NASS Scholars Program

This Native American Student Services (NASS) Scholars Program is designed for first year Native American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian freshman 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 either a Applied Indigenous Studies 101 (AIS) or Ethnic Studies 100 (ES) 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 (cultural understanding and ethnic diversity) that count towards their graduation requirements;
  • Students will 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;
  • Students will bepaired with a Peer Mentor who will provide additional support to help student transition to college life and meet other new students;
  • Students will be develop academic and personal skills for success at Northern Arizona University;
  • Students will be 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 2017 or Spring 2018
  • have been admitted and paid the $350* 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

Courses for Fall 2017

AIS 101 - Introduction to Applied Indigenous Studies, counts as Cultural Understanding and Ethnic diversity
(class dates, times, location to be announced)

ES 100 - Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3 units), counts as Cultural Understanding and Ethnic diversity
(class dates, times, and location to be announced)

To sign up for this unique support program, please complete and return a Program Intent Form.

Program Intent Form (PDF, fillable - instructions)
Program Intent Form (PDF, printable)

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Submit your forms by postal mail, fax or email. 

Native American Student Services 
Box 5653
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
Fax (928) 523-8855

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

Courses in partnership with the Applied Indigenous Studies and Ethnic Studies department.