Humboldt State University is focused on being just that kind of place. We guide Native students from the time they’re considering college to the day they graduate. We help them find internships, get into graduate school, start careers and more—and then we often stay in touch as they move on. We’re proud of that commitment.
Our approach is simple — it’s all about support and mentoring. We help you get connected on campus and adjusted to college life. We make sure you have access to counseling, tutoring and peer groups to help you excel academically.
Of course, you’ll need to do your part. College courses are challenging and time-consuming, and the demands on your time mean you’ll need to be well-organized. The important thing is, you’ll have help.
And we’re located in the heart of Redwood Country, which has many vibrant and culturally active tribes. That means help doesn’t only come from the campus and other students. Instead, our location allows nearby tribal communities to be involved in the success of Native students.
At Humboldt State University, you’ll find a community of cultural support.
Native American Support Programs
Humboldt State offers extensive personal support, mentoring and tutoring for Native students. It's a proven approach. After graduation, many of our Native students take on leadership positions in their professions and communities.
Our Indian Natural Resource, Science and Engineering Program (INRSEP) serves Native students majoring in the sciences and related disciplines. The program has been successful in placing nearly all of its students in graduate programs or career-related positions in private industry as well as federal, state, tribal, and non-profit agencies. For more information, visit www.humboldt.edu/inrsep/.
Our Indian Tribal Education and Personnel Program supports the professional development of Native students in an expanding array of careers. These range from the arts and social sciences to journalism, Native American studies, social work and business, as well as all majors related to teaching. For more information, visit www.humboldt.edu/itepp/.
"HSU is not only near my home and my family, but my major will really benefit my community."
Environmental Resources Engineering
In addition to programs specifically designed to support Native students, Humboldt State has specialized programs and resources that can enhance your educational and cultural experience:
Humboldt State's major in Native American Studies is unique in the 23-campus California State University system. It provides in-depth knowledge of Native American perspectives in a variety of career paths, including tribal law and government, natural resources and the environment, language and literature and a variety of social sciences. For more information, visit www.humboldt.edu/nasp/.
The undergraduate and graduate Social Work programs prepare students to meet the challenges of serving rural areas in general and Indigenous communities in particular. They focus on educating social workers who can address the critical needs in California communities and the new online program helps working professionals earn their bachelor's degree. Visit http://www.humboldt.edu/socialwork/degrees/msw.html.
The Center for Indian Community Development assists Indian organizations and tribal communities with a variety of social, cultural and other community development initiatives. These include Native language preservation projects and publications; community planning and grant writing; and training and technical assistance. For more information, visit www.humboldt.edu/cicd/.
The Indian Economic & Community Development program assists with the development of tribal enterprises, tribal workforce and Indian-owned small businesses. It also works with California's vast network of Small Business Development Centers to provide entrepreneurial training and technical assistance to Indian entrepreneurs. For more information, visit http://oecbd.org/iecd.
"After making sure I had enough to cover tuition and books, I used the scholarship funds to replace some of my scuba gear for a semester of rescue diving and underwater photography."
Environmental Science major, Scientific Diving minor
Cora Nayarit Tribe
Found in the Humboldt Room of the Library and the ITEPP Resource Center, HSU's collections on North American Indians serve as a major resource for the Northern California community, as well as for students and scholars engaged in research on Northwest California Indian subjects. For more information visit http://library.humboldt.edu/~berman/conoamin.htm.
EOP was created to increase access and improve retention of low-income and historically underrepresented students in higher education. The program provides admissions, academic and financial assistance to eligible California residents. For more information, visit humboldt.edu/eop.
The Northcoast Mathematics and Science Initiative helps recruit individuals with strong math and science backgrounds into the teaching profession. Scholarships are available for students pursuing math or science teaching credentials, and stipends are available for specific projects. For more information, visit humboldt.edu/hsmc/nmsi.
Scholarships For American Indians
Scholarships available to our students here at HSU:
This scholarship is available to full-time students majoring in Mathematics or Mathematics Education. Preference is given to Native American students, especially those from local areas or California who are incoming freshman with financial need. Minimum GPA is 2.0. Find out more »
The Johnston-Aronoff scholarship is given each year to an outstanding student from Humboldt County who is pursuing a career in teaching history at the K-12 level. Preference will be given to Native American students, but is not limited to Native Americans. The award was established by Guy Aronoff, a professor in the HSU History Department, and his wife, Judy Johnston. Find out more by contact the Department of History »
Minimum GPA 2.0. Y For HSU students of Yurok descent with membership in Trinidad, Blue Lake, Resighini, Big Lagoon Rancherias, or Yurok Tribe. Studying in the areas of psychology, counseling, social work, or teaching.
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Several $1000 scholarships are awarded each year to qualifying students of Native American or Alaska Native descent. FAFSA application also required. See HSU President's Office website for more information. Find out more »
"If I didn’t have a home-like environment like ITEPP at HSU, my academics would not have been as successful."
Hupa, Karuk, Yurok Tribes
For active members of ITEPP pursuing degrees or credentials preparatory to teaching or education administration careers. Minimum 2.0 GPA. Must be enrolled member or descendant of a federally recognized tribe; preference to members of Hoopa, Yurok and Karuk Tribes. Additional preference for credential candidates with fieldwork placements in the Klamath-Trinity area.
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The Seventh Generation Scholarship Fund $1000
Applicants must be identified as a Native American student: an enrolled member or descendent of a tribal entity recognized and eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Eligible applicants will also be an incoming freshman, enrolled full-time, and a resident of Humboldt County who has graduated from a local high school, charter school, been home schooled or received a GED. Find out more by contacting the Financial Aid Office | email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: (866) 255-1390
California Big Time & Social Gathering
Humboldt State students organize this annual public event to give the tribal community the opportunity for cultural sharing, networking, educating and creating a space that honors and supports Native students on the HSU campus.
Each November, Humboldt State hosts this special event for hundreds of high school students. One highlight is instant admissions to HSU for qualified students. There are also campus tours, workshops about college life and a college fair featuring colleges from throughout the Western United States. For more information, visit www.humboldt.edu/sasop/.