Career Resources for Native Americans/First Peoples



American Indian College Fund - The American Indian College Fund provides scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native college students seeking under- graduate and graduate degrees at tribal colleges, nonprofit, and accredited schools.

National Society of High School Scholars - The NSHSS Foundation scholarships are targeted toward high school seniors, or rising college freshmen, who belong to groups generally under-represented in many career areas.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Scholarships – This organization helps American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and Indigenous peoples of Canada move forward in their educational journeys by providing a wide range of programs and scholarship opportunities. Note: Must be a member to apply for the scholarships.

Community for Accredited Online Schools, Scholarships for Native American Students – There are resources available to Native American students who desire to pursue higher education. Here is a guide that provides an overview of the scholarships, grants and assistance available through tribal colleges.

Bureau of Indian Education, Scholarship Opportunities for American Indian Students – The mission of this educational institution is to provide opportunities from early childhood through life in accordance with a tribe’s needs for cultural and economic well-being. There is a long list of tribal and representative scholarships available on this website.

Native American Women Scholarships - Female Native Americans are frequently under-represented within the higher education community. Oftentimes, female Native Americans do not have access to the resources other student groups do that make it possible for them to attend college. Here is a long list of scholarship opportunities for this under-represented group.

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship - This scholarship opportunity provides funding to minority students enrolled in one of the technical sciences or engineering disciplines.

EMPOWER Scholarships - The EMPOWER Scholarship, administered by Courage Kenny Foundation, encourages and supports ethnically diverse students who are pursuing a career in a medical or rehabilitation field., American Indian/Native American Scholarships - American Indians/Native Americans face a unique set of challenges in gaining access to a college education and are one of the most under-represented groups both in college and in the degree-holding population. Help in the form of tribal, Native-American specific, and national scholarships can be found on this website.

American Bus Association, Diversity Scholarships - The Diversity Scholarship focuses on broadening the number of traditionally under-represented groups in the management and operation ranks of the transportation, travel, and tourism industry.

American Chemistry Society, Scholars Program - The ACS Scholars Program awards renewable scholarships to under-represented minority students majoring in undergraduate chemistry-related disciplines, and are also intending to pursue careers in chemistry-related fields.

American Meteorological Society, Minority Scholarships - The $6,000 two-year scholarship is for $3000 per year during freshman and sophomore years (second-year funding depends on successful completion of the first academic year). The AMS Minority Scholarships will award funding to minority students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, especially Hispanic, Native American, and Black/African American students.

College Scholarships, Native American Scholarships – You can find scholarships for Native Americans and Native Alaskans that are sponsored by a variety of sources on this webpage.

Brown and Caldwell, Minority Scholarship - There are scholarships opportunities to support minority students who are interested in pursuing a career in the environmental profession.

Entertainment Software Association Foundation, Scholarships - This is a scholarship program to assist women and minority students who are pursuing degrees leading to careers in computer and video game arts.



First Nations Development Institute – This organization’s mission is to strengthen American Indian economies and support healthy Native communities. This is accomplished by investing in and creating innovative institutions and models that strengthen asset control and support economic development for American Indian people and their communities.

College Horizons, Students - This is a program designed for Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian high school sophomores and juniors. The College Horizons organization is deeply committed to helping students like you become experts on the college application and admissions process. This is accomplished by offering a summer admissions workshop focused on demystifying the college application process and exploring college options for Native students.

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Indian Education - The mission of the Office of Indian Education is to support the efforts of local educational agencies, Indian tribes and organizations, postsecondary institutions, and other entities to meet the unique cultural, language, and educational needs of such students; and ensure that all students meet the challenging State academic standards.

First Peoples Fund – Here the mission is to strive to support and voice creative Indigenous artists who share their inspiration, wisdom, knowledge and gifts with their communities. This is accomplished through culturally rooted programs, grant making initiatives, technical assistance and training.

Native American Youth Magazine – This online magazine is a fantastic resource for those of Native American descent, providing a host of information on scholarships, education programs and internships available. Native Youth Magazine also focuses on Native American history, fashion, events and media along with highlighting Native American businesses.

Education Connection, Online Education for Native Americans - Living on a reservation may limit your access to higher education. Online courses are accessible anywhere, anytime. Visit this website to explore the options if you are considering online courses in the comfort of your own home, town library, or anywhere else that has a reliable internet connection.

