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The American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarships

The online application is available January 1– May 31 each year for the following school year. For example, online applications are that are accepted January 1–May 31 are considered for the school year starting in the fall of that year. 

How to Complete Your Application

The following information is required on your online application. You will not be able to submit the application until all required sections are complete. You can save your work and come back to complete it later if you wish. Once an application has been submitted you may not change anything.

  • Profile —Be sure your contact information is accurate.
  • Full Circle Application - Questions and three short answers that we evaluate to make awards.
  • Documents—Required information to help us determine your eligibility:

1. Digital photo - Photos are shared with our donors to encourage them to make future donations. Upload a digital photo that’s at least 1.5 MB in size. Please be sure it’s a photo that a donor would like to see. See our Application Photos Q&A for further tips.

2. Tribal Affiliation —Submit your CIB or other proof of enrollment. If you are not enrolled, but have an enrolled parent or grandparent, please submit proof of enrollment for the enrolled relative and include birth certificates that prove that you are a descendant.  (Alaska Natives can show proof of Native corporation membership.) Additional information for proving descendency can be found here.

3. Transcripts - Upload your most recent college transcript. Unofficial transcripts are accepted. Students just starting college should upload their high school transcript or GED score report. Transcripts must be uploaded before the application can be submitted and due to new application formatting, the short answers will NOT SAVE unless the transcript is uploaded in the same session,

4. Financial Needs Analysis (FNA) form—If you are attending a tribal college just ask your financial aid office to complete this online.  If you're not at a tribal college, click here to download the form. This must be completed by your school’s financial aid office and they will fax or mail it directly to us. You will not be considered for any need based scholarships without this information.

Tribal College Students Only: To be considered for all available scholarships be sure to complete both the TCU Scholarship Program application and the Full Circle Scholarship Program application. See your tribal college's financial aid office for more information on the TCU Scholarship Program and the deadlines for applying.


Each year the Full Circle scholarship application deadline is May 31st. Applicants are notified about the scholarship decision via email in early August. Students may log into the online application at any time to check their current status under the "Applications" tab.

For more information about the American Indian College Fund scholarships, please email or call (800-776-3863).