American Indian Student Center

Donate to Support American Indian Students!

Donate to Support American Indian Students!

You can support to a student by donating to the American Indian Student Fund!

Join our friends, alums, employees, and investors in supporting SMCC by becoming a scholarship donor for American Indian students. Your gift will bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of a life-transforming education for our students.

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American Indian Student Center (AISC)

The American Indian Student Center (AISC) was established in 2016 under the Learning Division at South Mountain Community College. AISC was created to assist American Indian and Alaska Native students in achieving both academic and personal success. By supporting students with one-on-one mentoring and academic guidance, AISC improves individual lives, enhances the overall college experience, and builds partnerships with tribal communities, tribal and local organizations, and tribal agencies.

AISC’s Vision: The vision of AISC is to assist American Indian students in advancing their educational goals, maintaining cultural engagement, and providing opportunities.

AISC’s Mission: American Indian Student Center is a multicultural center that encompasses a culturally-relevant approach to foster outreach and retention.

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Core Cultural Values


Recognizing that every tribe is unique.


Dedicated to achieving student success, well-being, and cultural balance.


Building strong relationships toward a better future.

AISC can support you!

Our center offers many services to help you succeed such as:

  • Assistance with Enrollment and Registration
  • Cultural Awareness Activities
  • Student Retention Programs
  • Community Resources
  • Financial Aid Advisement - Tribal Scholarships, Private Scholarships, Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA)
  • Academic Counseling and Advisement
  • Leadership and Engagement
  • Student Led Clubs

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Circle of Nations

The Circle of Nations is a student organization at SMCC which aims to enhance cultural awareness as well as to coordinate, promote, and integrate school and community activities for American Indian and Alaskan Native students and their peers.



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Hoop of Learning

The MCCCD Hoop Of Learning (HOL) Program is a high school to college scholarship bridge program specifically tailored to meet the academic and cultural needs of American Indian Students.




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Gerard Begay

Gerard Begay
American Indian Student Center Coordinator

Harmony | Learner | Responsibility | Context | Achiever

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