Community , Education

Association on American Indian Affairs partners with American Indian College fund

The Association on American Indian Affairs is partnering with the American Indian College Fund to administer the Association’s scholarship program.

“This partnership will allow our undergraduate and graduate scholarship recipients to be eligible for American Indian College Fund support services, including information on higher education success, academic planning, networking, online tools for career exploration and readiness, and more so our Scholars can increase their academic success,” the Association announced in a statement. “(The partnership) also allows the Association to focus on more hands-on efforts with its Scholars, and lower the cost to administer our program.”

According to the American Indian College Fund’s website, the nonprofit’s purpose is “increasing the number of American Indians who hold college degrees. Currently, only 14% of American Indians have college degrees – less than half the national average.” To date, the AICF has provided nearly 137,000 scholarships and $221.8 million to support American Indian communities and the organization is accepting donations through its website.

Founded in 1922, the Association on American Indian Affairs endured the significant financial hardships caused by the Great Depression and continued its scholarship program into recent years, according to its history statement. “In the past five years, the Association has awarded 223 scholarships to 82 Native undergraduate and graduate students. The Association will continue this over the seventy-year-old legacy program and is grateful for donors and contributors who believe that protecting sovereignty, preserving culture, educating youth and building capacity requires a higher education.”

The Association on American Indian Affairs scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate Native American students who are citizens/members of their Tribal Nation – whether or not their Nation is acknowledged by the federal government. The Association's scholarships are provided to students twice a year until the student earns a degree, as long as they maintain a 2.5 GPA and attend full time.

Visit https://www.indian-affairs.org/scholarships.html for more information on the Association on American Indian Affairs scholarship program and how to apply.

For information on the American Indian College Fund, services and opportunities, visit its website at: https://standwithnativestudents.org/