College Fund Programs Support College and Career Readiness

May 2nd, 2015 | By | Category: 26-4: Tribal College Governance, Tribal College News
By Dina Horwedel

To increase Native student success while they are in college and to help graduates succeed once they have a diploma in hand, the American Indian College Fund’s Student Support Services department is now offering a wide array of programs designed to help students from the time they apply for college to their first job search.

Financial Aid TV, located on the College Fund’s website, provides helpful videos for students seeking assistance. Step-by-step instructions for completing the Federal Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA), along with eligibility information, can all be found at the website. The site also offers helpful hints for creating a successful scholarship application, including how to format and organize an application essay. New tips are being added for students each month. In addition to College Fund scholarships, the website maintains an up-to-date listing of other scholarships available to Native students on its resources page.

The College Fund is offering career planning support and, in the summer of 2015, will be administering two separate internship opportunities for tribal college students. One internship focuses on land management, business management, or tribal leadership, while the other supports students interested in environmental science and who are conducting sustainability research. Tiffany Gusbeth (Northern Cheyenne), the program administrator for internships and career readiness programs, says, “The overall goal is to assist our scholars in earning meaningful experience that will aid them in their future endeavors. By building relationships with fellow organizations and tribal college staff, we hope to continue our ability to support our students beyond the scholarship.”

The College Fund’s Student Support Services team will also continue to administer the Circle of Scholars program, which produces three e-newsletters per year with content specific to current and past scholars. Rachel Piontak, program administrator for the Circle of Scholars program, says, “The newsletters are a collaborative effort within the SSS team to provide helpful information and inspiration to our entire scholar community.” For more information on College Fund programs and student opportunities, visit:

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