AMERICAN INDIAN GRADUATE CENTER INC

The Center for Native Scholarship

aka AIGC   |   Albuquerque, NM   |  www.aigcs.org

Mission

We provide financial support for American Indians and Alaska Natives seeking higher education, and support them in attaining undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. We partner with Tribes, the federal government, foundations, corporations, and individuals to ensure the growth and sustainability of scholarships.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our Vision Building on a 50-year legacy, AIGC will continue to be the premier national resource in funding and empowering the next generation of Native leaders across all sectors, by meeting the unmet need of every Native American student.

Ruling year info

1973

Executive Director

Angelique Albert

Main address

3701 San Mateo Blvd. NE Suite 200

Albuquerque, NM 87110 USA

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EIN

85-0222386

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

BIE Special Higher Education Program

Provides approximately $1,200,000 in fellowships to over 400 American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and professional students each year. Graduate fellowships are monetary awards made to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate or professional full-time, degree-seeking students, who meet all eligibility criteria. The fellowship amount is typically between $1000 and $5000 per academic year (not including summer), and varies from year to year, depending on the number of qualified applicants, the availability of funds and unmet financial need.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Students

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.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Students

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.

Wilson Hooper Veterinary Medicine Assistant - Undergraduate and graduate scholarship - currently have 6 students.

Katherine Scallan - Graduate scholarship currently have 25 students.

San Manuel Band scholarship - Graduate scholarship currently have 25 students.
Accenture scholarship - undergraduate scholarship currently have 17 students

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Students

SPGSF- Science Post Graduate Scholarship-AIGC administers a Bureau of Indian Education contract to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships to eligible American Indian and Alaska Natives seeking undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The maximum amount of an undergraduate award is up to $20,000 and the maximum amount of a graduate award is up to $30,000 in an academic year. Actual award amounts and the number of awards will be determined based on the number of funded students at each academic level (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, professional and doctoral). This opportunity is a merit-based award.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Students

The Wells Fargo Scholarships for Undergraduate provides funding to American Indian and Alaska Native students who are enrolled with a U.S. Federally recognized tribe or state recognized tribe. Wells Fargo is looking for full-time and degree-seeking college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors who hold a current GPA of 2.7 or higher with up to $5,000 for one year of study in any chosen major at any accredited institution in the United States.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Students

The Accenture American Indian Scholarship Fund was established to build personal and lasting relationships with students who will become the future leaders in the American Indian communities and possibly with Accenture. At that time, the scholarship sought the very brightest American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate students; however, recently, Accenture is limiting the funds to the very brightest American Indian and Alaska Native incoming freshman and undergraduate students. The Accenture scholarship program is sponsored and funded by Accenture and administered by the American Indian Graduate Center.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Students

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of academic scholarships awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Indigenous peoples

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Indigenous peoples

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average financial aid award per FTE student

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Indigenous peoples

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

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

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.

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.

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.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We provide financial support for American Indians and Alaska Natives seeking higher education, and support them in attaining undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We implemented a Mentoring Program to assist students in pursuing a graduate degree.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    This helps us in fundraising for programs that our students need. We have the data on what programs our students are looking for to help them on their education journey.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AMERICAN INDIAN GRADUATE CENTER INC

Board of directors
as of 9/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Holly Macarro

Spirit Rock Consulting


Board co-chair

Walter Lamar

Seminole Tribe of Florida

Walter Lamar

No affiliation

Angelique Albert

AIGC

Stacy Leeds

No affiliation

Holly Macarro

No affiliation

Dana Arviso

No affiliation

Ernie Stevens

No affiliation

Aurene Martin

No affiliation

Hud Oberly

No affiliation

Joel Frank

No affiliation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/24/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Native American/American Indian/Indigenous

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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