AIEA 2022-2023 Student Scholarship

Phoenix, Arizona – The Arizona Indian Education Association (AIEA) Scholarship Committee has announced the deadline submission date for the 2022-2023 AIEA Student Scholarship Application has been EXTENDED. The extended deadline to submit completed scholarship applications is 11:59 pm on August 26, 2022 by e-mail to AIEA.est2003@gmail.com.

The scholarship will recognize American Indian students who demonstrate exemplary achievement in academics, community service, leadership, and who consistently participate in cultural activities. The goal of this scholarship is to promote, encourage, and support students as they develop into scholars and prepare to engage in important careers as adults. The scholarship is open to American Indian students residing in and attending a school, or community college/university in Arizona.
Scholarship categories include:

Middle School

  • 7th Generation Scholarship – Students with a GPA of 2.0 or above and excel in many areas including academics, extracurricular activities, or involvement in the community for the benefit of American Indian students and/or American Indian people.

High School

  • Academics – Students with a GPA of 2.0 or above and doing very well in school,
  • Exemplary – Students who excel in many areas including academics, extracurricular activities, and involvement in the American Indian community, and
  • Make a Difference – Students who may not excel in academics, but excel in other areas including extracurricular activities, artistic abilities, or involvement in the community for the benefit of American Indian students and/or American Indian people.

College

  • Academics – Students with a GPA of 2.0 or above and doing very well in school,
  • Exemplary – Students who excel in many areas including academics, extracurricular activities, and involvement in the American Indian community, and
  • Make a Difference – Students who may not excel in academics, but excel in other areas including extracurricular activities, artistic abilities, or involvement in the community for the benefit of American Indian students and/or American Indian people.
AIEA Scholarship Press Release
AIEA Scholarship Press Release
AIEA Scholarship Application
AIEA Scholarship Application

AIEA Student Scholarship FAQ’s

You can find answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Arizona Indian Education Association’s Student Scholarships below.

  1. Where and how do I apply?

    1. Answer:
      1. Download the Scholarship application and evaluate the three scholarship categories
      2. Complete the scholarship application
      3. Gather all of the scholarship application materials and send them to AIEA by EMAIL to: AIEA.est2003@gmail.com
      4. Or you can MAIL your application to: AIEA Scholarship, 2214 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004
  2. What are the scholarship categories?

    1. Middle School
      1. 7th Generation Academic – Students with a GPA of 2.0 or above and excel in many areas including academics, extracurricular activities, or involvement in the community for the benefit of American Indian students and/or American Indian people
    2. High School & College/Graduate
      1. Academics – Students with a GPA of 2.0 or above and doing very well in school
      2. Exemplary – Students who excel in many areas including academics, extracurricular activities, and involvement in the American Indian community
      3. Make a Difference – Students who may not excel in academics, but excel in other areas including extracurricular activities, artistic abilities, or involvement in the community for the benefit of American Indian students and/or American Indian people
  3. How many scholarships are awarded?

    1. Answer: There are 7 total scholarships awarded each cycle. One scholarship per scholarship category per school grade group as follows:
      1. Middle School/Junior High: 7th Generation Academic
      2. High School: Academics, Exemplary, and Make a Difference
      3. College/University: Academics, Exemplary, and Make a Difference
  4. When are applications open?

    1. Answer: AIEA strives to continually release the scholarship application in a timely manner as to release funds by the start of the Fall semester. For updates of our annual scholarship, please visit the AIEA webpage (https://bit.ly/aieaweb) in the Spring.
  5. When will I be notified if I am awarded a scholarship?

    1. Answer: AIEA will notify award winners via email and letter by the notification date listed on the scholarship application.
  6. What is required for complete applications?

