Mission: To transform higher education for Native Americans by raising awareness of and funds for America's community-based accredited tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) and by providing Native students with access to knowledge, skills, and cultural values that enhance their communities and the country as a whole.
About the Organization: Founded in 1989 by the presidents of tribal colleges, the American Indian College Fund works to raise scholarship funds for American Indian students and support America's tribal college and universities. Currently numbering thirty-five across the United States, TCUs promote academic achievement and cultural identity among Native students while creating social and economic opportunities in Native communities. The fund has helped increase the rate of American Indians served by TCUs to 18 percent and hopes to boost the rate to 60 percent by 2025.
Current Programs: The American Indian College Fund's current programs include scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students attending TCUs as well as non-tribal colleges; capital and program support for TCUs; fellowships for tribal college faculty development; and college and career readiness and internship programs. In addition, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the fund's early childhood development initiatives work to address early learning disparities in Native communities and deepen TCUs' engagement with families in areas such as early literacy and relationship building. Other initiatives focus on cultural and language preservation and place-based leadership development.
Website: Visitors to the American Indian College Fund site can learn more about the community the organization serves, sign up to receive news updates, browse research reports, take action by contacting elected officials, and/or make a donation. Eligible students can apply for scholarships, while students and alumni can check in with the Circle of Scholars community for additional support or check the career center for job opportunities.
Funding: The American Indian College Fund is funded by foundations, corporations, and individuals.