Native Duck Fund
The Native Duck Fund seeks to raise $10,000 towards a professional development fund for Native American students at any level at the University of Oregon. Students have access to various financial aid programs to help cover tuition, fees, and cost of living while attending the University of Oregon, but they often encounter financial roadblocks to professional development opportunities, such as conferences, academic competitions, and other meritorious work that would significantly enhance their career goals. Because Native American poverty rates are nearly double the poverty rate of the general US population, expenses such as conference fees and travel costs for research or internship opportunities often prove prohibitive for students to overcome. This fund would support Native students seeking to develop a career in any field by assisting with the cost of supplies, equipment, and travel related expenses to attend and compete in academic competitions.