American Indian Services provides thousands of scholarships of up to $2,000 to Native Americans from over 300 federally recognized tribes. Our students attend over 400 accredited colleges, universities and trade schools. We were established in 1971 and have become a well known tuition funding resource for one of the most vulnerable populations in the U.S.
But because of the pandemic and economic downturn, our fundraising is down and we are facing having to limit our scholarship distribution. For the first time in years we are going to have to turn away qualified students because we simply won't have the funds to give them the scholarships they need.
Our mission at American Indian Services (AIS) is simple but powerful, to give scholarships and create programs that will help Native Americans receive a quality education, while still preserving their culture and honoring their heritage. We seek to empower the communities in our nation that need it the most, and we’ve found that the best tool to do so is education.
Many Native American communities lack access to quality education. Only 53-67% of Native American students finish high school, only 17% continue their education and only 13% have obtained a college degree. In an economy where 64% of jobs require at least some college, this is a dire statistic.
Contrary to popular belief, most Native American students lack the financial resources to attend college. One thing that our students consistently say is that they can’t achieve their education without the help that American Indian Services provides.
The cost of college has increased 260% since 1980 and it continues to increase every year, thus becoming harder and harder for students like ours to afford because they come from economically distressed communities and have no financial safety net.
Simultaneously, a college education is becoming more and more essential in order for Americans to achieve success in our current economy. According to Pew Research, millennials who don’t have a college education are 4x more likely to live in poverty and are 3x as likely to be unemployed.
On the flip side, college grads between the ages of 25 and 32 make $17,000 more per year, and when they do experience unemployment they find jobs faster than those who only have a high school degree by an average of 1 month. Our students are well aware of the importance of their education and they express their thanks to our donors at every opportunity they get.
Please support a Native American student and help them achieve their fullest potential by donating today.