Retaining 95% of Native Students
The American Indian Education Foundation (AIEF) enjoys a high rate of completion among the Native American students to whom we award scholarships. Typically, over 95% of AIEF students complete the college year for which they were awarded.
Over 95% is a surprisingly high rate for any scholarship program. It is also surprising for the students we target. The norm among Native American students is about 21%. College can be daunting for Native students, many of whom are leaving their reservations for the first time and are the first generation in their families to attend college. Their adjustment to life on campus far exceeds what non-Native students face, including cultural, spiritual, nutritional, economic, and lifestyle shifts, along with prejudice. Read more…