Students looking to pursue a career in STEM with an agriculture focus may be eligible for the AASONA Scholarship (Advancing Agricultural Science Opportunities or Native Americans). The scholarship has very specific eligibility requirements, but there are plenty of other funding options available.
Who is Eligible?
The basic eligibility requirements for the AASONA scholarship include:
- You must pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree at a 2 or 4-year college
- You must have at least a 3.0 GPA
- You must be part of a recognized tribe (American Indian, Alaska Native Village, or Native Hawaiian Village)
If you are deemed eligible you must agree to work with other natives working in the same field. You must also travel to the AISES National Conference and AISES Leadership Summit.
How to Apply
You must create an account in OASIS to apply for the AASONA scholarship. This is a different portal from the AISES portal.
Once you log in, you must complete the entire application. You’ll then be able to view the available scholarships. You’ll be presented with questions pertaining to the scholarship you choose and then provide the necessary documentation as instructed. If you apply for more than one scholarship, you must apply for each one separately.
The application and documentation will go through a review. If you are chosen as a finalist, you’ll be required to supply more documentation for the final process.
How Much Money can be Awarded?
The AASONA scholarship awards $5,000 per student per academic year.
When is the Deadline to Apply?
Applicants may apply for the AASONA scholarship starting December 15th of each year. The application window closes on March 31. The AISES reviews applications from April 1 to June 1 and applicants that make it to the final stages will be notified by June 30th. If you make it to the final stages, you have one month to accept the status and provide AISES with the necessary documentation.
How are Funds Distributed?
The AISES distributes funds between September 1st to November 30th. For spring distributions, you must send in your fall grades and proof of your spring enrolment including credit hours. AISES direct deposits the funds in your account if you are eligible with spring payouts made between January 16th to March 31st.
Other Scholarships from AISES
The AASONA scholarship is one of many available scholarships that Native Americans can apply for. The others include:
- AISES A.T. Anderson Scholarship – Provides $1,000 scholarships for undergrads and $2,000 for graduate students
- AISES Chevron Scholarship – Provides $5,000 per academic year
- AISES ExxonMobil Geosciences Summer Fieldwork Scholarship – Provides $3,000 per year for undergrads
- AISES Intel Growing The Legacy Scholarship Program – Provides scholarships of $5,000 for undergrads and $10,000 for graduate students
If you’re a Native American with an interest in a STEM career, exhaust your options for scholarships through the AISES, as there are many options that can help make college more affordable.