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Native American Basketball Invitational (NABI) Announces the Full-Tuition NABI Foundation Ernest L. Stevens, Jr. – University of Phoenix Scholarship

Tribal recipient can pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree at University of Phoenix

The Native American Basketball Invitational (NABI) and University of Phoenix are pleased to announce the full-tuition NABI Foundation Ernest L. Stevens, Jr.– University of Phoenix Scholarship. The scholarship is named after NABI’s current Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr., MM, who has dedicated most of his life supporting tribal education, sports, and gaming. He has been active in supporting NABI on many levels since its inception in 2003, is a graduate of the University of Phoenix Master of Management program and is also serving in his 21st year as the Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association.

“While earning my master’s in management degree at the University of Phoenix, the Tribal Specialists were invaluable with support and provided resources that helped me stay engaged and on track for graduation,” shares Stevens. “I am honored that the scholarship will offer the opportunity for other tribal students to pursue their educational goals.”

This is the first year the scholarship will be offered; it is a single recipient full-tuition scholarship for a bachelor’s or master’s degree at the University of Phoenix and covers electronic resource fees. The scholarship recipient will be acknowledged and honored on center court of the NABI Championship games, Saturday, July 23, at Footprint Center, home of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury.


  • Applicants must have participated in NABI in the timeframe between 2003 and 2022 and provide their year of participation.
  • The scholarship application is open until May 15, 2022.

Learn more and apply for the scholarship here.

About NABI:

In its 19th year, the annual Native American Basketball Invitational will feature 136 teams (boys and girls, ages 14-19) comprised of athletes representing tribal communities from all over North America. The NABI basketball invitational continues to be the largest national premier all Native basketball tournament and a successful platform bringing educational messaging and programs to over 1,300 youth during NABI week. NABI week officially tips-off on Sunday July 17, 2022, in Phoenix, Ariz., with more than 400 basketball games played in 11 Phoenix area gyms. NABI week will conclude with the Championship games on Saturday July 23 at the newly renovated Footprint Center, home of the Phoenix Suns & Phoenix Mercury. Upon conclusion of the Championship games on Saturday, all teams will be hosted to the Arizona Diamondbacks game.

Overview of NABI events open to the public:

NABI Parade of Teams: Powered by the Heard Museum, Sunday July 17th @ Heard Museum

NABI Pool Play & Bracket Games: Monday -Friday July 18-22 @ varies Phoenix area gyms

Phoenix Mercury Native American Night: Powered by NABI Nation, Friday July 22nd @ Footprint Center

NABI Championship Games: Powered by Nike N7, Saturday July 23rd @ Footprint Center

NABI Night with Arizona Diamondbacks: Powered by Dbacks Care, Saturday July 23rd @ Chase Field

For more information, please visit our official website

About University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix is continually innovating to help working adults enhance their careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant courses, interactive learning, and Career Services for Life® help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. For more information, visit

The Native American Basketball Invitational @NABI_Nation_ and @UOPX are pleased to announce the full-tuition NABI Foundation Ernest L. Stevens, Jr.– University of Phoenix Scholarship.


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