Native Pathways to College

College Bridge Pathway Program

Only 1% of college students are Native American. The American Indian College Fund is helping to change that with its Native Pathways to College Bridge Program, which will work with an estimated 300 high school students to increase their preparation for college.

In the spring of 2017, the College Fund awarded four tribal college and university grantees $50,000 each for two consecutive years to implement a year-round program to increase the college readiness and college-going-environments for American Indian and Alaska Native high school sophomores, juniors and seniors preparing for a higher education.

The program aims to improve reading comprehension, research and essay-writing, understanding of math and science concepts, knowledge of college admissions processes, and awareness of the first-year college experience amongst program participants.

The participatory colleges include Fort Peck Community College, Wolf Point, Mont.; Cankdeska Cikana Community College in Spirit Lake, North Dakota; Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, Wash.; and Ilisagvik College, Barrow, Alaska.

Contact Information:
Teresa Melendez, College Success Coordinator
Phone: (303) 430-5359 | E-mail:

2017-19 Native Pathways to College Bridge Program Grant Recipients

logo- Cankdeska Cikana Community College  Cankdeska Cikana Community College
The Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) Bridge Program is designed to increase college readiness and provide a college-going environment for high school students preparing for higher education.  Emphasis will be placed on increasing academic skills such as reading comprehension, research and essay writing, science and mathematical concepts, college admissions knowledge, and first-year college experience awareness.

CCCC will offer a three-week summer institute that will cover a variety of disciplines to increase or enhance multiple academic skills to prepare for college.  Beginning in the fall, it will offer weekend academies, one each month for five hours from August to April. The CCCC Bridge Program goals aim to increase or enhance academic skills, increase the number of college bound students on the Spirit Lake Nation and local communities, inform parents of the college process and to offer assistance, and teach Dakota values to strengthen self-esteem and confidence. Students will be eligible for a stipend at the completion of each session.

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Contact Information:
Cheryl Longie, Director TRIO Talent Search
Phone: (701) 766-1318 | E-mail:

logo - Fort Peck Community CollegeFort Peck Community College
The BRIDGE Academy is a Fort Peck Community College (FPCC) initiative focused on providing Fort Peck High School students with increased college access planning and early entrance opportunities. The program selects 40 high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors each year from Brockton, Poplar, Wolf Point, and Frazer Schools. These students are matched with a web of FPCC college student mentors and staff as they work their way through college curriculum, college campus visits, culturally focused backpacking trips, and life-planning course work. For more information please visit our website:

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Contact Information:
Elijah Hopkins, Vice President for Student Services
Phone:  (406) 768-6371 | E-mail:

logo - Ilisagvik CollegeIlisagvik College
Iḷisaġvik College is located in Barrow, Alaska and is the only tribal college in Alaska. As part of our mission statement, it is dedicated to perpetuating and strengthening Iñupiat culture, language, values and traditions. Iḷisaġvik College will utilize all of our resources, experience, and knowledge to best deliver the Native Pathways to College curricula to North Slope youth and help students transition to college. It will work closely with the local school district to offer a parent community night as well as teach its Bridge curriculum.  In 2017-2018, 2018-2019, and summer 2018, the programs will be delivered in person, on teleconference and online using Moodle, Blackboard, and Google Apps for Education. The kick-off event is planned for August of 2017 with a Community Dinner and Information Session.

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Contact Information:
Dr. Pearl Brower, Iḷisaġvik President and Bridge Program Administrator
Phone: (907) 852-1820 | E-mail:

logo - Northwest Indian CollegeNorthwest Indian College
Northwest Indian College (NWIC) is committed to helping youth engage in meaningful opportunities to experience and discover their potential as a learner in higher education.  The NWIC College Pathways Bridge Program & Summer Camp is offered to students entering 10th– 12th grade during the 2016-17 school year. In summer, participants will engage in a two week learning program to help prepare for college and strengthen their knowledge in the areas of math, science, reading and writing as well as the college admissions process.
For more information please visit the website  and Facebook Page:

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Contact Information:
Nathanael P. Davis, MES, FYE – Natural Science Instructor
Phone: (360) 392-4271 | E-mail: