Washington Indian Gaming Association Scholarship

Website: WIGA


Each year, the Washington Indian Gaming Association (WIGA) Scholarship Program awards up to $100,000 for Native American and Alaska Native students.
Applicants must be students who are enrolled members of one of Washington’s 29 federally recognized tribes or American Indian/Alaska Native students enrolled in a federally recognized tribe that are attending school in Washington State. The scholarships are awarded to students pursuing degrees at community and technical, bachelor, and graduate colleges and universities.

A selection committee composed of WA Tribal Leaders reviews and selects the award recipients. The scholarships generally range from $900 – $3,000 for each academic year. Since 2008, WIGA has awarded nearly $1 million in scholarships.

“We are pleased to contribute to tribal members’ education,” said WIGA Chairman, W. Ron Allen. “We have so many qualified applicants to choose from each year. While it makes our selection process difficult, it also reflects the growing qualifications among tribal members to attend institutions of higher education.”

WIGA educates the Indian gaming community, the public and all levels of government about gaming issues in Indian country. The WIGA Scholarship Program is designed to promote tribal self-sufficiency by providing scholarships for Native American students in Washington seeking to advance their own self-sufficiency and broaden their personal and professional potential through higher education.


WIGA will award up to $100,000 for both enrolled members of the WIGA Tribes and Indian students in Washington State. The scholarship may be used to attend two-year and four-year colleges and universities, as well as for advanced degrees. Scholarship recipients from the previous year are eligible to re-apply under a reduced format.

Student Type
  • freshman
  • sophomore
  • junior
  • senior
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident

Please read all instructions carefully. In order for an application to be considered it must be completed with all attachments including financial need statements, personal recommendations, etc. Please submit all paperwork through this application: https://www.washingtonindiangaming.org/scholarships/ 

Contact Information

If you have any questions please contact Rosina DePoe, Deputy Director at 360-352-3248 or email her at deputy@washingtonindiangaming.org