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NAFOA Scholarship

Postmark Deadline: July 15, 2013
Awards Announced: August 2013
Scholarships Awarded: Fall 2013

NAFOA is dedicated to supporting Native people pursuing their education. We are pleased to offer the following merit-based scholarships to Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students for the 2013-2014 academic year:
• One MBA Scholarship at $1,500 plus Conference Travel Valued at $1,000
• One Undergraduate Scholarship at $1,000 plus Conference Travel Valued at $1,000
• Two Tribal College Scholarships at $500

Awards are based upon academic merit, demonstrated involvement within the Native American community and demonstrated commitment to improving indigenous communities through a career in finance.

The scholarship will be awarded at our fall finance conference for Indian Country in fall 2013, with the location of the conference and the time to be announced.


  1. Students must provide proof of tribal enrollment or descendancy.
  2. Students must be enrolled as full-time at an accredited institution in the United States.
  3. Students must have already declared their major in one of the following areas: Accounting, Business Administration, Economics or Finance.
  4. Students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  5. After notification of an award, students must provide an electronic photograph to include in NAFOA materials and on our website. The photograph may also be used on NAFOA partner websites and in partner materials.

2013-2014 NAFOA Scholarship Application
CLICK HERE to download the PDF.



In 2012, the Native American Finance Officers Association awarded three scholarships to an outstanding MBA, undergraduate and tribal college student.

NAFOA Scholars

MBA Scholar
Ida Williams
Ms. Williams is an enrolled member of the Santee Sioux Nation and is also Oglala, Cheyenne and Ojibwe. She is in her first year of her MBA program at Gonzaga University. As an undergraduate, she studied Accounting at the University of Colorado at Denver. She was consistently on the Dean’s List and was a part of the Chancellor’s Leaders and Scholars program. She works for the Native American Bank. Ida is an active member of the Denver Native American community and regularly volunteers for the American Indian College Fund. She also helped to found a new American Indian Business Leaders Chapter and is a member of the Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Williams is an entrepreneur and started her a business with her sisters. Native Wisdom produces environmentally friendly skin care products. The company is in its third year of operation and has been profitable.
Undergraduate Scholar
Nicole Johnny
Ms. Johnny is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and grew up on the reservation. She is a senior at Azusa Pacific University studying Finance. She has been on the Dean’s List since her freshman year and is a Gates Millennium Scholar. She is dedicated to serving the American Indian community and is an academic tutor in math and reading for elementary students for the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians. She studied the Macroeconomics of Developing Nations at Oxford University in England. She also visited various corporations throughout the European Union and met corporate leaders in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France. She will soon complete an internship in London with St. James Place Wealth Management Group, one of the United Kingdom’s leading wealth management groups. She hopes to earn a Master’s degree in Finance and eventually return to work for her tribe on economic development projects.
Tribal College Scholar
Curt Pahmahmie
Mr. Pahmahmie is a member of the Citizen Band of Potawatomi Nation. He is a senior at Haskell Indian Nations University studying Business Administration. He recently participated in the Native American Political Leadership Program at George Washington University and interned with the Chief Financial Officer of Indian Affairs at United States Department of the Interior. He participated in the Potawatomi Leadership Program in Shawnee, Oklahoma where he learned about business enterprises of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. He served as the Executive Vice President of American Indian Business Leaders Club. Kurt is a proud father and strives to achieve in his educational endeavors for his family.
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2008-2009 Scholarship Recipients
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