Scholarships & Grants

We want every student to find their maximum amount of potential aid, whatever their background or circumstances. Whether you qualify for academic scholarship, government grant, or other outside assistance, we will work with you to tailor a program that makes Bacone possible — and makes sense for the long term. 

Bacone Scholarship Opportunities

Alexander Posey (American Indian Scholarship) – This scholarship awards $10,000 per academic year to each American Indian student enrolled as a residential  main campus student at Bacone College.

Athletic Scholarship – $7,000 to $10,000 per year for residential students
$2,000 to $5,000 per year for commuter students

Bacone Indian Art Scholarship – This amount varies and is awarded by the Art Director.

Christian Ministry Scholarships Praise Team – A mixed contemporary praise and worship ensemble that leads worship in chapel, Wednesday Night Worship, and travels to churches. Amounts of scholarships vary. (GPA requirement to maintain scholarship: 2.5)

Gospel Choir – A mixed soulful Gospel ensemble that leads worship in chapel, Wednesday Night Worship, and travels to churches. Amounts of scholarships vary. (GPA requirement to maintain scholarship: 2.5)

Worship Arts – Students who prepare visuals, run sound, and perform drama in chapel, Wednesday Night Worship, and travel to churches. Amounts of scholarships vary. (GPA requirement to maintain scholarship: 2.5)

Christian Ministry – Christian Ministry Majors who plan chapel and Wednesday Night Worship and travel to churches. (GPA requirement to maintain scholarship: 2.5)

Descendant Grant- A grant for the direct blood descendants of the following contributors to Bacone College;

  • Samuel Richard
  • Walter Starr
  • William McCombs
  • Benjamin Wacoche

Qualifications include: Must provide proof of their heritage (birth certificates and bloodline from tribe). Must apply for Federal Financial Aid with Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Resident Students – This grant applies to Total Cost (excluding books and fees) with Federal Aid (excluding loans) and outside scholarships and grants being applied to room and board first. Any remaining cash-based funds will be applied to tuition. This grant will be used to make up the difference and can be reduced as other funds are applied.

Commuter students – This grant will cover any remaining tuition cost after Federal Aid (excluding loans) and outside scholarships and grants are applied. If the student does not qualify for any Federal Aid except for loans, and no outside resources, the grant will cover tuition only.

Miss Indian Bacone – Every year Bacone College hosts a pageant for our students.

The winner of the Miss Indian Bacone pageant can receive a scholarship ranging from $500 – $1,500. This award is funded by private donors.

Presidential Scholarship – Merit based scholarship for first-time freshmen.  Scholarship is valid for up to four years of attendance at Bacone College.  Must meet 2 of 3 criteria for initial eligibility:

  • A minimum ACT composite score of 23:
  • A high school GPA of at least 3.50;
  • High school standing within the top 15% of graduating class. (GPA Requirement to maintain scholarship:  3.25)

** Bacone College Scholars Society and Presidential scholarships must be accompanied with two (2) written recommendations from a teacher, school counselor, or principal, and a two (2) page, typewritten, double-spaced essay describing your qualifications as a leader or significant achievements the student has accomplished*

Rennard Strickland School of Criminal Justice – Native American scholarship-up to $10,000 per academic year

Non-Native- up to $7,000 per academic year

Success Scholarship – This is Bacone’s standard scholarship. This scholarship awards any residential main campus student up to $7,000 per academic year and up to $2,700 for commuter students.


All scholarships are renewable each year up to four years based on the following criteria:

  • Be a student in good standing;
  • Maintain a full academic load of at least 12 credit hours per semester; and  Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • These scholarships cannot be combined with any other institutional scholarship. 

Tribal Scholarships and Grants

Cherokee Nation


Cherokee Nation Foundation


Choctaw Nation

Fall applications are accepted from July 15th to October 1st.  Spring applications are accepted from January 2nd to March 1st.


Choctaw Nation Technology Allowance

The one-time allowance is to be used toward technology purchases only at select technology retailers.


Muskogee (Creek) Nation 


Muskogee (Creek) Nation Foundation


Navajo Nation 


Resources for Private Scholarships and Grants

There are many sources of financial assistance available to students.  Below are a few popular websites which can make finding scholarships and grants easier.  Each link in this section will take you away from Bacone.edu.  Bacone College is not responsible for the content of these websites.

