IAIA 2020–2021 Undergraduate Scholarship Application

May 1, 2020

2019 Scholarship Awards Luncheon

2019 Scholarship Awards Luncheon

The mission of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is “To empower creativity and leadership in Native Arts and cultures through higher education, life-long learning, and outreach.”

IAIA was established in 1962 as a high school with an innovated approach to arts education. In 1984, IAIA gained accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to offer college degrees. IAIA currently serves over 689 students from various national and international communities. IAIA offers both two-year and four-year degrees in Cinematic Arts, Creative Writing, Indigenous Liberal Studies, Museum Studies, and Studio Arts. IAIA introduced its first Masters in Fine Arts program in Creative Writing in 2013.

Scholarship Requirements

Competitive Scholarships have varying criteria funded by external donors and require applicants to submit an essay for consideration. If selected, students generally only receive one IAIA Named or AICF-TCU Competitive Scholarship (excluding the AICF-Full Circle). Scholarships typically require a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher and current enrollment in a certificate or undergraduate degree-seeking program.

Essay TopicHow will completing your academic program impact the local, state, national, global, or Indigenous community?
RubricDownload and view the 2020–2021 IAIA Scholarship Rubric. View a sample essay (2020_2021_iaia_janedoe.docx).
RequiredEssay must not exceed 300 words and must address the essay topic. Hint: Use the word count feature in Microsoft Word.
RequiredDo not put your name anywhere in the essay. This helps preserve the anonymity of your submission.
RequiredEssays must be submitted in a Microsoft Word (.doc or .doxc format).
RequiredEssays must be submitted online by the deadline on Mon. Aug. 24, 2020, 8 am (MST). Essays submitted to IAIA staff or faculty will not be accepted.
RequiredStudents may only submit one essay. Submissions after your first essay will not be accepted or considered.
Preferred12pt font, Double-spaced, 1-inch margins

Scholarship Award Process and Timeline

Fri., May 1Scholarship process open for 2020–2021—start application
Mon., Aug. 17First Day of Classes
Wed., Aug. 1912–5 pmEssay Workshop Online (ZOOM Q&A with Financial Aid Advisor 12–12:30 pm | Password: 255083)
Thurs., Aug. 202–9 pmEssay Workshop Online (ZOOM Q&A with Financial Aid Advisor 2–2:30 pm | Password: 148150)
Sat., Aug. 221–5 pmEssay Workshop Learning Lab and Online (ZOOM Q&A with Financial Aid Advisor 1–1:30 pm | Password: 642490)
Sun., Aug. 231–5 pmEssay Workshop Learning Lab
Weekdays & WeekendsEssay Assistance by Appointment (www.iaia.edu/learninglab)
Mon., Aug. 248 amIAIA Scholarship Application and Essay Due
Mon., Sept. 7NoonAICF Profile, TCU Application, and FAFSA Due
Fri., Sept. 11Award recipients notified via email
Mon., Nov. 2Scholarship process opens for 2020–2021 (Incoming Spring Students, due January 2021)
“As Institute of American Indian Arts Student of the Year, I am closer to achieving my goals. The American Indian College Fund has helped me learn the value of diversity through our community at IAIA. Being Student of the Year has been one of the most meaningful experiences in my commitment to college and I look forward to continuing my education with future success.”
Manual James Ramirez (Otoe-Missouria)

IAIA AICF 2017 Student of the Year

“Scholarships are beneficial for students who find it necessary to have some type of monetary assistance. Many students are not born privileged in a sense where they do have to worry about where money is coming from because not all can depend on their parents or family in general. Higher education comes with a price tag. Scholarships help me focus more on my classes than having the burden of whether or not I’m able to fund my education each semester.”
Caleigh Benally (Navajo)

2019–2020 AIHEC Sergeant-at-Arms

Scholarship App Deadline Aug. 24, 2020








Scott Whitaker

Scott Whitaker

Financial Aid Director
Student Success Center
P (505) 424-5724
E scott.whitaker@iaia.edu

Leah Boss

Leah Boss

(Laguna/Hopi/Akimel O’Odham)

Financial Aid and Scholarship Advisor
Student Success Center
P (505) 424-5737
E lboss@iaia.edu

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