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American Indian College Fund Offers $20 Gift Card for Scholarship Applicants Attending Tribal Colleges and Universities

Native American students interested in attending college who are seeking a scholarship from the American Indian College Fund have an additional incentive to apply this year—the College Fund is offering $20 gift cards for every student that completes an application by April 30.

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TCUs See Enrollment Declines Due to COVID-19

Freshman enrollment dropped more than 25% across Montana tribal colleges and universities last fall, and nationwide all Native American student enrollment experienced the largest drops nationwide. Montana Public Radio reporter Aaron Bolton speaks to President Cheryl Crazy Bull of the American Indian College Fund, tribal college presidents, and tribal college students about how COVID-19 and the digital divide in Montana’s rural reservation areas fueled many students’ decisions not to enroll or return to college last fall. https://www.marketplace.org/2021/04/14/native-american-community-colleges-see-enrollment-declines-because-of-covid-19/

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Pandemic Hit TCUS Hardest

Pandemic Hit TCUs Hardest

Tribal college and university presidents across the country share how the pandemic hit their students, communities, and institutions—and how they worked to encourage their students to remain in school in the altered education landscape. Read the Inside Higher Education story at https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2021/03/16/tribal-colleges-report-pandemic-related-challenges-around-mental-health-persistence

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Confirmation of Rep. Haaland to Have Positive Impact on Native Education

Cheryl Crazy Bull, President of American Indian College Fund, says the confirmation of Rep. Deb Haaland, a Native American, as the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, would have a positive impact on education for Native people. Listen to the story here: https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2021-03-11/education/native-americans-anticipate-educational-impact-with-haaland-at-helm/a73479-1

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Tribal College Enrollment Drops With Transition To Online Learning

Tribal College Enrollment Drops With Transition To Online Learning

Freshman enrollment dropped more than 25% across Montana tribal colleges and universities last fall, and nationwide all Native American student  enrollment experienced the largest drops nationwide. Montana Public Radio reporter Aaron Bolton speaks to President Cheryl Crazy Bull of the American Indian College Fund, tribal college presidents, and tribal college students about how COVID-19 and the digital divide in Montana’s rural reservation areas fueled many students’ decisions not to enroll or return to college last fall.

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The American Indian College Fund’s approach to eliminating financial barriers to college for Native students is featured on cardrate.com. David Bledsoe, Student Engagement and Communications Manager at the College Fund, speaks about the Full Circle Scholarship Program (accepting applications until May 31 at collegefund.org/scholarships) and career readiness programs the College Fund offers.

​More than 100 College Fund Scholarships Pave Way to College

The American Indian College Fund’s approach to eliminating financial barriers to college for Native students is featured on cardrate.com. David Bledsoe, Student Engagement and Communications Manager at the College Fund, speaks about the Full Circle Scholarship Program (accepting applications until May 31 at collegefund.org/scholarships) and career readiness programs the College Fund offers. https://www.cardrates.com/news/the-american-indian-college-fund-offers-financial-support/

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AT&T Gift of Sanitary Supplies Offers Relief to TCUs

AT&T Gift of Sanitary Supplies Offers Relief to TCUs

Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine interviewed President Dan King of Red Lake Nation College, Cheryl Crazy Bull at the College Fund, and Carrie Billy at AIHEC about the life-saving impact of the gift of $1.5 million of sanitary supplies from AT&T to tribal colleges and universities. These institutions are located on or near Indian reservations, which have experienced infection and death rates higher than that of the rest of the country, and due to their remote locations and lockdowns, have difficulty accessing supplies.

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6,084 scholarships distributed

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54.8% first generation students

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