Tribal Colleges and Universities are a category of minority-serving higher education institutions in the United States.
Most Tribal Colleges are located on or near Indian reservations and Native American communities, providing access to post-secondary education, accredited degrees, and vocational training for both Native American and non-Native American students.
In many instances, cultures and traditions of the local Native American tribes are a part of the Tribal College curriculum.
Funding an Education at a Tribal Colleges:
One of the smallest minority populations that is recognized in the United States is the Native American community. Most Native Americans today have interracial backgrounds, but their ancestory dates back far before European explorers stepped foot in North America. Since the Native American population is limited in number, so too are the opportunities for education and scholarships.
Tribal colleges offer the opportunity for Native Americans to pursue an education in a friendly environemtn with like-minded students. Native Americans can apply for most federal and state scholarship programs to fund an education at such a tribal college, as long as they meet the eligibility requirements.
Recent News about Tribal Colleges:
The Native American Leadership in Education (NALE) group provides scholarship money to a handful of Native American students nationwide each year. In addition, the Osage Tribal Education Committee Scholarship and the Tribal Business Management Program offer support for Native American students attending tribal colleges. The former provides minimal scholarship money, which is only $200-$400 each year, but its recipients total to 150 to 250 students. The latter awards $500-$5,000 to 35 Native American students. For Native American students that live in the state of Minnesota, you can be awarded with $3,300-$6,600 in scholarship money by the Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program.