Who can apply?
Native undergraduates who are:
- juniors or seniors pursuing graduate or professional school opportunities
- or those in their gap year who are interested or plan to apply to graduate school
- and those who are a member of a Tribe located within the Pacific Northwest region (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington)
Current Graduate Students and New Professionals:
Rising Native Graduates is recruiting Native individuals who were funded by American Indian Graduate Center, recently graduated or are currently pursuing graduate or professional degrees to serve as Academic Coaches.
Navigating Graduate and Professional School options can be overwhelming. American Indian Graduate Center recognizes the process is daunting and we are here to offer support that will help you make a decision about the next phase in your educational journey.
Rising Native Graduates focuses on offering academic coaching with the goal of preparing you for a graduate or professional program. This specialized program offers useful tools to help you decide on the right program and university, assist with application materials and offer resources that will help your success as a graduate student.
Why Participate in Rising Native Graduates?
- Academic Coaches and Scholars will have exclusive access to a platform that allows participants to easily connect with each other. The platform provides tools and resources to support a successful graduate school experience
- Academic Coaches and Scholars will have the opportunity to build their professional networks by connecting with other American Indian Graduate Center Scholars and Alumni
- Scholars can build a professional relationship with American Indian Graduate Center Scholars and Alumni who have successfully navigated a graduate or professional program
- Academic Coaches will empower the next generation of Native leaders
Academic Coaching is a partnership between two people: an experienced individual (the coach) and an individual seeking out experience (the scholar). American Indian Graduate Center’s utilization of Academic Coaching is from a community perspective. Our Academic Coaches are American Indian Graduate Center Alumni who will provide coaching geared towards pursuing a graduate education.
Navigating graduate and professional schools can be overwhelming, you may not be sure where to start or have questions about programs or schools, graduate exams, applications, letters, funding, and all of the other parts of entering graduate or professional school. Having an Academic Coach whose main focus is to help you through this process by answering your questions and guiding you in the direction towards success is the main purpose for Rising Native Graduates. Our goal is to make an overwhelming process feel manageable and achievable. Our Academic Coaches have all been successful and are motivated to help other Native Scholars through this process.
Scholars will be matched with Academic Coaches who align with the Scholar’s graduate or professional degree interests, industry experience, university, and tribal affiliation. Location will also be a matching component when appropriate.
The goal of each Academic Coach is to provide their Scholar with support, resources and guidance in the graduate or professional school application process. In addition, Rising Native Graduates also offers Resources that are built to provide additional support for our Scholars. The intent of providing these resources is to help build Scholar’s confidence as they move through the application process.
No, all graduate and professional degree programs are eligible.
An Academic Coach provides advice and feedback to guide you through the graduate or professional school application process. They can offer an insiders perspective and share their learned experiences to prepare you for the next step in your academic journey.
Yes, undergraduate junior and senior applications will be given priority. Applicants who have graduated will then be considered.
Academic Coaches have lived experience. They have been through the application process before. When you apply for graduate or professional school, there are many materials that you have to provide – personal statement, letter of recommendation, CV, resume, etc. By working directly with an Academic Coach, you can have a guide who can advise you on how to submit the best application you can.
- You will be matched with an academic coach who will provide you with 1:1 guidance as you navigate the graduate school process
- Opportunity to grow your professional network by giving you the opportunity to meet other American Indian Graduate Center Scholars and Alumni
- Receive assistance with graduate entrance exam fee waivers or admissions application fees
- Scholars who complete the application process for American Indian Graduate Center Scholarships will be given additional points for participating in Rising Native Graduates. These points will be given in the overall point system during the scholarship review process.
Participants in the program are matched with Academic Coaches who have similar backgrounds and academic / professionals goals. We will do our best to match you with someone who had to complete entrance exams like yours. During your one on one sessions, you are welcomed and encouraged to ask for study tips and preparation methods to excel on your exam.
Scholars will have the opportunity to visit with their Academic Coaches about study tips to help prepare for graduate entrance exams. Rising Native Graduates will also help identify resources that can assist with this preparation.
- Rising Native Graduates does not include any additional funding. However, Scholars who complete the application process for American Indian Graduate Scholarships will be given additional points for participating in Rising Native Graduates. These points will be given in the overall point system during the scholarship review process.
