2022 Cobell Summer Research Fellowship applications are now open. Apply using OASIS via the below link.

The Academic Year 2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarship Applications open on December 15, 2021.

Vocational/Trade Opportunities are now open.


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 CEO

Bridget Neconie Director of Scholarships and Programs

John Garland Director of Research and Student Success

Maloni Fox Communications Coordinator

Julia Mosconi Asst Director Research & Student Success

Gary Pierce Asst Director of Operations


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.

Chamy Halliday

School: Arizona State University
Major: Graduate Student Indigenous Education
Tribe: OR – Klamath Tribes

February 2021 Spotlight

I am a graduate student at Arizona State University. I am a first year teacher, teaching 3rd grade. I think of where I am at in my life often, and education is the reason I am where I am today. Whether it’s been scholarships, practicum hours, Union events, or the people I’ve met, it’s all molded me to be who I am today. And she’s someone I needed during my public education career.
Education is the opportunity to be better- better in knowledge, better in skill, better in experience, better yourself- and allows us to have connection to each other as well as the Earth we live on. That’s why education is a must, why it’s important to me. Perhaps if I spoke 15 other languages, I might find the words to truly express my gratitude. I’ve been struggling in my masters. This pandemic has taken chaos to a whole different level. It appears I’m not as solid in my identity as I’d hoped. Thankfully, this week was a solid reminder of having a conversation-when I was in D.C. lobbying for language

“L- I get it. You don’t know who you are. You, yourself, don’t believe you have a seat at the table
(in Indigenous education/issues).
Me- All true, but how do I acknowledge/accept, something to have that seat at the table?
L- No one, and I mean NO ONE, is going to give you a seat…You have to take it.”

I believe that receiving the Cobell Scholarship was a message that it’s time to take my seat. And live up to the legacy of the fighters before me. You guys are awesome. Sad I didn’t get to see you at convention this year. Y’all are the reason I did the thing and finished my application last year.

LeighAnn Dunn

School: University of South Dakota
Major: Graduate Student / Ed.D Curriculum Instruction

January 2021 Student Spotlight 

I grew up in Pierre SD in 2002. I deployed to Iraq in 2003 with the SD Army National Guard as a Combat Bridge Engineer. After returning home I started college working towards my B.S. in Communication Disorders. In 2011 I graduated with my M.A. in Multicatagorical Special Education degree with a focus on Autism and Behavior disorders from the University of South Dakota. I have been in the professional teaching field for almost ten years and currently teach in a high poverty area. Recently, I decided to back to school to obtain my Ed.D degree.

My family never valued education but valued hard work. I am the first generation to graduate high school and obtain a college degree. I grew up poor and knew the only way to break the cycle of poverty and make a difference was to go to college. To make my dreams of becoming a special education teacher achievable , I joined the SD Army National Guard. Education has allowed me to inspire, motivate, and make differences in the lives others.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions: Eligibility

Frequently Asked Questions: Applying

Frequently Asked Questions: Selection

Frequently Asked Questions: Cobell Graduate Summer Research Fellowship


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.

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 IEI staff. And, all Finalists will demonstrate tribal enrollment through a verification process that will be coordinated with the IEI 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 Finalist 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.


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

Cobell Scholarship Official Blog

Indigenous Education, Inc. Webinar Series

The Indigenous Education, Inc. Wellness 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.

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
2155 Louisiana Blvd NE
Suite 10100
Albuquerque NM 87110

Direct: (505) 313-0032

Toll Free: (844) 551-0650