Scholarships Available for Full-time Ojibwe Language Students


The Wahpehtunwin Dakota Iapi and Ojibwemodaa Eta Full-Time Scholarships are a financial aid program for University of Minnesota degree-seeking undergraduates who demonstrate strong dedication to learning to speak and share the Dakota and Ojibwe languages.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Applicants will be asked to submit the following application materials:
-Unofficial high school or college transcript.
-400-word essay that describes your interest in learning the Dakota/Ojibwe language, how you will use this opportunity to the benefit of the Dakota/Ojibwe community AND how this scholarship would facilitate your academic and professional goals.

The following materials can be submitted using this form or via email:
-2 professional or academic letters of recommendation from non-relatives. (Please limit to 1 page)

Please contact Wesley Ballinger 612-624-5052 with questions.

This application is to be used for Full-Time students ONLY.
Note: Applying for this scholarship does not mean you are registered for classes at the University or admitted to a degree or certificate program-- theses are separate processes. If you need assistance registering for classes or would like more information on degree programs, please contact Wesley Ballinger at 612-624-5052 or

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be admitted or pending admission to a Bachelors’ degree program in American Indian Studies or Dakota/Ojibwe Language at the University of MN-Twin Cities.
  • Must demonstrate serious dedication to learning the Dakota/Ojibwe language.
  • First year transfer students must have submitted an application for admission before June 1, 2020.
    Review criteria:
  • Evidence of commitment to learning the Dakota/Ojibwe language.
  • Evidence of academic achievement.
    Preference will be given to:
  • Students who demonstrate strong dedication to speaking and sharing the Dakota/Ojibwe language with future generations based on application materials.
  • Students of Dakota/Ojibwe heritage.
  • For students applying to the Ojibwemodaa Eta scholarship program, preference will be given to those enrolled in the Ojibwe BA program.

Scholarship recipients are selected by a committee . Please be aware that only a limited number of scholarships are available each year. Students who are not awarded the scholarship are encouraged to seek other financial aid.

Scholarship Awards:

  • Recipients must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in order to keep the scholarship.
  • Scholarships cover students’ tuition and fees up to $10,000 per year ($5,000 per semester) for one year.
  • Recipients must be enrolled in at least one Dakota/Ojibwe course per semester for the one year as a scholarship recipient.
  • Recipients may apply and receive the scholarship no more than twice in their academic career.