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American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarship

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May 31, 2024

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  • The American Indian College Fund provides scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native college students seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees at any nonprofit, accredited college, university or tribal college. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or Canadians eligible to attend college in the U.S. under provisions of the Jay Treaty, enrolled in a certificate, associate, bachelor’s, or graduate program at an accredited tribal, public, or private (non-profit) college or university as a full-time student, be registered as an enrolled member of a federal or state recognized tribe, or a descendant of at least one grandparent or parent who is an enrolled tribal member (Alaska Natives may use Native Corporation membership), and have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.

    Besides filling out the application, applicants must also submit: a digital photo (a headshot or photograph of themselves); the most recent copy of a transcript; and tribal affiliation (Enrolled members should provide proof of their tribal enrollment (or CIB). Descendants prove descent by providing a copy of their parent/grandparent’s enrollment information and a copy of the student’s birth certificate.). Since its founding in 1989, the American Indian College Fund has been the nation’s largest charity supporting Native student access to higher education.
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Tony H  on 5/10/2023 11:01:28 AM

I am a representative of the Leech Lake Rez, Ojibwe tribe. Can I apply if I am a US resident going to a Canadian Junior College. I meet all other criteria.

Tegan L  on 12/23/2022 7:18:17 AM

Hello I am a proud representative of the Navajo Nation and the Choctaw Nation, I will soon be a student at Pima Medical Institute. I am going to be enrolling into the veterinarian field, to help my community back home with our livestock and pets. Not only that, but I love spending time with the animals I have at home and that I met. I've already got done hands on experience with some animals back home, if I do get this scholarship it will really help me out so much, you help me pursue my dreams working on animals.

Kevin L  on 1/14/2021 1:58:46 PM

I am a student at University of Minnesota Morris. I'm applying for this scholarship to help and improve my education. My major is Native American Indigenous Studies. This scholarship would mean so much to me as a college student going to school. Thanks and have a good year.

Pataathla Sutterlict  on 1/6/2021 3:58:28 PM

Hello, I am a descendant of Yakam nations and Winnebagp. I am from Yakama Nations. I am a fancy dance dancer, nativer American learner of yakama language, and I participate in antive American practices (longhouse, hunting, fishing). I am a first year student at Lane community college, and a full time student athlete. I graduated with a 3.54 GPA. I would use this scholarship to help me excel in improving systems. I will use it to get my general education classes paid for, so I can continue to a graduate school. I want to make a difference in today's systems for young native Americans.

Kasey Long  on 12/28/2020 11:20:51 AM

Hello, I am enrolled in the Comanche Nation Tribe of Oklahoma. I am from the Antelope eating clan. I dance cloth and buckskin. I am a dancer, perform native sign language, and perform Native American shows.I am from Cache, Oklahoma. I am a first year student in College. I go to Cameron University. I am a full time student. The semester of fall 2020 I passed with a 3.5 GPA. I would use this scholar to benefit my way into college. This scholarship would benefit me by using it to finish college and become a radiologist. I like to help people and have a huge interest in X-rays and the human bones. Thank you for your time, and stay safe of COVID.

Gayla H  on 10/7/2020 8:51:31 AM

Hello, I am enrolled in the Fort Sill Apache Tribe, but I am also Caddo and Kiowa. I am from Anadarko, Oklahoma. I am a Senior in highschool. I will graduate class of 2021. I would love to see the benefits this Scholarship can do for me.

Ryan B  on 9/3/2020 12:29:53 PM

I am a senior in high school and an American Indian with the MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians from Alabama. I am very proud of my heritage. I don't want to be a financial burden on my parents so I want to earn the money I need for college. Also, I want to represent American Indians by getting an education and being a voice for them. I have worked very hard in high school. My current GPA is 4.145. I hope you will consider me for this scholarship.

Angelina G  on 8/11/2020 12:51:03 AM

Hello, I am Havasupai Native American from California. I am currently attending a community college in Texas for my associates degree. My GPAQ is a 2.5. I am a student athlete trying to make It to the next level. Right now it is a little rough finding schools to play for and earn a scholarship anything would help.

