In 1980, the Navajo Nation took the initiative to establish the Chief Manuelito Scholarship program.
This program is a tribute to Chief Manuelito, Hastiin Ch’ilhaajiin (1818-1893), who passionately advocated for education and the preservation of Navajo tradition and culture.
Students who meet the eligibility criteria for this scholarship receive $7,000 per academic year to cover the direct educational expenses associated with their post-secondary education.
Furthermore, Chief Manuelito Scholarship recipients must meet not only the financial criteria but also maintain a 3.0 GPA and successfully earn 12 or more semester credit hours through college-level graded courses in each academic term.
This scholarship program not only recognizes high-achieving high school graduates but also encourages them to pursue higher education and, in doing so, uphold Navajo values and heritage.
Chief Manuelito Scholarship Eligibility:
To be eligible, students must gain admission to a post-secondary institution.
Hold a minimum ACT composite score (SAT scores will be converted) in conjunction with a minimum cumulative grade point average.
They must complete required courses, which include Navajo Language (1 unit high school credit or 1+ college credit) and Navajo Government (.5 unit high school credit or 1+ college credit) prior to their high school graduation date.
For students who lack access to Navajo Language or Navajo Government classes, online options are available to meet this requirement.
It’s important to note that fees for these courses are the sole responsibility of the applicant, as the ONNSFA is not obligated to cover these expenses.
Eligibility for Undergraduates:
- Full-time undergraduates can qualify by meeting the following criteria:
- They must complete a minimum of 24 semester college-level credit hours (or the equivalent in trimester or quarter credit hours).
- Their cumulative GPA should be 3.0 or higher.
Students pursuing an Associate of Applied Science, Bachelor of Applied Science, or Certificate are ineligible for this scholarship since it is restricted to college-level courses.
Chief Manuelito Scholarship Application Requirements
To apply for the scholarship, you will need to provide the following documents:
- A Letter of Admission into a four-year college.
- High school transcripts are required for the initial application.
- For both first-time applications and renewals or re-applications, you must submit official grades each term and college transcripts.
- A Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB).
- A Course Registration Form.
- Ensure that you have met all the scholarship requirements.
- If you do not meet the Navajo Language and/or Navajo Government course requirements, you must complete the exams before applying.
- These exams are available online at additional cost on the following websites:
- Complete the online scholarship application by signing up and filling out the form.
- Submit all the required documents.
Scholarship Coverage or Benefits:
As a recipient of the Chief Manuelito scholarship, you can expect the following:
- Receive $3,500 per term for as long as you continue to apply and remain eligible.
- This scholarship is available for international students.
- There is no requirement to write an essay.
- Recommendations are not needed for this scholarship.
- The application process is entirely free.
- There are no restrictions on how you can spend your award.
- You can also apply for other ONNSFA scholarships.