Isleta Higher Education

Higher Education

The Pueblo of Isleta (POI) Department of Education provides a variety of higher education support services to POI enrolled members. Support services include finding and applying to vocational schools, colleges and acquiring outside scholarships. In addition, we provide support with career advisement to include resume building, cover letters and interviewing techniques. The POI Department of Education also provides supplemental funding to support you in obtaining your post-secondary degree.

On this page find: Announcements, Scholarship Application, FAFSA, Request to schedule an appointment, Scholarship Opportunities, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the scholarships, and Other Opportunities & Scholarships

You may also find our forms using the forms/links tab to include the course verification form and financial needs analysis.


Revised Policies and Procedures

Pueblo of Isleta Scholarship Applications

Click here or use the following link to access the Department of Education Higher Education Scholarship Application.

Pueblo of Isleta Supporting Documents for the Scholarship Form

Click here or use the following link to access the Department of Education form to upload required supporting documents for your application.


Before each year of college, apply for federal grants, work-study, and loans with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. Your college uses your FAFSA data to determine your federal aid eligibility. Many states and colleges use FAFSA data to award their own aid. After submission, you’ll receive your Student Aid Report.

Learn more about the FAFSA here

To begin the FAFSA application process, click here or visit:



Free Application for Federal Studet Aid FAFSA Tips


Other Scholarship Opportunities


U.S. Department of Interior Indian Affairs

Indian Affairs is committed to employing, developing, and sustaining a high quality workforce who are charged with enhancing the quality of life for American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives.  Some of the most exciting opportunities are through the Student Internship Program and the Presidential Management Fellows Program 

For more information visit:


BLM Arizona: Internship Opportunities

Internship program – Bureau of Land Management

Click here for more information


Full Circle & Tribal College Scholarships

The American Indian College Fund provides scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native college students seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees at tribal colleges, nonprofit, and accredited schools.

Full Circle Scholarship applications are open from February 1st to May 31st each year.

To apply visit:

2024 Region VIII
SWTHA Scholarship Now Available!

The Southwest Tribal Housing Alliance (SWTHA) provides educational scholarship grants for Region VIII (Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas) funded under AMERIND’s Annual Scholarship Program. The application is now available! Click on the links below, the documents are also attached, or visit

  • January 15, 2024: Scholarship Open
  • April 30, 2024: Scholarship Deadline
  • SWTHA Summer Triannual Meeting: Announcement of recipients

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is April 30, 2024.


The Cobell Scholarship

The academic year 2024-2025 undergraduate and graduate scholarship applications are now open.

The 2024-2025 vocational/trade application is open while funds remain available.

To apply for any COBELL SCHOLARSHIP click on the following link: access_oasis (



PNM Pueblo Education Endowment Scholarship 2024-2025


Deadline: June 1, 2024

The purpose of the PNM Pueblo Education Endowment Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students from one of the nineteen Pueblo Nations of New Mexico who are pursuing a certificate, vocational trade, or degree.

This program will award 15 scholarships per academic year. This opportunity is a merit-based award.


Wells Fargo American Indian Scholarship 2024-2025

Deadline: June 1, 2024

The purpose of the Wells Fargo American Indian Scholarship program is to provide financial assistance to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate (juniors and seniors) and graduate students pursuing degrees full-time at an accredited institution.

Undergraduate (juniors and seniors) students must be pursuing a degree in the gaming, tourism, financial, or hospitality industries. Graduate students must be pursuing a degree in business or a gaming/hospitality-related field. This includes banking, resort management, gaming operations, or management and administration (including accounting, finance, information technology, and human resources).

The maximum amount of an undergraduate award is $2,500 and the maximum amount of a graduate award is $5,000 per academic year. This opportunity is a need-based award.


AISES SCHOLARSHIPS – American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Open Scholarships (not all scholarships may be listed Please visit website at for full list.


 AISES Polaris Vocational Trades Scholarship (2023-2024)
Due Date:

AISES is excited to be partnering with Polaris Inc. to provide AISES’s first vocational trades scholarship. The vocational trades scholarship program offers a $1,500 scholarship to students pursuing a vocational certificate or diploma at an accredited institution.


AISES A.T. Anderson Scholarship (2024-2025)
Due Date: April 30, 2024

The A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship Program is funded through a variety of sources, including memorials, individual donations, AISES fundraisers, and other corporate grants. This scholarship fund was established to memorialize A.T. Anderson, one of the AISES founders.


AISES Accenture Scholarship (2024-2025)
Due Date: April 30, 2024

Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud, and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, Accenture offers Strategy and Consulting, Technology and Operations Services, and Accenture Song—all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers.


