SOURCE: American Indian College Fund

American Indian College Fund

May 08, 2017 07:00 ET

Three Hundred Native American High School Students Will Get Help for College Preparation from American Indian College Fund

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - May 08, 2017) - Only 1% of college students are Native American. The American Indian College Fund is helping to change that with its Native Pathways to College: Bridge Program, which will work with an estimated 300 high school students to increase their preparation for college.

The College Fund awarded four tribal college and university grantees $50,000 each for two consecutive years to implement a year-round program to increase the college readiness and college-going-environments for American Indian and Alaska Native high school students preparing for a higher education.

The program aims to improve reading comprehension, research and essay-writing, understanding of math and science concepts, knowledge of college admissions processes, and awareness of the first-year college experience amongst program participants.

Tribal colleges and universities selected to participate in the program include Fort Peck Community College, Wolf Point, Mont.; Cankdeska Cikana Community College in Spirit Lake, North Dakota; Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, Wash.; and Ilisagvik College, Barrow, Alaska.

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 25 years. The College Fund believes "Education is the answer" and has provided more than 100,000 scholarships since its inception and an average of 6,000 scholarships per year to American Indian students. The College Fund also supports a variety of academic and support programs at the nation's 34 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. For more information about the American Indian College Fund, please visit

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