Thank you for your interest in the 2021-22 Washington Indian Gaming Association (WIGA) Scholarship. This year WIGA will award up to $60,000 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 also eligible to re-apply under a reduced format.

Instructions for completing the application
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 or mail to:

Washington Indian Gaming Association
525 Pear Street S.E.
Olympia, WA 98501

Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2021.
(Late or incomplete applications are not considered.)

To save your application without submitting, please click on the “save and continue later” button at the bottom of the form. If you do not click the “save and continue later” button and press the back button, you will lose all of the information you have entered.

Renewing Application Guidelines
Please read carefully. For those students who received the WIGA scholarship in 2020-2021 and are continuing at the current level of study may apply under a reduced format. This applies to any student who received the WIGA scholarship in 2020-21 and are continuing within the same degree (Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, etc.). For example, the 2020-21 WIGA Scholarship awardees that attended a community college and are continuing at a community college are eligible to re-apply under the reduced format. However, if you received the WIGA scholarship last year and are now moving into a new degree, you will need to apply as a new student. For example, if you attended a four-year college last year and completed your Bachelor’s degree and are now applying for a Master’s degree you will need to apply as a new student.

For those who qualify as a renewal applicant, please complete the application under the reduced format. Under the reduced format a copy of your Tribal ID and your Tribe’s Education Policy is not required. The two letters of recommendation are optional. For the Personal Essay section, include a 250-word statement of progress.

Finally, a policy set by the Scholarship Selection Committee requires all returning students to maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher.

Additional Information
The Scholarship Committee has discretion in determining the amount of each award and the number of student recipients, depending on the availability of funds and the pool of applicants each year. The Scholarship Committee may award up to $60,000 for the 2021-2022 school year.  Winners will be notified by email in May 2021.

Award Distribution
Scholarship awards will be made either directly to the student or to the financial aid office of the institution for which the recipient is attending, in the name of the student, at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee. Checks will be distributed in August 2021. Proof of class enrollment is required for all new scholarship recipients before checks will be distributed.

Contact Rosina DePoe at (360) 352-3248 or by email at [email protected].

To print and submit your application by mail, click here.


Scholarship Application 2021-22