"Not only do I feel as if I have a greater awareness of opportunities available to me and to Native students, but I feel better prepared to take advantage of those opportunities, which is just as important, if not more."
Bobby Joe Smith III
American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian (AI/AN/NH), and other students enrolled in a college or university as a sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student in good academic standing are eligible to participate in the WINS program. Sophomores must have completed the equivalent of three (3) semesters of fulltime study to be eligible to participate in the program.
Most students receive a full scholarship to attend the program. Funding is provided by American University, governmental agencies, American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian organizations, Tribes, foundations, and private corporations. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition, travel to and from Washington DC, lodging, a meal plan, and the cost of scheduled social and cultural activities. Incidental expenses for non-program activities, including medical care and independent social activities, are the responsibility of the student. Students not awarded full scholarships may apply for other scholarships or pay program costs.
Participants with a full scholarship receive a stipend to cover incidental expenses.