North Carolina American Indian Fund Scholarship

Administering Organization: Triangle Community Foundation


Established in December of 2001, the North Carolina American Indian Fund is a collaborative effort of North Carolina American Indian tribes and organizations.  It was established in response to an understanding that resources for meeting the human and economic needs are limited, including scholarship assistance, funding for community based health, human services, education programs, and tribal organization infrastructure.

Recognizing that gaps in funding for education needs put Indian communities at risk in many areas, education was selected as the first priority to address these critical gaps.  The North Carolina American Indian Scholarship Fund will assist American Indian students in obtaining higher education by providing scholarships to selected applicants each year.  The number of scholarships awarded will be determined by the funds available for distribution each year.

Scholarships are for full-time students pursuing post-secondary education (two- or four-year degrees only) at any accredited college, university, community college, or trade school.


In order to be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in a state- or federally-recognized tribe (with documentation)
  • Demonstrate sustained involvement in the American Indian Community and commitment to American Indian concerns and initiatives
  • Have family residency in the state
  • Be currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a post-secondary institution in the state of North Carolina
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA.
  • Plan to pursue a 2-year or 4-year undergraduate degree as a full-time student at an accredited public, private, or technical college or university

This scholarship is not available for students planning to enroll part-time or at for-profit or online institutions.  There are no restrictions on area of study.

Scholarship recipients will be selected based on 1) Commitment to and plan to give back to the American Indian Community in the future; 2) Involvement in extracurricular, volunteer, and community activities, 3) Demonstrated financial need; and 4) Academic merit and performance.


Individual awards will be valued at $1,000 and can be used for tuition, required fees and textbooks. The student must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and remain enrolled at an accredited public, private, or technical college or university to be eligible to reapply for additional years of funding.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019

How To Apply

We are no longer accepting applications for this scholarship. Please check back in fall 2019!

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Julia Da Silva

Programs & Scholarships Associate
Phone 919.474.8370 ext: 4028
Email [email protected]