Educational Institutions

American Indian Graduate Center Inc

  • Albuquerque, NM
  • www.aigcs.org

Mission Statement

To build, promote and honor self-sustaining American Indian and Alaska Native communities through education and leadership.

Main Programs

  1. BIE Special Higher Education Program
  2. BIE Loan for Service program
  3. Other Scholarship Endowments
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Entire USA, all states.  To build, promote and honor self-sustaining
American Indian and Alaska Native communities through education and leadership.

ruling year

1973

Director

Self-reported

Sam Deloria

Keywords

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USA Alaska Native regions educational institutuions leadertship

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Also Known As

AIGC

EIN

85-0222386

Physical Address

3701 San Mateo Blvd. NE Suite 200

Albuquerque, NM 87110 1249

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Leadership Development (W70)

Employment Training (J22)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Impact Statement

The American Indian Graduate Center ‘s intention is to significantly impact the financial burdens of U.S. federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native graduate, professional and undergraduate students seeking full time attendance at all accredited US institutions in all areas of study. Recipients are impacted in their ability to return to their communities with significantly less student loan debt, which contributes to capabilities in leading self-sustainability. These have been our goals for 42 years and remain our primary focus.

In order to accomplish the American Indian Graduate Center’s goals, the organization has secured a contract from the federal government, renewed on a yearly basis. The Special Higher Education Program (SHEP) and the Loan for Service (LFS), contracted through the Bureau of Indian Affairs, have provided the basis for the scholarship opportunities offered to Native students. Scholarship opportunities of approximately $1.7 million dollars go to students through this program yearly.
Additionally, AIGC solicits and accepts corporate and private donations that drive additional funds and scholarship opportunities that contribute to the impact made on students cost of attendance. Legacies and bequests are invested per donor stipulations and corpus balances are permanently restricted. Interest and dividends generated provide additional resources for student opportunities. Approximately $2.3 million dollars are invested in Morgan Stanley accounts and monitored through investment managers that drive scholarships of approximately $25-75 thousand dollars yearly.
AIGC networks with national organizations to collect and disseminate student scholarship, success, and academic materials that will further impact the American Indian and Alaska Native capabilities to assist their communities in self-sustainability. Note AIGC Program section in Board report.

The collective professional backgrounds of AIGC staff include non-profit management, higher education administration, corporate management, development, and American Indian community work. Staff is recruited and hired strategically to fill specific roles as they contribute to the mission of the organization. Typically hires at AIGC are identified through their professional notoriety. Steve Abbott hired on as the Outreach Coordinator from Harvard University. His background as a native student coordinator and liaison to communities has made him successf

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

BIE Special Higher Education Program

Provide leadership development opportunities to fellows, a model of the concept of "giving back to Native American communities" through employment, community services and role modeling for future students through Council of 100 mentorship, research, and publication of program magazine.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Native Americans/American Indians

Other Minorities

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$2,000,000.00

Program 2

BIE Loan for Service program

AIGC is administers a grant from the Bureau of Indian Education to
provide financial assistance in the form of loans to eligible American
Indian and Alaska Natives seeking graduate and professional degrees. 

The
goal is to promote opportunities for careers with tribal governments,
Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Indian Affairs—funded
organizations on and off reservations.  Loans are paid back at the rate
of one year of service for one year of funding.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Native Americans/American Indians

Other Minorities

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$700,000.00

Program 3

Other Scholarship Endowments

Elizabeth Furbur Fellowship:  Graduate
fellowship for women studying the creative fine arts, visual works,
crafts, music, performing, dance, literacy, creative writing and poetry.

Dr. George Blue Spruce Fellowship:  Dr. Blue Spruce created the fellowship as a step toward increasing the very low number of American Indian dentists.

Gerald Peet Fellowship:  Priority to medical students or health-related fields.

Grace Wall Barreda Memorial Fellowship:  Graduate fellowship for students seeking advanced degrees in environmental studies or public health.

Jeanette Elmer Scholarship—Graduate Fellowship:  AIGC
was granted authority to accept administration of the trust fund monies
of the Jeanette Elmer estate.  This fund is designated to provide
scholarships to students who have completed their bachelor’s degree and
are enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program at an
accredited institution and who are members of Wisconsin, New Mexico or
Arizona tribes.

Katrin Lamon Fund:  For Native American graduate students majoring in literature, journalism and communications or a related field.

Ruth Muskrat Bronson Scholarship Fund:  Priority
to nursing or health-related fields if the nursing pool is
non-existent.  One or two graduate students per year.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Native Americans/American Indians

Other Minorities

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$150,000.00

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    To significantly impact the financial burdens of U.S. federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native graduate, professional and undergraduate students seeking full time attendance at all accredited US institutions in all areas of study
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Secured a contract from the federal government, renewed on a yearly basis.

    Solicits and accepts corporate and private donations that drive additional funds and scholarship opportunities that contribute to the impact made on students cost of attendance.

    Networks with national organizations to collect and disseminate student scholarship, success, and academic materials that will further impact the American Indian and Alaska Native capabilities to assist their communities in self-sustainability.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The collective professional backgrounds of AIGC staff include non-profit management, higher education administration, corporate management, development, and American Indian community work. Staff is recruited and hired strategically to fill specific roles as they contribute to the mission of the organization. Typically hires at AIGC are identified through their professional notoriety.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Over 500 student awards yearly.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Over 15,500 scholarships of over $46 million. Every year AIGC awards over 400 scholarships, totaling more than $2 million, to both graduate and undergraduate students.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Entire USA, all states.  To build, promote and honor self-sustaining
American Indian and Alaska Native communities through education and leadership.

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Financials

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American Indian Graduate Center Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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American Indian Graduate Center Inc

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Director

Sam Deloria

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Grayson Noley

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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