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.

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

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 

October 1, 2022

Spolin Law Civil Rights and Criminal Law Essay Competition and $1,000.00 Scholarship 

What does the constitution mean to you? 

October 31, 2022

IvyPanda $1,500 Annual Video Contest Scholarship

Record an original video on about: Post-COVID Education: Trends & Issues, How to Handle Social Media Addiction, or Your Advice for College Freshmen. 

Win up to $23K in Braum’s Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway

Text BRAUMS to 737737. You can enter once a day now through October 31st. 

November 30, 2022

Dwellsy Scholarship 

Essay topic: What does housing security mean to you? 

December 1, 2022 

LitFellow $1000 Annual Scholarship 

Essay topic: Advantages and Disadvantages of Online Games 

JT Legal Group’s $2500 College Scholarship

Write an essay explaining why hiring an attorney is better than dealing with legal issues alone. 

December 5, 2022 

$2,000 PixelPlex Bi-Annual STEM Scholarship

Essay topics: Blockchain, Metaverses, the Internet of Things, or Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality 

December 15, 2022 

Allied Van Lines Scholarship 2022

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

Dirk Derrick Car & Truck Accident Injury Scholarship

Write a personal statement about how a scholarship could help you. 

IP Royal Scholarship Program

Essay topic: how the internet helped you express your voice 

December 16, 2022 

The Empaxis Scholarship for Women in Business  

Write a personal statement about your career goals and accomplishments 

The Red Cross Collegiate Leadership Program 

What does the American Red Cross mean to you? 

January 31, 2023 Scholarship Essay Contest

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

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.