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Wichita Tribe Launches New Scholarship Program for Tribal Members with American Indian College Fund

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Anadarko, Okla., Feb. 14, 2019-The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes will offer three scholarships in the amount of $4,500 each for enrolled Wichita tribal members through the American Indian College Fund. The scholarship program became official through a 6-0-0 vote from the Wichita Executive Committee on February 4, 2019.

"The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, over the last seven years, have focused on improving the education of our children in both the academic sense and culturally," said Wichita and Affiliated Tribes President Terri Parton. "We started the After-School Program, Summer School Program, Internship Program, and the Kitikiti'sh Scholarship Program, and increased our scholarship funds for students during the first four-year term." 

"This second term, we have partnered with the Communities in Schools for a grant for the Anadarko Public Schools and also partnered with the State of Oklahoma for a grant for Riverside Indian School," continued President Parton. "Both grants focus on college and career readiness for students. We remain committed to improving the education of our Wichita people and have partnered with the American Indian College Fund to offer these new scholarships. Joe Canfora donated the first $5,000, the Tribe matched the $5,000 and Rob Miller matched our $5,000. With this, we are able to offer the three scholarships and provide administrative support and student services. Partnerships like these help our Tribe to do more unique things for our people. We appreciate all who have been involved in making this opportunity happen."

Two scholarships will be for students pursuing an undergraduate degree and one will be for a student pursuing a graduate degree. Applicants must be an enrolled Wichita tribal member and complete an online application. Scholarships cannot be used for an online or a for-profit school. Scholarship recipients will receive the scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic school year.

To apply online, complete an application at collegefund.org/student-resources/scholarships/scholarship-programs/ no later than May 31, 2019.

For more information about the program, call Wichita and Affiliated Tribes Education Services at 405-247-2425 ext. 171.