Do I need an Indian scholarship to go to college?
No, you donít. Fastweb has 1,500,000 entries in its database; fewer
than 100 are Indian scholarships. Only 7 have real money; the rest
have scholarship amounts that total less than $20,000 per year.
How can I get an Indian scholarship?
There is a myth about a pot of Indian gold called ďscholarships,Ē
but this myth is not true.I have been fighting it for 40 years.
People do not want to believe it, even after I tell them. Please
believe me, folks:
How can I get a DNA test to prove Iím Indian so I can get an Indian scholarship?
No DNA test will prove what tribe you are. It can prove who your parents are but not if you are Choctaw, Chickasaw, Osage, etc., or what nationality of white, Black, or Hispanic. Tribes do not accept DNA tracing to confirm heritage to grant citizenship.
Can I get a scholarship if Iím 1/64th Indian?
Not likely. Forget about trying to find an Indian scholarship. Start studying, get good grades, and then look for scholarships.
Can I get a scholarship if Iím one-ninth Indian?
How can I prove Iím an Indian if my birth certificate says I am white?
Thatís a really hard one. You will probably have to accept being white. Perhaps your grandparents didn't want their kids identified as Indian, and put ďwhiteĒ on the birth certificate. But guess how those kids grew up? They were white.
Can I get my daughter enrolled in her tribe if her father/grandfather/grandmother was not enrolled?
That is hard, too. In the 1890s and early 1900, some Cherokee living up in the hills refused to enroll. It is possible, that some of their great-grandkids are half-bloods with no proof. You will need everyone's birth certificates and other records to take to the tribal enrollment office.
Can I get an Indian scholarship if I donít know what tribe I belong to?
You normally have to provide proof of tribe with your scholarship application. We require a CDIB to come directly from the tribe. If you donít know your tribe, itís will be really hard to enroll. You will, however, still be eligible for 40 or more scholarships. Too many people apply for Indian scholarships, and not enough for the others. You do the math.
I am 15/64 Indian. Can I win an Indian scholarship?
For most scholarships, you have to be 1/4 blood Indian or more. The BIA definition is 25%, and most scholarships follow this criterion. If you are less than1/4 Indian blood, you might qualify for 1-2 Indian scholarships. But donít waste your time looking for them when you could be finding 100 other non-Indian scholarships.
Can I get a scholarship if my GPA is 2.5?
It's unlikely but possible. We've given at least one scholarship in the past 24 years to a student with a 2.6. But he offset the fairly low grades with a super essay, and he had already finished a semester of college. He was tough. He said that architects design HUD Indian houses that have no relevance to Indian people. Because of that, the people lose their pride while living in them. He wanted to design houses with Indian culture in mind so Indian people will like them. This student found 15 scholarships, applied to all, and won five. It was enough money for him to stay in college. His grades improved. He has had his architecture license for 16 years.
Can I apply for local scholarships even though Iím an Indian?
This is a gold mine. I met a young lady from Yankton, South Dakota who found 12 scholarships in that small reservation town. Another student from Chadron, Nebraska found 22 scholarships there. Elks, Moose, Eagles, Lions, Rotary, Toastmasters, AAUW, VFW, churches, womenís groups, menís groups, business groups, and others have scholarships. I hate it when someone tells me, ďWe never get an application from an Indian student. Have some of them to apply to us.Ē
I goofed around and didnít work hard in high school. Can I still earn a scholarship?
It depends on your grades. If you are carrying a 3.0, you will need to offset it with an outstanding essay. We will help you. About 95% of the essays we get are not adequate. They mostly sin by omission -- leave things off that they should put in. I tell students they can go to a community college, especially a tribal college, work hard, get good grades, and I will help them get into Cornell. Most people do not believe me, but I guarantee it.