Other scholarship opportunities are available to Native American youth from a variety of organizations. These are not administered by the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. Each scholarship will have its own requirements and application.

This is not an exhaustive list.

Online Scholarship Sites

Other sites with links to scholarships:



Open Education Database PhD Scholarships

Open Education Database Graduate Scholarships

Click here to see Native American scholarship opportunities through CollegeScholarships.org

Click here for over 2,000 Nebraska-based scholarships

National Scholarships for Native American youth

American Indian Services AIS Scholarship
Amount: Varies
Requirements: Enrolled in a university, college, junior college or technical school (1/4) Northern-Native American Indian Blood. Undergraduate student with no more than 150 semester credits or 210 quarter credits. Full-time or part-time status – excluding non-credit courses. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25
Deadline: Ongoing

Association on American Indian Affairs Scholarships
Amount: Varies
Deadline: 2021-2022 Academic Year Applications are Now Open
The Association’s Scholarships are provided to students twice per year until they graduate, as long as they maintain a 2.5 GPA and attend full-time.

American Indian Graduate Center Wells Fargo Undergraduate Scholarships
Amount: Varies
Requirements: This scholarship is funded by Wells Fargo and administered by American Indian Graduate Center. To be considered an applicant must be enrolled in a federally recognized tribe and be a junior or senior pursuing a career and degree in fields related to banking, resort management, gaming operations, management and administration, including accounting, finance, information technology and human resources.
Deadline: Ongoing

American Indian Graduate Center Graduate Fellowships
Amount: Varies
Requirements: Pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree as a full-time student at an accredited U.S. graduate School; demonstrate financial need; and be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group, or be able to demonstrate ancestry of 1/4 degree Indian blood.
Deadline: Ongoing

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Scholarships
AISES helps students move forward in their educational journeys by providing a range of programs and scholarship opportunities. AISES scholarships help students acquire skills and training that will help them meet the STEM needs of our communities.
Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies by scholarship

AICPA Fellowship for Minority Doctoral Students
The program’s goal is to increase the number of minority CPAs who serve as role models and mentors to young people in the academic environment and university classrooms.

Cobell Scholarship
The Cobell Scholarship is the result of the Cobell v. Salazar settlement. It is competitive, merit first then
need based, non-renewable, and available to any post-secondary (after high school) student who is; an
enrolled member of a US Federally-Recognized Tribe, enrolled in full-time study and is degree seeking.
Applicants must plan to attend or be attending any nationally, regionally and industry accredited nonprofit, public and private, institution. Applicants must be pursuing a vocational certificate or diploma,
associate’s, bachelors, masters, doctoral or professional degree, or certificate.

American Indian Employee Resource Group
2020-2021 Scholarship Program

Amount: Three scholarships in the amount of $5,500 U.S. dollars each
Deadline: February 15th, 2021
Apply: https://medtronic.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eXlr3uauGirxThj

Texas A&M:
Doctoral Diversity Excellence Fellowship (PDF)

Randy Rogers Wood Bison Foundation (PDF)

Nebraska Scholarship Sites and colleges

Lincoln Community Foundation

The Lincoln Community Foundation has scholarships to assist Native American youth pursuing post-secondary education. The deadline for application is March 15, 2020. Students will need to sign up to apply for these scholarships on the Lincoln Community Foundation website at https://lcf.academicworks.com.

Scholarships available through the Lincoln Community Foundation include the following:

  • The Chief Standing Bear Scholarship is awarded to students pursuing an undergraduate degree who are Nebraska residents and are able to provide proof of tribal affiliation. Click here to view the full guidelines.
  • The Leonard F. Hartwig Scholarship is awarded to current graduating Native American seniors from public or private high schools in Lincoln, NE who are pursuing post-secondary education. Click here to view the full guidelines.

Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship Program


Authorized by the Nebraska Legislature in 2007, the Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship Program pays tuition and mandatory fees for qualified, low-income high school students to enroll in college courses from Nebraska colleges or universities, either through dual-enrollment or early enrollment agreements with these institutions. High school students may apply for funding under this program by completing the ACE Student Application, which is reviewed by the Coordinating Commission for award consideration.

To qualify for the scholarship the student must be enrolled in an eligible course being taken for a grade (courses taken as audit or as CR/NC are not eligible), and the student or student’s family must be approved to participate in one of the federal need-based government programs listed below, have experienced an extreme hardship that affects family income, or be participating in a designated Career Education program as established by the Nebraska Department of Education.

