American Indian Woman Scholar

The American Indian Woman Scholar (AIWS) is a competitive, application-and-competition-based program that selects an annual student ambassador at the University of Utah. The chosen individual serves as a representative for Indigenous students and is dedicated to building stronger connections with the student body, promoting leadership, cultural awareness, and student engagement in higher education. The AIWS program has helped foster future Native leaders dedicated to serving their communities. By uplifting Native women’s legacies and positive impacts of Native-led initiatives, we affirm Native identities and futures, while advancing belonging and engagement through community service. 


  • Enrolled at the University of Utah as a part-time or full-time student
  • In good standing at the University of Utah during the entire period of service
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 during the full academic year 2022-2023
  • Possess knowledge of American Indian history, culture, and traditions
  • Demonstrated leadership, community service, and commitment to positively represent the American Indian community and the University of Utah
  • Committed to representing the American Indian student population and American Indian communities in a professional and culturally appropriate way for the period of service
  • Available to participate in the AIWS competition on April 20, 2023