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Higher Education Programs

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Higher Education Programs Director

Yolanda Walker

 

Phone: 405.247.2425 x106

Email: yolanda.walker@wichitatribe.com

 

About Me:

Hello, my name is Yolanda Walker. I'm a Comanche Tribal citizen, 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.

While I've made a lot of friends from co-workers to clients, I look forward to making even more. My greatest joy is helping others.

 

Higher Education Programs

Click on program name to view application (yellow links).

 

Adult Education:

The Adult Education Program accepts applications for financial assistance from enrolled Wichita tribal citizens who reside inside the service. Applicants must be planning to attend or currently attending an accredited GED/ABE program or 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.

Service area requirement (see map below).

 

College Graduation Application:

Assistance 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, a graduation stole (while supplies last) and will recieve a one-time incentive. Graduate incentive amounts are listed below:

$150.00------------Associates Degree

$300.00------------Bachelor's Degree

$500.00------------Master's Degree

$750.00------------Doctorate Degree

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

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Pictured: 2021 Graduation Stoles


Education Assistance:

The Education Assistance program accepts applications for financial assistance from enrolled Wichita tribal citizens. Applicants must be planning to attend or currently attending an accredited institution of higher education to earn anundergraduate/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.

 

Job Placement and Training

Adult Vocational Training (AVT) Program:

The Adult Vocational Training (AVT) Program accepts applications for financial assistance from enrolled Wichita tribal citizens who reside inside the service area. 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.

Service area requirement (see map below).


Job Placement and Training

Direct Employment Assistance (DEA) Program:

The Direct Employment Assistance (DEA) Program accepts applications for financial assistance from enrolled Wichita tribal citizens who reside inside/outside the service area. Applicants may request financial assistanceafterobtaining full-time, permanent, and gainful employmentbeforereceiving 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.

Service area requirement (see map below).

 

Graduate College Grant:

The Graduate College Grant program accepts applications for financial assistance from enrolled Wichita tribal citizens. Applicants must be planning to attend or currently attending an accredited institution of higher education to earn agraduate 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

The Higher Education Grant Funding program accepts applications for financial assistance from enrolled Wichita tribal citizens. Applicants must be planning to attend or currently attending an accredited institution of higher education to earn anundergraduate 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.

Deadlines

July 1: Fall Semester

November 1: Spring Semester
April 1: Summer Semester

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


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Service Area

Caddo, Kiowa, Cotton, Tillman, and Greer Counties and the City of Lawton.

JPT Jurisdiction

RESOURCES

CAREER/JOB RESOURCES:

Job Openings

Anadarko Industries (WTIDC Company)

City of Anadarko Job openings

Delaware Nation

Indeed.com

Kiowa Tribe

Monster.com

OK State Jobs

Sugar Creek Casino

University of Oklahoma (external job positions)

University of Oklahoma (student jobs)

USA Jobs

Western Farmers

Wichita Tribal Enterprises (WTIDC Company)

Wichita Tribe 

 

 

Career Related Resources

Career OneStop

Career Pathways (American Indian College Fund)

College Student Resume Tips

Curriculum Vitae (CV) Writing Tips

High School Student Resume Tips

Oklahoma Career Guide

Technology Centers in Oklahoma

What are the most important items to include on resume?

Working Professional Resume Tips  


HIGHER EDUCATION RESOURCES:

Scholarships:

OPEN DECEMBER 2020 Scholarships   

American Indian College Fund

American Indian Education Fund

American Indian Graduate Center

American Indian Services

Association of American Indian Affairs

Career OneStop: Scholarships

Cobell Scholarship (includes scholarships for Vocational/Technical Institutions)

Continental Society Daughters of Indian Wars

Financial Aid and FAFSA Guide

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Gates Scholarship

Indian Health Services Scholarships

Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund

Learn How to Become (includs scholarships for students with disabilities)

Oklahoma's Promise (OHLAP)

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education:ReachHigher Oklahoma 

 

Native Organizations:

American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC)

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)

National Indian Eduation Association (NIEA)

National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)

Native American Rights Fund (NARF)

Native Land Digital

National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) 

Office of Indian Education (OIE)

Oklahoma Council for Indian Education (OCIE)

Tribal Education Departments National Assembly (TEDNA)

UpStander Project

  

Internship/Externship and Fellowship Opportunities:

Wilma Mankiller Fellowship Program (NCAI)

 

Higher Education Related Resources:

A-Z List of US Colleges and Universities

College Guide for Homeless Students

College Guide for LGBTQ Students

College Guide for Undocumented Students

College Guide for Veterans

College Guide for Women in STEM

College Resource for Students with Disabilities

Financial Planning-For Native American Communities 

First Generation College Student Guide

Guide to Scholarships for Future Teachers

Indian Health Services:Tele-Education (online webinars/training,etc.)

Native Pathways College Readiness Booklet (American Indian College Fund)

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education 

Resources and Support for College Students with Diabilities

Tribal Colleges and Universities