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3 Frustrations Catching the Dream Faces When Helping Students Get Scholarships


We have been giving scholarships to Native American college students for 29 years. James Lujan, Jodie Palmer, Pat Locke, Gerry Parker, Bill Schaaf, and I formed Catching the Dream in 1986. We have produced 875 graduates, with a completion rate of 78.6 percent. But we live with a high level of frustration.

Our biggest frustration at Catching the Dream is the students who inquire about our scholarships and then do not apply. They look at our website, do not read the instructions (“How to Find and Win Scholarships”), and then call us to ask what they are supposed to do. But they often wait two or three months to do it. If they wait until March of their senior year, they have totally missed the boat. It is too late to apply for scholarships then.



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