IN addition, American Indian Graduate Center offers funding opportunities each academic year for undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Our applications open January 1 and we invite you to visit our website to review the scholarship opportunities. If you have any questions regarding scholarships, please contact our Scholarship Operations Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rising Native Graduates is focused on the success of our students. Our goal is to prepare you for graduate or professional school. In order to do this, we are committed to connecting you with an Academic Coach who aligns with your academic and professional goals. Each of our Academic Coaches have been vetted and reviewed to ensure they are prepared and can offer advice and guidance to assist you in the application process.
Both academic coaching and mentoring utilize some of the same tools and techniques and both focus on personal development. Academic coaching is a partnership focused on creating effective strategies for reaching goals. American Indian Graduate Center’s utilization of Academic Coaching is from a community perspective. Our Academic Coaches are American Indian Graduate Center Alumni who will provide coaching geared towards pursuing a graduate education.
Academic Coach Questions:
Academic Coaching is a partnership between two people: an experienced individual (the coach) and an individual seeking out experience (the scholar).
American Indian Graduate Center’s utilization of Academic Coaching is from a community perspective. Our Academic Coaches are American Indian Graduate Center Alumni who will provide coaching geared towards pursuing a graduate education.
Both academic coaching and mentoring utilize some of the same tools and techniques and both focus on personal development. However, academic coaching is a partnership with the student to work together to create effective strategies for reaching goals.
You do not have to have previous experience, the Rising Native Graduates team will provide training and support to our Academic Coaches. What makes a great academic coach is the motivation to give back to Native students by giving your time and sharing your experiences.
Yes, the Rising Native Graduates online platform will allow you to build your professional network and connect with other Academic Coaches.
No, travel will not be required. All activities will be offered virtually or via phone and video calling.
Yes, when available, we will match Academic Coaches with Scholars who are within the same field of study, school interested in, and tribal affiliation when appropriate.
At a program level: Ideally we would like Academic Coaches to commit to at least one academic year of coaching. However, we would hope to retain you as an Academic Coach until your Scholar begins their graduate or professional program. In addition, we would also hope to retain you as an Academic Coach for the next cohort of students but this is not a requirement.
On a weekly level: We anticipate, at a minimum, a weekly commitment of 30 minutes to 1 hour, during which times Academic Coaches will log into the online platform to respond to communications, check for program updates and/or participate in program activities.
Academic Coaching, just like mentoring in that it is unique to each individual partnership. Rising Native Graduate program curriculum is designed from graduate exploration through graduate acceptance. The partnership you have developed with your Scholar will be up to each of you on how you will want to maintain the connection.
Academic Coaching duties include developing a partnership with your Scholar. This requires a responsiveness to Scholars outreach to you, participation in Rising Native Graduates program activities, and a personal investment in the overall partnership.
An Academic Coach provides advice and feedback to guide Scholars through the graduate or professional school application process. Academic Coaches can offer an insider’s perspective and share learned experiences to prepare Scholars for the next step in their academic journey. Academic Coaches will adhere to the Professional Responsibilities Agreement.
- We are committed to keeping our American Indian Graduate Center Scholars and Alumni safe. To help ensure all our participant’s wellbeing, we require all Academic Coaches to complete a background check.
- American Indian Graduate Center covers costs associated with the background checks.
American Indian Graduate Center is seeking alum who are currently in Graduate of Professional school, or have successfully completed a Graduate or Professional program. Our ideal academic coaches are well versed in the application process and have insight into what makes an excellent application. Additionally, we are searching for candidates who are passionate about empowering Native scholars.
At this time, our program is focused on this particular region. However, we have plans to expand in the coming academic years.
No, this is a volunteer position providing an opportunity to give back to other Indigenous students
- Our goal is to assign each Academic Coach with one Scholar per academic year
- Within the Rising Native Graduates online platform, there is a Flash Mentoring tool that all participants will have access to. Scholars may reach out to you with questions directly related to your field of study, career or alma mater.
The platform our program is hosted on will have a variety of resources to guide you and support your academic coaching partnership. Additionally, the staff at American Indian Graduate Center is available should you have any questions, concerns or ideas that you would like to discuss.
As an Academic Coach you are empowering the next generation of Native leaders. You have the opportunity to support students as they transition into the next phase of their academic journey and beyond.
An orientation and training are planned to help prepare Academic Coaches for their mentoring role. The Rising Native Graduates team will also be available to answer questions and support Academic Coaches in their role.
Yes, American Indian Graduate Center actively partners with Tribes, corporations, foundations, government agencies, nonprofits and academic institutions to fulfill the support needs of students.
- The Program was launched October 2020
- Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year