For decades leaders in the Native community and rural villages have struggled with how to best raise their student's achievements.
The Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program or ANSEP was developed in 1995 and since then working through the three UAA schools, has placed thousands of Native and Rural students on a career path to leadership.
Recently it was announced by the Rass-Muh-Son foundation that they were awarding the program a 5 million dollar grant.
The founder of the program Dr. Herbert Schroeder says this grant will go a long ways toward bettering the lives of many students."
In the 15 years before we started ANSEP, on the campus here at UAA, we had graduated 3 Alaskan Native engineers.
That's just really bad statistics.
Since 1995, between our two campuses we've graduated 263 Native scientists and engineers."