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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
February 28th was the last day of the Spring 2017 Higher Education Funding period.
The Summer 2017 Higher Education Funding period opens on May 1, 2017 and will close on July 31, 2017.
The Fall 2017 Higher Education Funding period will open on July1, 2017 and will close on September 30, 2017

If you haven’t filled out your FAFSA for the 2017-2018 academic year, now is the time!
Don’t forget! Summer 2017 Funding opens on May 1st.

Additional Info...





The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association is offering the John Marley Scholarship Fund. Any student whose guardian or parent is an employee of the Oklahoma casino industry is eligible. The Quapaw Tribe Higher Education department has copies available at the Tribal Administration Building. The DEADLINE IS MAY 1st, 2017. Scholarship Form

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