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 Institutional Scholarships

Bacone is proud to offer institutional aid to its students.  There is a limit of one scholarship per student.  Each year many scholarships are awarded to deserving students based on merit and talent. If more than one scholarship is offered, the student will receive the highest award.

Completion of the FAFSA is required for all Bacone College scholarships.

Bacone College scholarships aid students in meeting their college tuition expenses and are not cash awards. Bacone College scholarships cannot exceed a student’s total college expenses.

Applications for scholarships will be accepted until all scholarships are allocated. All scholarships are applicable for full-time attendance only and may be reduced according to Bacone College Policy. Students who receive an athletic scholarship or any institutional funding over 50% must be a residential student.

The scholarships listed below can be applied towards a student’s Tuition, Room, and Board as a main campus student enrolled full- time (minimum of 12 credit hours) in the fall and spring semesters, and must meet all other criteria established by the administration of Bacone College. Failure to comply with any of the Bacone College scholarship criteria during the course of a semester will result in the modification or forfeiture of the scholarship, including possible prorating in the current semester.

Bacone College Institutional scholarships, when added together with all other federal and state grants, or any other scholarships and grants, will not exceed the total cost of Tuition, Room, and Board. Bacone College scholarships do not cover fees or books. Federal Work Study, Tribal Awards, and Student Loans can be used to cover outstanding balances, fees and/or books. All institutional scholarships will be applied with one-half of the award for participation during the fall semester and one-half of the award for participating during the spring semester. If a student withdraws from a semester completely, or falls below full-time status, their Bacone College Scholarship will be prorated from the last day of full-time attendance.

Alexander Posey Scholarship- American Indian Students

This scholarship awards up to $10,000 per academic year, to full-time, residential, American Indian Students. Tribal ID/CDIB must be provided in admissions to acquire the scholarship.

Incoming freshmen must have a 2.0 GPA or better, 18 ACT, and top 50% of graduating class (must meet 2 of the 3 criteria). Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA, no tickets or violations on file.

Full-time non residential students can receive up to $2,500 per semester. Must maintain a 2.5 GPA, no tickets or violations. Scholarships renewed upon exit interview by the VPSA.

Athletic Scholarship- Awarded by the Head Coach-A. Posey

American Indian Athletes can be awarded up to $5,000-$10,000 per year for full-time residential students. And up to $1,000- $2,500 per semester for full-time commuter students. This scholarship is awarded by the Head Coach of the intended sport at their discretion, in coordination with the office of the CFO. An athletic scholarship can not be combined with any other institutional scholarships. The student-athlete must be enrolled in at least 12 hours per semester to qualify, and maintain a 2.0 or above GPA. As an incoming freshman you must (meet 2 of the 3) of a 2.0 GPA, 18 ACT, top 50% of graduating class. TribalID/CDIB must be provided. Scholarship renewed by the coach at the end of the academic year. Can be adjusted per semester via Academic Catalog.

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.

Rennard Strickland- Criminal Justice Scholarship

Rennard Strickland School of Criminal Justice – Native American scholarship-up to $10,000 per academic year, full time residential student. Non-Native- up to $5,000 per academic year, full time residential student. This scholarship is awarded by the Chair of the School of Criminal Justice.

Presidential Academic 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)

** 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 Academic Scholarship *

This is Bacone’s standard scholarship. This scholarship awards any residential main campus full-time student up to $5,000 per academic year and up to $1,500 for full-time commuter students. Must maintain a 2.5 GPA, good academic standing, no tickets or violations.

Miss Indian Bacone 

Every year Bacone College hosts a pageant for our students. The winner of the Miss Indian Bacone pageant will receive a scholarship in the amount of $500. This award is funded by private donors. This scholarship is signed by the VP of Student Affairs, must be in good academic standing, no tickets or violations.

Tribal Scholarships and Grants

American Indian College Fund (Full Circle Scholarship) 

American Indian Education Fund 

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) scholarships 

American Indian Services College Scholarships 

Association of American Indian Affairs Scholarships 

Catching the Dream 

Cherokee Nation 

Cherokee Nation Foundation 

Choctaw Nation 

Choctaw Nation Technology Allowance Program 

Cobell Scholarship 

Crow Tribe Higher Education 

DAR American Indians Scholarships 

Indian Health Service (IHS) Scholarships 

Muscogee (Creek) Nation 

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Foundation

National Indian Education Association 

Native Forward Scholars Fund 

Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship & Financial Assistance 

Udall Foundation Scholarship 

More Articles about Scholarships for Native American Students 

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 College is not responsible for the content of these websites.

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Ascent $1,000 Monthly Community Champions Scholarship Giveaway

Leave a comment on the Instagram post sharing one positive change that you hope to see in your community by the end of 2022 and why it’s important to you. 

Ascent Shining Stars Scholarship 

Citizens Scholarship 

Discover® $5,000 Scholarship Award 

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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 

January 31, 2023 

American Sign Company $1,000 Annual Scholarship

Design an original sign for your college campus Scholarship Essay Contest

Write an essay of 500 to 700 words on how abuse and addiction affect society.  Three scholarships are available. 

Earnest $5,000 Scholarship for Spring 2023

Open to spring students enrolled at least half time. 

March 1, 2023 

TEFL Academy $2,500 TEFL Scholarship

For students who want to pursue a career as a TEFL teacher 

March 15, 2023 

Richard Zahn $25,000 Scholarship for Entrepreneurs 

Discuss how you would use your business to address a problem that currently exists in the world and solve the issue.  

March 31, 2023 

Incfile’s $2,500 Entrepreneur Grant 

For students interested in starting a business  

Superpower Scholarship 

“Which superhero or villain would you want to change places with for a day and why?” (250 words or less)  

April 30, 2023 

PublicNotary.Services $1,000 Scholarship 2023 

June 1, 2023 Future Teacher Scholarship   

July 15, 2023 

Wade Kricken Scholarship 2023 For Future Attorneys