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Let’s begin academic school year 2022/2023 with a BANG!


  1. Eligible students ARE RESPONSIBLE for the completion of all required paperwork at the school you have been officially admitted to; this includes our program.
  2. The DEADLINE for applying to the Fond du Lac Scholarship Program (FDL SP) is July 1st of each year if you intend to start fall semester/quarter.
  3. The application for the FDL SP is located here. Fill out the first six links. Be sure to sign and date all documents where required.
  4. Follow the Checklist. The FDL SP staff will review documents for completion. If anything is missing, you will be notified.
  5. Complete the FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, right away www.studentaid.gov.
  6. Complete the MN Indian Scholarship if attending college in Minnesota, www.ohe.state.mn.us.

Students in need of assistance can reach Shelley West at rachellewest@fdlrez.com, (218) 878-2633, or Veronica Smith at veronicasmith@fdlrez.com, (218) 878-2681.


Historically, Anishnaabeg were a “performance based” people. The Leaders and Elders would reward a person for the good and positive contributions made to and for their families, community and tribe. Our people continue to practice this tradition which results in a healthy community; a place where people can meet their economic, social, physical, cultural and spiritual needs, work together for the common good and participate in creating their future. The Fond du Lac Scholarship Program’s mission is to follow this path by “rewarding” or providing scholarship assistance to eligible band members who seek to complete college degrees, technical school certificates or private career school diplomas.

Budget Sheet Procedure

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Login Cheat Sheet

Contact the Scholarship Office:

1720 Big Lake Road.
Cloquet, MN 55720
Phone: 1-800-365-1613 or 218-878-2681
FAX: 218-878-7529
Email: scholarships@fdlrez.com

College Opportunities

Study.com Scholarships

This year's scholarships include:

  • Scholarships for STEM and Business majors
  • Scholarships for future teachers and nurses
  • Scholarships for underrepresented populations, Indigenous students, and first-generation students
  • and many more!

Website Link

University of Minnesota Native American Promise Tuition Program

U of MN has announced its Native American Promise Tuition Program. Starting in Fall 2022, they are expanding the Morris Campus program to the remaining four system campuses, giving substantial financial support, and in many cases completely free tuition, to first-year undergraduate students and transfers from Tribal colleges who are enrolled citizens in one of Minnesota’s 11 federally recognized Tribal Nations.

Website Link

Augsburg University Full Tuition Program

Starting this fall, Augsburg University of Minneapolis, will launch the American Indian Recognition Full Tuition Program to support and promote the importance of American Indian students on campus. While several states have enacted laws providing financial aid to American Indian students, this full-tuition program appears to be one of the first of its kind among private U.S. colleges and universities. Unlike many public institutions, Augsburg’s program does not limit eligibility to American Indian students who live in the state. See related links below:

Augsburg University Full Tuition Program Page
Augsburg University General Information

Addiction Studies Scholarships Available at Mesabi Range College

The Addiction Studies Department at Mesabi Range College has some exciting news with a grant opportunity for individuals in the general population with opioid use disorder. They must have one year recovering from problematic substance use disorder as defined by the 8 Dimensions of Wellness from SAMHSA. Preference given to treatment court/tribal court participants, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color), and low-income individuals.

The application deadline is June 1, 2022. Your contact person for all admission processes will be Alie Staniger at 218-749-7779 or email addictionstudiesprogram@mesabirange.edu.

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Scholarships for Native American Students

The website, BestColleges.com, has a helpful section for Native American students. Learn about scholarships available to Native American students, and discover ways to help pay for your postsecondary education.

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Students United Scholarships

Students United, a nonprofit in MN that advocates for students' rights, has scholarships available for students who are attending any MinnState system college/university.

We offer/promote 8 scholarships with varying criteria.

  • Some of them are open to graduate students as well as undergrad.
  • Most are about leadership and advocacy, but we also have some need-based scholarships as well as an emergency relief fund.
  • There are two that are only available for those who identify themselves as a person of color (being the Elizabeth Pegues Matching Scholarship and the Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship).

Scholarship Information

Ethel Curry American Indian Leadership Scholarship

The Ethel Curry American Indian Leadership Scholarship (ECS) is now accepting new applicants for SY22-23. This scholarship is meant to aid American Indian students in their pursuit of higher education opportunities. Awards generally range from $1000-$5000 per academic year, but may vary. The scholarship is open from March 1 to May 31 annually.

