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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

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

JalenRowe30

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am currently an undergraduate scholar under the overview of the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) and Gates Millenium Scholarship Program. Over my time as an undergraduate, I've been able to work with and be advised from AIGC. The work they do for us stems beyond measure. I come from a rough background, and without AIGC's help I would not have made it as far as I have in my pursuit of education. The staff gets to know each of us (scholars) on a personal level and are empathetic to every circumstance thrown their way, while upholding a high level of professionalism. When it comes to staying in contact with the students, their outreach happens more often than a lot of my university's advisors, which means a lot to me. Overall, I am very grateful for AIGC and the work that they have demonstrated to me over the years.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Without AIGC, I would not have the opportunities that I have been provided with. Numerous resources and funding that have helped many Native American students in their pursuit of a better education at the collegiate level.

Brook T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing organization, the people really care, and I have made lifetime friendships and they have supported me through school.

Client Served

Rating: 5

AIGC is an amazing organization that succeeds in their goal of supporting Native Americans in obtaining a higher education. I am a Yupik from Mountain Village, Alaska and grew up living a financially impoverished, rural lifestyle without the same educational opportunities as most Americans. I graduated high school after four years at a boarding school over 1000 miles away from my home and family and was awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship through AIGC. They have made the most beneficial difference in my life by providing financial and social support throughout the entirety of my undergraduate studies. I would not have been able to afford the education that I acquired thus far and am pursuing without the support of AIGC. The education acquired thus far is already benefiting my life and those of my people within the Asa'carsarmiut Tribe. AIGC works with incredible service and understanding of my life and educational goals, providing me life-changing opportunities that wouldn't be possible without them. I look forward to continue working with them for future educational endeavors.

Client Served

Rating: 5

AIGCS is an excellent program that offers scholarship services with a fast and very responsive team that can help in any way one can think of! The organizational system in place is easy to use and very helpful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Providing boundless amounts of resources and support to Native students, AIGCS is a fantastic organization that keeps on giving with passion. Without their help, I would not be where I am today in pursuing my Ph.D. in Industrial & Systems Engineering. For that, I am thankful and want to note AIGCS as being an incredible nonprofit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

AIGCS has supported me since 2014, financially and personally. Every employee I have met has been down to earth, making them easy to approach. I can call, email, or text the staff and know they're happy to help me figure out whatever issue I bring them. I owe it to this organization for attaining my bachelor's, masters, and soon to be doctoral degree. I know they'll continue to help future students achieve their education goals.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a Gates Millennium Scholar, I have nothing but good things to say about AIGCS! They really treat you like family, and they always take a personal approach to every student they meet. When my family lost our house in a fire, they went above and beyond to reach out to me, raise money to help us, and ensure I persisted in college. Once I finish college, I look forward to giving back to the AIGCS organization and community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for the assistance from "The American Indian Graduate Center." Attending college without so many financial burdens was a game changer for me! I've just completed my Undergraduate Studies and will be continuing Graduate School in the Fall of 2021. I am able to be more optimistic and set future goals with the resources available from "The American Indian Graduate Center." My long-term goal is to serve my community and pay it forward to help others achieve a growth mindset.

Cody P.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

AIGC has been funding my pursuit in the STEM field for a long time. With their support I have become not only a first generation graduate with my BA and MS, but am currently pursuing my doctorate. Native representation in my field is lacking and it can be easy to feel isolated, but AIGC has been a phenomenal source of support and encouragement. There is no better group to have on your side.

Laurin K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

AIGC has been fundamental in my higher education. The administration of scholarships, programming, and the office staff have made a huge impact on me and have ensured that I completed my education path to this point. As a first generation college student, I was lost but with the guidance of all those involved with AIGC I’ve been able to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees and am now enrolled in a post-graduate program. As a high school teacher, I often find myself using their tools and resources, and recommending AIGC to my students. This is one of the absolute best organizations for Native students, and helps us give back to our own communities.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so proud of my Native American Indian heritage and very appreciative of the help and financial assistance of AIGC while I received my law degrees. Both the Doctoral Fellowship and Scholarship helped to advance my goals to become corporate In-House Counsel and Business Compliance Advisor.

Marveline and the AIGC staff were very helpful along the educational journey

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a client and a supporter of the American Indian Graduate Center. In 1988 - 91, aigc contributed more than half my tuition to attend Lewis and Clark Law School. I graduated in 1991 and have practiced and taught Indian law ever since. I am currently a professor at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Aigc does a fabulous job in supporting American Indians and Alaska Natives to obtain their graduate degrees so that they can assist their tribal communities in crucial ways. I have supported aigc in my will and through gifts ever since I graduated. I have donated to aigc at least double the money it paid to support my law school education.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) is creating Dreams come true every day. AIGC has empowered an estimated 16,000 students from over 500 tribes in all 50 states by providing scholarships for undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. AIGC leadership proactively meets and exceeds there Mission and Values. Through network and face-to-face meetings, AIGC has worked with Corporations to understand the value and benefits of assisting students of all levels, and disciplines to reach their full potential. I commend AIGC leadership in a Job Well Done!

