FIGR Creates $2.5M Fund for University of California Native American Students

ROHNERT PARK, CA – The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (FIGR) announced the tribe’s $2.5 million Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Scholarship Fund, which will cover tuition and mandatory fees both for non-federally recognized California Native American University of California students along with any added needed support for those from federally recognized tribes. The UC has a separate scholarship program for California Native American students from federally recognized tribes. The FIGR program will allow all California Native American students to attend with tuition and fees covered.

“California Native American students now have a clear path to the nation’s top public education system with no financial roadblocks,” said Greg Sarris, FIGR Tribal Chairman. “In the spirit of our ancestors we are driven to take care of our environment and our people. Inclusivity is our responsibility and we’re pleased to extend scholarships to California Native Americans from non-federally recognized tribes. We are helping to level the playing field and provide representation in higher education for all California Native American students.”

The fund will be available commensurate with the 2022-2023 academic year. Further details on applying for the scholarships will be available at a later date.