the recipient's educational requirements and financial needs. The maximum for an unmarried student with no dependents is $3,200 per year; for students with 3 or more dependents; the maximum stipend is $3,800 per year. Funds are sent to the school's financial aid officer.
1 year; may be renewed up to a total of 10 semesters or 15 quarters
Recipients must enroll as full-time students and earn no less than
- 12 credit hours per term with a GPA 2.0 or higher as freshmen,
- 13 credits and 2.2 as sophomores,
- 14 credits and 2.4 as juniors,
- 15 credits and 2.6 as seniors.
Students who attend private schools or institutions outside of Montana must pay the difference in tuition, unless no comparable program exists at Montana public institutions.
Varies each year
- February of each year
- March of each year for summer term