Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

Jan 12, 2017

American Indian College Fund (AICF) in Partnership with the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

IAIA Student Ron Martinez Looking Elk (Isleta Pueblo) and IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) during the 2016 Scholarship Awards Night

IAIA Student Ron Martinez Looking Elk (Isleta Pueblo) and IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) during the 2016 Scholarship Awards Night

The mission of the American Indian College Fund (AICF) transforms Indian higher education by funding and creating awareness of the unique, community-based accredited tribal colleges and universities, offering students access to knowledge, skills, and cultural values which enhance their communities and the country as a whole. AICF was established in 1989 by Tribal College Presidents to raise private-sector funds for the tribal colleges and student scholarships. Today, AICF helps support the 34 accredited tribal colleges located in 13 states that serve Native American students nationwide.

The mission of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is “To empower creativity and leadership in Native Arts and cultures through higher education, life-long learning and outreach.”

IAIA was established in 1962 as a high school with an innovated approach to arts education. In 1984, IAIA gained accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and North Central Association of College of Art and Design (NASAD) to offer college degrees. IAIA currently serves over 610 students from various national and international communities. IAIA offers both two-year and four-year degrees in Cinematic Arts, Creative Writing, Indigenous Liberal Studies, Museum Studies, and Studio Arts. IAIA introduced its first Masters in Fine Arts program in Creative Writing in 2013.

“Being the AICF student of the year is a wonderful experience for me to represent IAIA and the student body. IAIA is an amazing institution with the history, values and amazing curriculum that is world class.”

Ron Martinez Looking Elk (Isleta Pueblo)

IAIA AICF 2016 Student of the Year

“The American Indian College Fund has empowered me to move forward with my education. Once I have achieved my goals I hope to reciprocate that empowerment to my community.”

Julia Wall (Jemez Pueblo)

2016 IAIA Student Ambassador

General Requirements

For a complete outline of the required information, please see Financial Aid and Scholarship Advisor Steve Oizumi.

  • Must be enrolled full-time Spring 2017 in an undergraduate degree-seeking program.
  • Must currently have a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • This application is open to Native (CIB) students and Non-Native (non-CIB) students.
  • Must be a United States resident.
  • Create an AICF profile and complete the TCU application.

Scholarship Essay Workshops—LTC Learning Lab

  • Wednesday, January 18, 7-8 pm
  • Monday, January 23, 7-8 pm
  • Thursday, January 26, 7-8 pm

In addition to the scheduled workshops, students can set up one-on-one appointments with Learning Specialists to review scholarship essays. The Learning Lab is open Monday–Thursday, 9 am–5 pm (closed for lunch and dinner) and Fridays, 9 am–5 pm (closed for lunch).


  • Scholarship Essay Due: Saturday, January 28, 11 pm (MST)
  • TCU Application & FAFSA Due: Friday, February 3, Midnight (MST)

IAIA Students, please check your IAIA e-mail for full details and scholarship application from Financial Aid Director Lara Barela. For questions, please see Financial Aid and Scholarship Advisor Steve Oizumi.

Countdown to Application Deadline








2016 Fall IAIA Student Recipients

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