Scholarships

Beginning each Fall, students will be awarded institutional HU Excellence funds as part of financial aid packaging. When these funds are added to federal and state grant eligibility, you need only a minimal amount of self-help to cover full-time tuition.

HU Excellence Scholarships support incoming freshman with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of less than $14,956. The gap between EFC, Federal Pell Grant, Washington State Need Grant and a subsidized Stafford Direct Loan eligibility will be covered by the HU Excellence Scholarship.

This equity model of financial aid packaging allows you to begin your academic programs with predictable financial support and mitigate your need to borrow!

Continuing students will also be eligible for HU Excellence Scholarship funds. If you were receiving Heritage Pledge funds in previous years, you will continue to receive this support until you graduate or exhaust your eligibility.

We also encourage you to complete the Heritage University Academic Scholarship Application for consideration of other merit scholarships.


Heritage Scholarships

The Moccasin Lake Foundation Scholarship is a four-year, renewable scholarship open to all incoming freshman and transfer students*. Applicants should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and plan on attending Heritage full time starting fall semester 2024. Five (5) scholarships will be awarded annually. This award is stackable with any need-based aid that you may qualify to receive, up the full cost of tuition, plus $7,500 for other costs associated with going to college (room and board, books, etc.) and is valid for up to four (4) years/eight (8) semesters of attendance towards the completion of a first bachelor’s degree**.

*Current and former students are not eligible.

**Total maximum scholarship award is determined by a calculation of maximum need as calculated by the US Department of Education.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • New incoming student excited to embark upon this educational journey
  • Minimum cumulative GPA 2.75
  • Submit personal mission statement (100 words or less)
  • Complete Heritage University application

SELECTION CRITERIA:
Candidates will be evaluated based on a personal mission statement defining who they are as a person, where they see themselves in the future, how they plan to pursue that future and why it matters to them and GPA. . Semi-finalists will be selected from the pool of applicants after a review of their application materials and will be asked to complete FAFSA or WASFA listing Heritage University (003777) on their application as well as provide official transcripts. Semi-finalists may be invited to Heritage University for an in-person interview, which will be used to select the five recipients.

Meet prior recipients!

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
March 17, 2024

Heritage University offers the Soar Scholarship that pays full tuition and lab fees, plus a $500 annual book credit, for up to five (5) years/ten (10) semesters of study toward earning a bachelor’s degree or a 2-year pre-engineering degree. The scholarship covers tuition remaining after federal and state grants any other Heritage scholarships are applied.  All incoming students who have earned or will earn their high school diploma by the official start of the fall 2024 semester are eligible to apply.

HU Soar Scholarship Details
Heritage Soar Scholarship provide for up to 18 credits per semester until recipients earn their first bachelor’s degree or two-year pre-engineering associate degree. The award is guaranteed for a maximum of 36 credits per academic year for up to five (5) years/ten (10) semesters, provided the student maintains a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.

We’d love to see you at Heritage. Good luck!

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • New incoming student excited to embark upon this educational journey
  • Minimum cumulative GPA 2.75
  • Submit personal mission statement (100 words or less)
  • Complete Heritage University application

SELECTION CRITERIA:
Candidates will be evaluated on their personal mission statement and cumulative GPA. Semi-finalists will be selected from the pool of applicants after a review of their application materials and will be asked to complete FAFSA or WASFA, listing Heritage University (003777) on their application as well as submit official transcripts. Semi-finalists will also be asked to write a maximum 500-word essay and submit two letters of recommendation which will be used to select the five recipients.

Meet prior recipients!

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
The application period closed February 18, 2024.

The Heritage University Yakama Nation Full Circle Scholarship ensures that Yakama students who meet the qualifying criteria can attend Heritage University and earn their undergraduate degree with no out-of-pocket costs for tuition. The scholarship covers tuition remaining after federal and state grants, scholarships from the Yakama Nation and Bureau of Indian Education, and any other Heritage scholarships are applied. It is renewable each year for up to six years as long as you maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.

Full Circle Scholarship Details

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Enrolled member of Yakama Nation
  • First-time freshman or transfer student who have not been previously enrolled at Heritage University
  • High school graduate (or will graduate by the start of the student’s first semester)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0, or GED, or high school completion equivalency

HOW TO APPLY:

Please email ynhighered@yakama.com or call (509) 865-5121 Ext. 4509 for more information.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
July 1, 2024

Heritage University is committed to supporting outstanding students in our community who are not eligible to receive federal financial aid. Our Dreamers Scholarship will provide selected recipients with 100% of tuition for a maximum of 5 years towards the completion of a first bachelor’s degree. This award does not cover institutional fees, books, supplies or living expenses. This scholarship is open to current, new and transfer students looking to obtain their first bachelor’s degree. Certificate programs are not eligible.

Dreamers Scholarship Details

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Open to current, new and transfer students
  • If you are a new student, submit Heritage University application
  • Minimum cumulative GPA 2.75
  • Submit personal mission statement

SELECTION CRITERIA:
Candidates will be evaluated on their personal mission statement and GPA. Semi-finalists will be selected from the pool of applicants after a review of their application materials and will be asked to complete WASFA, listing Heritage University (003777) on their application as well as submit official transcripts. Semi-finalists will also be asked to write a maximum 500-word essay and submit two letters of recommendation which will be used to select the recipients.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
January 31, 2024

An initiative of Degrees of Change, Act Six is the Yakima Valley’s only full-tuition, full-need community leadership award. Act Six will select approximately 5-10 of the Yakima Valley’s most promising community leaders for scholarships to Heritage University.

Act Six Scholarship Details

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Applicants must be high school seniors planning to graduate in 2024 or must have previously graduated from high school in 2022 or 2023.  Students enrolled at two-year colleges in the region may apply, but students currently enrolled at four-year colleges, including partner colleges, are not eligible to apply.
  • Visit Act Six Yakima Valley website for more information and to apply
  • Submit Heritage University application
  • Submit FAFSA or WASFA and list Heritage University (003777)

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
November 28, 2023

The Johnson Scholarship Foundation awards up to $6,000 a year to Native American students at Heritage who pursue studies in Business Administration or Accounting. This award can be stacked on top of other funding, including federal and state grants, and scholarships from the Yakama Nation and Bureau of Indian Education. This means your cost of tuition could be completely covered, and you may even have money left over to cover other things like housing, food and transportation.

Johnson Scholarship Foundation Details

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Native American/Indigenous student
  • Submit Heritage University application
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Pursuing a degree in the following (students pursuing minors in the following areas may also qualify): Accounting, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing
  • Enrolled in 2 Business classes (or prerequisites) per semester

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Ida Moses-Hyipeer
(509) 865-8513
Moses-Hyipeer_I@heritage.edu


Additional Scholarship Opportunities

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Financial Aid Office
Phone:
(509) 865-8502
Email:
financial _aid@heritage.edu

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