The Navajo Nation established the Chief Manuelito Scholarship program in 1980 to recognize high achieving high school graduates. The scholarship honors Chief Manuelito, Hastiin Ch’ilhaajiin, (1818-1893) who encouraged the Navajo people to seek education and protect and preserve Navajo tradition and culture Students meeting the criteria for the Chief Manuelito Scholarship are awarded $7,000 per academic year to cover direct educational expenses associated with attending a post-secondary institution. Chief Manuelito Scholarship recipients are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA and earn 12 or more semester credit hours, based on college-level graded courses, for each academic term.
High School Graduates – Eligibility
24/3 Rule for Undergraduates – Eligibility
NOTE: All policies concerning deadlines and document submission are strictly adhered to. Students must turn in transcripts after every term and re-apply to ONNSFA every academic year. The scholarship does not automatically renew.
The ONNSFA's online application for Academic Year 2022-2023 closed at 5 pm on June 27, 2022. The application will reopen for the Spring/Winter 2023 Term on Sept. 25, 2022.