Achieving your Dream: Universities Offering Support to Native Students

As summer is winding down and preparations for the fall semester begins, high school students will begin to hear more about what options are available to them once high school is complete. Here are five universities that were featured on Indian Country Network Today that focus on helping Native youth in achieving their dream. These universities offer scholarships and sometimes free tuition for Native Student making access to college easier and more cost effective.

Humbolt State University

Have an interest in studying science? Humbolt State University’s Indian Natural Resources, Science,and Engineering Program (INRSEP) could be the perfect program. The university recruits and provides support services to Native youth who are interested in STEM related content.

University of Maine

The University of Maine offers free tuition for Native students who are residents or who establish residency in Maine after one year of living in state. A needs-based room and board grant program is also available.

University of California at Los Angeles

Do you have youth who are interested becoming a lawyer? They may consider studying law at University of California at Los Angeles with Carole Goldberg, who served on the Indian Law and Order Commission as well as many other achievements. They offer other programs such as sociology if studying law isn’t an interest.

Montana State University

Montana State University offers Native programs in sustainable food production, natural resources and rangeland ecology, and education. It is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley.

University of Tulsa (Distance Education Opportunity)

Try virtual study at the University of Tulsa! They offer an online Master of Jurisprudence in Indian Law (MJIL) degree program. This 18- to 24-month program is a great option for tribal leaders or tribal government managers, attorneys who wish to learn more about Indian law or policy, or those seeking to enter tribal government.

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