Bicycle Challenge supports higher education for Native American students

The American Indian College Fund launches its Facebook 200-Mile Cycle Challenge on May 1. Fundraising benefits the College Fund’s mission to give Indigenous students greater access to higher education.

Those who sign up will challenge themselves to cycle 200 miles by the end of May. Participants can share their progress on the group Facebook pagewhich also provides a platform for people to discuss the College Fund’s mission and connect with their communities.

Less than a quarter of Native American students ages 18 to 24 are enrolled in college, according to the National Post-Secondary Policy Institute. Meanwhile, about 41% of full-time Indigenous students attending four-year colleges as of 2013 graduated in six years, compared to 63% for all students.

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The American Indian College fonds, the nation’s largest charity supporting Indigenous higher education, aims to close that gap. The College Fund has provided $15.5 million in scholarships and other direct supports for Indigenous students from 2020 to 2021, according to last week’s media alert. Over the past 32 years, the College Fund has provided more than $259 million to Native American students. His first Facebook challenge in November 2021 raised over $300,000 for Indigenous students.

Those interested in participating in the 200-Mile Cycle Challenge can register here.

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Kelsey Turner is a staff writer for Native News Online and a graduate student in Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

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