Akiptan Inc. is committed to supporting the next generation of Native Agriculture Stewards and is pleased to offer our Okhíčhaŋye (O-KHICHAN-YE - The Lakota word cultivation) Scholarship. Native American high school seniors pursuing a degree that will support the native agriculture industry are encouraged to apply. Twenty (15) scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000.00 each. 


Award amount: $1,000.00 

Scholarship opens: January 2nd, 2023

Scholarship application closes: March 30th, 2023 at 4:00 pm MST

Notification of awards: Late April / Early May 2023



  1. Students must be Native American high school seniors graduating in the Spring of 2023 and attending college in the Fall of 2023. 

  2. Must be pursuing a degree that will be used in the agriculture industry. This can include but is not limited to animal science, agriculture business, agriculture economics, horticulture, etc. 

  3. Must submit Tribal citizenship documents or proof of descent of a federally or state-recognized American Indian tribe, Alaska Native Village or Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander or descendant of Pacific Islander within the United States. 

  4. Demonstrate a commitment to the Native agriculture community. 


To Apply: 

  1. Download the application and submit it by email to dawn@akiptan.org or mail your application to the Akiptan office (see application for details).


What you will need: 

  1. Completed Application

  2. Essay Questions 

  3. Two letters of recommendation - LOR Template

  4. Proof of Tribal Citizenship copy (CIB)

  5. Unofficial or official high school transcript copy 

  6. College/Tech School/ Vet School Official Acceptance Letter copy 


Learn more about how your post-secondary degree fits within the Okhíčhaŋye Scholarship guidelines by watching our WEBINAR RECORDING  or reach out to

our Program Officer at dawn@akiptan.org, or by phone at (605) 301-0438 to visit about the opportunity.


Pilámayaye (thank you), we look forward to receiving your application. 

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Agriculture Industry Degrees
include but are not limited to: 

  • Agriculture research and statistics

  • Business Management

  • Agricultural Law

  • Agribusiness Management

  • Agriculture Economics

  • Agricultural Education

  • Agriculture Engineering

  • Agriculture chemicals

  • Horticulture

  • Marketing in Ag

  • Natural Resource Management

  • Range management

  • Soil management

  • Soil Science

  • Crop Science

  • Livestock Management

  • Microeconomics in Agriculture

  • Livestock biometrics

  • Food and Agriculture marketing

  • Veterinary Technology

  • Veterinary Medicine

  • Other agricultural or food-related fields