Kush pamnani  on 7/21/2020 11:57:18 PM

my name is kush pamnani. Currently attending my high school in India. my GPA is 2.7(weighted). I am looking for a scholarship for my future studies.

Mckayla H  on 6/23/2020 3:43:49 PM

Hello, I am full Navajo from Kirtland, New Mexico. I already graduated and I was a dual credit student at Farmingtion Highschool. My cumalative GPA is a 2.5, I don't have many excuses but I'm pretty sure some college students such as myself have had some bad semesters. I am willing to to raise my GPA back up and any money will help. My field of study is Social Work more alcohol abuse or substance abuse and to continue to strive for my master's. I am going into this field to help my people on the navajo reservation. I want to recieve a higher education and making a differenece in my community.

Steven A  on 5/30/2020 3:25:55 PM

I will be a Class of 2021 graduate next year. I have worked extremely hard to get to where I am in high school. I will graduate, with honors, and currently have a 4.0 GPA. While in high school, I have volunteered as much as I possibly can, worked as many hours as I could get, swim for my school, an Eagle Scout, and took college courses while in high school. I an applying to the University of Pennsylvania, where I would like to study International Business & Affairs and the Law. After graduation from University of Pennsylvania, I would like to attend Law School and then return to my great-grandmother's Indian Reservation or another Reservation, where I would like to work and serve. My parents are divorced and work very hard to help support me; however, my mom is a teacher, my step-dad is disabled, and my dad was a nurse, until COVID 19 and his surgical hospital is closing effective June. Just like my mother before she left for college, I thought I would be able to get support from parents; however, due to this, I will be responsible for my own college tuition. Any help would be appreciated and I would be forever grateful and pay it forward when I am able.

Cheyenne w  on 5/28/2020 7:50:50 PM

Hello, my name is Cheyenne Willis. I am currently a junior at Lenior-Rhyne University and I am struggling to pay for my tuition. I am an Apache Indian and I am hoping to find help with my music career. I am a music education major and going in debt with a music degree alone is tough but I am also getting a teaching degree with that. I want to teach the younger generation that there is something and someone to help them the way music was there for me.

Brianna B  on 5/18/2020 10:08:00 AM

I am Brianna, I am a Lumbee from Parkton, NC. I am going to graduate in May with a G.P.A of 3.0. I have struggled with my decision to attend college because of recent family illnesses, the Pandemic and the recent death of my boyfriend/best friend due to asthma. We had made many long-term goals and after further deliberation, I came to the conclusion that I must continue toward both of our dreams to further ourselves. I have the ambition to become a Speech Language Pathologist and plan to eventually open my own business assisting those who struggle to communicate verbally within my own community.

Lindsey S  on 5/16/2020 2:48:08 PM

Good morning or good afternoon, I am Lindsey Scherer.I am currently graduating in the middle of a pandemic along with the class of 2020.I have Cherokee and Creek! I have applied to this scholarship because of my family struggles.Due to the pandemic and the loss of jobs,I will be paying for college myself.This news is new and heartbreaking for me.All my life I have had to grow up faster than kids around me due to my family issues.low income,and struggles with anxiety. Throughout high school I have always worked 20-30 hours a week since I turned 16.Now,since my step-mom,who was our main source of income,has lost her job,I am working the hours of a full time job at only 18.My goal for college is to become a teacher.Im a nerd who is beyond excited to teach secondary science. I have been blessed with the opportunity to volunteer at Camp Bennett,a special education camp in Muskogee,Oklahoma, to learn I had a passion for teaching.Over 6 years I have collectd almost 400 volunteer hours. Another opportunity I have been blessed with 2 years of interning at a middle school near my high school for practicum experience.It was so much fun having experience in the field.Thank you for taking the time to read about me! Have a great Day, Lindsey Scherer

Jayden W  on 4/12/2020 5:55:04 PM

I am a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. I have already graduated High School last May of 2019. I have attended my first semester of College at Haskell Indian Nations University. I plan on changing schools to pursue an Early Childhood Education major at a college that will be a better fit for myself and my education. This Scholarship will be able to help with the expenses and fees along with a few other scholarships that I have. I hope to win this scholarship because it would help me be more successful as a Native American. It will also open more opportunities for me as I plan on going to college that is located several states away.