AISES ARDC Scholarship Program (2024-2025)
Due Date: April 30, 2024

AISES is proud to partner with Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) to offer a $5,000 scholarship to students pursing an Associates, Bachelors, or Master’s degree at an accredited institution studying in one of the following STEM fields: electrical engineering, computer engineering, web design and development, audio technology, mechanical engineering, mathematics, information technology, and communications.


AISES Aristocrat Scholarship (2024-2025)
Due Date: April 30, 2024

AISES is pleased to offer a scholarship program in partnership with Aristocrat for the 2024-2025 academic year. Undergraduate students are eligible, and students in a field related to casino gaming (software development, technology, supply chain, etc.) are welcome and encouraged to apply. 


AISES Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Foundation Scholarship (2024-2025)
Due Date: April 30, 2024

Administered by AISES for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation (BNSF), this scholarship is made available to American Indian high school seniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher who reside in one of the 23 states serviced by the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Pacific Corporation and its affiliated companies: Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Arkansas, Louisiana, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin, or Iowa.


AISES Chevron Scholarship (2024-2025)
Due Date: April 30, 2024

Chevron will award scholarships to students majoring in Information Technology, Engineering and Earth Science. Recipient must be authorized to work in the United States and have a 3.0 GPA.


AISES Environmental Science Associates (ESA) Scholarship (2024-2025)
Due Date: April 30, 2024

AISES is pleased to offer a scholarship program in partnership with Environmental Science Associates (ESA) for the 2024-2025 academic year. Undergraduate Indigenous students pursuing a STEM or planning degree in the states of Washington, Oregon, California or Florida are welcome and encouraged to apply. Awards are $2,000 for the academic year.


AISES ExxonMobil Scholarship 2024-2025
Due Date: April 30, 2024

In partnership with ExxonMobil, AISES is proud to offer the ExxonMobil Geosciences Scholarship. Through ExxonMobil’s generous support, AISES will offer scholarships to assist undergraduate, MS, and PhD students in financing academic costs and geosciences field work and research.


AISES Google Scholarship
Due Date: April 30, 2024

The Google Scholarship opportunity meets AISES’ mission-driven objective to support Indigenous students in becoming qualified, STEM professionals through academic scholarship and wrap around support services. With the resources provided by Google, combined with AISES’ 46 years of experience administering scholarships and offering support programs to Indigenous students, AISES believes the recipients will excel in their programs and provide meaningful contributions in the STEM workforce.


AISES Intel Growing The Legacy Scholarship Program
Due Date: April 30, 2024

Get on the Fast Track to a Rewarding Career in STEM

AISES is proud to partner with Intel Corporation to offer the Intel Growing the Legacy Scholarship Program.  The Program offers Intel-sponsored scholarships of $5,000 to $10,000 for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate STEM degree. While this Program is not automatically renewing, awardees are encouraged to re-apply each year.


AISES Polaris Academic Scholarship
Due Date: April 30, 2024

The Polaris Foundation is dedicated to long-term investment in the communities where they live and do business. Providing Polaris with a quality workforce and creating healthy communities where our employees live is central to their vision.


AISES RISE Scholarship
Due Date: April 30, 2024

AISES is pleased to announce the RISE Scholarship. RISE, powered by Aristocrat Gaming, engages, and supports Indigenous students, professionals, and tribes by offering exposure, resources, and programming aimed to increase Indigenous talent in tribal gaming education and careers. The scholarship is available to students interested in all aspects of the casino gaming industry from game development, commissioning, marketing, cyber security and so much more.


AISES Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) Scholarship 2024-2025
Due Date: April 30, 2024

AISES is pleased to offer a scholarship program in partnership with Society of Professional Engineering in Aerospace (SPEEA) for the 2024-2025 academic year. Indigenous students interested in an aerospace career pursing an associates, bachelors, or graduate degree in the state of Washington are welcome and encouraged to apply. Awards are $5,000 for the academic year with additional assistance available for students with dependent children.


AISES Stellantis MCAP Scholarship
Due Date: April 30, 2024

Stellantis Sponsors Scholarships for Indigenous Students

Stellantis, one of the world’s leading automakers, is proud to offer qualified Native American students a chance to earn a scholarship as they pursue a rewarding career path as fully-fledged automotive service technicians.  This scholarship opportunity is made possible by the Jeep® Brand and the Mopar® Career Automotive Program (CAP).  Any Indigenous student interested in becoming a certified automotive service technician is encouraged to apply. To qualify, students must have tribal membership, as well as membership in AISES, which is made available to students at no cost (see the Eligibility section below for complete details).

Mopar® CAP partners with nearly 100 universities, community colleges, technical colleges, and vocational schools throughout the United States to train the next generation of automotive service technicians. A complete list of participating schools can be found here. Through Mopar® CAP, students can earn their service technician certification in as little as 12 to 24 months, armed with the necessary skills to begin work at a Stellantis dealership.   

