Success Stories

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 Alanna
    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.
  • Alli Alli
    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.
  • Audra Audra
    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  Beau
    Chippewa Cree
    Beau Mitchell is living proof of the power of a tribal college education and how Native ideas about sustainability help all of mankind.
  • Brennan Brennan
    Brennan (Menominee) is a first-generation college student studying biological and physical sciences at the College of Menominee Nation.
  • Brett Brett
    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.
  • Cheryl Cheryl
    Diné (Navajo)
    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 Dan
    White Earth
    Dan decided to channel his aspirations for success to help his people. He became the first person in his family to go to college.
  • Darryl Darryl
    When Darryl speaks, it is evident that he has found his life’s calling. His enthusiasm and excitement for his profession as an electronic engineer bubbles to the surface.
  • Deloris Deloris
    Facing unemployment, Deloris decided to enroll in college. She chose a double major of legal studies and sustainable development because she can legally protect those resources while also learning about the new technology that is being used in her tribe's forested areas.

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