NASS Scholars Program

This Native American Student Services (NASS) Scholars Program is designed for first year Native American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian freshmen students.  The program is designed to increase retention by providing a strong support network, and co-curricular activities that help students develop and enhance academic and personal skills for a successful college experience.  Students who participate in the program will receive many benefits:

  • Students will be enrolled in a First Year Seminar (FYS) course which will allow students to explore and engage in challenging, fun, and interesting current topics.  Students will earn 3 credit hours toward their liberal studies that count towards their graduation requirements;
  • Be paired with a professional NASS staff member who will provide one-to-one guidance and support services on academics, financial/tribal aid, personal, cultural, and social connection;
  • Be paired with a Peer Mentor who will provide additional support to help student transition to college life and meet other new students;
  • Develop academic and personal skills for success at Northern Arizona University;
  • Learn about campus resources and other educational opportunities

To be accepted into the program, new freshmen students will need to meet the following criteria:

  • be a new first year freshman (0-29 units) admitted in Fall 2016 or Spring 2017
  • have been admitted and paid the $325* enrollment deposit and must complete the Priority Enrollment (PE) profile** which will be emailed to your NAU email account (after fee has been submitted);

    *   fee may be deferred if Pell Grant eligible - student must contact Undergraduate Admissions to inquire about a deferment
    ** indicate within the PE profile comments area that you are interested in the "NASS Scholars Program"

  • attending the NAU Flagstaff campus
  • belong to a federally-recognized Native American/Alaskan Native tribe or are Native Hawaiian
  • have a core high school GPA of 2.75 or above

To SIGN-UP for this unique support program, please complete and return a Program Intent Form.

Courses for Fall 2016:

FYS 111 - Cultural Resource Protection (3 units, class number 8516), counts as Science Applied Science (SAS)
Tuesday/Thursday, 11:10 AM-12:25 PM, HLC Room 4114 (bldg. 25)

FYS 131 - Native American Humor (3 units, class number 5472), counts as Cultural Understanding (CU)
Tuesday/Thursday, 12:45 AM-2:00 PM, HLC Room 3101 (bldg. 25)

SYS 208 - Indigenous Human Rights Fieldwork (1 unit, class number 8372), counts as an Elective
Online class format and includes a four-day field trip (9/30/16 to 10/3/16).  

For more information, contact Native American Student Services at 928-523-8086 or email