Scholarships.com lists over 3.7 million local, state and national college scholarships and grants and attempts to match these to your profile.

JLV College Counseling breaks down scholarships by month that applications are due, along with other helpful lists.

Discover Early Childhood EDU maintains resources for future educators, including a list of scholarships.

Nursing.org offers both general financial aid information and also minority scholarship information for future health-care workers.

LendEDU maintains a list of scholarships and grant opportunities for minority students

ScholarshipOwl allows you to submit for hundreds of scholarships with just a single application. The site uses your information to find all of the scholarships in its database that you might qualify for and you are easily able to apply to one or all of them at once.  A subscription may be required for this service.

Private Scholarships and Grants by submission deadline

Bacone occasionally receives information about unique scholarship opportunities.  These are just a small sample of the many thousands of private scholarship opportunities available every year.

Disclaimer:  These listings are for information purposes and should not be considered endorsements of a person or organization.  Links in this section will take you away from Bacone.edu.  Bacone College is not responsible for the content of these websites.

Open Monthly

LA Tutors 123 Innovation in Education Scholarship

For ambitious students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and who have designed an innovative project that makes a difference in the lives of others.  An essay and letter of recommendation is required.  $500 is awarded each month.  Entries are accepted from the 1st to the 20th of each month.


Ending October 1 

Price It Here, Inc. 2020 Annual Scholarship Program (also April 1)

For aspiring entrepreneurs.  Essay topic: In what ways do you think technology will influence the future of business and customer satisfaction?  What are two core values you believe a business should maintain to ensure the highest level of customer service is achieved?  Over the last few years marketing evolved from traditional shotgun marketing such as print and tv/radio ads, to a digital world of websites promoted on PC’s and mobile devices. What do you think might be the next innovative approach in marketing for businesses?


Ending October 5 

The Responsify Empowering Others Scholarship 2020 

For all full time students.  Essay topic: Why is empowering others so important?


Ending October 15 

Design for Recovery Sober Living Scholarship Opportunity 

For students whose lives have been changed by addiction.  Essay topic: How has addiction affected your life and/or the lives of loved ones around you? How has addiction motivated you to change your life for the better? What obstacles—either past, present, or future—must you overcome, either in sobriety or in pursuing your education?


Future Lawyer Scholarship

McGilberry & Shirer is excited to announce their First Annual Future Lawyer Scholarship Award for students who aspire to work in law.  Essay topic: How has the power of the president of the United States changed over the last 100 years, and has this change been good or bad?


Prevounce Preventive Health Scholarship Program

For students planning a career in health care.  Essay topic: why you are planning to pursue a career in healthcare and how you hope to play a role in preventing illness. 



Ending October 30

Shinesty Work Hard and Play Hard Scholarships 

For students who work hard in the classroom or outside of the classroom for social change.  The work hard scholarship has a minimum GPA of 3.25, while the play hard scholarship has a maximum GPA of 3.25.  Applicants can choose between an essay or video submission.


Ending October 31

Buggin’ for Success Scholarship

Open to all students.  More than twenty essay topics are available, such as: What makes fireflies glow?


InfoTracer Education Grant

Open to all students.  Essay topic: how public records are useful in your chosen career.


IvyPanda $1,500 Annual Video Contest Scholarship

For students who have a passion for making films or videos.  Three topics are available.  The grand prize winner will receive $1,000, and the runner-up will receive $500.


Ending November 1

Aeiou Tech Scholarship Opportunity 

For students who are passionate about music.  Essay topic: “Positive aspects of music on education”


Ending November 15

Data Pros of Tomorrow $5,000 Scholarship

For students in any STEM field, including computer science, IT, engineering, mathematics, or data science.  Essay topic: your personal relationship with data, the impact it’s had on your education, and how data will be changing in 2020.  This scholarship is specifically for spring 2021 and will require proof of enrollment in that semester.


