American Indian College Fund

We have one unwavering purpose – increasing the number of American Indians who hold college degrees. And the need is great.

The American Indian College Fund supports American Indian students through scholarships and programmatic support so they can stay in school and graduate. Currently, only 13.8% of American Indians have a college degree. What’s even more alarming is that data suggests 65% of all jobs will require a post-secondary education by 2020. The American Indian College Fund is here to ensure all Native people have an equal chance at securing a self-sufficient future.

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Photos from American Indian College Fund's post 06/07/2024

Selena Begay (Diné), age 24, is a high school equivalency (HSE) student at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI). Intent on making her late parents proud and proving to herself that she is capable, Selena plans to stay in school and become a professional photographer.

Our High School Equivalency Visibility Project will continue to highlight these students and graduates as we celebrate our scholars at every stage in their educational journey.

06/03/2024

It's one of our favorite times of the year: GRADUATION! Our Native graduates have overcome every obstacle they faced with their schooling, and now with their diplomas in hand, they are ready to embark on new, exciting journeys.

We can't wait to see all that they do, but right now it's time for ALL OF US to celebrate their momentous achievement!

Photos from American Indian College Fund's post 05/31/2024

Zerlina Begay (Diné), age 36, is a high school equivalency (HSE) student at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI). Determined to change her life and achieve her goal of becoming a registered nurse, Zerlina shares the importance of persistence: “Don't give up just because other individuals are ahead of you. Stay focused.”

Our High School Equivalency Visibility Project will continue to highlight these students and graduates as we celebrate our scholars at every stage in their educational journey.

Photos from American Indian College Fund's post 05/27/2024

Olowan Iron Cloud-Gordon (Oglala Lakota / Three Affiliated Tribes) is a high school equivalency (HSE) graduate out of Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute's (SIPI) HSE program. Olowan obtained her HSE in just two months back in 2019. She is a mother to three and currently a student at Central New Mexico Community College, working towards becoming a registered nurse (RN).

Our High School Equivalency Visibility Project will continue to highlight these students and graduates as we celebrate our scholars at every stage in their educational journey.

05/24/2024

Thinking about and planning for college can be scary, especially if you don't have someone to help you navigate it. This Program Administrator position will manage our College Readiness High School programming and serve as a guiding light for Native youth on their pathway to higher education.

If you or someone you know is perfect for this position, please click on the link below and come join our dedicated team in making positive, lasting change in Native communities: recruitingbypaycor.com/career/JobIntroduction.action?clientId=8a7883d08604cb44018604fdfee40044&id=8a7885ac8f367844018f3b9ba860278b&source=&lang=en

Photos from American Indian College Fund's post 05/23/2024

Darlene Chee (Navajo), age 57, a high school equivalency (HSE) student at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) shares, “I believe earning a high school diploma at my age will inspire many older adults in my community that going back to school is possible at any age.” After she obtains her HSE, Darlene plans to continue her education at SIPI for a culinary arts degree in baking.

Our High School Equivalency Visibility Project will continue to highlight these students and graduates as we celebrate our scholars at every stage in their educational journey.

Photos from American Indian College Fund's post 05/17/2024

Native-led nonprofits know the issues our tribal communities are facing and have the best solutions to help Native people. By supporting and donating directly to Native-led nonprofits you are investing in groundbreaking work that's creating positive, lasting change in Native communities.

Thank you for supporting the American Indian College Fund and helping us build a better future for Native students and tribal communities! And take a look at Native Ways Federation's list of other amazing Native-led nonprofits you can support: https://www.nativeways.org/nativenonprofitlist/

05/16/2024

Graduation is one of the most exciting times of the year for students as they are joined by relatives and friends to celebrate their momentous achievement. We are saddened to hear that this week at Farmington High School's graduation, a Lakota student's graduation cap which was beaded with an aópazan (Lakota term for plume or feather worn in the hair) was confiscated at the ceremony.

We stand with all Native students who decide to wear traditional regalia at graduation. Our regalia holds cultural significance and how we show pride in our Native identities. Students should be able to go to schools that are welcoming and inclusive of their Native identities. When students feel valued and supported, they know they are not alone and can find success in whatever they set their mind to.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 – Drive to dismantle college inclusion adds another barrier for Native students » Native America Calling 05/14/2024

The ruling to end affirmative action has the ability to impact large communities of prospective and currently enrolled students in higher education institutions. In fact, some actions are already underway to dismantle years of progress that Native communities are just starting to benefit from. To learn more, please join President Cheryl Crazy Bull, and other leaders in education in this informative session. Today, May 14 at 1pm ET.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 – Drive to dismantle college inclusion adds another barrier for Native students » Native America Calling Following August’s U.S. Supreme Court decision ending affirmative action, several states are rushing to rid their higher education institutions of recruitment and inclusion programs that benefit Native students. On top of that, the botched update to the FAFSA process has many families confused abo...

