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"Most Native students are going through something that is holding them back whether it is the lack of transportation, funding for tuition... The American Indian College Fund enables them to go forward with their education."
Audra Stonefish
Sitting Bull College, 2012

American Indians still face significant financial hardship. U.S. Census Bureau statistics show that 28.4% of American Indians live below the poverty line compared to 15.3% of all other Americans. To a Native student, a scholarship can mean the difference between receiving a college degree or dropping out and living in poverty.

Yet only one in 20 of our scholarship recipients say they could not afford to attend college without a scholarship. Your gift to the American Indian College Fund helps to provide opportunity for a higher education to Native college students.


Every dollar makes a difference to our students.

In 2012-13, the College Fund distributed $5,374,942 million in scholarships and program support, which directly translated into 6,158 scholarships for American Indian students.

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic success, financial need, community involvement, and commitment to their tribal communities.



How we used your gift

79% Scholarships, Programs, and Public Education
15% Fundraising
6% Administrative


Our Commitment to You

The College Fund is committed to accountability. We consistently receive top ratings from independent charity evaluators.


Most tribal colleges are located on reservations, which are federal trust lands. Tribal colleges receive little or no state support.

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