AISES: AASONA-Advancing Agricultural Science Opportunities for Native Americans

The AISES Advancing Agricultural Science Opportunities for Native Americans (AASONA) is for students interested in or pursuing agriculture related STEM degrees, with an eventual career in agriculture and/or ranching. Students receiving this scholarship must agree to becoming a part of a cohort of other Native students in the same field. Travel to the AISES National Conference and AISES Leadership Summit is required and travel scholarships are available for cohort members. Also included, is a mentorship with current Native farmers and ranchers with meetings both virtual and in person at the conferences. Participation in the mentorship is required for all scholarship recipients. Students in this program are eligible to apply for research awards to fund research related to farming, ranching, and related science.

$5,000 per student per academic year.

All agriculture related STEM degrees. Examples:
• Agriculture
o Concentrations in Agriculture: Business, Economics, Engineering, Food, Production, Technology
• Animal Science
• Bioengineering
• Biology
• Botany
• Chemistry
• Environmental Sciences
o Concentrations in Environmental Sciences: Water Resource Management, Rural Development, Land Management
• Equine Science
• Food Science
• Forestry
• Horticulture
• Microbiology
• Plant Science
• Soil Science
• Soil Ecology
• Zoology

Students must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students at an accredited two-year or four-year college/university for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Must have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA.

Applicants must be: an enrolled citizen or a decedent of an enrolled citizen of a federal or state recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native Village. Enrollment documents and/or a copy of birth certificate(s) showing descendancy from an enrolled citizen, are acceptable. Applicant may also, instead, provide a copy of their Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood or Certificate of Degree of Alaska Native Blood (CDIB) card.

All scholarships require applicants be current AISES members at the time of application. All applicants will be required to enter a valid AISES membership number. To get a membership number join AISES or retrieve your membership number through AISES Membership Portal.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Have you received the AASONA Scholarship before?
  2. Enter your AISES YM (Your Membership) ID. All applicants must be a current AISES members at the time of application deadline. To become a member, view Help Text for more information.
  3. How long have you been an AISES member?
  4. AISES Participation
    • 1. How did you learn about AISES?
    • 2. If Relative, Friend, or Teacher, is that person an AISES member?
    • 3. Have you participated in any of the following?
    • 4. When did you participate in AISES activities?
    • 5. Does the school you will be attending during the current academic year have an AISES Chapter?
    • 6. Are you a member of your school AISES chapter?
  5. Student & Family History
    • 1. What profession do you hope to be pursuing in 10 years?
    • 2. What is the highest degree you plan to achieve?
    • 3. Are you a first-generation college student in you family?
    • 4. Indicate the highest level of degree you family members have obtained
    • 5. Please indicate which family member earned this degree.
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