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Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1726)

Sept. 24, 2004
RELEASE : 04-313
NASA Awards Grant to Native American Higher Education
NASA is inspiring the next generation of explorers through the Native American Tribal Colleges and Universities system.

NASA awarded a $7 million, five-year cooperative agreement grant to the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), Alexandria, Va. AIHEC is comprised of the presidents of all 34 Tribal Colleges and Universities. The organization plays a vital leadership role in the American Indian education community.

The grant, called "Building Bridges to Excellence in Math, Science, and Technology," will increase the number of American Indian students pursuing academic studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

"NASA works to inspire, engage, excite and motivate our explorers and inventors of tomorrow. The Native American community contributes to our pipeline, and through this grant we seek to expand their participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines," said Dr. Adena Williams Loston, NASA's Chief Education Officer.

AIHEC is responsible for strengthening the delivery and management of NASA-sponsored programs; recruiting, identifying participants; and fostering a closer exchange of ideas and information among NASA, students, faculty and staff. For information about NASA education programs on the Internet, visit:

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