Cobell Scholarship Applications for all 2017-2018 Academic Year opportunities and references are now closed as of 12am MST on April 1, 2017. 

Summer 2017 Applications Now Available – Deadline: May 5, 2017!

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Indigenous Education, Inc. promotes The Cobell Scholarship’s goal to provide applicants and inquirers with the most beneficial information regarding this carefully established scholarship opportunity.

Our History

Learn more about the history behind the Cobell vs. Salazar litigations and the ultimate example of unwavering dedication, hard work and victory against all odds.

Elouise Cobell

In 1996, banker Elouise Cobell became the lead plaintiff in a class action suit, demanding back payment and better accounting on Individual Indian Money Accounts managed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Thirteen years later, the federal government settled for $3.4 billion, the largest settlement in U.S. history.


The Cobell Scholarship is administered by Indigenous Education, Inc. whose growing staff of individuals are committed to the overall success of the program and each awarded recipient.

Melvin Monette-Barajas President and Executive Director

Bridget Neconie Director of Scholarships and Programs

Mary Jane Cordova Office Manager

Maloni Fox Communications Coordinator

Julia Mosconi Engagement Coordinator


  • I am graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing on December 15, 2016. I strongly believe I would not have accomplished this major milestone in my life without the support of Cobell Scholarship. The Cobell Scholarship provided me with the additional financial resources which assisted in covering tuition costs and nursing school expenses, thus allowing me to stay focused on my studies. With the help of the Cobell Scholarship and obtaining my Bachelor's of Science in Nursing, I am now able to continue my Grandfather's legacy of compassionate nursing almost 100 years after his passing. Thanks to the support received from the Cobell Scholarship, I hope to make a positive impact on reducing health disparities for all of the Great Spirit's children. 

    Garrett Hall
  • I am graduating in May from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work. I am very thankful for all the support received from the Cobell Scholarship while obtaining my degree. The Cobell Scholarship has helped tremendously in my academic success and assisted in achieving my goal. I am a first generation college student; and with me about to receive my degree I feel that I am helping pave the way for other Native youth in my community.

    April Davis
  • I will be graduating Summa Cum Laude this semester with a BS in Public Service and Public Policy w/ an emphasis in American Indian Studies and obtaining a certificate for Leadership and Ethics from the college of Public Service and Community Solutions. I intend on returning in the Spring of 16'-17' to obtain a concurrent MPA and MS in American Indian Studies. I'm presently working fulltime as a fire captain for so my hands are pretty busy.

    K. Sanderson


Indeed there is strength in numbers. Here is a look at some past and present strong recipients of the Cobell Scholarship. To suggest a student profile, email scholarships@cobellscholar.org.

“Hello my name is Bobi Ann Gallineaux, I am a 26-year-old member of the Blackfeet Tribe located in Browning, Montana. Currently, I am enrolled full time at the Blackfeet Community College in pursue of an Associate degree in nursing. I am in the middle of my second semester in the Registered Nursing program.

Growing up I spent a lot of time with my maternal great grandfather and paternal grandparents both of whom stressed the importance of education. My great grandpa once told me and my younger brother about his education background; before he could complete the seventh grade he made the tough decision to end his education journey to help provide for his parents and sister. This allowed his sister to move forward and finish her education. My grandpa was a very smart, wise man he would go onto work a variety of jobs including serving as a member on the tribal council, a job he held with pride and enjoyed for many years. When we asked him if he ever wished if he could have finished school he replied “every day, but through you kids I can live that experience.” He made us promise that day that we would finish high school and transition into college. “Never give up, always try” is what we were told.

In 2008 I graduated from high school. I wanted to take some time off from school to focus on my family as our daughter was only three years old at the time. Finally, in 2013 I knew it was a perfect time to get back into school. Through hard work and determination, I have managed to maintain a GPA of 3.8 or greater each semester placing me on the presidents list. Having this honor reminds me that I earned each award and all things are possible.
Upon graduation and passing of state board exams I hope to be employed at the local care center. I have great empathy for the elders in our community and I enjoy being in their presence. They have a lot of love to give and years of personal experiences to share. While being employed I intend to continue my education and become a midwife. The elderly and babies hold a special place in my heart.

I am very blessed to have a strong support system to aid in my education journey. My husband who works day and night to provide for our every need. My parents, in-laws, grandparents, siblings, classmates for being my cheerleaders providing me with encouragement when I need it most and my listeners when I need that ear to listen to me. My support system has really lifted any barrier that would prevent me from furthering my education. Without them I know all my achievements would have not been possible.

Lastly, I would like to express much appreciated gratitude to the Cobell scholarship for blessing me abundantly and allowing me to strive in my academics. I am very honored to be a recipient of such a beautiful, heroic woman’s scholarship. Come June 2018 I hope to make a lot of people proud marching down that aisle to receive my diploma.”

“Tsistsistas (I am Cheyenne). My name is Autumn Asher, and I am a member of the Cheyenne tribe. I will graduate with my Masters in Social Work in May and head to Washington University in St. Louis to pursue my doctorate degree.

My main research interests are American Indians, sexual violence, and mental health. As an American Indian woman, the majority of my actions are guided by my ancestors who have carved the path before me. Achieving a doctorate in social work would encapsulate my cultural history and set forth a legacy for the next seven generations that will come after me.

Through the combination of teaching and research, I will strive to be a voice for the native community. I aim to not only teach in the purely educational sense, but also to create awareness and encourage advocacy in others. American Indians are one of the most under-researched minority populations with a plethora of in-group diversity, varying from tribe to tribe.

