May 15, 2023

Tuition-Free Scholarships Available to All Utah Native American Students at USU Campuses Statewide

Utah State University will now provide full tuition and student body fee scholarships for all resident Native American students who qualify. This coverage is for qualifying students at all USU campuses in Utah seeking technical education certificates, associate, or bachelor's degrees.

"Utah State University strives to provide access to quality higher education for students across our great state, wherever they are," said USU President Noelle E. Cockett. "Having this scholarship available for our Native American student population shows this commitment. USU meets student needs and supports learners with a top-tier educational experience and strong student support."

With 30 locations throughout the State of Utah– including residential campuses in Logan, Blanding, and Price– a Utah State University education is within reach of all residents, no matter their location. USU seeks to create impacts in local economies and empower individuals and communities while bettering the lives of the people and places they serve. The Native American Student Scholarship is another way USU is bringing educational resources to where students are.

"The Native American Student Scholarship is USU's continued commitment to Native American students and the communities they call home," said Kristian Olsen, associate vice president for USU Blanding, whose student population is more than 65% Native American. "We know this will help many students who want to attend university but are concerned about paying the tuition. This scholarship will remove that barrier so all Native American students can pursue their dream of getting a higher education."

The Native American Student Scholarship was created to further USU's mission of educational excellence, access, and inclusion. USU seeks to empower all people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. As Utah's land-grant institution, USU affirms Indigenous self-governance history, experiences, and resiliency of the Native people that are still in Utah today.

The scholarship is available to both new and continuing students and will be awarded beginning in July 2023, ahead of the fall 2023 semester. It will pay for tuition and student body fees at USU that have not been fully paid by all other scholarship or grant sources. The scholarship is available to students for up to eight semesters, or degree completion.

Applications for the Native American Student Scholarship are now open. To view scholarship eligibility qualifications and to apply, visit

Students are highly encouraged to contact their respective tribes for information on additional scholarships and resources available to them. While tribal funding is not required to be considered for the Native American Student Scholarship, it can help support students with additional costs not covered by this scholarship, such as course fees, housing, books, transportation, etc.

For questions about the application process and further help with applying for scholarships, prospective students are encouraged to contact an Admissions Specialist at the campus of their choosing at Current students may contact USU Student Financial Support for questions at

While attending USU, students will also have access to resources and support from USU's Indigenous Programs and the Inclusion Center.

The Native American Student Scholarship will pay for tuition and student body fees at USU that have not been fully paid by all other scholarship or grant sources. Applications are open to new and continuing students.


Emilie Wheeler
News Director
University Marketing and Communications
(435) 797-0744  

Robert Wagner
Executive Vice President
Utah State University
(435) 797-0945


Financial Resources for Native American Students

USU Land Acknowledgment
"As a land-grant institution, Utah State University campuses and centers reside and operate on the territories of the eight tribes of Utah, who have been living, working, and residing on this land from time immemorial. These tribes are the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Indians, Navajo Nation, Ute Indian Tribe, Northwestern Band of Shoshone, Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, San Juan Southern Paiute, Skull Valley Band of Goshute, and White Mesa Band of the Ute Mountain Ute. We acknowledge these lands carry the stories of these Nations and their struggles for survival and identity. We recognize Elders past and present as peoples who have cared for, and continue to care for, the land. In offering this land acknowledgment, we affirm Indigenous self-governance history, experiences, and resiliency of the Native people who are still here today."

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