American Indian Science and Engineering Society announces the Together Towards Tomorrow (T3) Fund

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T3 Fund is a COVID-19 rapid response fund for Native American/Indigenous college students

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American Indian Science and Engineering Society

In support of Native American/Indigenous undergraduate and graduate students who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, American Indian Science and Engineering Society has created the Together Towards Tomorrow (T3) Fund to provide one-time scholarships of $500. Scholarships will be provided based upon available funding. To expedite funding, all funds will be paid directly to students.

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American Indian Science and Engineering Society has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and has recognized that with the closure of colleges and universities many students are facing serious challenges and have only a short window of time to make alternative living arrangements. Additionally, many students are now finding themselves unemployed for many reasons. First, due to campus closures, many students employed through work study have lost their jobs. Second, many students are now finding their summer internships are being canceled by companies and agencies across the nation, leaving students with no employment/income over the summer. Third and finally, with the massive closure of many businesses in the service industry across the nation, many students who were employed in that sector are now unemployed. In addition to unemployment, we also recognized that many Native students are facing substantial challenges with online classes as a result of not owning computers and/or losing access to campus computer labs. This is further compounded by the fact that many students do not have internet access at home because of the associated costs with internet service. While all of these challenges are complex, we know that providing students some emergency funding will go a long way in helping them address their unique situations. Further, we know timing is important – students need help now.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society has set an initial goal of raising a minimum of $5,500 before accepting applications and making awards. Once the initial goal is met, applications will be reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis. Each time the T3 Fund reaches a balance of $5,500 (or greater in increments of $5,500), American Indian Science and Engineering Society will make awards. Awards are granted on a first come, first serve basis to those who meet all of the qualifications. When funds are available, it is anticipated awards will be made within one week. American Indian Science and Engineering Society will begin accepting applications on its website upon meeting initial fundraising goals. Visit the American Indian Science and Engineering Society website: https://www.aises.org/t3 or sign up here: http://aises.informz.net/AISES/pages/Sign_Up_Page to receive regular updates on this and other American Indian Science and Engineering Society programs.

Private foundations, corporations, businesses, or Tribes interested in making a contribution to the Fund should contact Kellie Jewett-Fernandez, Chief Development Officer, at kjfernandez@aises.org for more information. Individuals may make donations via American Indian Science and Engineering Society secure donation portal: http://www.aises.org/donate/t3 using a credit card. Individuals interested in contributing may also contact Montoya Whiteman, Senior Director of Marketing, at mwhiteman@aises.org for additional information. Contributions may also be sent directly to American Indian Science and Engineering Society:

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

4263 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Suite 200

Albuquerque, NM 87109

Please be sure to indicate that your contribution is for the T3 Fund. 

Contributions will be subject to a one-time 10% administrative fee to help offset the cost of bank fees and staff time associated with this program. As a 501c3 Public Charity, American Indian Science and Engineering Society relies on contributions, sponsorships, and grants to support its mission. Our actual administrative overhead is approximately 19%; however, we recognize the critical need for this assistance and are thus providing in-kind staff time to make this program possible. Contributions to the T3 Fund are tax deductible to the extent the law allows.

Students with questions can contact American Indian Science and Engineering Society at scholarships@aises.org.

As we anticipate receiving a large number of applicants, American Indian Science and Engineering Society will not be accepting any phone calls regarding the T3 Fund.

At present, we anticipate keeping these Funds operating until August 31, 2020 but may adjust the timeline if necessary due to availability of funding and/or changing circumstances with regard to the COVID pandemic. 

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