Higher Education Programs

About Us

Yolanda Walker

Yolanda Walker

Higher Education Programs Director/Reach Higher Navigator

Hello, my name is Yolanda Walker. I’m a Comanche Tribal member, and of Kiowa, Apache, and Fort Sill Apache descent. I enjoy spending time with my family and watching sports from basketball to football. Boomer!! Sooner!!

I’ve been blessed to have worked at the tribe for many years. This place is so much more than just a work place. Administration has always supported our programs and treated me well and I appreciate it very much. So whether it’s volunteering at the Wichita Annual Dance or assisting other programs with their outreach activities we all work together for the good of the Wichita people.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” ―Wendy Mass

Career/Job Training & Enhancement Programs

Adult Education Program

  • Must reside inside the service area (see map above).
  • Applicants must be planning to attend or currently attending an accredited GED/ABE program, OR applicants must be planning to attend or currently attending an accredited technical/vocational training institution with the intent to: test for the GED/ABE, enhance job skills for employment enrichment, and/or self-improvement.
  • Training sites may be located within or outside the service area.
  • Training programs must be 6 months or less (short-term).

Education Services Department staff will review applicants’ documents to determine eligibility. Based on available funding and the applicant’s financial need, grants are awarded to qualified applicants.

Chromebook/Mobile Hot Spot Borrower’s Application

The Education Services Department recognizes the need for the use of mobile devices to assist in the completion of courses and training. This application will allow for Wichita tribal members to borrow available chromebook devices and/or a mobile hot spot for use during their semester or the duration of their chosen training course. Based on available devices.

Job and Career Readiness Application

  • Applicants must be enrolled in the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes
  • Applicants must be starting new employment or must be currently employed.

ESD staff reviews applicants’ documents to ascertain eligibility and the submission of all required supporting documentation. Based on available funds, the applicant’s financial need and use of granted funding.

Adult Vocational Training (AVT) Program

  • Must be enrolled in the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes
  • Must reside inside the service area (see map above)
  • Applicants must be planning to attend or currently attending an accredited vocational training institution.
  • Training sites may be located within or outside the service area.
  • Training programs may be full-time or part-time, short-term or long-term.

Education Services Department staff will review applicants’ documents to determine eligibility. Based on available funding and the applicant’s financial need, grants are awarded to qualified applicants.

Direct Employment Assistance (DEA) Program

  • Must be enrolled in the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes
  • Must reside inside the service area (see map above)
  • Applicants may request financial assistance before/after obtaining full-time, permanent, and gainful employment
  • Must submit a completed application BEFORE receiving their first full paycheck.

Education Services Department staff will review applicants’ documents to determine eligibility. Based on available funding and the applicant’s financial need, grants are awarded to qualified applicants.

Education Assistance

  • Must be enrolled in the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes
  • Must be planning to attend or currently attending an accredited institution of higher education to earn an undergraduate/graduate degree.

ESD staff reviews applicants’ documents to ascertain eligibility and submission of all required supporting documentation. Based on available funds, the applicant’s financial need and academic standing, grants are awarded to eligible applicants. Grants are always paid directly to the institution.

College/University/Degree-Seeking Programs

College Graduation Application

  • For Wichita tribal students who are set to graduate in the upcoming Fall or Spring semesters with an associates degree or higher.
  • Graduates can apply for assistance with a cap & gown, graduation cord, graduation stole, and will receive a one-time incentive:

$250.00————-Associates Degree

$500.00————-Bachelor’s Degree

$750.00————-Master’s Degree

$1,000.00———-Doctorate Degree

Assistance amounts are based on the availability of funds and are subject to change.

Graduate College Grant

  • Must be enrolled in the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes
  • Applicants must be planning to attend or currently attending an accredited institution of higher education to earn a GRADUATE degree. Can be enrolled in Fall/Spring/Summer courses.

ESD staff reviews applicants’ documents to ascertain eligibility and submission of all required supporting documentation. Based on available funds, the applicant’s financial need and academic standing, grants are awarded to eligible applicants. Grants are always paid directly to the college/university.

Higher Education Scholarship Program

  • Must be enrolled in the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes
  • Applicants must be planning to attend or currently attending an accredited institution of higher education to earn an UNDERGRADUATE degree.

ESD staff reviews applicants’ documents to ascertain eligibility and submission of all required supporting documentation. Based on available funds, the applicant’s financial need and academic standing, grants are awarded to eligible applicants. Grants are always paid directly to the college/university.

Higher Education Scholarship Program (SUMMER)

  • Must be enrolled in the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes
  • Applicants must be planning to attend or currently attending an accredited institution of higher education to earn an UNDERGRADUATE degree.

ESD staff reviews applicants’ documents to ascertain eligibility and submission of all required supporting documentation. Based on available funds, the applicant’s financial need and academic standing, grants are awarded to eligible applicants. Grants are always paid directly to the college/university.

Kitikiti’sh Scholarship

  • Must be enrolled in the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes
  • Scholarship will be awarded to two enrolled Wichita students
  • Undergraduate and Graduate college students encouraged to apply.
  • Please include as much information as possible in each of the four (4) main criteria and the supplemental information areas.
  • All written responses should be typed, double-spaced and attached to the application

Deadlines

July 1: Fall Semester
November 1: Spring Semester
April 1: Summer Semester

Summer funding is based on available funds. College seniors are priority.

Education Programs

KITIKITI’SH SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
View current and past scholarship winners.
LUNCH BREAK
Discussions with the Education Services Department and honored guests on various education/career topics.
STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
View current and past student of the month winners.
GRADUATION BANQUET
Learn about this year’s Education Banquet and to view previous graduate pictures and slideshows.

Student of the Month

Nominations are being accepted now!

Do you have a K-12, college or adult student who you would like to recognize for their hard work and commitment to their education?

Consider nominating them for the Wichita Tribe Education Services Department Student of the Month by clicking on the button below.

Tutoring Services

To sign up and get connected with a tutor, please contact us:

405-247-8612     Email Us

Scholarships

$20,000 in scholarships available to Wichita students – only one application needed!

Students can also apply for other scholarships through the American Indian College Fund.

Application is always open! (Next academic year, priority given to those who apply before the end of May.)

Higher Education Resources

Internship/Externship & Fellowship Opportunities

Contact Us

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Phone

405-247-2425, ext. 106

Mailing Address

Department of Education
PO Box 729
Anadarko, OK 73005