10 Native American Scholarships That Can Help Indigenous People Kick-Start Their Careers

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10 Native American Scholarships That Can Help Indigenous People Kick-Start Their Careers

According to the Postsecondary National Policy Institute (PNPI), only 19% of 18–24-year-old Native Americans are enrolled in higher education. Compare that to the overall U.S. population —  41% of all 18–24-year-olds are enrolled in college — and you’ll see a lack of equity. To make matters worse, the PNPI also reports that the number of people with Native American backgrounds who are enrolled in college decreased in 2018–19.

Indigenous communities are still feeling the effects of American colonialism, which stretches back to the country’s founding. Historically underserved, Native American people deserve some sort of restitution. The U.S. government continues to make statements as opposed to taking action, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t avenues of support for Indigenous people.

Scholarship programs exist to help students finance their education. Some of them are need-based. Others are based on performance. A few of them are contests. Here, we’ve compiled a list of 10 scholarships specifically for Native American students.