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 Assistance

Bacone is proud to offer assistance to its students.  These are limited to one award per full-time student per academic year.  Completion of the FAFSA is a prerequisite for all Bacone College awards.

Bacone College institutional assistance are not cash awards and – 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.  Federal Work Study, Tribal Awards, and Student Loans can be used to cover outstanding balances, fees and/or books. All institutional assistance will be applied with one-half for participation during the fall semester and one-half for participating during the spring semester. If a student withdraws from a semester completely, or falls below full-time status, their Bacone College Institutional Assistance will be prorated from the last day of full-time attendance.

Other criteria, such as a minimum cumulative GPA, may apply.

Alexander Posey Award – American Indian Students

This awards is 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 award.

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. Awards may be renewed upon exit interview by the VPSA.

Athletic Award – 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 award is determined by the Head Coach of the intended sport at their discretion, in coordination with the office of the CFO. An athletic award can not be combined with any other institutional award. 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. Tribal ID/CDIB must be provided. This award may renewed by the coach at the end of the academic year. This award can be adjusted per the 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 Award

Rennard Strickland School of Criminal Justice – Native American award of 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 award is determined by the Chair of the School of Criminal Justice.

Presidential Academic Award**

Merit based award for first-time freshmen. This award 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 award: 3.25)

** Presidential award nominations 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 Award*

This is Bacone’s standard institutional award. This is valued at up to $5,000 per academic year for residential main campus full-time students 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 an award in the amount of $500. This award is funded by private donors. This award is determined by the VP of Student Affairs. The recipient must be in good academic standing, no tickets or violations.

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.

Open Monthly

Ascent $1,000 Monthly Community Champions Scholarship Giveaway 

Ascent Shining Stars Scholarship 

Citizens Scholarship 

Discover® $5,000 Scholarship Award 

Earnest $50,000 More than a Scholarship Scholarship (March through July)

LA Tutors 123 Innovation in Education Scholarship 

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 

April 30, 2023 

PublicNotary.Services $1,000 Scholarship 2023 

June 1, 2023 Scholarship for Future Teachers Nursing Scholarship Underrepresented Student Nursing School Scholarship Scholarship for Future Teachers Early Childhood Education Scholarship Future Teacher Scholarship 

June 30, 2023 

Incfile’s Entrepreneur Grant 

IvyPanda’s $1,500 Annual Essay Writing Contest Scholarship 

July 15, 2023 

Wade Kricken Scholarship 2023 For Future Attorneys 

July 30, 2023 Scholarship Program 

August 1, 2023 

Taylor Swift ‘1989’ Scholarship – What is your favorite song on Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ album and why?

November 1, 2023 Scholarship for Accounting Majors Scholarship for Economics Majors 

December 31, 2023 

Grouport’s Scholarship Program