High School Students Receive Amazing Opportunity at American Indian Graduate Center Program

Regis Pecos

Published December 20, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE –  American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) recently held a Know Before U Go (KBUG) college preparation event attended by 133 Native American high school students who got a very special surprise.

Guest speaker Regis Pecos, founder and current co-director of the Leadership Institute at Santa Fe Indian School, offered to take two high school students to the Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs. There they will attend the Santa Fe Indian School Leadership Institute Summer Policy Academy, with all expenses paid.

The Summer Policy Academy brings together American Indian juniors, seniors and recent high school graduates for a weeklong program to explore issues facing American Indian communities. “In the nine years of SPA, nearly 100 percent of students have pursued higher education” Pecos said.

Hosted every year since 2008, SPA was co-founded and is co-directed by Pecos, Princeton University class of 1977, former chief of staff to the speaker of the New Mexico House of Representatives and former director of policy and legislative affairs for the Office of the Majority Floor Leader.

AIGC, the leading provider of scholarships to Native American and Alaska Native students in the U.S., is excited that its student attendees have this opportunity. The students were attending AIGC’s KBUG event to learn more about college preparation, financial aid and scholarships. This is a program AIGC launched in 2016 to help Native American students navigate successfully from high school to college.

“This is a life changing opportunity for these students to attend a world-class educational institution and gain skills and tools to prepare them to become advocates in their communities. This aligns perfectly with our vision of empowering the next generation of Native leaders through higher education,” Angelique Albert, executive director at AIGC said.

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