Native American Scholarship Program

The application for the Freeport-McMoRan Native American College Scholarship and the Freeport-McMoRan Navajo Code Talkers Scholarship will be open from February 1 – June 1, 2024. The application is now closed.

This scholarship is funded by the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation and administered by Education Forward Arizona. The value of this scholarship is:

  • $3,000/per semester for students enrolled in a four-year program at a university or tribal college
  • $1,500/per semester for students enrolled in a two-year program at a community college or tribal college
  • $5,000/per semester for students enrolled in a graduate program
  • For students enrolled at a trade or technical school, the value of this scholarship will be determined by program length, not to exceed $15,000

Program Requirements

Students awarded with a scholarship are also required to participate in the Success Services Program, in partnership with Education Forward Arizona. The participation requirements include:

  • Participation in advising sessions with a Success Adviser twice per semester
  • Keeping in constant contact with your Success Adviser
  • Submit all paperwork, including transcripts, schedules, school changes and other requests by Education Forward Arizona or your Success Adviser
  • Respond to all Education Forward Arizona communication within 48 hours
  • Attend the Annual Leadership Symposium (if required by your Success Adviser)
  • Attend one Scholar Success Network meeting per semester
  • Follow the College and Career Success Milestones as presented by your Success Adviser

Selection Criteria

  • Be an enrolled member of one of the following tribal communities with priority given to students from the first five listed tribes:
    • Hualapai Tribe
    • Navajo Nation
    • San Carlos Apache Tribe
    • Tohono O’odham Nation
    • White Mountain Apache Tribe
    • 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
    • Zuni Pueblo
  • Be attending an accredited community college, tribal college, four-year university, or trade school
  • Be a full-time student (minimum of 12 credit hours or full time as deemed by the institution)
  • Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and be in good current academic standing
  • Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis. Scholarship renewal is contingent upon maintaining good academic standing, maintaining full-time enrollment and a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA.
    • Prior receipt of a scholarship does not guarantee a future academic year scholarship.
  • If you are a current Native American Scholarship Program recipient, DO NOT submit an application. Please reach out to your adviser at Education Forward Arizona.