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Two Native American students selected to attend summer academy at Princeton

Regis Pecos, founder of the Leadership Institute at Santa Fe Indian School, invited 2 students to Princeton at a recent college prep event.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The 133 Native American high school students attending the American Indian Graduate Center Know Before U Go college preparation event received a special surprise.

Guest speaker Regis Pecos, founder and current co-director of the Leadership Institute at Santa Fe Indian School, said two students will be selected to visit the Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs.

There, they will attend the Santa Fe Indian School Leadership Institute Summer Policy Academy, with all expenses paid, the AIGC said in a news release.

The academy brings together American Indian juniors, seniors and recent high school graduates for a weeklong program to explore issues facing American Indian communities, organizers said.

“In the nine years of SPA, nearly 100 percent of students have pursued higher education,” Pecos said in a statement.

Angelique Albert, Executive Director at AIGC, called the chance to attend the academy a “life changing opportunity.”