Educational Institutions

American Indian Services

Helping Generations Soar Thru Education

aka AIS

Cottonwood Heights, UT


The mission of AIS is to assist Native Americans in developing their human and natural resources thru education to help them make a contribution to society without detracting from their cultural background and heritage.

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Executive Director

Mr. Jay Brasher

Main Address

3115 East Lion Lane Suite 320

Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121 USA


native american, scholarship, american indian, education, STEM





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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What we aim to solve

Currently, 1 in 3 Native American children live in poverty, and 1 in 4 Native Americans live in poverty nationally. There are areas on tribal lands that lack basic infrastructure, this means that many Native American homes lack running water or electricity. There is currently a high achievement gap for Native students. Twenty-two percent of Native fourth graders and 17 percent of Native eighth graders scored at the “proficient” or “advanced” levels in math in 2011. Nationally, 40 percent of fourth graders and 35 percent of eighth graders scored in this range. The American Indian/Alaskan Native high school graduation rate is 67 percent, the lowest of any racial/ethnic demographic group across all schools. Department of Education data indicate that the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools fare even worse, with a graduation rate of 53 percent, compared to a national average of 80 percent. And only 13% of Native Americans have a college education.

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The mission of AIS has been a simple one: to create programs and generate funding that will help Native Americans receive a quality education, while still preserving the culture and honoring the heritage of Native Americans. AIS believes that it is through education that Native Americans will be able to protect their history and culture. Our goal and hope is that as Natives achieve individual success they’ll be better able to provide support for their communities and positive change for future generations.

Our main focuses are our scholarship program, which is available to all Native Americans with a 1/4 blood quantum and a 2.25 gpa, and our summer STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program for Native American middle schoolers. The program is intensive and runs for three summers, six weeks each summer, and drastically improves test scores. Please go to our website to learn more.

AIS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. Each year, we provide thousands of college scholarships to Native Americans from over 300 federally recognized tribes. Our students attend over 400 accredited colleges, universities and trade schools. Our AIS PREP program currently has campuses in Blanding, UT; Tuba City, AZ; Gallup, NM; and we are working to establish 2 more campuses in 2019 in North and South Dakota.

Our scholarship program's success is measured by how many students receive scholarships. We are also working on tracking down our alumni to see what they were able to achieve with their education. AIS PREP's success is mainly measured by student test scores. We test them pre and post program by summer, as well as over the three years.

We've recently seen a downturn in scholarship awards due to tightening our enforcement of deadlines. But we are working to reach out to students to encourage them to get all their paperwork on time, and we are hoping that enrollment will be back to normal by the end of 2019. So we're currently awarding roughly 1,500 $500 - $2,000 scholarships a year but we're hoping to get back to 2,500 awarded per year, and we will continue to try and grow our enrollment. AIS PREP raises math test scores by an average of 44%, science scores by as much as 50%, and logic scores by an average of 80%. This means that students are well prepared for advanced classes in high school, and one of our recent graduates was able to skip high school math altogether and concurrently enroll in college math courses in tenth grade. We are also creating an ACT Prep course for our AIS PREP graduates that will start in 2019 at our Blanding campus.

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