NAFWS Scholarships

NAFWS Scholarships

2023 Scholarship Application is now open!

Applications for our 2023 scholarships are now open! The deadline for submission is July 7th by 10pm Mountain Time. We look forward to reading your applications.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the “Downloadable Application” and the “Online Application”?

The downloadable application is for applicants who would like to submit their application through email. You will download and fill out the application OR print the application and fill out the application then send it through email to the NAFWS education coordinator.

The online application is for applicants who would like to fill the online form and submit through the website.

I am not enrolled with a Federally-recognized Tribe, but am a descendent, can I still apply? 

Yes, you can. If you are not enrolled with a Federally-recognized Tribe and do not have a Tribal ID document/card. You MUST submit a completed BIA Form 4432 to claim Indian Preference. The process to complete the BIA Form 4432 can be lengthy b/c you need certain signatures, start this process as soon as you can and as early as you can. It is good to get this document completed and saved for your records, so in the future, you can supply this document if you would like to claim Indian Preference for future scholarships, funding and jobs.

I recently graduated high school in May of 2023, am I eligible? 

Yes! As long as you are going to be attending college/university in Fall of 2023. You still need to submit an enrollment verification document.

I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree, and will start my graduate program in Fall of 2023, am I eligible? 

Yes! As long as you are going to be attending college/university in Fall of 2023. You still need to submit an enrollment verification document.

How do I know which region I need to put on my application?  

You can refer to the NAFWS region map, and you will apply to the region that your Tribe is located in. In example, Jane Boots is an enrolled member of Confederate Tribes  of the Colville Reservation (Washington) and resides in Colorado because she is attending school at Colorado State University. Jane Boots will indicate in her application, that her region is Pacific Region.

Do I turn in the letters of recommendation?

No, Letters of Recommendations are required to be submitted by the recommender, not the student applicant. If submitted by student, letter will not be accepted. Recommenders must submit their letter by email or website form to Ashley (Carlisle) Mueller, Education Coordinator by the scholarship deadline date and time.

2022 NAFWS National Scholarship Recipients

We know that pursuing higher education, having a job, raising a family, spending time with friends, spending time with family and/or having time for yourself, can be difficult. We would like to praise our students for doing a great job!

SOUTHWEST: Crystal Miller, PhD(c)

Tribe:Walker River Paiute Tribe Undergraduate:University of Arizona

Crystal Miller is a PhD student at the University of Arizona in the American Indian Studies program with a double concentration in Natural Resources Management and Federal Indian Law & Policy. She has targeted her work to serve the Walker River Paiute Tribe, a place she calls home.

GREAT LAKES: Danielle Fegan, PhD(c)

Tribe: Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Undergraduate: Michigan State University

Dani is currently a Ph.D. student in the Center for Cooperative Ecological Resilience and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University (MSU), where her research focuses on the importance of ishkode (fire) for wildlife and decision analysis.

SOUTHEAST: Mickki Garrity

Tribe:Citizen Potawatomi Nation Undergraduate: Northwest Indian College

Mickki is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Native Environmental Science at Northwest Indian College and hopes to support the efforts of Indigenous communities in climate change mitigation and ecological restoration.

GREAT PLAINS: Bree Eastman

Tribe:Rosebud Lakota Sioux Tribe Undergraduate:South Dakota State University

"Growing up I spent most of my time outside, riding horses, swimming, hunting, fishing, camping, etc. Through all these activities I gained my love for Makha (Earth, nature, land, the world). I knew that I needed to protect and preserve Her so generations may see what we are fortunate enough to see every day."

PACIFIC: Kendrick Wheeler

Tribe:Nez Perce Tribe Undergraduate:University of Montana Western

"With my education, my goal is to continue the work that has been done to protect our fishing and hunting rights and to ensure our way of life continues for the years to come."

PACIFIC: Sattie Fisher

Tribe:Confederated Bands and Tribes of the Yakama Nation Undergraduate:University of Montana

"I joined the wildlife program because I would like to join Indigenous people in their efforts to preserve their cultural ways of life by conserving their natural resources and wildlife."


Tribe:Western Colorado University Undergraduate:Western Colorado University

" It has been my lifelong dream to become a fisheries biologist. I love to fish, and it is something I will never stop doing. I want to say thank you for this opportunity and choosing me as a recipient of the NAFWS scholarship and helping me inch closer to my dreams."

SOUTHWEST: Cristian Burke

Tribe:Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Undergraduate:Oregon State University

"I had the opportunity to work with the tribe’s fisheries and discovered an interest in fisheries and conservation. It was through that newfound interest that I decided what I wanted to study in college, and I made my way to Oregon State University for their Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences program. When my time is finished there, I hope to come back to the reservation where I grew up and work in their fisheries."

ALASKA: McKenna Merle

Tribe:Aleut Undergraduate:Washington State University

"My educational pursuits are all in support of my life-long aspirations: enhancing the safe interactions between humans and animals by limiting Zoonotic diseases. This is all in an effort to benefit Indigenous Peoples through the perpetuation and enhancement of our subsistence living."

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In Recognition of Their Support

Native American Fish and Wildlife Society would like to thank those organizations that provided us with support over the years. With them we grew an effective national communications network for the exchange of information and management techniques related to self-determined tribal fish and wildlife management.

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