Photos from American Indian College Fund's post 05/14/2024

Sinte Gleska University’s high school equivalency (HSE) students and graduates share their visions for their communities.

These individuals are essential to the higher education pathway, the workforce, and to creating healthy and happy communities. Driven by their love for their families and tribal nations, they are a force to be reckoned with.

Our High School Equivalency Visibility Project will continue to highlight these students and graduates as we celebrate our scholars at every stage in their educational journey.

The Fight for Accurate Representation Continues | Insight Into Diversity 05/10/2024

Learn what American Indian College Fund President and CEO Cheryl Crazy Bull and Cankdeska Cikana Community College President Dr. Cynthia Lindquist have to say about how mascots do harm to Native people, particularly youth, and their visibility in society.

The Fight for Accurate Representation Continues | Insight Into Diversity Throughout the nation, scores of professional sports franchises and local school teams maintain mascots that draw inspiration from Native American cultures. In fact, a database managed by the National Congress of American Indians that tracks Native mascots found that nearly 2,000 secondary schools s...

05/07/2024

Our Native scholars pursue an education because they know that it is the path to a better future. It's the dedication, encouragement, and knowledge of teachers that help shape and guide them to achieve their dreams.

College Fund scholar Jason (Chippewa Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation) is pursuing a degree in elementary education so he can create spaces where the youth in his community are not only proud of their Native identity but also know that they can become whatever they want to be when they grow up.

Thank you to teachers everywhere for playing a pivotal role in our lives.

Photos from American Indian College Fund's post 05/05/2024

Women and girls are sacred in Native communities and the disproportionate rates of violence against Native women is deeply concerning. We need to end this crisis. It touches every one of our students, communities, and tribal colleges.

Helping raise awareness, former tribal college student Deshawna Anderson's blanket design, "Courage to Bloom," honors the loss of missing and murdered indigenous Native people.

This Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives Day, We urge you to check out the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center to see how you can help create greater awareness and call for an end to this crisis: www.niwrc.org

04/26/2024

Joe (Saginaw Chippewa) shares his vision for his community. HSE graduates like Joe are essential to the higher education pathway, the workforce, and to creating healthy and strong communities.

Our High School Equivalency Visibility Project will continue to highlight these students and graduates as we celebrate our scholars at every stage in their educational journey.

04/25/2024

Tara Hunt (Saginaw Chippewa) shares her vision for her community. HSE graduates like Tara are essential to the higher education pathway, the workforce, and to creating healthy and happy communities.

Our High School Equivalency Visibility Project will continue to highlight these students and graduates as we celebrate our scholars at every stage in their educational journey.

04/23/2024

In Native Higher Education Insights' third briefing, American Indian College Fund President Cheryl Crazy Bull will examine the post-COVID world of higher education and financial feasibility for Native students now that the influx of funding from the past few years is gone.

And you'll learn how the work of the College Fund is adapting to have an even stronger impact in supporting Native students and communities.

Join this insightful conversation by registering for our free webinar today: https://bit.ly/NHEI3FB

Photos from American Indian College Fund's post 04/19/2024

Every high school equivalency (HSE) student and graduate has their own unique story and they all have big dreams. Monique Moran (Rosebud Sioux) reflects on the support she received several years ago as a GED student at Sinte Gleska University and the relationships she built with the program staff that still stand strong. She continues to further her education, striving to build a better life for her three children.

Our High School Equivalency Visibility Project will continue to highlight these students and graduates as we celebrate our scholars at every stage in their educational journey.

Photos from American Indian College Fund's post 04/17/2024

High school equivalency (HSE) students are driven and full of vision. Phillip Johnson (Santee Sioux) expresses his appreciation for the support he receives as a GED student at Sinte Gleska University. His interests and dreams for the future will take him far.

Our High School Equivalency Visibility Project will continue to highlight these students and graduates as we celebrate our scholars at every stage in their educational journey.

04/15/2024

Big changes are happening in higher education that are already affecting Native students.

Join our upcoming webinar where American Indian College Fund President Cheryl Crazy Bull will discuss how the delayed release of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the SCOTUS affirmative action ruling can have long-term impacts on Native students' access to higher education.

