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Chief Manuelito Scholarship Program

Recognizing Academic Excellence

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

  1. Admission  to a post secondary institution with a minimum ACT (SAT scores will be  converted) composite score in combination with a minimum cumulative  grade point average (as shown here).
  2. Completion  of required courses including Navajo Language (1 unit high school  credit or 1+ college credit) and Navajo Government (.5 unit high school  credit or 1+ college credit) prior to high school graduation date. 
  3. Students,  who do not have access to either Navajo Language or Navajo government  classes, have online options to fulfill the requirement. Fees apply to  both and are the sole responsibility of the applicant. The ONNSFA is not  obligated to pay for courses.

  • Rosetta  Stone Navajo Language Exam: Score 85 percent or better on the Navajo  Language Renaissance (NLR) exam* to fulfill the Navajo language  requirement. For additional details access: www.NavajoLRExam.org.
  • American  Academy: Complete coursework from American Academy** to fulfill the  Navajo government and/or language requirement. For additional details: http://www.theamericanacademy.com.


24/3 Rule for Undergraduates – Eligibility

  1. Full-time undergraduates also may qualify upon meeting the following criteria:
  2. Completion  of 24 semester college-level credit hours (or equivalent trimester or  quarter credit hours) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students  seeking an Associate of Applied Science, Bachelors of Applied Science or  Certificate are not eligible as the scholarship is limited to  college-level courses.


NOTE:  All policies concerning deadlines and document submissionl 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.