RD Sober Living Scholarship Fund 

For all students.  Essay/video topic: “what you are studying and why you are studying that subject”


Ending November 20

MDG Adversiting’s Sixth Annual “Looking Beyond College” Scholarship Essay Contest 

Students of every major are invited to write an essay about their dream jobs to earn a $1000 scholarship


Ending November 30

Seattle Marketing Scholarship 

Open to full-time students of every major.  Topic: personal story of the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome in your life. Be real and authentic. What was the hardest part? How did you overcome it? What life lessons have you learned as a result?


Ending December 1

ValueWalk Business Studies Scholarship Program 

For business majors.  Essay topic: Please tell us your favorite stock idea and why (Must be over $100 million market cap and long ideas or neutral only -no shorts, can be other asset class besides equity).  Detail catalysts, valuation, competitors and/or any other reasons you think investors are overlooking this security.  Please disclose if you own any securities discussed..


Ending December 5

PixelPlex STEM Bi-Annual STEM Scholarships 

For students studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  Essay topics (4): Blockchain; Artificial Intelligence; Internet of Things; Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality


Ending December 15

Allied Van Lines Scholarship 

For business majors with an interest in logistics.  Essay topic: why a career in logistics/supply chain management is your choice


Branch Out Scholarship: Commitment to excellence in education and communities 

College students with a 2.5 GPA and an interest in improving their communities can win a $1000 scholarship and also contribute $500 to a charity of their choice.  Essay topic: Why they are committed to education; The struggles that their community goes through; How they plan to solve issues within their community; How their education will help bring that plan to life


ContraxAware $1,000 Scholarship Opportunity 

Submit a 400-600 word blog on “What are the best practices for contract monitoring and why?”


HomeClean Miami Future Leaders Scholarship 

Create a 2 to 4 minute YouTube video explaining why education is the key to a brighter future and potentially earn a $2000 scholarship.


North American Van Lines 2020 Logistics Scholarship Competition 

Three scholarships of $1000 apiece are available to business/logistics students.  Essay topic: why a career in logistics/supply chain management is your college major of choice.


Ending December 31

Fair Case Law Group Scholarship 

For students aspiring to attend law school.  Essay topic: how a J.D. degree will help you get to where you want to go.


Joanne Norris Scholarship 

High school seniors can earn a one-time scholarship for college with an essay about current events.


Make Us Laugh Scholarship 

Full-time college students with a sense of humor can earn a $1000 scholarship with a short, funny video.


Medical Billing Service’s Annual Health and Technology Scholarship

Open to all students.  Essay topic:Where has your passion for health and technology stemmed from?  What are the benefits of being able to assess our health ourselves using our personal technology (such as phones, watches, etc)?  Where do you see the relationship between health and technology taking us into the future?


Penguin $1000 Scholarship 

For students studying for a career in healthcare with a GPA of 2.0 or better.  Essay topics: What inspired you to want to do work in the healthcare sector?  What health research are you most interested in learning about and why?  What inequalities exist in healthcare & medicine exist how would you improve it?


Ending March 1, 2021 

Adam K. Veron Grant 

For Freshmen, Sophomores, or Juniors.  Essay topic: “Mistakes to Avoid as An Entrepreneur to Achieve Success In 2020″


Curt E. Liebman MD Grant 

For Freshmen, Sophomores, or Juniors.  Essay topic: “Should uninsured people be provided with any medical care?”


Curt E. Liebman MD Scholarship 

For radiology students.  Essay topic: the role of radiology in cancer diagnosis and treatment


The Sam Haskell Scholarship 

Essay topic: What early life experience has most contributed to who you are today, and how will that help you succeed in higher education?


Welcome to Arlington Capital Management Scholarship 

Essay topic: “The Significance of Working Capital Management in the Success of a Business & Effective Ways of Raising Business Capital”


Ending April 15, 2021 

The Swiftdrain Scholarship 2020 – 2021 

Essay topic: a life experience that has happened or will happen in the future.


Ending April 30, 2021 

Drew Lewis Scholarship Application 

For students attending an accredited college or law school in the U.S.  Essay topic: describe an experience where you were confronted with taking an unpopular position by helping a vulnerable, helpless or powerless person.


Ending June 20, 2021 

AX Control, Inc. Academic Scholarship

For students of all majors who will attend during fall 2021.  Essay topic: a personal account of a small business that has impacted his/her life, or of an ambition he/she may have to establish their own business.