The American Indian College Fund

Oct. 30th 2017  


The American Indian College Fund is educating the mind and spirit of Native American communities by providing Native student scholarships and programmatic support for the nation’s 34 accredited tribal colleges and universities, which are located on or near Indian reservations to provide access to an affordable, quality higher education while preserving Native cultures and languages.

The American Indian College Fund, established in 1989, is the nation’s largest and highest-rated American Indian scholarship organization. We provide:

  • scholarships and other financial support to help American Indian students get to school and succeed while they are there.
  • capital support for the tribal colleges.
  • cultural and language preservation courses and activities.
  • intellectual capital development at the tribal colleges.
  • fellowships for tribal college faculty.
  • early childhood development programs.
  • leadership development for Native students.

Every dollar makes a difference to our students.

In 2015-16, the Fund distributed $5,374,942 in scholarships and program support, which directly translated into 6,158 scholarships for American Indian students, of which 1,549 students were first-generation college students.

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic success, financial need, community involvement, and commitment to their tribal communities.

Our Commitment to You

  • The Fund is committed to accountability. We consistently receive top ratings from independent charity evaluators.
  • We earned the “Best in America Seal of Excellence” from the Independent Charities of America. Of the one million charities operating in the United States, fewer than 2,000 organizations have been awarded this seal.
  • The Fund meets the Standards for Charity Accountability of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance.
  • The Fund received an A- rating from the American Institute on Philanthropy.
  • The Fund consistently receives high ratings from Charity Navigator.