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Navajo Technical University

What do circuit boards, optics, and the military have in common? They all relate to the life and experiences of Mono, a Native American scholar from New Mexico and an American Indian College Fund recipient since 2012. Mono will soon be starting his third year at Arizona State University, where he studies electrical engineering.

After completing his military service, Mono enrolled at Navajo Technical University (NTU), a tribal college, and began his academic career. He says he struggled to grasp the complex subject matter at first, but thanks to his American Indian College Fund he was able to purchase several electronic tools that aided his learning.

In addition to obtaining his much-needed supplies, Mono attributes his success to the Diné (Navajo) philosophy of education woven throughout the curriculum at NTU which helped him with “planning, applied learning, reflection, and wisdom,” a method which guided him as a “cultural learner” that allowed him to maintain his identity within the Diné culture while receiving a global education.

Mono’s dream is to earn a Ph.D. in engineering and to help his community adopt new technologies, specifically in the health fields, to improve the quality of life for all.

Mono’s aspirations are intertwined with those for his community, reflected in his belief that culture and technology can and should work together for the benefit of all people. Thanks to your support of the American Indian College Fund, this fall Mono and other students like him will take one step closer to achieving their goals.