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There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. Every student has some skill, interest, experience, or characteristic that may make them an attractive candidate for one scholarship or another. And while we often refer to scholarships as “free money,” scholarships don’t actually come for free. It takes work to thoughtfully consider your strengths and research the scholarships that might be most appropriate for you. While the effort that goes into finding and winning scholarships may be akin to a part-time job, we at College Coach want to make your job a little easier. This on-going scholarship series highlights a new scholarship each week. Check out the below, along with the other posts in the series, and you may discover a funding resource that will make covering that college bill a little (or a lot!) easier.

Originally established through the “Cobell Settlement” in 1996, the Cobell Scholarship Fund was created to help American Indian and Alaska Native students cover post-secondary education expenses. This non-renewable scholarship provides one year of financial assistance to eligible students who can trace their ancestry back to a U.S. Federally-Recognized Tribe.

Scholarship: The Cobell Scholarship

Awarding Organization: Indigenous Education, Inc.

Amount: Varies

Eligible Students: Students must be enrolled in post-secondary program at any level and be an officially enrolled member (or a verified descendent) of a U.S. Federally-Recognized Tribe to qualify. Scholarships are awarded on both the basis of academic merit and financial need.

Eligible College(s): Public and private non-profit colleges and universities

How to Apply: Applicants must complete the online application and submit a short essay for consideration.

Deadline: Multiple deadlines for fall, spring, and summer


Best of luck, and please see the awarding organization’s website for full scholarship details and requirements.

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Written by Robyn Stewart
Robyn Stewart is a member of College Coach’s team of college finance experts. Prior to joining College Coach, she worked as a former financial aid officer at College of the Holy Cross. Visit our website to learn more about Robyn Stewart.