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Scholarship Opportunity for Native Students!

UAII Workforce Development is happy to share that the application period for the American Indian College Access Program has officially opened! This scholarship opportunity if offered by our friends over at Walking Shield, Inc located in Orange County!

About Walking Shield, Inc.

The mission of Walking Shield, Inc. is to improve the quality of life for American Indian families by coordinating programs that provide shelter, healthcare, community development support, educational assistance, employment development and humanitarian aid. Established in 1986 and located in Costa Mesa, California, Walking Shield works closely with tribal leadership providing services to hundreds of thousands of American Indians. Through a generous grant from the College Community Foundation, Walking Shield has established the American Indian College Access Program (AICAP) to carry out its vision of making higher education possible for qualifying American Indian and Alaska Native students.

About the Scholarship

Selected Access Scholars will not only be given scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 per student, but they will also have the opportunity to take part in a support program designed to ensure ultimate future success, ideally in service to the student’s own tribal community. Walking Shield’s staff will follow each student’s progress and provide additional resources and support throughout their educational journey.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

Students are eligible to be considered for this scholarship if they:

  • Are an American Indian/Alaska Native enrolled Tribal member or descendent.

  • Are a citizen, legal permanent resident or national of the United States.

  • Graduated from a Los Angeles County high school.

  • Are a high school senior or a current/transfer student in California and have attained a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale (un-weighted), and will be enrolling at a U.S. accredited college or university as a full-time (12 units), degree-seeking student in the fall of 2020/spring of 2021.

  • Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service and extracurricular activities, with a special emphasis on the American Indian Community, if applicable.

  • Have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have an EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) of 10,000 or below.

If you are interested in this funding opportunity, you can find the application attached. If you have any questions or concerns, please visit

Walking Shield Scholarship 2020
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