While I am excited about the Scholarship Advisement Program and how it brings the college process to the local area, I do have a concern. I have know for a long time, the hard part of college is not "getting in" but "staying in". Unless something major has happened in the last few weeks, Native American children still have one of the highest high school drop out rates in the country. This is a fact which has continue to plague our people for years. I am a first generation college graduate as well as as the first person in my family to complete my Masters degree. I was able to get into college easy enough, but if was not for a couple of professors who took interest in me, I would have never finished. While I did not grow up on a reservation or live in an area with a high Native American population. I struggled through high school with only the backing on my parents. I have done enough research and written enough papers on Native American education to know the problem doesn't start in high school. By the time Native American students get to high school they are at a cross-road to either continue school or to drop out. The system isn't completely failing at this level, but began to fail much earlier as our children struggle through the U.S. education system. I am not stating that I have all the answers, but change is long over due. There have been tremendous strides in education for African Americans and Latino children and recent statistics show the improvement, but Native Americans continue to trail all groups of minorities in the US. So I thank the Scholarship Advisement Program for reaching out to Native Americans. They already know the benefits of getting Native Americans into their programs, we just need to increase the number of students who will qualify for the opportunity.