Below are profiles of some of the students who have benefited from the support the American Indian College Fund has provided. If you are a student or alumnus who would like to share your success story, please click here to submit your information.
Alanna, a recent graduate from SIPI, has not had an easy life, but she has met life’s challenges with optimism, determination, and hard work. Alanna juggled two jobs to pay the bills while attending college to provide a better future for herself and her young son.
Cheyenne River Lakota Nation
Alli is in her third year at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Indigenous liberal studies (ILS) and a certificate in business and entrepreneurship. She chose to attend IAIA because they offered courses infused with indigenous perspectives.
Like many Native single mothers, Audra knows what it means to struggle. She works hard to put food on the table and teach her children about the importance of their culture while she earns top grades in her coursework. Audra is working towards a college degree in science at Sitting Bull College.
Beau Mitchell is living proof of the power of a tribal college education and how Native ideas about sustainability help all of mankind.
Brennan (Menominee) is a first-generation college student studying biological and physical sciences at the College of Menominee Nation.
Standing Rock Sioux
Brett, a decorated Veteran, is putting his values of service and hard work to the test at United Tribes Technical College, where he is studying to earn a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
We moved to the one-room 16’ hogan (Navajo round house) in the isolated region of central Navajoland. There is no running water, electricity, or refrigeration at the hogan. We haul water and firewood weekly and built an outhouse. I have installed two windows, a door, glass block windows near the door side (my creativity), and a Native pattern in stucco for siding. I have applied for electricity and water services. I’m proud to be home.
Dan decided to channel his aspirations for success to help his people. He became the first person in his family to go to college.
A defining symbol of success for Demetria is not in the paycheck or the praise, but in the sense of accomplishment. Indeed, she has already done a lot for her family, peers, and community. "I’m doing it," she says, "and I’m trying my hardest."
Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate
Diana Canku (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate), president of Sisseton Wahpeton College and a 2009-10 academic year fellow in the American Indian College Fund’s Andrew W. Mellon Career Enhancement Program, successfully defended her dissertation and completed her doctorate degree.