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University of Illinois Native American Student Scholarship

Native American Student Scholarship

In 1995, President James J. Stukel established the Native American Student Scholarship. It celebrates the achievements and potential of Native American undergraduates. The goal of the program is to increase the recruitment and retention of Native American/American Indian undergraduates and to support Native American student leadership, service, and scholarship.


The scholarship provides in-state base tuition and fees for eight semesters or until graduation, whichever comes first.


Priority is given to Freshman students; however, continuing undergraduates are also encouraged to apply when a scholarship becomes available and is not filled by a Freshman applicant. Financial need will also be considered.

Individuals must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian or Alaska Native group, or provide documentation of descendancy.

A completed application, essay, proof of tribal affiliation, and two letters of recommendation are required. Students who articulate best how they envision contributing to the life of the campus, particularly in areas of improving the understanding, awareness, and appreciation of the culture, customs and concerns of Native people, are more likely to be awarded a scholarship.

Application Deadline

April 15, 2019

Native American Scholarship Application 2019

Questions may be directed to Nichole Boyd, Director, Native American House, Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations,, 217-265-0632.