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

Fall Semester - June 1, 2017;
Spring Semester - November 1, 2017;
Summer Semester - April 1, 2017

Please turn all applications into dbattese@pawneenation.org.


Scholarships with December deadlines:


American Indian Graduate Center opportunities link:


American Indian Graduate Center Scholarship Search Engine:


Scholarships & Financial Aid for Minority Students:


For those graduating soon here is a link to a graduate program at Southeastern Oklahoma State University:

Master of Science in Native American Leadership


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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