October 31, 2012
I have worked with the American Indian College Fund for over 10 years and have served on the Board for 5. I have found my work with this group to be fulfilling and meaningful. The staff is totally committed to the cause of Indian education and the students are hungry for knowledge and grateful for opportunity.The American Indian College Fund is the largest national scholarship provider for American Indians and has provided 76,000 scholarships since it's founding in 1989. It consistently earns top ratings from independent charity advisors, has a strong Board of Trustees comprised of Tribal College Presidents and independent sector members, is strong financially and consistently receives excellent audit results. The 33 accredited Tribal Colleges serve 16,000 full-time enrolled certificate and degree- seeking students. They operate at 75 campuses in states where the majority of American Indian reservations are located, providing access to higher education to those who cannot move to attend college. Native language and cultural knowledge are included in their course work along with traditional college studies. This is especially important since so much of this has almost been lost forever and is an important part of the tribal heritage and tradition...which I believe is also important to the heritage and traditions of our whole country.I am proud of this work, proud to be associated with this organization and incredibly proud of the students who are working hard to improve their lives, the lives of their families, and their communities. This organization helps the students build futures as well as pride in themselves and their traditions.
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