Listen to Cheryl's insights and have your questions about the status of Native higher education answered by registering for our free event today: https://bit.ly/nhei2fb

Photos from American Indian College Fund's post 04/12/2024

High school equivalency (HSE) students are driven and full of vision. Sheldon Chasing Hawk (Rosebud Sioux) speaks to what keeps him motivated in his educational pursuits and his experience as a GED student at Sinte Gleska University.

Our High School Equivalency Visibility Project will continue to highlight these students and graduates as we celebrate our scholars at every stage in their educational journey.

04/09/2024

Lawrence Fuller (Saginaw Chippewa), high school equivalency (HSE) graduate, is leading by example and showing those in his community that no matter your background, experience, or age, you can step forward on the pathway to HSE, college, meaningful employment, and a healthy and happy life.

Our High School Equivalency Visibility Project will continue to highlight these students and graduates as we celebrate our scholars at every stage in their educational journey.

Photos from American Indian College Fund's post 04/05/2024

High school equivalency (HSE) students and graduates have unique stories and big dreams. Charlene Walking Eagle (Rosebud Sioux) found an education pathway that suited her familial responsibilities and life story. Currently, she is a mother of three boys, a community role model, and is pursuing a career in nursing.

Our High School Equivalency Visibility Project will continue to highlight these students and graduates as we celebrate our scholars at every stage in their educational journey.

04/03/2024

Tara Hunt (Saginaw Chippewa), high school equivalency (HSE) graduate, has and continues to show those in her tribal community that matter your background, experience, or age, you can step forward on the pathway to HSE, college, meaningful employment, and a healthy and happy life.

Our High School Equivalency Visibility Project will continue to highlight these students and graduates as we celebrate our scholars at every stage in their educational journey.

03/29/2024

Sometimes we can be so focused on ourselves and what we are doing that we forget all that our ancestors went through and did for us to be here. For Keona, remembering her ancestors is her biggest motivator to help lift her people. A better, brighter future is possible when we start working towards it today.

This Women’s History Month, we celebrate Keona and all our female scholars who, through higher education, are changing their lives and inspiring change in their tribal communities.

03/28/2024

Want the inside scoop on the status of Native Higher Education? Join our virtual webinar where American Indian College Fund President, Cheryl Crazy Bull, will guide you through the changing landscape of higher education and how the work of the College Fund is adapting to ensure Native students have support accessing and succeeding in higher education.

Join this insightful discussion by registering for our free event today: https://bit.ly/NHEIsession1fb

03/27/2024

All our journeys are meant to be different because those experiences shape us as individuals. And the common thread that connects us, is that we are all trying to become better versions of ourselves. So instead of looking outward, Brianna turns inward, discovering what it is she needs to do for herself. And it's that empowerment that radiates, inspiring others to do the same.

This Women’s History Month, we celebrate Brianna and all our female scholars who, through higher education, are changing their lives and inspiring change in their tribal communities.

03/22/2024

We promise this is a book club you don't want to miss!

By joining the discussion with these two Native female leaders, you'll be sure to walk away with new knowledge and perspectives that make you feel inspired.

And don't worry, you don't have to have read the book to enjoy the discussion:)

Register for this free virtual event here: https://bit.ly/monalastchancefb

03/21/2024

When the support systems in place aren't serving you or your community's needs, sometimes the only thing to do is roll up your sleeves and create those services yourself.

Despite all the adversity Selena has had to face, she continues to overcome them, knowing that the work she is doing now to provide culturally centered services and programs for her community, will create a better world for her children and the future generations to grow up in.

This Women’s History Month, we celebrate Selena and all our female scholars who, through higher education, are changing their lives and inspiring change in their tribal communities.

03/19/2024

Without having an outlet, it's easy for pain and trauma to bubble up inside. It's when those emotions are finally released that we can find ways to cope and heal. Art is a way to speak without words and express things in our own ways. Knowing its therapeutic abilities, Natasha has developed art programs for the Native youth in her community to support their self-discovery and healing journeys.

This Women’s History Month, we celebrate Natasha and all our female scholars who, through higher education, are changing their lives and inspiring change in their tribal communities.

03/16/2024

Join College Fund President, Chery Crazy Bull, her daughter, and granddaughter at NY EATSS, as they share generational perspectives on being Native women in today’s world. The evening will also be filled with delicious James Beard award-winning bites from five of the country’s best Native chefs and a private, intimate concert from contemporary folk artist musician on the rise, Raye Zaragoza!

Get your tickets now, before it’s too late: https://bit.ly/nyeatsscherylFB

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