Albuquerque: [for immediate release]
Catching the Dream (CTD), a national scholarship program for Native American college students, announced today that its completion rate after 30 years is 85.1%.
“Our scholarship program has one of the highest graduation rates ever achieved with Indian students,” reported the President, Gov. James Lujan (Taos Pueblo). “We have produced 891 graduates out of 1,265 students we have funded. We have 186 students on scholarship this year. Only 188 of our 1,265 students have dropped out,” he added.
“The national dropout rate for Indian college students is about 80%,” he went on. “We have begun efforts to change and lower this high dropout rate. The high schools our Native students attend must prepare them adequately to be successful in college. Most Indian high schools are still preparing Indian students for vocational work, such as mechanics, secretaries, and cooks.”
“We have produced 52 medical doctors, 157 business graduates, 123 educators, 28 engineers, and 120 scientists,” he added. “We have also helped to develop 40 Exemplary Programs in Indian Education. These schools are changing the face of Indian education from failure to a high success rate. Three of them, Navajo Preparatory School, Wellpinit High School, and the American Indian Charter Public School, have had one or more years with no dropouts and 100% college attendance.”
“CTD has also made 180 reading grants to Indian schools, over 150 of which have achieved outstanding improvements in student outcomes,” he continued. “The best of these schools have won awards at the state and national levels. Ganado Primary School in Arizona won the award for being the best school in the State of Arizona and won an award from the White House for being one of the best schools in the nation. These schools are using our book “Reading for College” to help their high school graduates be totally ready for college,” he said.
“CTD has also made 47 grants to Indian high schools under our Math and Science Teaching (MAST) program to help them improve their STEM curricula,” he added. “These schools are now sending much larger percentages of their graduates on to college. We have helped over 20 of them to put in math and science labs with our grants.”
The CTD website is www.catchingthedream.org. Students from any federally recognized tribe, terminated tribe, or state recognized tribe are eligible to apply for the CTD scholarship program. The scholarships are for life; students never have to apply again. They should read the article “How to Find and Win Scholarships,” do their scholarship search, then read the essay outline in the application packet and write their essay.
To begin the process, high school seniors or juniors should contact the CTD Director, Dr. Dean Chavers at CTD4DeanChavers@aol.com by sending him their scholarship essay for a critique.