Thank you Dwanna for responding to Dr. Chavers' article. I was disturbed with his article. First of all, it sounded very paternalistic; it reminded me of some of the comments I used to hear when I was working for the BIA over 35 years ago, comments that echoed sentiments like, "why try to help them . . . they are not interested in helping themselves". I was especially concerned that potential donors to scholarships for Native students might be discouraged from donating money, believing that Native students don't really need scholarship help since they were already getting "federal financial assistance". Dr. Chavers states that he has been involved in promoting scholarship assistance to Indian students for 42 years, but he doesn't talk about any efforts of outreach to those students, making it easier in the scholarship application process. Certainly, after 42 years of experience, different strategies at outreach should have been developed and tried. Dr. Chavers laments that Indian schools do not have books on "winning scholarships". Well, I would challenge him to develop a project to assure that Indian school libraries (as many as possible) have these books. Also, I note that Dr. Chavers implies that scholarship applicants should be prepared by having completed trig and calculus in high school. There are many successful college graduates in our country who never completed courses in trig or calculus!! Does his article discourage potential scholarship applicants ? Dr. Chavers' article needs to be challenged since the content can be used to discourage both students and potential scholarship donors.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 18:14