    1. Answer: The following are the needed materials that make up a complete application:
      1. Completed application form
        1. Please check ONE award
      2. Copy of tribal enrollment card/CIB from a federally-recognized Indian Nation
      3. Two letters of recommendation
        1. Letters must be from a teacher/professor, counselor/advisor, mentor, church leader, or community leader. Recommendations are encouraged to include cultural aspects and highlights of the student.
      4. Copy of your current school transcripts. Unofficial copies are acceptable
        1. INCOMING HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMEN: Incoming high school freshmen are to provide Middle School/Junior High transcripts.
        2. INCOMING COLLEGE FRESHMEN: Incoming college freshman to college and/or university are to provide High School transcripts.
      5. Typed double-spaced essay (2 pages, 12 point font) referring to the designated theme listed on the application
        1. Please follow the essay directions as listed on the application.
      6. Curriculum vitae or resume
        1. Please include information regarding your education and career objective, awards received, student government or leadership positions, extracurricular activities (i.e. clubs, sports, community organizations, etc.), job experience, and job experience.
      7. COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ONLY: Copy of enrollment verification from college/university office
  7. Can I submit “recycled” or “old” Letters of Recommendation?

    1. Answer: No, AIEA does not accept recycled letters of recommendations that were addressed to other organizations. Also, AIEA does not accept old letters of recommendations. Letters must be dated for this year and addressed to AIEA.
  8. Can I have my Letter of Recommendation sent by my recommender?

    1. Answer: Yes, but it is the student’s responsibility to check with the Recommender that he or she submit the letter before the deadline.
  9. What should I include in my essay?

    1. Answer: To write an excellent essay, be sure to address the designated theme listed on the application. This is to have students write their essay in apersonalized manner of what the theme means to themselves. The theme changes each year.
  10. Can I submit a “recycled” or “old” scholarship essay?

    1. Answer: No, AIEA does not accept recycled student essays that were addressed to other organizations. Also, AIEA does not accept old student essays. Essays must address AIEA and must address the theme listed on the application.
  11. Can I apply even if I am attending an out-of-state school?

    1. Answer: No, AIEA does not accept applications from students that are attending or will be attending a school or college/university outside the state of Arizona. This scholarship is intended for students currently living in Arizona who are attending or will be attending an Arizona school or college/university.
  12. Can I apply even if I am a member of an Arizona-federally recognized tribe that is attending an out-of-state school/college?

    1. Answer: No. This scholarship is intended for students currently living in Arizona who are attending or will be attending an Arizona school or college/university.
  13. Does my transcript(s) have to be official?

    1. Answer: No, a copy of your unofficial transcript(s) is acceptable.
  14. Do the College scholarships fund certificate programs, vocational, or trade school?

    1. Answer: No. The College scholarships only fund degree-seeking students who currently reside in Arizona AND are attending an Arizona school or college/university.
  15. What expenses does the scholarship cover?

    1. Answer: The scholarship can cover any expense of the awarded student’s choosing.
  16. If awarded, how will I receive my scholarship?

    1. Answer: Awarded students will receive their scholarship award through the mail as a check payable to the student name listed on the application. Awarded students will be notified by AIEA through email regarding their check.

Other Helpful Tips

  1. Please view all related webinar videos regarding essay, resume, and recommendation letter writing on the AIEA YouTube Channel at https://bit.ly/AIEAchannel. There are many great resources and tips found in these videos that can assist with the scholarship writing process.
  2. Contacting the Arizona Indian Education Association to confirm we have received your scholarship application materials is completely acceptable and encouraged to ensure your
    scholarship application is complete.
  3. Be sure to select one award on the application and include named award in your essay.
  4. Typed double-spaced essay (2 pages, 12 point font) referring to the designated theme listed on the application.
    1. Follow the instructions and answer the prompt
    2. Use professional language (no text language or abbreviations)
    3. Make sure to check spelling and grammar before submitting
    4. Have a teacher, professor, or writing tutor read over your essay for quality, organization, and readability
  5. Submitting your application
    1. For the fastest way to submit your application, please email the completed application to AIEA.est2003@gmail.com
  6. Have more questions about the AIEA Student Scholarship?
    1. Please email Esther Nystrom at bitterwateraz@gmail.com.

For more information about the AIEA Student Scholarship Application, please contact Esther Nystrom at bitterwateraz@gmail.com.