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Krista Pierce
Director of Higher Education

P.O. Box 765
Quapaw, OK  74363

Ph: (918) 542-1853
Fx: (918) 542-4694

Monday - Thursday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monthly Update
Fall Funding ended on September 30th, with over 200 students receiving higher education funding. The Spring 2017 Funding period will open on November 1st 2016 and close on February 28th 2017.

The first annual Quapaw Tribe STEM Fair will be held on Thursday, November 10th 2016, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the John Berrey Fitness Center.

FAFSA for 2017-2018 is now open for filing. 2015 tax returns are to be used for this filing. Contact the QT Higher Ed department if you have questions.

Additional Info...



FIRST ANNUAL STEM FAIR: Thursday, 11/10/16 Times TBD Quapaw Tribal Community Building

Exciting new Opportunities and Internships

NAJA now accepting 2016-2017 scholarship applications through Nov. 18

NAJA supports and empowers members through annual scholarship opportunities for high school, college and graduate students. 

Each year, NAJA offers scholarships ranging from $500-$2,000 to Native American students pursuing journalism degrees at a higher learning institutions.

NAJA is accepting scholarship applications through Nov. 18 from current student members in good standing for 2016-2017 awards.

Apply here...Website

Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship
The *National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)* is
pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for undergraduate
students majoring in disciplines related to oceanic and atmospheric
science, research, or technology, and supportive of the purposes of
NOAA’s programs and mission. Over 100 students are selected each year
for participation in the *Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings)* and
*Educational Partnership Program (EPP) *scholarship programs. These
scholarships include support for two years of undergraduate study and
summer internship opportunities at NOAA facilities across the country.
Additional Info...

Click here for more information and application.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency New England Regional Laboratory
2016 Pathways Internship Program Opportunities

Exciting Student Intern Opportunities
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Boston and Chelmsford, MA




Native American Scouting Combine

Top-tier coaches will be on hand to evaluate the State's top Native American football players.This intense combine is an exciting time for athletes and a key step in achieving their dreams of playing at a next level, while improving their football skills. Click here for more information.

Check out this highlight link from last year!

Checkout this scholarship website! Plenty of scholarships—apply here.

First-time applicants must complete the “History of the Quapaw Tribe” essay (no exceptions).

Returning applicants may choose to complete the Option #1 Essay “Educational Goals & Use of Funding”
complete the Summer/Fall 2015 Alternative essay “Quapaw Pow-wows.” (If you complete it for Summer, you cannot use it for your Fall essay.)

The Application and Essays are on a new page. Click here find it and the Higher Education Guidelines.

Semester            Opens                   Closes
Spring                  Nov. 1st                Last day of February
Summer              May 1st                July 31st
Fall                     July 1st                September 30th

Online Colleges In Oklahoma
The State of Online Higher Education in Oklahoma

The NCES estimates that at least 10.6% of students enrolled in Oklahoma’s Title IV institutions are in fully online programs. Of those, 83.3% were reported to be undergraduates and 71.7% were found to be living in Oklahoma.

Check out this website!

Seneca Black Elk Mathews Scholarship Recipients Announced
Three Quapaw Tribal Members currently attending Oklahoma State University have received the Seneca Black Elk Mathews Scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year.

Established in 2012 by the Mathews Family in memory of Seneca Mathews, the endowed scholarship has helped several Quapaw Tribal Members achieve their academic goals at OSU.

Click here for more Information and to see this year's recipients.

Bureau of Indian Education
BIE has higher education resources. Follow this link.

New Scholarship Flyer for University of Phoenix
New Scholarship Information and Update click here.

Hello from New Education Director

Dear Parents and Students,

Please allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Krista Pierce and I am the new Director of the Department of Higher Education for the Quapaw Tribe.  As you know, Pam retired a short time ago from the Tribe.  I know that many of you were very fond of Pam and she was very fond of you.

You might be curious about the new kid on the block, so here is some information to fill you in:

  • I spent the first part of my life in Bartlesville and Moore, Oklahoma before moving to Riverton, Kansas with my family when I was fifteen.  (I might live in Jayhawk country now, but I still bleed OU crimson!)
  • Graduated with a BSED in English Education and a minor in Secondary Special Education in May of 2006 from Pittsburg State University.
  • Taught English III and AP English Composition at Webb City High School 2006-2007.
  • Earned a graduate assistantship with the PSU English department and taught Freshman Composition and Introduction to Research Writing from January 2009 until December 2010, when I completed all of my graduate courses towards a Masters in English (Literary emphasis).
  • Currently studying for my three Comprehensive Exams to finish my Masters.
  • I am the mother of two boys Sam (16) and Kade (13) and one daughter Khloe (deceased). My kids keep me on my toes—just ask them!
  • Have worked with children and students of all ages in many facets: nanny (in Colorado and Alaska), substitute teacher (Special Education Pre-K through high school and alternative programs), teacher (high school, college, alternative programs), daycare teacher, learning center shift supervisor, and of course, as a mom.

My goal is to carry on the tradition of excellence that Pam set forth for our department. I am so excited about working with parents and students alike—I hope my scope and depth of experience can help me to help you! 

If ever you have questions, issues, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or stop by the office.  I am honored to assist in whatever way I possibly can.

All My Best,

Krista Pierce

Education Department Newsletter
The Education Department periodically publishes informative newsletters. Please take a few moments to read this timely information.

Graduate Information Form
Your tribe is proud of you and would like to document your success.  Your comments will help us understand what students need, what students' priorities are, and how the tribe can most effectively serve students academically and financially.  Please take the time to help us stay connected by filling out our Graduate Information Form