For more information about Mopar®  CAP visit or follow us on social media by searching for “MoparCAP” on Instagram and Threads, or “MoparCAPOfficial” on Facebook.


FIRST x AISES Scholarship
Due Date: April 30, 2024

The FIRST x AISES scholarship is a new initiative designed to provide Indigenous students pursuing STEM studies in higher education. 


Indigenous Peoples Education Fund Scholarship
Due Date: April 30, 2024

The Indigenous Peoples Education Fund (“Foundation”) was founded to provide grants to support the education of enrolled members of any US state or federally-recognized Native American tribe.



Frequently Asked Questions for Pueblo of Isleta Scholarships

We receive a number of questions regarding eligibility for our Pueblo of Isleta Higher Education Scholarship. Please review the following information or the online application instructions for full information about our scholarship. Due to a high volume of calls, staff may not be able to respond to your question(s) immediately. In the meantime, please review the following FAQ’s, descriptions or the application

Am I eligible?

We are not able to determine eligibility without a completed application. In order to apply you must be an enrolled Pueblo of Isleta Tribal Member as indicated on your Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB).

Is my school eligible for funding?

We are not able to determine eligibility without a completed application. Your school must be an accredited Institution/University.

How much is the scholarship?

Undergraduate part time students (6-11 credit hours) or Graduate part time students (6 hours) may receive a maximum award of $4000.00. Full time Undergraduate students (12+ hours) or full time Graduate students (9+ hours) may receive a maximum of $9946.00. We strongly encourage you to apply for other scholarship opportunities.

I am a descendant of an enrolled Tribal member, do I qualify?

In order to qualify you must be an enrolled Pueblo of Isleta Tribal Member as indicated on your Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB). Your enrollment number should begin with an “I”.

 Have you received my documents?

The Pueblo of Isleta Department of Education (POI/DOE) utilizes an online application system that includes the ability to upload most required documents. The Financial Need Analysis Form and the Official Transcripts must be mailed/emailed directly to the Department of Education from the reporting agency. If your document(s) is/are not acceptable, you will receive an email from


What are the deadline dates to submit my application and supporting documents?

The absolute deadline dates for the application are:

Fall Term/Semester – July 1st

Spring Term/Semester – November 1st

Summer Term/Semester – April 1st


The absolute deadline to submit supporting documents are:

Fall Term/Semester – August 31st

Spring Term/Semester – December 31st

Summer Term/Semester – May 31st

I missed the deadline, what do I do?

The Department of Education does not accommodate late submissions. Please refer to our website for open applications. Applicants who have started the application process but are having issues acquiring documents should remain in contact with the POI/DOE during the application process. The POI/DOE may accept late-completion appeals with extenuating circumstances.

Do I need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

In order to be eligible for funding you must fill out the FAFSA that corresponds with the academic year you are requesting assistance.

Can I fax my Financial Needs Analysis Forms (FNA)?

 FNAs may be faxed or scanned and emailed (preferred) by the reporting agency. Revisions to the FNA will be accepted ongoing.

 What if my schedule changes?

If your schedule changes, please work with your advisor to fill out a new course verification form. Submit the revised course verification form and your new schedule to the POI/DOE along with the reasoning. Be sure to immediately notify the Department of any changes.

What are your requirements?

You must be an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Isleta, be accepted into an accredited Institution, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), submit a Student Aid Report (SAR), demonstrate proof of High School/GED/HiSET completion. You must submit a Financial Needs Analysis (FNA), your acceptance letter, a degree plan from your institution (advisor signature required), course verification form (advisor signature required), class schedule and official transcripts.

School is about to begin and they haven’t received the check yet; what do I do?

As difficult as it may seem to do, please be patient. The POI/DOE notifies offices of financial aid of student awards to alleviate late fees associated with the arrival of late funds from the Pueblo of Isleta Department of Education. Our staff works very hard to get checks disbursed to financial aid offices as soon as funds arrive to us. It is our intent to provide scholarships at the beginning of each term to assure you a smooth start to each semester.

You may email, or call our office to verify if the paperwork has been processed. We may be able to tell you when a check will be mailed, but that is not always the case.

What if I fail a class or fall below full-time status?

The Pueblo of Isleta does not pay to retake classes. Therefore, it is in the student’s best interest to work with their advisor and a tutor early in the semester to assure a passing grade or to drop the class. In either case, if you fail a class or do not complete the approved credit hours you will be placed on probation.

How much assistance can I receive for my degree?

Associates Degree: two academic years (four semesters or six quarters)

  • Bachelor’s Degree: five academic years (ten semesters or fifteen quarters)
  • Master’s Degree: two academic years (four semesters or six quarters).
  • Doctoral Degree: three academic years (six semesters or nine quarters).
  • MD, DO, Veterinary, Pharmacy or Pharmacology Degrees: four academic years including summers (twelve semesters or sixteen quarters).