Center for Community College Student Engagement, Student Experiences at Tribal Colleges – For American Indian and Alaska Native students, an environment where kinship and history provide the foundation of learning is important to educational outcomes. Tribal colleges and universities can be explored in this .pdf file sponsored by CCCSE.

Institute of Education Science, Preparing American Indian Students for College and Career Readiness – Testing and test preparation guides, data, facts, curriculum, planning, and more are available by the IES in the form of a .pdf file for prospective college student preparation while finishing up the high school years.


Jobs and Grants

National Congress of American Indians, Jobs – Here is a long list of job opportunities submitted by employers that are American Indian, Native Hawaiian or Alaska Native businesses, governments, or organizations.

USA Jobs, Native Americans – If you are an American Indian or an Alaskan Native who is also a member of one of the federally recognized tribes, you may be eligible for Indian Preference in your job search. This webpage of the US Government USA Jobs website will help you to determine eligibility and to find a respective job.

U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Affairs, Jobs – This division serves federally recognized tribal governments to operate programs that benefit their communities. There are opportunities to join the ranks of the Indian Affairs mission via employment, leadership training and internships.

NativeHire – This search tool was designed to streamline the job search process for its applicants by working with employers who are actively looking to hire Native Americans.


Networking and Associations

Indigenous World – This organization is an accessible online resource for engaging the unique arts, cultures, ideas and identities of original peoples. It is powered and supported by the expertise and unity of Native peoples.

American Indigenous Business Leaders - AIBL was designed by American Indigenous business and education leaders to focus on promoting opportunities for American Indian students.

ColorComm - ColorComm is an essential organization for women of color in all areas of communications including Public Relations, Corporate Communications, Advertising Print Media, Broadcast, Digital and more.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society – This organization was founded in 1977 and currently has over 5,600 members. It aims to promote high standards of education and professional excellence to widen the STEM workforce and grow sector support.

Women Empowering Women for Indigenous Nations (WEWIN) – WEWIN seeks to strengthen and sustain tribal cultures for the benefit and destiny of the children, to educate about tribal cultures and the history of native people and promote dignified tribal leadership that reflects pride for those represented.

Administration for Native Americans - ANA supports Native American communities by providing financial assistance and capacity building, gathering and sharing data, and advocating for improved policies within Health and Human Services and across the federal government.

First in the Family –You may want to take a look at this website and check out the tips, planning checklists, videos, hard facts and words of inspiration from first generation students who have gone before you.

Association of American Indian Affairs – This organization seeks to protect sovereignty, preserve culture, educate youth and build capacity.

Center for Native American Youth – This is a national advocacy organization working to improve the health, safety, and overall well-being of Native American youth ages 24 and under.

I’m First! - I’m First! was created by nonprofit Center for Student Opportunity in 2013 to provide students who lack a family history of higher education with inspiration, information and support on the road to and through college.

National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association (NANAINA) – NANAINA is a committed group of persons from every corner of the country, dedicated to the health and well-being of the American Indian and Alaska Native people. Their members are nurses, non-nurses, serving or not in communities and programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

First Gen Fellows - Here is an incredible listing by state of many nonprofit organizations primarily supporting low income and/or first-generation students.

Native American Financial Official Association (NAFOA) – This organization’s mission is to improve the quality of financial and business management of tribal governments, their entities and their businesses.


Startups and Entrepreneurs

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program - The primary remedial goal and objective of the DBE program is to level the playing field by providing small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals a fair opportunity to compete for federally funded transportation contracts.

Native American Business Incubator Network – This organization offers workshops and a boot camp for would-be entrepreneurs using a cohort model. A digital networking platform provides access to other Native American entrepreneurs and mentors.

SBA, Office of Native Affairs – This federal government office has as its mission to ensure that American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians seeking to create, develop and expand small businesses have full access to the necessary business development and expansion tools available through the Agency’s entrepreneurial development, lending and procurement programs.

National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development – Here is an organization that may be able to help guide you in your business venture. It aims to actively engage in helping Tribal Nations and Native business people realize their business goals. This organization is dedicated to putting the whole of Indian Country to work to better the lives of American Indian people- both now… and for generations to come.

Tribal Link Foundation - The Indigenous Entrepreneurship Program supported by the Tribal Link Foundation is comprised of two pillars: working with indigenous peoples to develop livelihood strategies such as entrepreneurial ideas and projects, and assisting with capacity building, training, and support to bring their products to market.