American Indian Graduate Center Awarded $1M Grant from Wells Fargo

Published February 2, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE – The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC)was recently awarded a $1M grant from Wells Fargo Foundation (WFF). The additional funding will be used to fund scholarships through AIGC’s programs. That gives us money to provide scholarships. And, it also funds our Know Before U Go (KBUG) program, a college prep program for high school students and their parents. The WFF funds are used for prospective and current undergraduate college students.

AIGC is a national scholarship provider headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The scholarships are open to any field of study. And, can be used at any accredited US institution. That includes both 2-year and 4-year institutions. This particular program has funded 241 college students over the past 2+ years. And, over 1,400 students have participated in the KBUG program. AIGC has hosted nine KBUG programs at various locations across the country.

These one-day workshops are significant because they offer invaluable insights to students who otherwise don’t have ready access to college information. Attendees receive information on financial aid and other scholarship opportunities, as well as college preparation, in general. Students learn about effective study techniques; financial literacy; types of classes they should be taking and extracurricular activities. And, really, how to make sure you’re putting the best information about yourself into college and scholarship applications. Along with the student seminars, there are concurrent seminars designed for parent, educators and other supporting roles. The WFF funding will go towards continuing those programs.

AIGC partner organizations, such as Wells Fargo Bank and other sponsors, play an important role. They provide logistical support, as well as guest speakers to cover important topics like student loans, college savings plans, etc. The other partners are the host institutions, themselves, who provide classrooms and meeting space. But, also, give prospective students a real sense of what it’s like to be on an actual college campus. AIGC also relies on the Tribes to advertise the information and encourage students to participate. We try to connect everyone that is part of a student’s journey towards higher education.

AIGC & AIGCS are the largest scholarship providers to American Indian and Alaskan Native students in the U.S.  We award $15 million annually to deserving undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students; and have awarded over $200 million since inception.  We are proud to empower tribal students from 274 tribes in 43 states, with over 20 educational funding opportunities and support services. A complete list of current activities, scholarship and other opportunities is available at: www.aigcs.org

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