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Feb 1, 2022 | Featured Post, Press Releases

American Indian College Fund Now Accepting Scholarship Applications for Academic Year 2022-23

Millions of Dollars Available for Native American Students

Denver, Colo.–February 1, 2022–Native students across the country can make their career dreams a reality with an American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarship. Applications open online February 1, 2022, at www.collegefund.org/scholarships, for students seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees in the 2022-2023 academic year. Applications must be received by May 31, 2022.

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The American Indian College Fund provided $15.5 million in scholarships and other direct student support to Native American and Alaska Native students in 2020-21, including the scholars pictured (from left): Chance Begay (Navajo Nation), Jerald Red Buffalo (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe), Samantha Maltais (Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah), and Trey Blackhawk (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska). The Full Circle Scholarship applications are open from February 1-May 31, 2022.

The Full Circle Scholarship Program is open to any Native American U.S. citizen who is an enrolled member, or descendant of an enrolled member, of a state or federally recognized tribe. Applicants must also have a minimum 2.0 grade point average, and plan to enroll as a full-time student at a nonprofit, accredited college or university. Hundreds of scholarships are available in all areas of study, and students attending tribal colleges can receive additional scholarship support.

Samantha Maltais (Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head/Aquinnah) is just one of many Native students who is earning a higher education with scholarships from the American Indian College Fund. Now in her first year at Harvard Law School, Maltais received a three-year College Fund scholarship that covers all costs of attendance at Harvard. A Full Circle Scholarship helped her earn an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College. And thanks to her College Fund scholarship, Maltais will not have to borrow student loans for her legal education. She said graduating without debt will giving her the freedom to choose a career that helps Native communities and Nations protect their sovereign rights and access to tribal lands.

For more details about the College Fund’s Full Circle Scholarship applications, detailed information about how to apply, and tips for writing a successful application, please review resources posted on the College Fund’s web site at Application Tips Page or the Application FAQs Page.

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 www.collegefund.org.

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

Photo— The American Indian College Fund provided $15.5 million in scholarships and other direct student support to Native American and Alaska Native students in 2020-21, including the scholars pictured (from left): Chance Begay (Navajo Nation), Jerald Red Buffalo (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe), Samantha Maltais (Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah), and Trey Blackhawk (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska). The Full Circle Scholarship applications are open from February 1-May 31, 2022. For more information and to apply, visit www.collegefund.org/scholarships.

 

 

 

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