Tizoc S. Loza
Director, Business Development
Mandaree Enterprise, LLC

2 Susap A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

American Indian Graduate Center gives the opportunity to Native American students to further their Education that might not have the resources to do so. It is an excellent nonprofit, with great history and successes.

3 Dana Tenas H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

AIGC provided much needed funding for me while I was completing my Masters in Tribal Administration and Governance. I’m raising 4 grandchildren and work full time. Acquiring student debt at my age would have been a game ended. With the AIGC funding, I was able to complete my degree student debt free!!!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a great resource for my students looking for support to fulfill their college dreams. Our students have many hurdles to overcome and AIGC assists students to get through them.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

AIGC funded me while I was obtaining my MPH while being a mother to two young girls. So grateful for their financial support at that time. I was able to finish my degree and now I have a job where I get to do public health research and evaluation in Tribal communities. I'm earning more than ever before and can provide for my daughter's. Thank you AIGC!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

American Indian Graduate Center's efforts to empower Native scholars pursuing higher education is exceptional. Not only do they provide scholarships, but also academic support services specifically for Native students. Incredible work, American Indian Graduate Center!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

AIGC funded both of my degrees, and I am forever grateful for the impact this organization has had on my life! Their staff is always professional, and they put the students at the forefront of their mission.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

AIGC funded a good amount of my law school education. During that time, AIGC was like clockwork. My funding came through on time every time. Their staff was always professional and helpful throughout the entire process. I am so grateful to AIGC for assisting in my education.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AIGC has been such an amazing inspiration to me. Reading student articles in their magazine about how AIGC has impacted them has given me hope and motivated me to go back to college. Their staff is friendly and helpful, thank you for all that you do for the students!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing staff dedicated to a wonderful mission! AIGC helped me achieve my educational goals.

3 Gabriel M. B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Having worked with the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) over the years, it's is without any uncertainty that I regard this organization in the highest standards. I have applied and received a scholarship that helped fund my educational journey to obtain a degree in mathematics. I never had to question the timing of my funding and the staff were always supportive. AIGC prioritizes the needs of the students and goes the extra mile to ensure their success. The organization has improved over the years and it's good to see how AIGC continues to be a difference maker in Indian Country today and I look forward to seeing what they are able to do for our communities in the near and distant future.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Incredible team doing great work for Native youth.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with American Indian Graduate Center for the past three years! Their leader, Angelique Albert is one of the smartest, most authentic and committed individual I know. The work they do in supporting native scholars has launched the career of thousands of leaders!

1 Larry G. W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first became acquainted with the American Indian Graduate Center while working as a school guidance counselor in Browning, Montana. Initially, I thought that AIGC provided information and assistance for students to apply for the Gates Millennium Scholarship exclusively. It wasn't until after working with their staff that I learned all of the other opportunities provided by this excellent organization.
As previously stated, the AIGC promotes high school students to apply for the Gates Scholarship. However, this is just the tip of the college accessibility for all students iceberg. The staff works with students and their families to promote college as an option, especially for underrepresented individuals. They assist in completing the mountains of paperwork required for students to attend an institute of higher learning, crossing one hurdle after another. They provide support throughout the school year, and encourage students to "give back' by sponsoring community service experiences during the breaks.
The AIGC does not stop when the students receive their initial degree. They also provide opportunities to further student's education with an advanced degree.
The American Indian Graduate Center changes lives. I have witnessed this through the students I have worked with as a counselor. They provide the vessel for which the student can succeed. I am extremely proud that I have had the opportunity to witness first hand the impact this organization has had in creating leaders for our future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

AIGCS is an amazing organization. I had no idea receiving a scholarship would mean joining a community and family, but that’s exactly what happened. They care personally about your success and well being. Their support goes beyond educational, and their investment in their scholars means the world.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent organization! They have a plethora of scholarships for Native students to apply for and great resources for students like me!

Lena H.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AIGC is an amazing organization doing all the best work for our future. There are so many caring individuals ready, willing and able to assist in any capacity to ensure education success.

corey-still

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was funded by AIGC for ten years. Without their support and encouragement to continue on and strive to pursue my degrees, I would not have been able to graduate not only with my BA and MS but successfully defended my Ph.D. The services they provide for students go far beyond just financial commitments. The staff at AIGC truly became family to me. Thank you all so much!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The American Indian Graduate Center has helped so many individuals obtain their degree. They have afforded young women and men the opportunity to strive for better and giving the resources to accomplish their dreams.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a witness to great management in non- profits and a commitment to Native education in AIGC. Committed staff and highly motivated.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had nothing but good experiences with this non-profit, I love what they stand for, and I love their history. It started out of someones home because they saw a need and to see where they are now is incredible. If you get the chance, just read their history and the impact they are making in Indian country.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An excellent organization with a great mission to serve Native people in their higher education pursuits!

Robin J.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The current challenge to raise college enrollment, retention, and graduation rates for American Indian Alaska Natives is being met by the American Indian Graduate Center, not only through providing scholarship monies, but also Student Support Services - to further student success. AIGC has been supporting Native education for over 50 years!

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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.

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Undergraduate and graduate scholarships for Native American and Alaskan Natives.

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.

1 Adriann Francis

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!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Changing lives through scholarship and student support!