American Indian College Fund

Ford Motor Company Tribal Scholars Program

Application Deadline

Applications for the 2016/17 academic year will be accepted January 1 - May 31, 2016.



The American Indian College Fund transforms Indian higher education by funding and creating awareness of the unique, community-based accredited Tribal Colleges and Universities, offering students access to knowledge, skills, and cultural values which enhance their communities and the country as a whole.

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The American Indian College Fund was established in 1989 to provide scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native students attending tribal colleges, and to fund and create awareness about the community-based accredited tribal colleges and universities that offer students access to knowledge and skills alongside Native culture, language, and values.

The American Indian College Fund also provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students attending any other accredited public and non-profit private college all across the United States.

To get started on funding your exciting future, click on the following description that matches you to learn about scholarships that are available and how to apply:

  • Undergraduate Tribal College and University Students;
  • Undergraduate Non-Tribal College and University Students; and
  • Graduate Students, All Colleges

How to Apply

The American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarships

The online application is available January 1– May 31 each year for the following school year. For example, online applications are accepted Jan. 1 – May 31, 2016 for the 2016–17 school year. Applications may be submitted after May 31, but will only be considered if additional funds become available at a later date.

How to Complete Your Application

The following information is required on your online application. You will not be able to submit the application until all required sections are complete. You can save your work and come back to complete it later if you wish. Once an application has been submitted you may not change anything.

  • Profile - Be sure your contact information is accurate.
  • Full Circle Application - Questions and an essay that we evaluate to make awards.
  • Documents - required information to help us determine your eligibility.

1. Digital Photo - Photos are shared with our donors to encourage them to make future donations. Upload a digital photo that is at least 1.5 MB in size. Please be sure it is a photo that a donor would like to see.

2. Tribal Affiliation - submit your CIB or other proof of enrollment. If you are not enrolled, but have an enrolled parent or grandparent, please submit proof of enrollment for the enrolled relative and include birth certificates that prove that you are a descendant. (Alaska Natives can show proof of Native corporation membership.)

3. Transcripts - Upload your most recent college transcript. Unofficial transcripts are accepted. Students starting college should upload their high school transcript or GED score report.

4. Financial needs analysis (FNA) form - If you are attending a tribal college, just ask your financial aid office to complete this online. If you're not at a tribal college, click here to download the form. This must be completed by your school’s financial aid office and they will fax or mail it directly to us. You will not be considered for any need-based scholarships without this information.

Tribal College Students Only - To be considered for all available scholarships, be sure to complete both the TCU Scholarship Program application and the Full Circle Scholarship Program application. See your TCU’s financial aid office for more information on the TCU Scholarship Program and the deadlines for applying.

Featuring Scholarship Recipient: Timothy

Timothy, a second-year accounting student with a perfect 4.0 grade point average who attends Michigan State University, admits that he got his start in higher education in a carpentry program because he thought it would be an easy skill to learn and he was afraid of going to college “because the idea of college intimidated me.” Once he started taking classes, Timothy excelled in math and did well in every subject that he tried. His many awards include being named to the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, the National Dean's List, Dean's List, and Student Leader Awards Outstanding Math Student Awards. Timothy also volunteers in his spare time as a student tutor and at his local animal shelter.

“My instructors took notice of me helping my fellow students and recommended that I become a math tutor. I was more than happy to do it; I love math and like to help people. The feeling that you get helping others to obtain their goals is difficult to explain, but I will say that it is extremely rewarding,” Timothy says.

It wasn’t until he was attending a tribal meeting and the subject of tribal members needing help to figure out their finances came up that Timothy says he realized that he wanted to do something in finance or accounting. “I plan on gaining this knowledge and taking it back to my community so that I can help people with their needs. I like the feeling that I get knowing that I am making a difference as a tutor and I want to continue helping people in the important area of financial advice,” Timothy says.

Ford Motor Company Blue Oval Scholars Program Scholarship helped Timothy pay for gas, books, materials, and classes, while allowing him to spend less time working to pay for his schooling and more time with his school work. “It means a tremendous amount to me to be able to obtain my goals and Ford and the American Indian College Fund made it possible. Thank you very, very much. I hope to be able to pay it forward some day,” Timothy says.


Ford Motor Company Fund established the Ford Motor Company Blue Oval Scholars Program for Native American students attending tribal colleges and mainstream universities. The scholarship is available to Native students at a tribal college pursuing a degree in math, science, engineering, business, teacher training, or environmental science. Native mainstream university students are eligible if they are studying accounting, computer science, engineering, finance, marketing, or operations management. All applicants must have a 3.0 grade point average.

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