  • Free or Reduced Price Lunch Program
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Special Supplemental Assistance Program (WIC)

The student must provide documentation verifying approval to participate in the program or of the hardship.

Students that do not have legal status in the United States, including those that have been granted DACA status, are not eligible to apply for the ACE Scholarship based on state law.

Please note the following application and deadline dates for the ACE Scholarship:

For Summer classes that have a start date of July 1 or later – application can be submitted starting April 1 (July 15 for Career Program of Study); deadline September 15

For Fall term classes – application can be submitted starting August 1 (October 15 for Career Program of Study); deadline December 15

For Winter term classes – application can be submitted November 1 (January 15 for Career Program of Study); deadline March 31

For Spring term classes – application can be submitted November 15 (March 15 for Career Program of Study); deadline May 15

For Summer classes that have a start date prior to July 1 – application can be submitted April 1 (May 15 for Career Program of Study); deadline June 15

Nebraska Community College Gap Assistance Program

The Community College Gap Assistance Program aims to address this looming shortage by offering financial aid to community college students enrolled in credit or non-credit programs that are not eligible for Pell grants that could lead to jobs in high-need fields.

STEM Connect Scholarship

STEM Connect is a partnership among the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Southeast Community College, and Western Nebraska Community College. STEM CONNECT awards scholarships to and provides curricular and co-curricular support to academically talented, low-income students with interest in careers that require strong skills in mathematics or computer science. https://www.southeast.edu/stem-connect/

Norfolk Public Schools Foundation

The Norfolk Public Schools Foundation has a comprehensive scholarship program for Norfolk High School students seeking post-secondary education: https://www.norfolkpublicschools.org/foundation/scholarships/

Goodrich Scholarship Program | University of Nebraska Omaha 

Since 1972, the Goodrich Scholarship Program has enabled more than 1,900 students to complete a first-class education at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO). You know many of our alums today as doctors, educators, engineers, artists, and elected officials. What they are and always will be is Goodrich. Once a Goodricher, always a Goodricher. 

Nebraska College Preparatory Academy 

The Nebraska College Preparatory Academy (NCPA) is an innovative college access program that prepares academically-talented, first-generation, low-income students in grades 9-12 for college and … 

Teacher Scholars Academy | College of Education and Human … 

We intend that teachers who emerge from the academy will be engaged in ways that prepare students for the future. The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Teacher Scholars Academy will support the preparation of exceptional teacher/leaders who: Are effective and confident in facilitating learning for all of Nebraska… 

Scholarships | University of Nebraska at Kearney 

University of Nebraska at Kearney Scholarship Guidelines. The philosophy of the Scholarship Committee is to assist… Athletic Grants. Scholarships for athletes are available at the discretion of the Athletic Director and the coaching… Freshman Scholarship … 

Scholarships | Wayne State College

Wayne State College offers more than 200 types of scholarships.

Susan T. Buffett Foundation scholarship

The Susan T. Buffett Foundation scholarship application for the 2021-2022 academic year opened Sunday, November 1st. The link to the application will be posted on our homepage: https://buffettscholarships.org/

Due to the pandemic, we have made a change to an eligibility requirement for the Buffett Scholarship along with a few changes to the scholarship application. Please see below for these changes and other important information:  

  • GPA eligibility requirement
    • Students must have at least a 2.0 unweighted cumulative GPA (or 77 on a 100-point scale)
    • More of your students will be eligible to apply
  • Application changes
    • One professional recommendation is required (not two) 
    • Fewer essay questions and smaller word count (the questions are on our website https://buffettscholarships.org/application-requirements)
    • ACT superscoring – if students take the ACT more than once, they can report their highest subtest scores in the application
    • Please urge your students to complete it early, preferably before the new year
    • Early FAFSA completion is especially vital if a student’s financial situation changed significantly this year compared to what is reflected on their federal income tax return. If you are working with a student in this scenario, the student needs to:

1) Complete the FAFSA

2) Contact the financial aid office of the college they plan to attend to discuss their change in financial circumstances. The student will need to file a special circumstances appeal, and the college’s financial aid office will decide if the student’s financial aid can be adjusted.

3) Email us scholarships_app@stbfoundation.org to let us know