NMCF is pleased to announce it has approved grants totaling $100,000 to five organizations through the Native American Prep Scholars (NAPS) Fund.

The NAPS Fund was established in 2012 to support programs working to increase college enrollment and college graduation rates of New Mexico Native American students. This year’s grantees are:

· College Horizons: To support a culturally relevant college and career readiness curriculum for Native American 8 th- through 12 th-graders in Bernalillo Public Schools.

· Native American Community Academy (NACA) Foundation: To support its “Bridge” program, that will be located on the Central New Mexico Community College campus and will offer dual-credit classes and other resources to help NACA high school students transition to post-secondary education.

· Pueblo of Zuni: To support its A:shiwi College and Career Readiness Center. The center, located on the pueblo, provides two-year academic programs, dual-credit classes, and college readiness through a partnership with the University of New Mexico and other institutions.

· Laguna Community Foundation: To support its Tribal Vista Program, which connects young tribal members to hands-on work experience and higher education planning through the AmeriCorps Tribal Vista Program.

· Leadership Institute at Santa Fe Indian School: To support its Summer Policy Academy. Students will travel to Princeton University to research and produce youth policy position papers about New Mexico tribal communities and present them to the state’s congressional delegation in Washington DC.

The NAPS Fund was created from the remaining assets of the Native American Preparatory School in Rowe, N.M. that served Native students from 1995 until the school closed in 2002. To learn more about the fund or to donate, visit our website.