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. 

Scholarship Opportunities at Bacone College Athletics

Overall Average for Athletics is $7000 / YR on Campus or $3800 / YR for off campus (GPA Requirement to maintain scholarship: 2.0)

Academic Scholarships (Incoming Freshmen Only)

**Bacone College Scholars Society:  Merit based scholarship for first-time freshmen.  Scholarship is valid for up to four years of attendance at Bacone College and funds up to $7000.  Must meet 2 of 3 criteria for initial eligibility:

  • A minimum ACT composite score of 24;
  • A high school GPA of at least 3.75;
  • High school standing within the top 10% of graduation class.

Members of the Bacone College Scholars Society are expected to participate in various leadership roles on campus such as Student Government Association, the Baconian Newspaper, Campus Ambassador’s, etc.  Students will be eligible to participate in special classes, seminars and workshops. (GPA Requirement to maintain scholarship:  3.5)

**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**

Success Scholarship

For Non-resident students.

Initial Eligibility Requires Meeting the Following Two Criteria:

  • Meet admission requirements into Bacone College; and
  • Demonstrate a financial need. 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.

Alexander Posey Scholarship (100 Available / 50 reserved for Creek Students)

  • Must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe OR
  • Must maintain full time status
  • Must maintain a minimum GPA requirement of 2.0

Rennard Strickland School of Criminal Justice:

  • Rennard Strickland Learning Work Community- limited to 10
  • Rennard Strickland Students of Promise
  • Non-Native

Descendant Scholarship

Eastman Richard Scholarship:

Provides a full tuition scholarship to needy and deserving students who are direct descendants of Eastman Richard.


  • Awards are for tuition at Bacone College only and do not cover the costs of fees or books.
  • If there is not an eligible scholarship recipient to award the Eastman Richard Trust Scholarship to, it will not be awarded during that year.

Additional gifts may be added to the endowment at any time.

Each prospective Bacone College Student who is a candidate for the Eastman Richard Trust Scholarship, shall have their eligibility for the scholarship as a descendant of the Eastman Richard family certified by two living descendants of Eastman Richard, Esther Holloway and Bettye Snider.

Unless the prospective student is fully certified by Esther Holloway and Bettye Snider as decedents of Eastman Richard, the prospective student is not eligible to receive the scholarship.

Esther Holloway and Bettye Snider have designated their successors as certifiers of the family relationship to Eastman Richard. They are: Rebecca June Holloway and Lisa Diane Snider.

All tuition Awards will be made only to direct descendants of Eastman Richard.

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.

Tribal Scholarships and Grants

American Indian College Fund


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 


Search Engines and Curated Lists 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.

AccessScholarships.com: a scholarship search engine

AccessLex Law School Scholarship Databank: a curated list for ambitious students considering law school

The Daughters of the American Revolution: a curated scholarship portal

Discover Early Childhood EDU: curated information for future educators

Fastweb: a search engine for financial aid, internships, and more

JLV College Counseling: curated scholarship information including but not limited to:

LendEDU: a curated list of scholarships and grant opportunities for minority students

National Indian Education Association:  a curated list for tribal members

Nurse Journal: offers both general financial aid information and also minority scholarship information for future health-care workers.

PeduL: find scholarships and apply all in one place

Purdue Global: a curated list of minority nursing scholarship listings

Sallie Mae Scholarship Search: new scholarships are added daily to this search engine

Scholarship Guide for Native American Students: a curated list maintained by MastersInPsychology.com

ScholarshipOwl: submit for hundreds of scholarships with just a single application; membership may be required

Scholarships.com: lists over 3.7 million local, state and national college scholarships and grants; browse by theme or create an account to have scholarships matched to your profile.

Study.com’s Guide to 2021 College Scholarships for Women 

Study.com’s International Student Scholarship & Financial Aid Guide 

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.

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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.


Open Quarterly

The AccessScholarships $1,000 Too Cool to Pay for School Scholarship 

No essay required.  Recipients are chosen at the end of every March, June, September & December


Ending September 30, 2021 

2021 INS Global Scholarship

Write about a professional experience where you used your core values to overcome a challenge or execute a project or difficult task.


NuView Treatment Center Scholarship Opportunity

For students whose lives have been impacted by addiction.  Essay topic: Share your story about addiction and recovery.


Achieving a Sustainable Future Through Solar Energy Scholarship

Essay Topic: How could you use your education to make a more sustainable future?


Ending October 5, 2021 

The Responsify Empowering Others Scholarship (repeats annually)

How do you think your major can be used to empower others? 


Ending October 25, 2021 

Design For Recovery Sober Living Scholarship Opportunity

For students whose lives have been impacted by addiction.  Essay topic: a 500-1000 word story about your experiences 


Ending October 30, 2021 

Shinesty Work Hard and Play Hard Scholarships

Two scholarships, each for $2500, are being offered to students who work hard or play hard.


Ending October 31, 2021 

BeMo Bi-Yearly $5,000 Scholarships to Pre-medical and Medical Students

Record a short video (1 to 5 min) and share it on their social media pages as per the instructions


IvyPanda $1,500 Annual Video Contest Scholarship for Students 

Create a video submission with one of three topics: a) How COVID-19 Changed My Attitude Towards Self-Study, b) Online Tutoring in the Post-Pandemic World — A Perfect Freelance Job for Students, or c) Self-Care Tips the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Taught Me.


Ending November 19, 2021 

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

Describe your ideal job after college (it doesn’t have to be in advertising). Highlight your unique qualities and give a thoughtful and creatively written explanation about why you think the job would fulfill you and what skills you have that would lead you to success in your chosen field. 


Ending December 3, 2021 

Lighthouse Recovery Academic Scholarship

Applicants must be attending or have been accepted to an accredited university, college or community college.  Preference will be given to those with a field of study in Addiction or Mental Health. Includes, but is not limited to: Psychology, Psychiatry, Social Work, Therapy, Counseling, and Sociology.


Ending December 5, 2021 

PixelPlex $2000 Bi-Annual STEM Scholarship (Fall award)

For students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as economics and business.  Essay topic: identify new uses or solutions for any of: a) Blockchain, b) Artificial Intelligence, c) Internet of Things, or d) Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality.


Ending December 15, 2021 

Allied Van Lines Logistics Scholarship 2021

Submit a brief essay of between 400 and 800 words, detailing why a career in logistics/supply chain management is your choice.


North American Van Lines 2021 Logistics Scholarship Competition

Submit a brief essay of between 400 and 800 words, detailing why a career in logistics/supply chain management is your choice.


WeldingInfoCenter Annual Welding Scholarship

The participant must be enrolled, currently attending, or planning to be enrolled in a university or institution.  A minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) is required.  The participant can only submit one essay.


Ending December 31, 2021 

The Allen Scott Blackhall – Pay it Forward Scholarship

For students with a GPA of 3.25 or higher.


Crockett Law Group Passion for Compassion Scholarship

For students with a strong academic achievements and a commitment to the community.


 Smile By Design Free Scholarship

For US and Canadian college students.  Essay topic:  how you would grow a dental business using the latest technology.


The #TransgenderFirst Scholarship

For US college students at every degree level. 


Ending January 15, 2022 

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship for Fall 2022

Open to U.S. undergraduate students who will be taking part in study abroad programs that last four weeks or more.  Applications open November 10, 2021


Ending January 15, 2022 

2021 Trial Pro, P.A. $5000 Annual Scholarship Award

Open to full-time college students pursuing an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Master’s degree in an accredited university.  Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and maintain it throughout academic year.  Student must be a US citizen or permanent resident..