Apply for our Wisdom Circle Scholarship

NICWA awards an annual merit-based scholarship of up to $500 to one NICWA member who works in or with the American Indian/Alaska Native child welfare (ICW) field, and who demonstrates significant motivation in advancing their education or professional skills in the field.


Applicants must be a current NICWA member to apply. Only one scholarship will be awarded per person, per lifetime.

Applicants must be doing ICW work in one of the following fields:

  • Social work
  • Law
  • Policy
  • Research
  • Education
  • Tribal sovereignty/human rights
  • Mental health/well-being


To Apply

Applicants should submit the following materials:

Please submit all application materials to:

Member Relations Manager
National Indian Child Welfare Association
5100 SW Macadam Avenue, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97239

Or submit application materials by email to: