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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

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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.

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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.

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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.