USA Funds Awards $100,000 to American Indian College Fund for Marketing and Endowed Scholarship

Nov 14, 2012, 07:00 ET from American Indian College Fund

DENVER, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- USA Funds awarded $100,000 to the American Indian College Fund (the Fund) for marketing and scholarship support. Fifty thousand dollars of the gift paid for sponsored marketing to create awareness about the Fund and raise scholarship support for American Indian students attending tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) across the United States, including promotions for the Fund's 2012 Annual Flame of Hope Gala, which raised more than $650,000. An additional $50,000 of the gift was presented to benefit the Richard B. Williams-Seventh Generation Leadership Endowment scholarship, which was established to honor the Fund's retired President and CEO.

"The American Indian College Fund is committed to helping Native students achieve the dream of a postsecondary education. That mission is in line with USA Funds' mission to enhance preparation for, access to and success in postsecondary education, specifically for low-income students, students of color, and students who are the first in their families to attend college," said Carl Dalstrom, USA Funds President and CEO. "Every student deserves the opportunity to pursue a postsecondary degree and the American Indian College Fund is making that happen for Native students. USA Funds is proud to support the Fund and the positive impact it has on the students it serves."

"USA Funds has been a key partner in helping us to support Native scholarships, making the possibility of a college degree possible for people in our communities, where few can afford to attend college without financial assistance," said Dr. Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund. "We are grateful for their continued support and commitment to Indian education."

About USA Funds
Headquartered in Indianapolis, USA Funds is a nonprofit corporation that works to enhance post-secondary education preparedness, access, and success by providing and supporting financial and other valued services. For more information about USA Funds, visit

About the American Indian College Fund
With its credo "Educating the Mind and Spirit," The American Indian College Fund is the premier scholarship organization for Native students. Created in 1989 to provide scholarships and support for the nation's 33 tribal colleges, the Fund receives top ratings from independent charity evaluators, including the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance, and received its third consecutive four-star rating from Charity Navigator. It provides more than 3,500 Native students with scholarships annually.

SOURCE American Indian College Fund