AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Sponsoring Institution: AISES x Polaris Inc.

Type: Scholarship funding

Eligibility: Studying STEM related fields: Check the field criteria
Must be full-time at one of the following types of accredited institutions: vocational-technical school, trade school, tribal college, two-year community college, or state college for the 2023-2024 academic year. Must have a 2.5 or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA)
Enrollment documents and/or a copy of birth certificate(s) showing descendancy from an enrolled citizen, Indigenous group of Canada, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander are acceptable. Applicants may also, instead, provide a copy of their Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood or Certificate of Degree of Alaska Native Blood (CDIB) card.
Must be a member of AISES (The American Indian Science and Engineering Society).


Application Deadline:  mid-August(Fall Semester) and  late January (Spring Semester)

If you identify as an indigenous person and you have not earned a college degree, read carefully!

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is a nonprofit organization aiming to increase the representation of Indigenous peoples in STEM studies and careers. Their Polaris Vocational Trades Scholarship paves the way for Indigenous students to excel in their career paths. An award of $1,500 will be awarded to students pursuing a vocational certificate or diploma at an accredited institution. This program is designed to empower Indigenous students pursuing vocational trades. The application process involves three essays and a letter of recommendation. To check the fields of study eligible for the vocational trades scholarship, check the eligibility section on the main page. Additionally, if you are from a federally-recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native Village; or Native Hawaiian or descendant from a Native Hawaiian; or Pacific Islander or descendant from Pacific Islander; or Indigenous person of Canada, then become a member of AISES to get the chance to apply to this vocational trades scholarship. Still have questions? Check out their FAQ’s.

With a focus on diversity, education, and community engagement, the AISES Polaris Vocational Trades Scholarship promises to be a catalyst for Indigenous representation and success in the vocational trades landscape. You can also check their  17 other available scholarships here! Apply today and don’t miss out on the vocational trades scholarship award!

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