The American Indian Scholarship Fund of Southern California (AISF) was organized in
1976 to raise funds and provide scholarships for American Indian college students
attending trade schools, community colleges and universities in Southern California. Our
aim is to provide equal access for American Indian students who demonstrate financial
need, outstanding scholarship achievement and exemplary community involvement.
Between 1975 and 1992, the AISF aided on average of 10-15 students each year. Over
the next few years, key supporters developed health issues or aging factors and the
funds were kept in an account while the AISF became inactive.
Then, a few former board members met in an effort to bring the organization back to
life. They searched for a diverse new membership and by 2003 had revised the
constitution and by-laws and became the independent non-profit organization we have
To provide scholarships to American Indian students in Southern California.
Sponsors students attending colleges and trade schools in Southern California who demonstrate financial need, outstanding scholarship achievement and exemplary community involvement.
Raises funds to provide scholarships.
To maximize the number of American Indian students attaining their higher education goals.
The AISF derives its purpose through the following core values:
Respect – Respect for our American Indian people and the goals of our
Connectedness – Connectedness to the tribal and non-tribal community to
help provide for our younger generations.
Integrity – Integrity through diligent fundraising and honest giving.
Continuity – Continuity by being dedicated to our mission characterized by
giving and encouraging reciprocity.
Nurture – Nurturing our Board, supporters and students in realizing their