Catawba Indian Nation Scholarship Program (Tribal Trust Fund Account)

Tribal members enrolling or enrolled in degree programs at accredited colleges and universities are encouraged to apply for tuition assistance.

Students must apply (re-apply) each school year. Applications are detailed and specific – a complete application includes all the required/requested documents and information. Applications submitted without all of the required/requested documents and information will be marked “incomplete” and will not be considered. (Detailed eligibility requirements are listed on the CIN-Scholarship website.)

Applications must be submitted each school year by June 15 for the upcoming school year no matter which term(s) you plan to attend (Fall, Winter, or Spring terms). Incomplete or late applications are not accepted. There is only one (1) deadline for the entire school year.

Applications for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year are now available online. Paper applications will not be accepted. The deadline for applications is June 15th, 2017.

Please visit the CIN Scholarship Website to apply:

Please contact Tiffany Moore with any questions. She can be reached at 803-366-4792 ext 242 or


Travel Study Course

USCL Opportunity for college age students. Travel study course in May 2018. Courses offered under the travel study, Art399, ENG285, and ANTH317. The study will focus on Southeastern Indians.  

Click here for more information.


Other scholarships available to Native American students

USET Scholarship

The Catawba Indian Nation is a member of United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET). That makes all Catawba tribal members eligible to apply for one of their scholarships. Here is some information about their scholarship program.

What: The United South and Eastern Tribes provides supplemental scholarships in the amount of $500 to Indian students in the USET service area.

Who: Supplemental monies are awarded to USET area Indian students who are enrolled members of one of the twenty-six USET member Tribes.

How: Applications are reviewed according to the following criteria:

1. demonstrated need for financial assistance;
2. satisfactory scholastic standing; and
3. current enrollment or acceptance in a post-secondary educational institution

When: The deadline date for postmarked or delivered applications is April 30th.


Graduate Fellowship Grants 

Graduate Fellowship Grants are provided to supplement financial assistance to eligible American Indian/ Alaska Native students pursuing a post-baccalaureate degree. BIE contracts with the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Graduate Fellowship grants are available to individuals who are:

1. Pursuing a master’s or doctorate degree as a full time student at an accredited graduate school in the U.S.;
2. Able to demonstrate financial need; and
3. An enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaskan Native group, or possess one fourth degree federally recognized Indian blood.

Application requirements and time frames for submitting an application are available with the AIGC by calling (505) 881-4584, writing to 4520 Montgomery Blvd., N.E., Suite 1-B, Albuquerque, NM 87109, or visiting their web site at

Assistance in preparing for law school (not administered by the Catawba Indian Nation)
The American Indian Summer Law Program is available to assist students in preparing for the rigors of law school. The BIE contracts for this program through the American Indian Law Center, Inc., located on the campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. The eight-week summer institute emphasizes the development of skills necessary for success in study habits, legal research and legal writing. This program is primarily for those students who have been accepted into an accredited law school. For additional information about the admissions process contact the Center at the following address:
American Indian Law Center, Inc.
1117 Stanford, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87196
(505) 277-5462


Graduate Fellowships for Native Americans to become School Principals

Penn State’s College of Education has received funding in excess of $960,000 to offer new graduate fellowships to American Indian and Alaska Native students who are interested in becoming school principals.

The initiative, titled Principals for Student Success (PSS), allows participants to earn a master’s degree in Educational Leadership with principalship certification. The primary purpose is to prepare American Indian and Alaska Natives, over a four-year period, to be effective school principals in schools that serve significant numbers of Indian students.

Participants will be recruited nationally. Fellows will spend two years on Penn State’s University Park campus to complete degree and certification requirements, followed by a year of induction services in the field.

The fellowships are affiliated with Penn State’s nationally recognized American Indian Leadership Program (AILP), under the direction of John Tippeconnic, professor of educational leadership. Susan Faircloth, assistant professor of educational leadership, will serve as co-director of the project. The AILP will collaborate with Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kan., in the recruitment, induction, and placement of the fellows.

Leadership development is a constant focus of the program. In addition to taking course work, fellows will attend seminars and participate in internships that prepare them to be highly effective school principals. Induction activities during the fourth year are designed to give the fellows a successful transition from the Penn State academic program to principalship roles.

The fellowship program is funded by the Office of Indian Education, an office of the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information, contact Dr. John Tippeconnic, American Indian Leadership Program, Suite 300 Rackley Building, University Park, Pa. 16802 (phone 814-863-1626; e-mail or Dr. Susan Faircloth at 814-863-3775; e-mail


Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs)

TCUs were created in response to the higher education needs of American Indians and generally serve geographically isolated populations that have no other means accessing education beyond the high school level. TCUs have become increasingly important to educational opportunity for American Indian students and are unique institutions that combine personal attention with cultural relevance to encourage American Indians, especially those living on reservations, to overcome the barriers they face to higher education. For more information, please visit the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) website.


Scholarships Available at RSI