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If you are interested in STEM fields, the natural world, medicine, Native American culture, and traveling, this program is for you!
Check out the link below for requirements and more information.
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Upcoming Events:

Are you ready for a STEM Summer??? Check out these FREE Summer Academies available for students
interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

These Academies are FREE to Oklahoma residents who will be entering the 8th – 12th grades in the fall 2015.
Space is limited so they should apply early. Information about applying to the 26 Academies on 17 different
college campuses is available at

Click here for more information.

Day of Champions!

The Day of Champions is excited for the Third Annual Quapaw & Jack Barrett Native American
Combine on March 7, 2015 in Oklahoma City. Our 2014 Combine produced a 70% placement of
student-athletes in community colleges and universities, with a 77% retention rate. Retention is
the ultimate goal; getting students into college and keeping them in college! This is an amazing
opportunity for Native American student-athletes to receive local, regional and national football

For more information click here.

Attention Students!
Are you seeking a career in the Hospitality Industry? Check out NEO’s options in their Business
and Technology Department.  You can earn an Associate in Applied Science or a 1-year or 2-year
certificate in Hospitality, or General Office Operations. Contact Lori Hackwell 918-540-6293 (office)
918-540-4903 (cell) or Ms.Pat Creech 918-540-6294 (office)
for more information.

Click here for more information.

Washington Internships for Native Students
The Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) offers students of American Indian,
Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian (AI/AN/NH) nations the opportunity to build leadership and
advocacy skills while living, studying, and interning in Washington, DC. Developed in response
to the White House Initiative on American Indians and Alaska Natives, this enriching program offers
qualified students full scholarships funded by American University and sponsoring organizations.

WINS students intern with Native advocacy and government agencies across Science,
Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Health, Economic, Social Service, Law, and Public
Policy disciplines. WINS's experiential curriculum develops student's professional skills of
self-determined community development and public advocacy.

Click here for more information.

ACT/SAT Funding and Reimbursement Form
2014-2015 Application

New! The Frances Koop Parsons/AT&T Pioneers Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship program has been established through the AT&T Pioneers to assist Oklahoma students in obtaining their education goals. The recipients of this scholarship will receive a $1,000 cash award to be used at an eligible Oklahoma career technology center, two-year college, or four-year university.
deadline is March 27, 2015.

NEW! The 2015 Society of Petroleum Engineers College Scholarship Application
must be received by April 1.


Changes in the Higher Education Funding Application
Effective November 1, 2014

Students! Please read. Document.

The Quapaw Tribe Department of Education has compiled numerous educational resources for students.
Many of these resources are listed on the tabs to the left of this page. If you have any questions, please
feel free to contact our department.

Tuition discounts are now available at the University of Phoenix and NorthWest Arkansas Community College. Follow this link for more information. 

Dear Students—Ha-way!

Each of you has the potential and the ability to achieve your academic goals and your life goals;
the only limitation to your personal success is you. Be forward-thinking and courageous.  Accept 
the challenges that life offers—both academically and personally.  Embrace the opportunities that 
life offers.

The Quapaw Department of Higher Education’s Application Fund is one of those opportunities.  Take 
the first step in your reaching your personal success by following your passion through the 
attainment of knowledge, training, and experience.  Honor those who have come before you and those 
who will come after you by reaching and succeeding far beyond your potential and abilities.

The Department of Higher Education, like all of the Quapaw Tribe, supports your endeavors.  We are
here for you.  Go forward with the full confidence that in those moments when a challenge seems 
insurmountable, you have many who will help you overcome and succeed.  Know that your triumphs are 
our triumphs.  We are invested in you.  Embrace the opportunity!

Helpful Link for Higher Education Resources: Bureau of Indian Education

Attention High School Students
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Education Department Responsibilities
  • Counsel students regarding scholarship opportunities
  • Process scholarship applications
  • Recognize student achievement
  • Serve as a liaison between students and educational institutions
  • Provide information regarding learning, testing and college preparation
  • Assist parents

A Letter to All Students

Haway Students,

Honor. Tradition.  Pride. Courage.  These are the attributes passed down to you from your ancestors.  Each is a pillar upon which you have the choice to build a meaningful life of sound mind, healthy body, and u’-dah (good) character. 

When you choose to expand your knowledge—whether it is through college, vocational education, or another sig-dah (path) of training—you choose to better yourself.  Consequently, you better the lives of those around you.  Although this “ripple effect” may be from the inside out, You>Family>Community>World, the ripples will return to your future generations from the outside in, World>Community>Family>You.  It is this cycle that balances us.

Your choice to commit to education and training is not just a reflection of your Honor, Tradition, Pride, and Courage; your choice becomes a reflection of those who came before you and a sig-dah (path) lit to guide future generations.

Both the Department of Higher Education and the Quapaw Tribe are committed to each of you and your academic endeavors.  Not only are we honored to assist you in your journey, but we are proud of your choice to begin that journey. 


Krista Pierce

Director of Higher Education

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