The First Citizen Award The First Citizen Award was created to encourage Native American students to enroll and complete a four-year degree from Eastern Oregon University. The First Citizen Award is endowed through the Eastern Oregon University Foundation. The First Citizen Award is renewable up to four years and has an option to increase in award amount each year student maintains all eligibility requirements. Applicants must:

  • Be an undergraduate seeking their first degree
  • Enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours per term
  • Provide documentation of tribal and/or native corporation membership
  • Maintain a 2.5 or above GPA

Responsibilities of recipient to maintain eligibility:

  • Maintain a GPA of 2.5 or above.
  • Enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours per term
  • Submit a “Thank You” card or letter addressed to the Diversity Scholarship Committee
  • Demonstrate active involvement in 1 university recognized service project each year of award
  • Maintain contact with the Native American Program coordinator
  • Encouraged to volunteer to serve in a programming committee or event planning committee that works to address diversity awareness and education on campus.
  • Utilize services available through the Multicultural Center

To apply for the First Citizen Award visit the EOU Foundation Scholarships Page.


Outside Scholarships

American Indian/Alaska Native Employees Association for NCRS Scholarship Two Scholarships will be awarded to American Indian/Alaska Native students pursuing a degree in a natural resources field. DEADLINE: April 1

American Indian College Fund The American Indian College Fund provides about 6,000 scholarships for American Indian (or descendant) graduate and undergraduate students each year. DEADLINE:  May 31

American Indian Education Foundation  The AIEF program is one of the United States’ largest grantors of scholarships to Native Americans, providing nearly $450,000 to about 225 graduate and undergraduate students each year. DEADLINE: April 4

American Indian Graduate Center Scholarships  Each year, the AIGC fellowship program provides $1,200,000 in fellowships to over 350 Native American and Alaska Native (or descendant) graduate students.  They also administer a few scholarships for undergraduates. DEADLINE: June 1

American Indian Science and Engineering Society National scholarships awarded to members of AISES who are American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) college students pursuing academic degrees in the sciences, engineering, medicine, natural resources, and math. DEADLINE: May 26

AISES – Columbia River Professional Chapter Scholarships for Native American undergrads or grad students who are pursuing science degrees at universities in the Pacific Northwest (ID, OR, WA) DEADLINE: May 1

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Scholarship Given by: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  Various scholarships available to Native American and other minority students pursuing graduate accounting degrees or who plan to work as CPA’s. DEADLINE: April 1

Association on American Indian Affairs AAIA has eight scholarship programs for graduate and undergraduate students. All scholarships are for students who are from federally recognized tribes and who are at least 1/4 Indian blood, except one scholarship that is specifically for members of tribes that are not federally recognized. DEADLINE: June 13

Catching the Dream Scholarships – Native American Leadership Program The six priority fields of study are math, engineering, science, business, education, and computers. Science includes all the medical fields. These fields are the ones in which tribes need graduates the most, and the fields in which there are the fewest Indian graduates. DEADLINE: March 15, April 15, September 15

DAR American Indian Scholarships All awards are judged based on financial need and academic achievement. Specify that you want information on the American Indian Scholarship when you send the self-addressed, stamped envelope for information. This scholarship is intended to help Native American college/university and technical school students of any age, any tribe, in any state at the undergraduate or graduate level. Graduate students are eligible; however, undergraduate students are given preference. DEADLINE: July 1

Francis C. Allen Fellowships Awarded to Federally recognized tribal members who are female and studying at the graduate or Ph.D. in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Deadline: March 1

Hana Scholars Program Scholarship for active, full member of The United Methodist Church, born of Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or Pacific Island parentage. Must be able to identify with their particular ethnic community. DEADLINE: April 1

Ke Ali’I Pauahi Foundation Various scholarships available to Hawaiian Native and other students. DEADLINE: March 21

Indian Health Service (IHS)  The Indian Health Service Scholarship provides full tuition and fees, books, uniforms, equipment, travel, insurance, national board exams, travel for clinical training, and a stipend for students majoring in health professions, engineering, and accounting. DEADLINE: March 28

Morris K. Udall Foundation Internship The Native American Congressional Internship Program provides Native Americans and Alaska Natives with an insider’s view of the federal government. DEADLINE: May 1

Native American Finance Officers Association Scholarship The scholarship program assists Native American and Alaska Native graduate students working toward  MBAs. DEADLINE: Nov. 1

Native American Junior Auxiliaries Scholarship Scholarship for students engaged in graduate study involving the specials needs of children and youth. DEADLINE: June 1

National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development Scholarships Eligible students must be enrolled full-time at the junior, senior or graduate level. DEADLINE: Aug. 6

National Congress of American Indians Graduate Health Fellowship Applicants should be members of an American Indian or Alaska Native tribal nation and must be new or continuing full-time students pursuing graduate or professional degrees in any health-related area. DEADLINE: March 21

Presbyterian Native American and North American Education Grants Grants assist Native American and Alaska natives pursuing full-time post-secondary education. DEADLINE: To be announced

SAA Arthur C. Parker Scholarship or NSF Scholarship for Archaeological Training and SAA Native American Graduate Archaeology Scholarship The Native American Scholarships Fund is an endowment established to foster a sense of shared purpose and positive interaction between archaeologists and Native Americans. Scholarships are open to all Native peoples from anywhere in the Americas, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Indigenous Pacific Islanders. DEADLINE: Dec. 16

Steven R. Nelson Native Educator Scholarship The program provides selected students with as many as three years of annually renewable scholarships. Awardees will receive a maximum of $5,000 each year to pursue a master’s degree in education policy, leadership, technical assistance, research, or a related field. DEADLINE: Dec 31