ALBUQUERQUE, NM – American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), the largest Native scholarship provider in the U.S., and Wells Fargo have continued their partnership with an $850,000, one-year contract that aims to empower hundreds of Native students in pursuing higher education.
“For two decades, Wells Fargo has been a trusted and dedicated partner in the advancement of Native students to achieve their academic goals and pursue their career aspirations,” said Angelique Albert, CEO of American Indian Graduate Center. “Through this partnership, striving Native students have been able to advance their education with opportunities in obtaining their undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees.”
“As a leader helping to empower Native scholars pursue higher education, the American Indian Graduate Center is paving the way for aspiring young leaders of our nation,” said Gigi Dixon, an Executive Vice President at Wells Fargo. “At Wells Fargo, we value and promote diversity and inclusion in all aspects of business and at all levels. Our strategic investment in AIGC is helping students achieve their lifelong educational aspirations, and we are proud to work with AIGC as they continue to impact the landscape of higher education.”
Since initiating a partnership with the San Francisco-based financial services firm, American Indian Graduate Center has given over $6.5 million in scholarships, academic support services, and pandemic relief to Native scholars pursuing higher education. The organizations have collaborated to produce a variety of programming initiatives, including the virtual College Readiness Programs for Native high school students, the academic coaching program Rising Native Graduates for undergraduate scholars applying for graduate and professional school, and an online Student Resource Center for navigating students’ college journey.
The collaboration between American Indian Graduate Center and Wells Fargo has created a collective impact on over 18,000 American Indian Graduate Center students and alumni. In February 2023, Wells Fargo will be sponsoring a 50th gala organization event in Washington, DC.
American Indian Graduate Center is a national private 501(c)(3) non-profit providing scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate, graduate, and professional students throughout the U.S. American Indian Graduate Center and American Indian Graduate Center Scholars have awarded more than $350 million in scholarships since inception and are proud to empower Native students from over 500 tribes in all 50 states with educational funding and academic support services.