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IAIA 2023 Spring Undergraduate Scholarship Application

Nov 22, 2022

Special Application for IAIA Seniors

We have two scholarships exclusively for IAIA seniors. The application process for these scholarships has been simplified. Learn more and start your application.

Scholarship Awards Luncheon

Scholarship Awards Luncheon

IAIA is dedicated to helping our students graduate debt-free. More than 100 of IAIA’s student body receives scholarships to fund their education. Scholarship funding helps college students meet their needs and helps IAIA pursue its mission “to empower creativity and leadership in Indigenous arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning, and community engagement.

Application for Incoming and Current Students

Completing the linked application makes incoming and current IAIA students eligible for several competitive scholarships. Selected students generally receive one IAIA or American Indian College Fund (AICF) scholarship. AICF scholarships are only available to those who fill out the additional AICF application. Students should fill out both IAIA and AICF scholarship applications for the best chance of receiving funding.

Scholarship Requirements

Scholarships typically require a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade point average (CGPA). Applicants must be accepted into an undergraduate certificate, associate’s, or bachelor’s degree program at IAIA. Eligible students must be enrolled at least half-time (6+ credit hours). The scholarship application requires a short essay. Essay assistance is available at the Learning Lab by appointment.

RubricDownload and view the 2023 Spring IAIA Scholarship Rubric.
Essay TopicWhat challenges have you overcome to attend college? Include any challenge(s) in the past year.
RequiredEssay must not exceed 300 words. Use the word count feature in your writing software.
RequiredDo not put your name anywhere in the essay. Scholarship applications are anonymous.
RequiredEssays must be submitted in .doc or .docx format.
RequiredEssays must be submitted online by Monday, January 23, 2023, at 8 am (MST). Essays submitted to IAIA staff or faculty will not be accepted.
RequiredStudents may only submit one essay one time. Multiple submission attempts are not allowed.
PreferredEssays should be in12pt font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins.

Scholarship Award Process and Timeline

DateTimeProcess
Tues., Nov. 22Scholarship application opens for Spring 2023—start application
Dailyby appointmentEssay assistance is available (www.iaia.edu/learninglab)
Tues., Nov. 295–6 pmIAIA scholarship process Q&A with Financial Aid staff (Zoom meeting)
Tues., Dec. 135–6 pmIAIA scholarship process Q&A with Financial Aid staff (Zoom meeting)
Tues., Jan. 35–6 pmIAIA scholarship process Q&A with Financial Aid staff (Zoom meeting)
Tues., Jan. 17First day of classes
Tues., Jan. 175–6 pmIAIA scholarship process Q&A with Financial Aid staff (Zoom meeting)
Sat., Jan. 2112–1 pmIAIA scholarship process Q&A with Financial Aid staff (Zoom meeting)
Sun., Jan. 2212–1 pmIAIA scholarship process Q&A with Financial Aid staff (Zoom meeting)
Mon., Jan. 238 amIAIA scholarship application due
Tues., Jan. 3111:59 pmAICF scholarship application due
Mon., Feb. 6Midnight2022–2023 FAFSA due
Fri., Feb. 10Award recipients notified by email
Mon., May 12023–2024 student scholarship application opens
“I wasn’t planning on coming back next semester,” said Soledad Flores Gudino, class of 2025. “My family and I are dealing with a lot of money issues right now, and I didn’t think it was going to be possible to come back. This scholarship takes a lot of weight off my shoulders. I no longer have to worry about whether or not I’ll be able to continue at IAIA.”
Soledad Flores Gudino

IAIA Student

“Chasing this dream of mine would not have seemed possible without the contributions made, for a person like myself. From this opportunity I hope to someday meet those who have donated, to thank them for helping me attain a level of pride as a Native scholar and hope in a better future for my daughter. This scholarship gives me the momentum to push through the challenges that would otherwise keep me from attending college.”
Brennan Avans (Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma)

IAIA Student

Scholarship App Deadline Jan. 23, 2023

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Gallery of Scholarship Awards Luncheon

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