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The American Indian College Fund provides financial support for Native American students and tribal colleges and universities, and also supports programs for institutional growth and sustainability and cultural preservation.

$259.7M Invested into Native Communities

146,962 Scholarships awarded since 1989

Scholarships Distributed in 2020-21

million scholarships in 2020-21

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First-Generation Scholars Served in 2019-2020

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Inaugural Native Nonprofit Day May 20
Inaugural Native Nonprofit Day May 20

A giving campaign supported by the Native Ways Foundation highlights the importance of supporting Native-led non-profits throughout the month of May. Beginning May 1 and culminating on Native Nonprofit Day May 20, the campaign will raise awareness about how Native non-profits make a greater impact on Native communities.

Indian Boarding Schools:  Education Was Never the Point
Indian Boarding Schools: Education Was Never the Point

What happened at boarding schools was not education. Native people have always educated— and continue to educate—our youth in our languages, medicine, soil management, forestry, watershed management, animal husbandry, meteorology, astronomy, navigation, self-governance, and more.

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Tribal Colleges and Universities

The American Indian College Fund supports 35 tribal colleges and universities.

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News From Our Program Team

A Dialogue with Diné Director Blackhorse Lowe
A Dialogue with Diné Director Blackhorse Lowe

Diné film and TV director Blackhorse Lowe met with the College Fund to speak about what it means to be an Indigenous director. Lowe grew up on the Navajo Nation hearing traditional and family stories and watching movies–lots of movies, which influenced his path on becoming a film and TV director.

SGU Staff Spotlight: Sherman “Jim” Marshall, II
SGU Staff Spotlight: Sherman “Jim” Marshall, II

Sherman “Jim” Marshall has led Sinte Gleska University’s adult basic education and high school equivalency work for nearly 15 years. His quiet leadership has left a lasting impact on staff and students.

American Indian College Fund Mourns David Kennedy

David Kennedy, co-founder of Wieden+Kennedy, the College Fund’s advertising partner for more than 30 years, passed away October 10. We honor his life and work.

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    American Indian College Fund Named a Top Colorado Workplace for Fourth Consecutive Year

    Denver PostMay 19, 2022

    We are delighted to report the College Fund is again on the list of best small companies to work for in Colorado! We know that our focus on our mission, Native values, and the communities we serve are why we excel year after year.

    Cleveland Guardians Inspires Endowment Fund

    MLBApril 13, 2022

    The Guardians have partnered with the American Indians College Fund to create the Cleveland Guardians Inspires Endowment Fund. This fund was created to support Native American high school students participating in the American Indian College Fund Native Pathways program who are interested in enrolling in an accredited college degree program to pursue their dreams of a career in professional sports.

    California to Provide Tuition Assistance to Native Students Attending Land Grant Universities

    MarketplaceMay 2, 2022

    Full Circle Scholar and UC Davis graduate Tori McConnell (Yurok) and Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, were interviewed by Marketplace about California’s announcement that it will provide tuition waivers for Native students attending land grant universities.

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