The American Indian Endowed Scholarship program provides educational scholarships on a competitive basis to outstanding students with close social and cultural ties to an American Indian tribe or community in Washington State. Recipients are selected using criteria based on academic merit and a commitment to serve the American Indian community in Washington. Scholarship awards come from the interest earnings of an endowment established from funds appropriated by the Washington State Legislature, with matching contributions from private individuals, organizations, and tribes.
Historically, the scholarships have been awards of $500–$2,000 each for one academic year. Awards will not exceed the recipient’s financial need as calculated by their college student aid office. In some cases, the scholarship may be adjusted to prevent conflict with the receipt of other student financial aid.
- Have close social and cultural ties to an American Indian tribe, or an American Indian community, in Washington State.
- Intend to use their education to benefit other American Indians in Washington.
- Have demonstrated financial need (as determined by the college financial aid office).
- Meet Washington State residency requirements for state financial aid.
- Be enrolled as a full-time student at an eligible Washington college or university by fall term of the award year, and for every term in which the student receives the scholarship.
- Not be pursuing a degree in theology.
- Have received fewer than five years of this scholarship in total.
How to Apply:
- Download and read the scholarship Instructions and Information Sheet.
- Complete the Application Form and print a hard copy for signature and mailing.
- Renewal applicants must have their academic dean, department head, or advisor complete and sign the supplemental attachment certifying their academic progress.
- Attach a detailed statement, carefully describing your close social and cultural ties to an American Indian community within the state of Washington.
- If your original ties are to an out-of-state tribal community, include in your description how you have established close social and cultural ties to the American Indian community within Washington State.
- Attach a separate statement describing how you intend to use your education to serve the American Indian community in Washington.
- Attach all cumulative academic transcripts for the last five years, to include through the end of fall term of the current academic year. Official transcripts or copies of official transcripts are acceptable.
- If it has been more than five years since you last attended college, attach a transcript from the most recent college attended that includes your full, accumulative higher education history.
- If you have fewer than two years of full-time college, you also must attach a copy of your high school transcript or GED scores with your college transcript(s).
- Attach letters of recommendation from individuals who are not members of your immediate family.
- Applicants for first-time awards: A minimum of three recommendation letters are required. Of these, at least one must address your personal commitment to serve the American Indian community in Washington, and at least two must describe your social and cultural ties to the American Indian community in state. A fourth letter addressing your academic performance, from a current instructor, is encouraged.
- Renewal Applicants: A minimum of one current letter of recommendation is required, describing your close social and cultural ties to the American Indian community in the state, and your personal commitment to serve the community. WSAC strongly encourages multiple recommendation letters be submitted by renewal applicants.
- Apply for state and federal need-based financial aid using the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The college or university you attend next academic year will use the information to determine the amount of your financial need. Financial need is among the criteria for selection as an AIES scholarship recipient.
- Sign and mail a hard copy of the application, with all required attachments, to the American Indian Endowed Scholarship (AIES) program at the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC):
American Indian Endowed Scholarship Program
Washington Student Achievement Council
917 Lakeridge Way
Olympia, WA 98502 (use street address for UPS or FedEx delivery)
PO Box 43430
Olympia, WA 98504 (use PO Box for US Postal Service delivery)
Questions? Contact Ann Voyles, Program Associate:
Phone: (360) 753-7843
February 1, 2020
American Indian Endowed Scholarship