2020 Cobell Graduate Summer Research Fellowship and Vocational Opportunities now open.

All other Cobell Scholarship Academic Year Opportunities are now CLOSED. 

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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

John Garland Director of Research and Student Success

Maloni Fox Communications Coordinator

Julia Mosconi Coordinator of Research and Engagement

Shea Gonzales A/V Coordinator


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.

Erik Fritts-Davis

School: University of Southern California
Major: Graduate Student in Screenwriting
Tribe: Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

March 2019 Student Spotlight 

Erik Fritts-Davis is Ojibwe, and a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. He is a filmmaker, a writer/director who focuses on outsider characters struggling to find their identity within the context of larger communities, primarily through comedy.  His work has been seen on the stages of Upright Citizens Brigade and The Second City, as well as in numerous short films. He holds a BA in Film Production from CSU Sacramento and is a graduate of the UCLA Professional Program in TV Writing. He is currently working on his MFA at the University of Southern California – School of Cinematic Arts. Erik is a recipient of the Bazzanella Literary Award, and USC’s Jack Oakie Annual Award for Comedy. He was a fellow in the 2018 Native American TV Writers Lab.  “Education is everything to me. It is a tool – a ladder, which allows us to reach the highest levels of our own potential. Education gives us control of our own lives. The Cobell Scholarship has provided me an incredible opportunity to pursue my education. It allows people a chance to reach for their dreams, to create new possibilities for our future. The scholarship lifts us up, its importance cannot be overstated. Thank you so much for all that you do!

Jasmine Woods

School: University of Alaska Anchorage
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Tribe: Native Village of Pitka’s Point

February 2019 Student Spotlight

Jasmine Woods was born and raised in Anchorage and Bethel, Alaska. She recently graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe High School in the top four of her class. Jasmine is a University Success student through the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP). Through this program, she had the opportunity to intern at BP Alaska, developing training material about the pipeline integrity workflow procedure. She is currently attending the University of Alaska Anchorage majoring in Mechanical Engineering.  Apart from her education, Jasmine enjoys going berry picking and fishing with her family during the summer. She also volunteers at local elementary schools tutoring students in math. Jasmine also enjoys spending time with her friends and family. “Through education, I can help my community by promoting education through setting an example for my younger siblings, and community through offering my experience about college. My hope is to guide others in my community to receive their post-secondary education along with promoting our Alaska Native culture. It is crucial for others to stay connected with their culture because it holds strong ties to who they are as a person. This also helps with keeping the culture alive and preserves the traditional ways of Alaska Natives. Promoting education among Alaska Natives enforces the value of education within our culture. “Thank you for your time and selecting me as a scholar to help me along my journey through college. Being a first generational college student, this scholarship enabled me to continue attending college. This is important to my community and family to earn my post-secondary education because this means being able to support my family and community. I am able to offer guidance to other students in my community to enroll into college and to earn their post-secondary education as well. While, my family strongly encouraged me to earn my degree, our financial situation does not allow me to attend college, but through this scholarship, I am able to continue attending. Overall, thank you for making it possible for me to continue my educational career and supporting my family and community.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

2018-2019 Frequently Asked Questions: Graduate Summer Research Fellowship

2018-2019 Frequently Asked Questions: Applying

2018-2019 Frequently Asked Questions: Eligibility

2018-2019 Frequently Asked Questions: Selection


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
6501 Americas Parkway NE Suite 825
Albuquerque NM 87110

Direct: (505) 313-0032

Toll Free: (844) 551-0650


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