MN Indian Scholarship and Tribal Grant

Minnesota residents with documented one-fourth or more Indian ancestry may be eligible for the Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program. Students of Indian ancestry may also be eligible for a Tribal Grant.

Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
Tel: (651) 642-0567 or (800) 657-3866
Fax: (651) 642-0675

Lara Gerhardson, Outreach Liaison
Tel: (218) 755-2557
Bemidji State University
114 Decker Hall
Bemidji, MN 56601

Students should contact their individual Tribal Education Office for specific information and application forms. Map of Tribal Scholarship Contacts

Bois Forte Reservation
Fond du Lac Tribal Center
Grand Portage Reservation
Leech Lake Scholarship Office
Lower Sioux Community
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Scholarship Office
Prairie Island Indian Community
Red Lake Nation
Shakopee Sioux Mdewakanton Community
Upper Sioux Community
White Earth Nation

Private Scholarships

Many private organizations in your home town offer scholarships to help with the costs of attending college. You may wish to contact your high school counselor or the public library for information on local scholarships.  A reputable scholarship search tool should not charge a fee, so beware of scholarship scams that guarantee results for a fee.  Anticipated private scholarship funds should be reported to the NTC Financial Aid Office.

Scholarship Opportunities

Here are some free tools for searching for private scholarships:

Foundation Scholarships (APPLY)

Northwest Technical College Foundation manages scholarships for current and new NTC students enrolled part-time and full-time. Typically over $40,000 in scholarships are awarded each year.   Scholarship awards range from $250 to $1,500 per semester and a few scholarships may be renewed for more than one semester.

Students complete an online application and the scholarship committee selects the recipients for a specific scholarship(s) based on how well you answer the three essay questions on the application. Successful applicants must meet the scholarship criteria such as GPA, program of study, and the other criteria noted on the scholarship list below.

Increase your chance to receive a scholarship!  Type your answers to the essay questions in a Microsoft Word document first; have someone else proof your answers; then cut and paste your final document into the online form. The online form does not offer Spellcheck.

Please Note:  Letters of recommendation are required for the Paul Bunyan Vintage Auto Club, Fred Breen, and the Young Professional scholarships. To be eligible for those scholarships, submit the letters of recommendation to the Admissions Office separately from the online application.

Find more information: Scholarship Opportunities

Workforce Development Scholarships (APPLY)

Thanks to the Minnesota State’s Workforce Development Scholarship program, Northwest Technical College is offering 30 $2,500 scholarships for students beginning in the Fall of 2021. Scholarships are available to students enrolling in the following high demand fields listed below (April 30, 2021 priority deadline). Priority application review will be given to applications received before or on April 30, but applications will still be accepted after that date.

Workforce Development Scholarships are available for the 2021-2022 academic school year. Priority is given to full-time, first-time NTC students pursuing careers in automotive service, early childhood education or childcare, dental assisting, emerging computer technology, engineering technology, gerontology & aging care, health science broad field, healthcare admin support or specialist, medical coding, nursing-generic (RN) or practical nursing (PN) are welcome to apply.

Eligible programs:


  • Early Childhood/Childcare

  • Dental Assisting

  • Emerging Computer Technology

  • Engineering Technology





  • Nursing GENERIC (rn)

  • Practical Nursing (pn)

  • gerontology – NEW!


Students must be Minnesota Residents and priority is given to first-time college students who plan to enroll full-time. Priority application review will be given to applications received before or on April 30, but applications will still be accepted after that date. APPLY