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ERIC Number: EJ764749
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug-3
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Solving the Funding Riddle
Boulard, Garry
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v23 n12 p18-21 Aug 2006
Some education officials with expertise in American Indian scholarship programs say a lack of available money and information continue to limit American Indian enrollment in higher education. Pamela Silas, director of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, says they help more than 100 students a year. Despite its name, the organization also awards scholarships for American Indians studying agricultural science, architecture, business and law. However, she thinks they really end up serving only about one-third of the applications they get. There remains a very large unmet need. Part of the problem is finding the money for the scholarships. An equally daunting challenge is getting that money into the hands of needy students, says Bonnie Mausia, scholarship coordinator with American Indian Services in Provo, Utah. Silas also says she thinks some of the many American Indian community programs in rural and isolated sections of the country have been less successful, because the scholarship sponsors "just don't have the relationships they need with these various communities. They don't know where to go to get the information into the right hands." Even in the face of such challenges, Quinton Roman Nose, education director with the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, says the percentage of American Indian and Alaskan Native students in higher education is going to continue to increase, due in large part to the simple existence of so many scholarship options.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico; Minnesota; New Mexico; Oklahoma; Utah