Education: A Cornerstone of Self-Sufficiency
Each year, National Relief Charities funds critical college scholarships for Native American students. We evaluate over 1,000 scholarship applications annually. The outcome of this process is astounding. Each year, over 95% of the students receiving NRC college scholarships complete the college year. Comparatively, the norm for completion among all Native students across the U.S. is about 21% each year. Why do NRC scholars fare so well?
- Our scholarship selection committee with decades of combined experience in Native American education
- Our keen understanding of the barriers to education faced by Native students
- Our targeting of “best bet” students who are truly motivated to complete a college degree
- Our selection of students with a strong track record of overcoming obstacles
One need only read Joni’s story or Aaron’s story to understand just how much motivation and determination count for college success. We focus our selections on students who are average performers academically but who have a history of overcoming obstacles. We believe that resilience and motivation are key characteristics of students who succeed in college. NRC’s scholarship program creates opportunity and improves access to college for some students who may not have thought they are college “material.” Learn more about NRC’s scholarship selection process in the 2012 Say Education Guide.
For the 2013-14 academic year, National Relief Charities evaluated 1,182 applications from college-bound Native American students, the majority of whom live on a reservation or in a remote border town. Of these, we selected and awarded scholarships for 150 undergraduate and 37 graduate students. As always, we wish this year’s cohort of NRC students the very best success.
Education is one of the most important cornerstones of self-sufficiency and a good quality of life. It is a crucial factor in addressing the long-term challenges facing Indian country. For this reason, National Relief Charities invests a large amount of our resources toward Native American education. Each year, NRC assists thousands of Native American students from pre-kindergarten through college and career, nearly 45,000 in 2012 alone.
NRC educational services run the gamut from supporting Head Start programs to improving literacy to fostering career and life skills through job training programs on the reservations. NRC provides school supplies, backpacks and back-to-school clothing for students attending underfunded BIE schools and other schools hard hit by budget cuts. National Relief Charities assists tribal colleges, trade schools and four-year universities with high proportions of Native students. NRC also awards scholarships for non-traditional students such as those returning to college after a long absence, GED students and older people attending college for the first time.
We thank all of our donors and supporters for your generous support and your heartfelt interest in Native American education.