My desire is to contribute research based upon my own population and ensure that the native legacy lives on. Achieving higher education to me is utilizing knowledge in order to advocate for our tribal communities.”

Frequently Asked Questions

For all other questions that are not answered here, please email scholarships@cobellscholar.org.


Cobell Scholarship information is categorized into four (4) areas with a PDF for each area available for printing: Scholarship Program Myths and Facts, General Eligibility Criteria,  General Scholarship Application Information, and Information for Finalists. These will be links to PDF’s

The Cobell Online Application & Scholarship Information System (OASIS) also has an FAQ tab for applicant convenience.


The Office of the US Department of Education has a user-friendly informational website containing good information for students, families and community members.  Learn about preparing for college, the variety and types of available aid, qualifications for aid, applying for aid, and information about student loan management.  Click HERE to be redirected to their site. There’s also a useful glossary of terminology HERE.

The College Board has several good tools to help select a college, explore careers, pay for college, get into college(s), and guidance to make a plan.  Information about financial aid can be particularly useful; however, their entire site is recommended and can be accessed HERE.


Both Merit-based and Need-based, the competitive Cobell Scholarship is annual, non-renewable, and available to any post-secondary (after high school) student who is; an enrolled member of a US Federally-Recognized Tribe, enrolled in full-time study and is degree-seeking. Applicants must plan to attend or be attending any nationally, regionally and industry accredited non-profit, public and private, institution.
Applicants must be pursuing a vocational certificate or diploma, associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral or professional degree, or certificate.

All Finalists must demonstrate an unmet need through a process that will be coordinated with the IE staff. And, all Finalists will demonstrate tribal enrollment through a verification process that will be coordinated with the IE staff.

Application questions and other comments can be submitted at the bottom of this webpage.

Verification Processes

A series of verification will be required from applicants who are chosen as Finalists after the review process is completed. The verification includes, but is not limited to: Financial Need Analysis (FNA), Tribal Enrollment Verification (TEV), proof of institutional enrollment (course schedule, etc.), copy of most recent transcript, and a high-resolution/high quality photograph of the applicant.

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Many online resources are available and the Indigenous Education, Inc. staff will work to continuously compile and maintain this list of links that can provide applicants with the most helpful information possible.

To suggest resources for this page, email information to scholarships@cobellscholar.org.

Indigenous Education, Inc. Webinar Series

The Indigenous Education, Inc. Webinar Series is a great tool to help improve your educational experience. Webinar topics range from grad school test prep, to FAFSA tips, to Cobell Scholarship Application Guidelines. New webinars will be shared roughly every month – stay up to date with coming IEI webinars by following the Cobell Scholarship Facebook Page.

COMING SOON: A Series on Healthy Habits 

Financial Aid Resources

Federal Student Aid – Find out how to complete the FAFSA and maintain your federal student aid profile.  Great resources for families as well as individual students.

The American Indian College Fund – The American Indian College Fund provides scholarships to students attending Tribal College and University students, and undergraduate and graduate students attending any other accredited public and non-profit private college all across the United States.

The American Indian Graduate Center – The AIGC provides scholarships to American Indians and Alaska Natives pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees at accredited institutions as full-time, degree-seeking students.

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society – AISES provides scholarships to students and provides so much more in student leadership, mentorship, involvement and service.

Scholarship Opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native students is a resources page maintained by the federal Bureau of Indian Education.

Testing for College and Graduate School

The PSAT and SAT are administered by the College Board

The ACT suite of products and services can be found here

GRE – the Graduate Record Exam

GMAT – the Graduate Management Admission Test is administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council

LSAT – the Law School Admissions Test is administered by the Law School Admissions Council

MCAT – the Medical College Admission Test is administered by the Association of Medical Colleges.

PCAT – the Pharmacy College Admission Test is a specialized test that helps identify qualified applicants to pharmacy colleges.

DCAT – the Dental College Admission Test is administered by the American Dental Association.

Other Resource Links

COLLEGE HORIZONS – is a pre-college program for Native American high school students open to current sophomores and juniors.  Each summer students work with college counselors and college admissions officers in a five-day “crash course.”  The individualized program helps students select colleges suitable for them to apply to, get admitted to, and receive adequate financial aid. Students research their top 10 schools; complete college essays, resumes, the Common Application, and the preliminary FAFSA; receive interviewing skills and test-taking strategies (on the ACT and SAT) and financial aid/scholarship information.

GRADUATE HORIZONS – a four-day workshop for Native college students, college graduates, and master’s students in preparing for graduate school (master’s, Ph.D. or professional school).

BIG FUTURE is a program of the College Board designed to help students track their own path to college and career.

Study Public Health, Change the World – find out if Public Health is for you

The public health profession cuts across many different disciplines. Use the SOPHAS Academic Program Finder to search degree programs from over 80 schools and programs.

Pathways to Science is a project of the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) . Pathways to Science supports pathways to the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We place particular emphasis on connecting underrepresented groups with STEM programs, funding, mentoring and resources.

Contact us at your convenience

The Cobell Scholarship Team is available to address any questions or concerns regarding the scholarship process or other related inquiries. Simply complete and submit the form below.

Indigenous Education, Inc.
The Cobell Scholarship
6501 Americas Parkway NE Suite 825
Albuquerque NM 87110

Direct: (505) 313-0032

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