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American Indian College Fund to Host Summer of Success Virtual Conference June 21-23, 2022

Free program is open to students from high school to graduate school and education professionals serving Indigenous students

Free program is open to students from high school to graduate school and education professionals serving Indigenous studentsMay 31, 2022, Denver, Colo.— Strategy, preparation, and a winning attitude are qualities that helped Damen Bell, a former professional basketball player, to succeed with the Boston Celtics. Bell, who is Haida, Tlingit, and Black, says these qualities also help students in their education journey. Bell, who now works with youth, will be a featured speaker at the American Indian College Fund’s Summer of Success Virtual Conference from June 21-23, 2022. The conference is free and open to Native American high school, college, transfer, graduate students, and education professionals who work with AIAN students.

Professionals, educators, employers, and student panelists from across the country will share their expertise and experiences during the two-and-a-half-day virtual conference to provide students the information, holistic skills, and wellness practices geared to help them navigate both college and career success while embracing their identities as Indigenous people. The conference also provides high school and college staff and faculty with essential resources and practices to support Native students in their journeys.

A complete schedule of the conference keynote speakers, and breakout sessions, listed by student and professional tracks, is available at A college-going guide and career guide written for Native students are also available for download on the page. To register for the free, online conference, please visit Incentives for registration will be available.

About the American Indian College Fund—The American Indian College Fund has been the nation’s largest charity supporting Native higher education for 32 years. The College Fund believes “Education is the answer” and provided $15.5 million in scholarships and other direct student support to American Indian students in 2020-21. Since its founding in 1989 the College Fund has provided more than $259 million in scholarships, programmatic and community support. The College

Fund also supports a variety of academic and support programs at the nation’s 35 accredited tribal colleges and universities, which are located on or near Indian reservations, ensuring students have the tools to graduate and succeed in their careers. The College Fund consistently receives top ratings from independent charity evaluators and is one of the nation’s top 100 charities named to the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. For more information about the American Indian College Fund, please visit

Photos: The American Indian College Fund is hosting the free Summer of Success Virtual Camp program from June 21-23, 2022. The virtual program is free and open to American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) high school, college, transfer, and graduate students. There is also a track for education professionals who work with AIAN students. To register please visit

Journalists—The American Indian College Fund does not use the acronym AICF. On second reference, please use the College Fund.

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