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Scholarships and Financial Support for Indigenous Students

Syracuse University offers several scholarships and grants specifically for Indigenous students, underscoring our commitment to welcome and support Native students as members of our Orange community.

Scholarships and Grants

Haudenosaunee Promise Scholarship

Established in 2005, this scholarship expresses Syracuse University’s gratitude and appreciation for the historical, political and cultural legacies of the Haudenosaunee communities and honors the continually growing relationship between us. The scholarship makes the University’s rich educational experiences available to qualified Haudenosaunee students.

At Syracuse, I’ve been able to stay close to my culture and my identity and still be the very best student I can be.

—Logan Booth ’21, Haudenosaunee Promise Scholarship recipient

Who qualifies? To be eligible a student must:

  • Be a certified citizen of one of the historic Haudenosaunee nations (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca or Tuscarora). Complete the certificate of eligibility.
  • Have resided on one of the following Haudenosaunee nation territories for a minimum of four years prior to and during their enrollment at Syracuse University: Akwesasne Mohawk, Allegany Seneca, Cattaraugus Seneca, Cayuga, Ganienke Mohawk, Kahnawake Mohawk, Kanatsiohareke Mohawk, Kanesatake Mohawk, Niagara Falls Seneca, Oil Spring Seneca, Oneida, Oneida of the Thames (Ontario), Onondaga, Six Nations (Ontario), Tonawanda Seneca, Tuscarora, Tyendinaga Mohawk, Oneida (Wisconsin), Wahta (Ontario).
  • Be an admitted first-year or transfer student.
  • Be in pursuit of their first bachelor’s degree.
  • File for financial aid by published deadlines.
  • Maintain full-time academic status (12 credits per semester) and meet the satisfactory academic progress standards of the University.

What does the scholarship cover? Cost of tuition, housing and meals (on campus, as outlined in the University’s Cost of Attendance), and mandatory fees for each year of full-time undergraduate study.

Haudenosaunee Honor Scholarship

This scholarship was created in 2013 to recognize talented Haudenosaunee scholars who have citizenship but don’t meet residency requirements of the Haudenosaunee Promise Scholarship. It carries the same prestige as the Haudenosaunee Promise. Three scholarships are awarded each year.

Who qualifies? To be eligible a student must:

  • Be a certified citizen of one of the historic Haudenosaunee nations (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, or Tuscarora).
  • Be an admitted first-year (early decision or regular decision) or transfer student.
  • Be in pursuit of their first bachelor’s degree.
  • File for financial aid by published deadlines.
  • Maintain full-time academic status (12 credits per semester) and meet the satisfactory academic progress standards of the University.
  • Submit the Honor Application by the March 15 deadline.

What does the scholarship cover? Cost of tuition and mandatory fees (as specified in the University’s Cost of Attendance) for each year of full-time undergraduate study.

Indigenous Pathways Grant

Instituted in fall 2020, the Indigenous Pathways Grant provides need-based aid to Indigenous students from the U.S. and Canada.

Who qualifies? All Indigenous students with documented need as determined by the FAFSA and the CSS/PROFILE. If you (or your parent/grandparent) are Indigenous and officially enrolled in your state or federally recognized tribe/Nation, you may be eligible for Syracuse University’s Indigenous Pathways Grant.

To apply, contact:

  • Tammy Bluewolf-Kennedy, Admissions Counselor/Native American Liaison, Office of Admissions, tbluewol@syr.edu, 315.443.4844.
  • Kim Radcliffe-Loor, Assistant Director, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs, ksradcli@syr.edu.

Distant Drums Scholarships for Part-Time Indigenous Students

This scholarship is awarded to Native American students who are enrolled in part-time study at Syracuse University’s College of Professional Studies (previously University College). Scholarship amounts vary annually, depending on the income generated by the endowment and by the number of students who are eligible.

Who qualifies?

  • Students who have completed 24 college credits (sophomore standing) and have a grade point average of 2.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale.
  • Native American adults (preferably of the Iroquois Nation) who are enrolled as part-time students at the College of Professional Studies.

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) Program Grant

This is a $1,000 grant awarded to selected students admitted to the University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS). The award is renewable provided the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.75, remains enrolled in ECS, and files for financial aid annually.

Who qualifies? To be eligible, a student must:

  • Be admitted and enrolled in the ECS (including dual and combined programs).
  • Have minority status as defined by NACME (African American, Native American and Latino).
  • Demonstrate financial need and have filed for financial aid.

Resources for Financial Aid and Scholarships

It’s never too early to begin your search for scholarships and find out about financial aid. The means to fund your education and achieve your goals is out there.

General Planning Information

Scholarship Search Websites

Other Scholarships and Opportunities for Indigenous Students