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American Indian Graduate Center, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Graduate & Professional Schools, Job Training, Leadership Development, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: We provide financial support for American Indians and Alaska Natives seeking higher education, and support them in attaining undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. We partner with Tribes the federal government, foundations, corporations, and individuals to ensure the growth and sustainability of scholarships.

Results: AIGC and AIGCS are the largest providers of scholarships to Native American and Alaska Native students in the U.S. We award $15 million annually to undergraduate, graduates and professional students and have awarded over $200 million since inception. We are proud to empower students from 500 tribes in 50 states, with over 20 educational funding opportunities and support services.

Target demographics: American Indian and Alaska Native students

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 1,662 students

Geographic areas served: scholarship administration

Programs: Building on a 50-year legacy, AIGC will continue to be the premier national resource in funding and empowering the next generation of Native leaders across all sectors, by meeting the unmet need of every Native American Students.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Mariah A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

AIGC has helped my dreams come true. I am a first generation college graduate, this was made possible by AIGC. I also finished my degree in Biology. The staff and administrators are genuine and helpful. I am proud to be an AIGC alumni!

Josh L.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Every since I met staff at AIGC, I was inspired to learn more about the organization. The staff were friendly, professional, and welcoming. I was able to volunteer as a Reader for the Gates Millennium Scholarship and eventually hired on as a staff member. I have seen first hand the impact the organization has done for Native communities, families, and students. I am absolutely proud to be part of an organization that promotes education.

1 Gabriel Matanane B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was through this organization, AIGC (www.aigcs.org), that I was able to fund my degree in Mathematics at a university I would never have thought possible due to financial barriers. But AIGC made it happen and was able to provide outstanding academic support from other natives along the way. I wish more natives knew about AIGC so they could apply today and earn a degree or two.

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1 Sara A. L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

AIGC has had a profound impact on my life. From being funded as a AIGCS scholar, to reading scholarship application, to serving as an Alumni mentor and then coming full circle to be employed with AIGC. I am both humbled and proud to be a part of such an amazing organization that has the ability to impact tribal communities in such a profound way. How can AIGC help you succeed? Visit www.aigcs.org to find out more!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Undergraduate and graduate scholarships for Native American and Alaskan Natives.

1 Robin J.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked with other educational organizations focused on needs of American Indians Alaska Natives - AIGC has been around the longest, has generated and administered more than 200 million dollars since they began, and continues to work nationally with all tribes and all states. They really are the most helpful and important scholarship source for native students.

1 Laboraex A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

AIGC helped me get on the right path when I was planning on going to college. They helped me organize myself and apply for scholarships and other funding opportunities. They also helped my wife apply for the GMS scholarship and she was able to complete her BS in Science with their help. I greatly appreciate all that AIGC has done!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Staff is extremely helpful. Very encouraging on completing educational goals. Even if not selected gives out other information on other scholarships

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thankful for this wonderful organization and all that they do for Indian Country.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

AIGC helped my dreams become a reality by funding both my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I am forever grateful for the staff at AIGC, as they went above and beyond in every way possible to ensure I reached my full potential.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for investing in me and thereby investing in my American Indian community. AIGC has shaped so many lives and impacted our American Indian Communities. There are so many leaders that we have now in our communities that are doing great and wonderful things that would have never been there if not for the gift of the AIGC Fellowship. Thank you AIGC for changing the trajectory of so many lives for the better. I am an AIGC Alumna and AIGC paid for the first year of my Masters Program.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AIGC has always reached out to the Native American community, they are such a big help, and also inspire native students to reach for higher education. I love that they reach out to the native communities not only in the city but on the Reservations as well.

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

The American Indian Graduate Center has a strong history of sound financial practices where funds raised go to scholarships and support services for students. They are committed to a student's educational success.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The numbers tell the story: 16,000 alumni, 1,300 students receiving scholarship benefits right now. Nobody does it better!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AIGC is a wonderful scholarship organization dedicated to helping Native American and Alaska Native students succeed!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Changing lives through scholarship and student support!