March 6, 2023

Education Forward Arizona Seeks 150 Students for Native American Scholarship Program

Applications for the Freeport-McMoRan Native American College Scholarship and the Navajo Code Talkers Scholarship are now open through June 1, 2023.

The scholarships, administered by Education Forward Arizona, are made possible through a $9 million investment by the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation to increase access to higher education for Native American students, with a goal to help 300 Native American students graduate by 2026.

Each scholarship will provide students with up to $6,000 annually and support services to help them succeed in pursuing and completing a postsecondary certificate, or associate or bachelor’s degree.

Scholarship recipients will also be paired with Education Forward Arizona’s Success Advisers for mentoring sessions, enrollment counseling, academic tracking, financial aid advice, peer networking, professional development and more.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible students must be graduating high school seniors or currently enrolled students attending an accredited community college, tribal college, four-year university, or trade school, and an enrolled member of one of the qualifying 14 tribal communities.

Priority will be given to students from Hualapai Tribe, Navajo Nation, San Carlos Apache Tribe, Tohono O’odham Nation and White Mountain Apache Tribe.

Members from the following Tribes are also eligible: Ak-Chin Indian Community, Gila River Indian Community, Hopi Tribe, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Tonto Apache Tribe, Yavapai-Apache Nation, Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe and Zuni Pueblo.

Interested students can learn more about the program requirements and selection criteria, and submit their applications online, by visiting