Grant will continue rural exchange program

Posted: Monday, September 24, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Humanities Forum is getting a $1 million grant to extend an urban-rural exchange program.

The Rose Student Exchange Program brings students from Alaska's cities to remote villages, where they can experience Native cultural and rural life. Students from the Bush visit Alaska's larger towns.

U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, who secured the funding, said the money is coming from the U.S. Department of Education.

The exchange program takes its name from the experiences of former Stevens aide Mitch Rose. His parents, Dave and Fran Rose, gave him the chance to spend time in a Native village when he was growing up. Dave Rose is the former director of the Alaska Permanent Fund.

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