November 16, 2012
As a Tribal College administrator, I know firsthand the value and positive impact that the American College Fund has on the lives of Native students. There is a misconception in the general public that American Indian students receive a free education, but that is highly misleading. In fact, a very small percentage of our students receive sufficient funding to cover their educational costs. The truth is that the majority of Native students do not have the financial means to support themselves through college, and have to rely on financial aid and limited scholarship opportunities, when available, to navigate their way to degree completion. Financial constraints are consistently one of the most significant barriers to student persistence and completion. Put simply, student success is not possible without adequate financial support. This is where the AICF steps in. If it were not for their outstanding fundraising efforts, the college and career aspirations of many Native students would remain unfulfilled. I am confident that any financial contributions that are donated to the AICF ultimately reaches the hands of tribal college students, and in turn, provides for their educational costs, and eases the financial burdens for their families while in college. The AICF is a stellar organization, and with the new President/CEO Cheryl Crazy Bull now at the helm, she will undoubtedly take the Fund to new heights and continue its long standing tradition of successfully supporting tribal college students.
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