As the American Indian College Fund celebrates its 30th year, the application for its signature scholarship program – The Full Circle Scholarship – has opened to support Native American college students during the 2019-2020 school year.
Every year, the College Fund distributes millions of dollars to thousands of Native students seeking degrees in higher education. Students who are members or descendants of federally and state recognized tribes can apply for support until the application deadline of May 31, 2019. There are no financial need requirements, and students can learn more about the application guidelines and apply at http://www.collegefund.org/scholarships.
Only one percent of college students are American Indian, and they attain bachelor degrees at less than half the rate of the general population. However, they experience poverty at almost double the rate of the same group. Full Circle Scholarship funds, and other student support programs, are crucial components in helping Native students attain a college degree and achieve their education and career goals.
About the American Indian College Fund
Founded in 1989, the American Indian College Fund has been the nation’s largest charity supporting Native higher education for more than 29 years. The College Fund believes “Education is the answer” and provided 5,896 scholarships last year totaling $7.65 million to American Indian students, with more than 125,000 scholarships totaling over $126 million since its inception. The College Fund also supports a variety of academic and support programs at the nation’s 35 accredited tribal colleges and universities, which are located on or near Indian reservations, ensuring students have the tools to graduate and succeed in their careers. The College Fund consistently receives top ratings from independent charity evaluators and is one of the nation’s top 100 charities named to the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. For more information about the American Indian College Fund, please visit www.collegefund.org.