Scholarships & Financial Aid Links for Native American and Alaska Native Students:
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Enrichment Program Thanks to the generous donors who contribute to this important fund, Native American Studies students have been able to take part in numerous experiential travel courses, allowing them to visit the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (Qualla Boundary) in North Carolina, take part in daily activities of subsistence life in the Yup’ik Village of Tuntutuliak, Alaska, attend an annual Midwestern powwow, visit Cahokia Mound City National Historic Site, and study traditional Native Hawaiian culture in Kaua`i.
In addition to this funding, the NAS Committee has regularly awarded assistance to graduate students and their NAS Committee advisors who were conduction research in the area of Native American Studies.
Udall Scholarship Program Learn more about the scholarships named in honor of Congressman Morris K. Udall, a champion of Native American and Alaska Native rights in health care, the environment, and public policy. Nomination materials are mailed to faculty representatives in October and are due by early March.
The McNair Scholars Program is named for Ronald McNair, an African-American astronaut-physicist who died aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. The program is aimed a encouraging talented students from under-represented groups to advance to graduate school. Native American students are highly encouraged to apply. The application deadline falls in January. Contact Dr. Betty Mei at (304) 293-4316 for information.
Lyn Reyer Awards for Tribal Community Development The Carolyn Reyer Awards for Tribal Community Development are awarded each spring to graduate students completing their dissertations or theses on topics related to Native American community development. Several individuals awards of up to $5,000 will be made.
The American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) is an organization with students chapters located throughout the country. Although there is currently not a AISES chapter at WVU, the possibility of adding one has been discussed and may be revisited in the future.
Check out Winds of Change, a quarterly publication of AISES. The magazine is intended for an American Indian audience and focuses on career and educational advancements in the engineering and science fields. Readers are given information on scholarship opportunities, educational programs, and features on American Indian role models. In addition, an annual college guide for American Indians is published each year.
Futures for Children Mentoring Program If you’d like to mentor an American Indian child who may need encouragement and support to complete hight school, consider taking part in the “Futures for Children” program endorsed by our 2003 Elder-in-Residence, Peterson Zah (former President and Tribal Chairman of the Navajo Nation). College students are in a unique position to influence a child’s decisions about education. Your letters to a child at risk of dropping out of school could make an positive difference.
Do you have suggestions for other links to student resources? Please let us know by contacting us at: Native_American_Studies@mail.wvu.edu or at (304) 293-4626.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The WVU Native American Studies Program provides the above list of resources for informational purposes only, and not as a commercial or institutional endorsement for any non-WVU entity.