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  • Shirley
    Many people consider starting college later in life. These students juggle many responsibilities: children, work, and studies, and sometimes there isn’t enough money to meet all of their obligations. That is where the American Indian College Fund can help.
  • Stephen
    Cheyenne River Sioux/Iroquois
    When Stephen (Cheyenne River Sioux/Iroquois) speaks, he radiates joy. Stephen, a 2009 Oglala Lakota College graduate and a Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship recipient with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, says a college education at Oglala Lakota College helped him discover his culture so that he could provide for his family in a way that allows him to walk the path he was meant to walk.
  • Tallie
    Tallie has always seen herself as a healer. When she entered Leech Lake Tribal College in Cass Lake, Minnesota, Tallie’s goal was to get her associate’s degree with a science emphasis before moving on to nursing school.
  • Tammy
    United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee
    Tammy, who grew up in Oklahoma, was always a good student but never thought of going to college. “Nobody in my family had even gone to college and I seriously didn’t think it was an option for me, because it was not an option for many people around me. Where I come from the idea of college was not real for me, and wasn’t until my mother made it real for me."
  • Terra
    Red Lake Band of Chippewa
    Terra, a student at Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC) in Minnesota, was selected as a Student Ambassador for NASA. A liberal education major with an emphasis in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math), she was recognized as one of NASA’s highest-performing interns. Terra represented NASA at education and outreach events at schools and universities to inspire other students to pursue STEM careers. Terra was the only student from a Minnesota college or university to receive this honor for 2011.
  • Terry
    Comanche Nation
    Terry (Comanche Nation), a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) graduate in the Department of Dramatic Writing at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and American Indian College Fund Mellon Fellow, had her work brought to the stage in the Words Afire! New Works Play Festival at the University of New Mexico Center for the Arts in Albuquerque.
  • Waylon
    Lummi and Northern Cheyenne
    Like many college students at this time of year, Waylon Ballew (Northern Cheyenne and Lummi) will be graduating (with honors) from college. Yet unlike most of his fellow graduates, Waylon’s achievement is not a normal rite of passage in his community. Only slightly more than 13% of American Indian students age 25 or older have a college degree—115% below the national level.
  • Sunny  Walker-Guillory
    Sunny Walker-Guillory
    Standing Rock Sioux
    Sunny: From Student to Teacher