Jeannette Rankin was from Montana. She was the first female Congresswoman representing Montana and a passionate social justice advocate. We are able to provide up to 60 unrestricted Scholar Grants to Native Women attending the Montana Tribal Colleges. Our unrestricted non-tuition Native Woman Grant is dedicated to women and nonbinary students at Montana Tribal Colleges who are 25 and older, demonstrate financial need, are pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate’s degree or a first bachelor’s degree and can show proof of enrollment in a Montana Tribal College, Tribal affiliation and Pell/SNAP eligibility.
Applying for a Native Woman Scholar Grant?
What you need to know: 2023-2024 Grant Cycle
Application period status: Applications are currently open. The grants will be awarded on a first come first served basis through May of 2023.
Applicants notified: Within 3-5 weeks after application. *Only a select number of applicants will be chosen as grant recipients. All applicants will be contacted in regards to your application status whether you have been chosen as a recipient or not.
Preparing your application
Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility by taking the survey above, read through the entire application and familiarize yourself with the application components. To help you prepare your application, you can use this Word document JRF_Application_
We recommend preparing and saving your essay responses within a Word or Google document, then copying and pasting your responses when they are finalized and you are ready to submit your application. The application takes at least 90 minutes to complete.
Application review process
The Jeannette Rankin Foundation Team will review all applications.
Application review criteria
Your application will be reviewed and assessed based on the following criteria:
- Your academic and/or professional goals. Reviewers assess each application to see if the applicant provides concrete and realistic goals along with examples of how they plan to achieve their academic and professional goals stated in the application.
- Your plan for reaching your goals. Reviewers look to see that the applicant provides a clear plan for how they will reach their goals.
- How you will use your education to give back to your community.
Contact Ahwahnee Williams – Ahwahnee@rankinfoundation.org