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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.
  • 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."
  • Waylon
    Lummi and Northern Cheyenne
    Waylon (Lummi and Northern Cheyenne) is one of a small number of American Indian college graduates. Only 13% of American Indian students age 25 or older have a college degree—115% below the national level. Too often talented Native students forego a college education due to finances. For Waylon, a talented young man who comes from a traditional Lummi fishing family in the Pacific Northwest, college was something his family could not afford.
  • Sunny  Walker-Guillory
    Sunny Walker-Guillory
    Standing Rock Sioux
    Sunny: From Student to Teacher