Educational Institutions

AMERICAN INDIAN GRADUATE CENTER INC

  • Albuquerque, NM
  • www.aigcs.org

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. BIE Special Higher Education Program
  2. BIE Loan for Service program
  3. Other Scholarship Endowments
  4. BIE SPGSF-Science Post Graduate Scholarship
  5. Wells Fargo Scholarship
Service Areas

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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

Executive Director

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Angelique Alberst

Keywords

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USA Alaska Native regions educational institutuions leadertship

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Also Known As

AIGC

EIN

85-0222386

 Number

3215969879

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

$1,186,800

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

$630,000

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.

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

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Native Americans/American Indians

Other Minorities

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$725,000

Program 4

BIE SPGSF-Science Post Graduate Scholarship

SPGSF- Science Post Graduate Scholarship

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Native Americans/American Indians

Other Minorities

Budget

$600,000

Program 5

Wells Fargo Scholarship

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.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Native Americans/American Indians

Other Minorities

Budget

$2,420,000

Charting Impact

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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
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Executive Director

Angelique Alberst

BIO

Ms. Albert brings with her over 20 years experience in executive management of non-profits, philanthropy, business, Indian gaming, and Tribal education. Most recently, she has served as Executive Director of Salish Kootenai CollegeFoundation, where under her leadership and strategic planning efforts, the organization was transformed to ensure the future of the tribal college through capital fundraising efforts, collaborative partnerships, and legacy initiatives.Ms. Albert has dedicated her professional career in service to tribal communities and creating positive impacts. Prior to her work at the Foundation, Ms. Albert has served as the Associate Director of the National American Indian Business Leaders Organization, the only American Indian non-profit solely dedicated to empowering business students in the United States. She has served in various roles in philanthropy, including Lead Native American Program Officer for the Beaumont Foundation of America, and External Grant Reviewer for the Case Foundation. Ms. Albert's early career began by serving her own tribe as a Legal Intern, Court Appointed Special Advocate, and Chief Juvenile Probation Officer.Additionally, she has served as a board member for the Potlatch Fund, a Native led nonprofit that provides grants and leadership development in Tribal communities throughout Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana. Ms. Albert also served as a board member of S&K Gaming, LLC, one of the Tribal corporations owned by the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes.In addition to her time working for others over the past twenty years, Ms. Albert has served as a business consultant, owned an art gallery, and is a national award-winning native artist. She is the proud mother to three boys and two grandsons. She holds strong to her cultural beliefs and the dream of empowering people through social inclusion, economic progress, and education. Ms. Albert stated “ I believe education is essential to our self-sufficiency as tribal people."Ms. Albert is an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes and a graduate of Salish Kootenai College with a BA in Human Services and Gonzaga University with an MBA in American Indian Entrepreneurship.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Holly Cook Macarro

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