AIGC and Wells Fargo Collaborate to Support Native American Higher Education Program


AIGC Prepares to Launch Directed Program for American Indian and Alaska Native Higher Education Services

Albuquerque, NM – October 20, 2015 – The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving cultural and economic wellbeing for individuals and tribes by supporting post-secondary education, announced today that it has received a grant from Wells Fargo to administer a comprehensive program of support for American Indians and Alaska Natives in higher education.

The San Francisco-based financial services firm is providing financial, human and other resources to support AIGC’s efforts to build, promote, and honor self-sustaining American Indian and Alaska Native communities through education and leadership. With this support, AIGC is launching an outreach program to engage and encourage American Indian and Alaska Native students to seek scholarships and other educational services available through AIGC.

“Wells Fargo is committed to providing educational opportunities and resources to help develop the next generation of diverse leaders,” said Gigi Dixon, senior vice president and director of strategic partnerships for Wells Fargo. “Through our national relationship with AIGC, Wells Fargo is able to help Native American students achieve their academic dreams and experience success in their community and beyond.”

New AIGC programs funded by the Wells Fargo grant include scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Natives pursuing bachelor’s degrees. Outreach efforts for this new scholarship opportunity will include community-based events planned in December 2015 and through May 2016. These events will be hosted in four different regions of the United States for college-bound students and their families.

“Wells Fargo is a long-time supporter of AIGC. We are deeply grateful for their new investment in our mission, which, in addition to scholarships, will enable AIGC to provide extensive resources to American Indians and Alaska Natives who are pursuing higher education. Additionally, we will be able to offer resources to those people who are helping students to access degree programs, in transitioning to higher education, and to identify the resources that will make them successful college students,” said Joan Currier, Acting Director of AIGC.

AIGC has given more than 17,000 scholarships over its 46-year lifetime to American Indians and Alaska Natives, many of whom now hold high-ranking positions.

About the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC)
AIGC is a national organization, based in Albuquerque, NM, providing educational support through scholarships since 1969.  AIGC is a national provider of scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students.

We provide financial support for American Indians and Alaska Natives seeking higher education and support them in attaining undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. We partner with Tribes, the federal government, foundations, corporations, and individuals to ensure the growth and sustainability of scholarships.

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,700 locations, 12,800 ATMs, the internet ( and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2015 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.