AISES Scholarship FAQ

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) helps students move forward in their educational journeys by providing a wide range of programs and scholarship opportunities. AISES scholarships help students acquire skills and training that will help them meet the unique STEM needs of our communities. We highly encourage you to apply for all the scholarships you are eligible for! To apply, you must be an AISES member.  

Frequently Asked Questions

The Online Scholarship Application Information System (OASIS) is the system AISES uses to collect and evaluate scholarship and internship applications. AISES has partnered with Indigenous Education, Inc. (providers of the Cobell Scholarship) to offer easy access to scholarships for American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawai’ians, Pacific Islanders, and members of Canada’s First Nations through the OASIS Platform.

In OASIS students will complete a General Application Profile that can be completed, revised and submitted year-round and will match you only with the scholarship opportunities you are eligible for, and those that are open and available to receive. Creating a General Application Profile is the first step to completing other scholarship applications that you qualify for. All of the scholarship opportunities (AISES, The Cobell Scholarship and others offered by Indigenous Education, Inc., and Dream Warriors) have different eligibility criteria. Be sure to read the specific requirements carefully.

Each AISES Scholarship has its own eligibility requirements regarding GPA, majors and academic status. Please see the individual scholarship pages for eligibility requirements. However, at a minimum all scholarships require the following:

AISES Membership:

Applicants must be a current AISES members at the time of application.  All applicants will be required to enter a valid AISES membership number. To get a membership number join AISES or retrieve your membership number through AISES Membership Portal

Tribal Membership

Applicants must be an enrolled member or a decedent of an enrolled member of a federal or state recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native Village; or Native Hawaiian or decedent from a Native Hawaiian; or Pacific Islander or decedent from Pacific Islander; or Indigenous person of Canada.  Enrollment documents and/or a copy of birth certificate(s) showing descendancy from an enrolled citizen, Indigenous group of Canada, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander are acceptable.  Applicants may also, instead, provide a copy of their Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood or Certificate of Degree of Alaska Native Blood (CDIB) card.  Please note, AISES may not always have scholarships available for non-citizens of the United States.

  • Scholarship Application Open: December 15, 2017
  • Scholarship Application Close: March 31, 2018
  • Application Review Period: April 16 – June 29, 2018 (AISES will review scholarship applications on a rolling basis)

Award notifications (both awards and declines) will begin May 14, 2018 depending on when applications were reviewed. Notifications could occur as late as June 29, 2018.

Awarded (finalists) students will receive the list of any additional requirements in their notification letters beginning May 14, 2018. AISES will/may require an official or unofficial transcript, enrollment verification, a direct deposit form, a recent photo, a thank you and/or cover letter to the scholarship donor to be uploaded in OASIS by August 31, 2018.

Awarded (finalists) students will receive the list of any additional requirements in their notification letters. AISES will/may require an official or unofficial transcript, enrollment verification, a direct deposit form, a recent photo, a thank you and/or cover letter to the scholarship donor to be uploaded in OASIS by August 31, 2018. 

If you have submitted all documents as required by AISES we will begin paying scholarships out in September and through the month of November. 

Please note that AISES cannot award scholarship funds to students before we have received the money from the scholarship donor. Although we do our best to award scholarships according to the months noted above there may be occasions where AISES may not be able to send scholarship funds according to this schedule. We reserve the right to make disbursement changes at any time. AISES will notify scholarship finalists should changes to the disbursement schedule be made.

If you have questions about AISES Scholarships, or your school requires that documents be sent by mail, please send an e-mail to, or mail to: AISES Scholarship Department, 6899 Winchester Circle, STE 102A, Boulder, CO 80301. You can also reach us by phone at 720-552-6123.

Information for Scholarship Seekers (from the National Scholarship Providers Association)

  • We encourage you to talk to your high school counselor(s) about scholarships and ask them to inform you about upcoming opportunities. Scholarship providers often send information to high school counselors so use them as a resource. Many high schools post scholarship opportunities/deadlines on a bulletin board or on their website on a regular basis. If your high school doe not do that, it could be a useful suggestion to offer.
  • Do not wait until you're accepted, but talk to the college or university admission professionals and/or financial aid administrators at the schools in which you are interested in as soon as possible. Find out what type of scholarships and financial aid they can offer and how to go about applying for these funds. If you know what your academic major might be, talk to that particular department as well. Individual departments often offer their own scholarships that are not necessarily awarded through the college's financial aid office.
  • If you have received your financial aid package (when or after you've been accepted), including any private scholarships you've been awarded, and the amount you still owe is more than your family can realistically afford, ask the college you hope to attend about options to appeal. Most colleges have an appeal process which might lead to a few more dollars towards your college expenses. This is no guarantee, and we don't recommend taking advantage of this process if you don't actually need additional monies, but it never hurts to ask. Also, don't be afraid to take a work study or other part-time job to contribute to your education and living expenses. Many students work part-time and there are studies showing that students who work on average no more than 12 hours each week do better in school because they learn better time management skills and are investing in their own education.
  • Be sure that you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) when it becomes available on or after October 1st each year. Studies have shown that students who apply for financial aid during the first three months of the FAFSA submission period (beginning October 1) tend to receive twice as much grant (free) money on average as students who apply later in the financial aid application process. Many colleges have priority deadlines for filing the FAFSA, so be sure you meet those dates to receive the most funding possible. Apply early to be sure to get first in line for funding opportunities from the school and the state. The FAFSA is what colleges, the government, and some scholarship providers use to determine your estimated family contribution (EFC) and demonstrated financial need which, in turn, determines which grants, loans, and scholarships you might be eligible to receive. If you don't complete and submit the FAFSA by each school’s priority deadline date, you may not be eligible for any aid from the federal government given through your college. Many scholarship providers ask for your FAFSA information as well. If you have questions about this, contact your high school counselor(s) or the financial aid office at the college you are considering attending.
  • While nation-wide scholarships often award large scholarships, local scholarships tend to have better odds for "winning" since you're often competing against fewer students. Apply for as many scholarships as you can (even $500 and $1,000 awards can add up), but use good time and resource management skills to prioritize how much time you should spend on each application and divide your time and effort accordingly. For example, if a local foundation is awarding ten $1,000 scholarships and a big corporation is awarding one $10,000 scholarship, apply for both, but put more effort into the application for the local scholarship. Even though it's just $1,000, your chances of being selected are probably greater.
  • We advise students to never pay for scholarship or financial aid information. Services that ask for payment are often scams, and even if they are not, there are many free resources available.
  • For great resources for all things dealing with student financial aid including scholarship resources, visit sites such as, and​

We wish you the best of luck in securing a scholarship and in your future educational endeavors. YOU can do this!

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