(AIS 410 and AIS 450 Field Trip to Indian Canyon, 2017)
Central in the mission of the American Indian Studies Department is to support students in taking an active role in their educational experiences as they learn about American Indians. Below is a list of scholarship opporutnities intended to reduce barrier to student success within the major. 

Betty Parent Achievement Award 

When Dr. Betty Parent, PhD became the first full professor in American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University, she established a precedent of excellence in teaching, research, and community service that many American Indians seek to emulate. The Betty Parent Achievement Award is being created in her name, and with her permission, to recognize Dr. Parent’s achievement and on-going inspiration.  The Award will honor outstanding students making similar strides in their academic progress and service to American Indian communities. 


The Betty Parent Achievement Award seeks to assist outstanding undergraduate students financially with book purchase funds to continue their academic endeavors. This award is a minimum of $100.00 per year, and it is renewable annually through re-application.  In order to be eligible, SF State students must:


  • Be currently enrolled as a full-time student at San Francisco State University.
  • Be an American Indian Studies major, minor, graduate student with an American Indian Studies emphasis, or other major committed to working with and/or in an American Indian tribal community, nation, and/or organization.
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.


A complete application packet should consist of:


  • A completed Betty Parent Achievement Award application.
  • A copy of the student’s most recent transcripts.  Official and unofficial transcripts will be accepted.
  • One letter of recommendation confirming the student’s intellectual and community engagement.

Jacques E. Johnet Trust Scholarship for Native Americans


The Jacques Johnet Scholarship has been established to recognize the academic achievements of SFSU Native American students (especially Cheyenne Indians) and to assist them financially with the pursuit of their education.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be Native American
  • Must be a full-time student at SFSU (12 units for undergraduates and 9 units for graduate students) or be a high school graduate or have earned a GED certificate.
  • Must have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have financial need as determined by the San Francisco State University Office of Student Financial Aid.
  • Meet minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) requirements:
    1. Freshmen Students: Must have a minimum high school 2.0 CGPA or a minimum composite score of 45% on GED exam.
    2. Transfer Student: Must submit an official transcript from all college(s) or universities previously attended.
    3. Continuing Students: Must have a minimum 2.0 CGPA for all undergraduate and 3.0 CGPA for graduate students course work at SFSU.
    4. Graduate Students: Must have a minimum graduate CGPA of 3.0 for all graduate course work. If an entering graduate student, must have graduated with a 3.0 CGPA.