Higher Education Program

The Higher Education program or scholarship program is to provide supplemental financial assistance to enrolled members of the Pawnee Tribe that are pursuing a bachelor's degree at an accredited institution of higher learning.  Applicants must satisfy all Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs  requirements as specified in the application packet in order to determine eligibility. 

Eligibility requirements:

  1. Be a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma.  Students must provide a Certificate Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB).
  2. Be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education.
  3. Have a financial need as determined by the eligible institution's financial aid office according to the U.S. Department of Education's formula.
  4. Must apply for all available financial aid.
  5. Completed application must be submitted by the deadline (see below).

The following documents must be submitted:

  • Completed application form (see below)
  • Certificate Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB)
  • Letter of Acceptance from an eligible institution
  • High school transcript or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  • Transcripts from previous term of attendance
  • Financial Need Analysis Form - this must be completed by the Financial Aid department of an eligible institution indicating an unmet need
  • Letter of intent
  • Class schedule

Undergraduate Scholarship Application

Graduate Scholarship Application


Summer (2017) - April 3, 2017
Fall Semester - June 5, 2017
Spring Semester - November 6, 2017


Please turn all applications into dbattese@pawneenation.org.


Tribal Scholarships 

American Indian College Fund
American Indian Education Foundation
American Indian Graduate Center
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Scholarship
American Indian Services
Association on American Indian Affairs
Catching the Dream
Cobell Scholarship
Continental Society Daughters of Indian Wars, Inc. (The Native American Scholarship)
International Order of the King’s Daughters and Sons, Inc. North American Indian Department/Scholarship
National Museum of the American Indian Young Native Writers Essay Contest
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (Daughters of the American Revolution)
Native Health Initiative “Education is Ceremony” College Scholarship
NativeVision Scholarship
Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Scholarship (Must be a child an OIGA Employee)
Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development Scholarships
Native American Finance Officers Association Scholarship
The American Indian Nurse Scholarship Awards
Native American Journalist Association (NAJA)
Truman D. Picard Scholarship (Intertribal Timber Council)
Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference Memorial Scholarship Fund (go to website OIMC)
Presbyterian Native American Education Grants; Presbyterian Office of Financial Aid for Studies
The Udall Scholarship


If you have any further questions or concerns please contact our offices. GOOD LUCK!

Thank you

Dorna Battese, MA 

Education Division Director

Higher Education Director

Main: 918.762.3227

Fax: 918.762.3662



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