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Higher Education Programs

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Higher Education Programs Director

REACH HIGHER NAVIGATOR

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).

   

CAREER/JOB TRAINING AND ENHANCEMENT PROGRAMS:

 

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.

LInk to Service/Jurisdiction Area Map

Link to Budget Worksheet

 

Chromebook/Mobile Hot Spot Borrower's Application

The Education Servives 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. Applicants may be put on a waiting list. 


Job and Career Readiness Application:

The Job and Career Readiness application assists with financial assistance related to job and career attainment/retainment for enrolled Wichita tribal citizens. 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. 

Link to Budget Worksheet

 

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.

LInk to Service/Jurisdiction Area Map

Link to Budget Worksheet

 

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.

LInk to Service/Jurisdiction Area Map

Link to Budget Worksheet

 

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 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.

Link to Budget Worksheet


 

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY/DEGREE SEEKING (Associates and higher) PROGRAMS:

 

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 cord, an honor graduation stole (for 3.5+ GPA and while supplies last) and will recieve a one-time incentive. Graduate incentive amounts are listed below:

$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.


LINK TO GRADUATION BANQUET INFORMATION

 

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.

Higher Education Scholarship Program (SUMMER)

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.

Link to Budget Worksheet

Deadlines

July 1: Fall Semester

November 1: Spring Semester
April 1:  Summer Semester

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

 

Kitikiti'sh Scholarship

The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes will honor two enrolled Wichita students with the Kitikiti'sh Scholarship. 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 

Link to Budget Worksheet

 

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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 thier education?! Consider nominating them for the Wichita Tribe Education Services Department Student of the Month by clicking on the form below: 

 

SOM Nomination Form

 

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  • KITKITI'SH SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS: Follow link to view current and past scholarship winners!
  • LUNCH BREAK discussions with the Education Services Department and honored guests on various education/career topics! Click HERE to listen in on the Fall 2020 semster's conversations!
  • STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Follow link to view current and past student of the month winners!
  • GRADUATION BANQUET: Follow link to learn about this year's Education Banquet and to view previous graduate pictures and slideshows!

       

 

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

Best Mobility Aids- Disability Scholarships

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 

 

Vocational Rehabilitation Resources:

Oklahoma Rehabilitation Services

Veteran's Readiness and Employment

Apache Tribe Voc Rehab

Cherokee Nation Voc Rehab 

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Voc Rehab

Chickasaw Nation Voc Rehab

Choctaw Nation Voc Rehab

Comanche Nation Voc Rehab

Delaware Nation Voc Rehab

Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Voc Rehab