American Indian Education Fund

American Indian Education Fund

A Heartfelt Thank You to Donors
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Royce Perez, AIEF scholar and Navajo college grad
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Courtesy of American Indian Education Foundation (AIEF)

Greetings, donors.My name is Royce Perez. I’m half Navajo, half Hispanic and a former ASU engineering student. Ever since I took on my first internship during the pandemic, it has been my dream to finish my studies within the usual four years, and I’m grateful to say that I did! I graduated in the Spring of 2022 with a bachelor’s in civil engineering focused on water resources.I’m proud to say I graduated with Cum Laude honors and was inducted into the National Civil Engineering Honor Society – this required being among the top 30% of the class and/or maintaining a GPA of 3.4 or higher.After graduation, I started working for an engineering firm in Phoenix, Arizona. I plan to stay with them for the next few years until I earn my professional engineering license and certifications. After that, my goal is to work for the Navajo Nation as the director of water resources and establish sustainable practices for bringing clean water to the Navajo Nation.All this would not have been possible without your generous contribution to the AIEF program and their support throughout the school year.I will close by expressing a heartfelt Ahéheé (thank you) and wish you all many blessings this year. These scholarships have an enormous impact on Native students like me who dream of who they want to be someday. I take you, the donor, as family who helped me along my path to ensure I obtained my longtime goal of earning a bachelor’s in civil engineering. Warmest regards,Royce Perez

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Many people still believe that college is free for Native Americans - simply because they are Native. That's just not true...
Meet Royce An AIEF Scholarship recipient from the Navajo Nation who faced these misconceptions growing up...some misconceptions that I had to grow up with was the misconception that Native Americans can go to school for free....
Royce Perez / Navajo Nation PWNA/AIEF Scholar
...and that's certainly not the case. When I decided to go back to school I had to work really hard, I had to apply to at least 15 scholarships per semester and out of that maybe I would get 6 to 7 being awarded to me.
61% of Native children live in poverty or low-income households. Only 16% of Native Americans hold a college degree.
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