Scholarship Information
Scholarship Application

UMD Master's Programs

For anyone who is considering either UMD’s Master of Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship program or the Master of Tribal Administration and Governance program; The 1854 Treaty Authority and the University of Minnesota are partnering to create a fully-funded graduate assistantship which will cover tuition, living stipend, and health insurance throughout the two-year master’s degree (Fall 2022 - Spring 2024).

Full details here.

TC Energy Scholarships

The Program accepts applications until May 6th, 2022 at 11:59 PST. We offer three different types of scholarships:

  • INDIGENOUS LEGACY Scholarships ($5,000)
  • TRADES scholarship ($2,500)
    • awarded to students annually who are studying trades relevant to the energy industry.
  • STEM scholarship ($5,000)
    • awarded to students annually who are studying science, engineering, technology or math academic disciplines related to our industry, and can demonstrate a strong commitment to their communities through volunteerism, leadership or other community involvement.

Students can apply at tcenergy.com/scholarships.

University of Minnesota Native American Promise Tuition Program

U of MN has announced its Native American Promise Tuition Program. Starting in Fall 2022, they are expanding the Morris Campus program to the remaining four system campuses, giving substantial financial support, and in many cases completely free tuition, to first-year undergraduate students and transfers from Tribal colleges who are enrolled citizens in one of Minnesota’s 11 federally recognized Tribal Nations. For more information about the University of Minnesota Native American Promise Tuition Program, please click here.

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Opportunities

Weekend College Learning Community - every-other weekend, meeting Friday evening and all day Saturday for two years Degree Me Learning Community - meeting Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for two years

University of Phoenix Scholarship

The University of Phoenix and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa have teamed up to provide educational opportunities to the tribal community while minimizing or eliminating the need for student loan debt.

Scholarship Information

Minnesota Power Foundation “Positively Powerful” Scholarship Fund

The fund provides need-based scholarships to deserving students in Minnesota Power’s service area who demonstrate integrity, academic achievement, grit and perseverance. This scholarship provides an opportunity to minimize the financial barriers of higher education while creating an economically thriving and culturally vibrant talent community in northeastern and central Minnesota.

Positively Powerful Scholarships

NAFOA Institute Career Basics

Career Basics is an online program designed for self-identifying Native American youth ages 18-26 years old. Please use the link below to register for the Leadership Track of Career Basics which is free and open to eligible individuals.

NAFOA Career Basics Registration


Benefits.Gov Grant Matching Program

Two programs are available from Benefits.Gov; Matching Grants to Tribes for Scholarship Program, and Indian Higher Education Grant Program. The Matching Grants program is specifically for students in the Health Care field. The Higher Education Program is for any college students. For details and qualifications, see the links below:

Matching Grants to Tribes for Scholarship Program

Indian Higher Education Grant Program

Diné College 2021 Summer & Fall Tuition and Application Discount

For the 2021 Summer and Fall Semesters, Diné College tuition is 50% off, and they are waiving admission, technology and student activity fees! Diné College offers 46 degree courses with 90% of classes being online. See the Diné College website and documents links below for programs and admissions information.

Diné College Website

Diné College Degree Program List

Diné College High School Transcription Form

Diné College Certification of Indian Blood Form

Diné College New Student Checklist

Pathways Program, BIA Office of Trust Services

We are pleased to announce that we are recruiting for several Pathways internship positions working across the nation performing a variety of assignments involving the basic principles of management and program analysis, in one or more Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Office of Trust Services (OTS) program areas. Students will also receive opportunities to raise their awareness of traditional ecological knowledge education and land-management practices in use today by Tribes.

Pathways Program Details

University of Arizona Indigenous Governance Program

The Indigenous Governance Program (IGP) provides educational opportunities for individuals interested in a deep, practical understanding of Indigenous governance and rights. Our internationally renowned faculty teach a combination of live and online courses for tribal leaders and other professionals to collaborate on how to strengthen Indigenous governance.

January in Tucson - Three weeks of three-day courses.

Grad Program - Master of Professional Studies in Indigenous Governance

U of A IGP website

Scholarship Office Staff

Rachelle A. West
Scholarship Director
Office: 218-878-2633
FAX: 218-878-7529

Veronica Smith
Scholarship Program Assistant
Office: 218-878-2681
FAX: 218-878-7529