American Indian Cultural Preservation Scholarship

The American Indian Cultural Preservation Scholarship is an initiative from Oyasin to support indigenous cultures of North and South America.

With a desire to facilitate the survival and spread to younger generations, Oyasin has created this scholarship to support university students currently located in Canada or the United States to advance their higher education. 

Our scholarship hopes to support one (1) student with the cost of their tuition by awarding a $1,000 scholarship to the successful applicant.

Interested participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Of American Indian decent and has knowledge of / is currently learning a native language OR non-American Indians who demonstrate a desire to learn and preserve indigenous languages via university education
  • Currently enrolled in the Fall / Spring 2018/2019 school year at any college, university, high school, trade or technical school within the United States of America.
  • Students must be 15 years or older at the time of enrollment
  • Must be an American or Canadian citizen (or hold a valid student visa)
  • Winning participants will be expected to submit a photo for promotional purposes

Please choose ONE (1) of the following prompts to answer in the essay submission:

#1. Describe why preserving American Indian language and culture is important to you in the 21st century

#2. If you were in charge of creating greater dialogue about American Indian rights in the United States, what would you do?

In your essay please include the following:

  • A title
  • Your article in Google documents with a minimum of 500 words
  • Citations for any / all research used

The next deadline for this scholarship is December 31, 2018

Each student may only submit one essay. Please submit with official enrollment documents to

Past Winners

  • 2018 Spring: Vaishali Denton (University of California at Los Angeles)


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