Elijah E  on 2/28/2020 3:40:44 PM

Shodah, I'am a Crow Native From Wyola, Montana. I am going to graduate in May with a GPAQ of 2.9, because of my constant struggles of fitting in and our poverty levels here ion the reservation. The tribe here as we know it no longer has the federal funding to help individuals because of political reasons and it leaves us people trying to go above and beyond depending on what we relied on as our main resources, to not being able to rely on them for financial obligation to asking for help in anyway possible to be successful in the outside world to receive higher education and come back to my reservation to help my people who struggle just like all of us here.

Dawson Grever  on 1/28/2020 2:45:28 PM

Hello, I am a Cherokee Native American from Northern Chicago. I am nearly a quarter Cherokee, and my grandmother's grandmother was on the trail of tears and I am hoping to find a scholarship that will aid me in attending the college i want to go to. I have a good GPA of around 3.5. My parents are too ashamed to help me look for the scholarship, but any money would help.

ciara m  on 1/21/2020 1:51:41 PM

Boozhoo, I am a Ojibwe Native American from the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation. I am 21, attending community college full time, trying to get a job, starting counseling. I just started school, so right now I'm going for my associates of science, one day i will be a psychiatrist who specializes with helping rape victims on my reservation. For now I'm without a vehicle, and stay with my father, brother and cousins. I graduated GED in november, after having tried alternative school with on success. My mother says she's never met a child who loves school as much as I do. I just wanna help my people.

Chelsea C  on 1/20/2020 11:27:07 AM

Halito, I am a Choctaw native American. I am attending nursing school full time and a wife and mother to 2 beautiful kids. I cannot work while attending school full time and juggling studying and home life. I would be forever grateful for any additional help. I have a 3.77 GPA and my goal is to be a labor and delivery nurse.

OshKaillah I.  on 1/9/2020 1:26:29 PM

I am a senior with a 1.7 GPA because bullying and depression, which pulled me away from learning and coming to school. Today, I'm doing my best to catch up and get great education. I only have one parent who is supporting me- out of the 5 siblings, i'll be the 2nd to go to college. This scholarship will help me work harder than before, I've came a long way to achieve everything today and for the future. This will open doors knowing that anything is possible and i could still be an attorney in American Indian Law

Alijah K  on 1/2/2020 9:09:50 PM

I only have a 2.0 GPA because my medical situation has followed me, post-secondary education and unfortunately effected attendance. This scholarship isn't to pay my way so I can work only as hard as allowed, but so my parents don't have to help pay out of pocket for my schooling as well as hospital and doctor bills. This scholarship will prove that I'm more than my GPA, and that there's opportunity everywhere is you're willing to go the distance. Thank You!

Safa A.  on 1/2/2020 12:25:22 PM

I’m a junior in high school student as well as a college student with a 3.8 GPA. I will graduate with an Associate degree in science and soon continue to get my Masters. I applied for the scholarship because it’s never to early to get one to help me in the future. I want to go to Duke University so I can be a Doctor. With this scholarship it will help along the way of the process and the money needed to be a Doctor.

Jaxon W.  on 12/23/2019 2:06:12 PM

I am Muscogee (Creek) with a GPA of 4.0, which I have maintained throughout high school. I have been admitted to attend Oklahoma State University and accepted to the pre-Veterinarian Program. This scholarship would greatly assist my family's ability to afford to send me to such a wonderful college. I am planning on working to help pay for my college but this award would likely allow me to focus more time on my educational goals. Thank you for your consideration and for the offering of this assistance.

Letasiilemiliona F  on 11/21/2019 12:52:04 PM

I'm chippewa and my gpa is an 3.6 right now and my cumulative gpa is a 2.6. This scholarship will help me out because i am paying my way through college and I am first generation with my sister to go to college. This scholarship will help me out greatly because I am a hard worker and I will work very hard in college. Thank you for your time. Have a great day!