American Indian Education Fund

Up to 70 percent of Native American students drop out of high school and only 13 percent of Native students earn college degrees.

American Indian Education Fund, a program of PWNA, offers scholarships, literacy programs, and school supplies to help end the cycle of poverty.

Education is one of the most important cornerstones of self-sufficiency and quality of life. It is also a crucial factor in addressing the long-term challenges on the reservations we serve.

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Dannette was awarded an AIEF scholarship for the 2021-2022 school year, and she graduated this spring with her bachelor’s in social work with honors. She plans to help her tribe by changing the way mental health is treated on the reservation, starting with her own clinic.

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In 2021, the average cost of school supplies was up to $800 per student. Even if the shopping list is shorter, the cost can be unmanageable for many families on the reservations, where stores are sparse and supplies on shelves limited.

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Scholarship recipient Jalynn of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe was happy to get a fall welcome package from AIEF to help set the tone for a wonderful year! Jalynn attends school online at Sinte Gleska University, works part-time and cares for her newborn.

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Typically, only about 20% of Native Americans who start college complete their first year, because of the tremendous culture shock, academic challenges, and financial strain. That’s why we offer much more than just funding.

All of this adds up to outstanding success for our scholars.