Only 17% of Native American students start college and only 13% complete college.

Long-Term Solutions

Higher Education

PWNA provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate Native American students. We focus on applicants who are most often in the middle range of the academic ranking but who have serious drive and a demonstrated ability to overcome obstacles.

Many Native students believe college is not an option for them and, contrary to public perception, college is not free for Native Americans. PWNA’s Higher Education Services increase college access and retention for Native American students.

Our Higher Education services assist more than 350 Native students each year.
We also:
  • provide grants to post secondary schools to equip students with pre-requisite “tools for learning” that they need and cannot afford
  • provide grants and emergency funding to universities, tribal colleges, and other groups committed to American Indian education, retention and funding for Native American students

(Related programs: American Indian Education Fund)