The Native American Legacy Award (NALA) is a scholarship for qualified students who are citizens of state or federally recognized tribes or descendants of tribally enrolled citizens.

Award amount

Undergraduate students who are enrolled full time (12+ credits each term) will receive a Native American Legacy Award of $18,000 per academic year. Students who are enrolled half time or three-quarter time will receive a prorated amount. For students who are enrolled less than half time, awards will be calculated based on the number of credits a student has.

Graduate students who are enrolled full time (9+ credits each term) will receive a Native American Legacy Award of $15,000 per academic year. Students who are enrolled half time or three-quarter time will receive a prorated amount. For students who are enrolled less than half time, awards will be calculated based on the number of credits a student has.

Eligibility

Students eligible to receive NALA must be:

  • Admitted to CSU
  • Non-residents of Colorado
  • Seeking a degree on CSU’s main campus (CSU Online students are not eligible)
  • Registered citizens of a state or federally recognized tribe OR be able to prove a parent is a registered member of a state or federally recognized tribe*

* Students who are not enrolled in a tribe, and who do not have a parent enrolled in a tribe, may qualify if they demonstrate a blood quantum of one-half Native American ancestry. This quantum must not necessarily be of one tribe, but of all tribes combined, from recognized tribes under this policy. Typically this is shown with evidence of parents’ certificates of Indian blood.

How do I apply?

1. Apply to Colorado State University

  • Submit a completed application for admission
  • Submit proof of tribal citizenship or membership no later than 15 business days before the start of the academic term

2. Send official tribal citizenship documents to:

Native American Legacy Award
Office of Admissions
Colorado State University
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062
(970) 491-6909
Fax (970) 491-7799
admissions@colostate.edu

Examples include a copy of your certificate of enrollment or the front and back of your tribal membership card.

Questions?

Danita Ordaz, Native American Recruitment and Transition Specialist
danita.ordaz@colostate.edu
(970) 491-7274