The American Indian College Fund Announces Record Scholarships for 2000

American Indian College Fund
Thursday, 1 February 2001

Denver (February, 2001) - The American Indian College Fund today announced scholarship disbursements totaling $4 million in 2000 - a record year for the educational organization. The scholarships supported approximately 6,000 American Indian students representing over 250 tribes nationwide.

"We are proud of our role in helping Indian people achieve their higher education goals," said Richard Williams, executive director of the Denver-based organization. "We believe in the power of what education can provide in helping Indian communities rise above poverty throughout the nation."

Citing statistics that show American Indians with the highest rates of poverty and the lowest educational attainment rate of any ethnic group, however, Williams said that there is still much to be accomplished.

"Ours is an ongoing mission and we still have a long way to go," said Williams. "It is our goal to serve even more students in 2001."

Of the funds distributed, $3 million went to scholarship programs at tribally operated colleges, while $1 million went to American Indian students attending mainstream colleges and universities across the country.

Founded in 1989, the American Indian College Fund serves approximately 26,000 Indian students and 31 tribally operated colleges across the United States. With its credo of "Educating the Mind and Spirit," the Denver-based nonprofit distributes scholarships and support to tribal colleges that have received growing national acclaim for successfully providing education that combines accredited academics with Native culture. The College Fund also supports endowments and public awareness, as well as college programs in Native cultural preservation and teacher training.

For more information, or to contact American Indian College Fund, see their website at: www.collegefund.org

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