NAFSI Scholarship

First Nations Development Institute

Grant amount: US $1,000

Anticipated deadline: Sep 26, 2018 5:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student Graduate Student

Funding uses: Scholarship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

Exclusive to minorities: Yes

Minimum GPA: 3.0

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At First Nations Development Institute (First Nations), we believe that reclaiming control over local food systems is an important step toward ensuring the long-lasting health and economic well-being of Native people and communities.  Native food-system control has the potential to increase food production, improve health and nutrition, and eliminate food insecurity in rural and reservation-based communities, while also promoting entrepreneurship and economic development. 

The purpose of the Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program is to encourage more Native American college students to enter these fields so that they can better assist their communities with these efforts. In an attempt to increase the number of students entering these fields, First Nations will award ten scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic school year to Native American college students majoring in agriculture and agriculture-related fields, including but not limited to:

  • agribusiness management,
  • agronomy,
  • animal husbandry,
  • aquaponics,
  • environmental engineering,
  • fisheries and wildlife,
  • food production and safety,
  • food-related policy and legislation,
  • food science and technology,
  • horticulture,
  • irrigation science,
  • nutrition education, and
  • sustainable agriculture or food systems. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants must be full-time undergraduate or graduate student majoring in agriculture or an agricultural-related field, including food systems.
  • Applicants must be Native American (member of a current or terminated federal/state tribe) and able to provide documentation.
  • Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to helping his/her community reclaim local food-system control.