Going down to the wire once again, with a pledge total of $1,105.60 to $1,105.00, the Wildcats from the University of Arizona (U of A) were able to retain their title and held off the Lumberjacks from Northern Arizona University (NAU) by 60 cents. Yes it was that close! U of A and NAU were followed by Out of State/Community Colleges with $206.02 pledged and Arizona State University (ASU) with $110 pledged. In the high school portion the Mighty Bruins once again showed their pride capturing the title with $174.70 pledged.
"I feel my small gesture is doing some good in financially supporting our Hopi students as they pursue their academic endeavors. I enjoy the challenge because it brings a friendly rivalry to show your alumni pride but, the main purpose is that it benefits the Hopi people who use the funds as financial assistance for school," said Challenge, Air Force Academy Alum Mike Tenakhongva
With UofA and ASU alum Monica Kahe adding, "Donating to the alumni challenge is friendly competition among college/high school rivals. The funds generated through all of HEEF's efforts help support educational endeavors for the Hopi people. It is a fun, inexpensive way to give back to our community."
Over all, $3,181.32 was pledged on behalf of U of A, NAU, ASU, Air Force Academy, Community College of Air Force, Yavapai Community College, Phoenix College, Dartmouth College, Penn St. University, Southern Illinois University, Coconino Community College and Hopi, Tuba City, and Santa Fe Indian High Schools.
As educational costs continue to rise, the alumni challenge is a great way for Hopi high school and college graduates to become involved in helping to offset educational expenses for future Hopi students. LuAnn Leonard, HEEF Executive Director and NAU alumnus, stated, "This is a great way for Hopi college grads to say thanks and give back to the Hopi Tribe for the scholarship support they received while pursuing their degree(s)"
She also added that the HEEF is pleased to receive the continued support of new and past alumni, and that alumni can take pride in knowing that they are helping to ensure that educational opportunities will be available for the Hopi people now and into the future.
The HEEF thanks all of the participants for their generous support and encourages others to join the challenge next year as U of A and Hopi High School look to defend their titles in 2010.
The HEEF is a non-profit entity of the Hopi tribe. For more information contact the HEEF at (928) 734-2275, via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the HEEF Web site at www.hopieducationfund.org.