Education

ANNOUNCEMENT

Sac and Fox Indian Education Parent Committee is reactivated and are accepting applications to serve

The Sac and Fox Nation’s Education Department strives to administer programs to assist Native American students to achieve their educational goals from pre-K through attaining college degrees.

In pursuit of this goal, the Sac and Fox Business Committee has reactivated the Indian Education Parent Committee and are now accepting applications from those who wish to serve on this important committee. One only needs to live within the jurisdiction of the Sac and Fox Nation and have children enrolled in the public school system. If you need more information, call Jean Lynam, Education Specialist at (918) 968-3526, EXT. 2043 or [email protected]

EDUCATION Program Information

 

The Sac and Fox Nation’s Education Department goal is to administer programs to assist Native American students by providing them with the opportunity to achieve their educational goals from Pre-K through college.

The Sac and Fox Nation Business Committee has reactivated the Indian Education Committee which will work toward ensuring that Native American students are provided the guidance and opportunity from the local schools to achieve success on their educational journey.  It is important that the student’s parents are involved in this journey and they can achieve this by being involved in the JOM Parent Committee. To be involved in this program you must live within the jurisdiction of the Sac and Fox Nation and have a child(ren) enrolled in the public school system.  If you would like more information, call Jean Lynam, Education Specialist at (918) 968-3526, Ext. 2043 or you may e-mail her at: [email protected].

 

Education Department:  Programs are funded either through the Sac and Fox Nation’s Revenue Allocation Plan (RAP), which is applicable to tribal members only OR the Federal - Department of Interior (DOI), which is available for any Native Americans students who live within the Nation’s jurisdiction within the funding limits that are available.

 

RAP PROGRAMS:

  • College Tuition Assistance – provides tuition assistance to SFN tribal members who are enrolled in an accredited college or university.  Tuition assistance in the amount of $1,000.00 per semester is available to full-time students and $500.00 per semester for part-time students.  The tuition payment is paid directly to the college or university.
  • College Textbooks and Supplies Assistance – provides assistance to purchase books and supplies as needed for college classes.  The amount is $500.00 per semester for full-time students and $250.00 for part-time students.  Payment is paid directly to the student; however, receipts are required at the end of each semester.
  • College Living Allowance – Each students may receive a cost of living allowance to enable them to attend classes.  Examples of how these funds may be used:  gasoline, food, babysitter, or any other expense.  A full-time student will receive $800.00 for the fall semester and $1,000.00 for the spring semester.  Part-time students will receive half of the amounts shown.   No receipts are required.
  • Adult Vocational Training Assistance Grant – this assistance is available to SFN tribal members who attend a vocational school to either receive a certification in a
  • particular field or to take classes that will enable them to further their career goals. For short-term classes, the program provides up to $300.00, and for certification classes, the program provides $1,000.00.  Tuition is payed directly to the vocational school.
  • College Incentive – upon proof of graduation from an accredited college or university along with a completed application form a student will be eligible for a one-time only incentive of $1,000.00.  A SFN student may apply for a one-time only incentive of $750.00 upon proof of graduation from an accredited vocational school along with a completed application form.  These incentives are on a first-come, first-served basis due to funding availability.
  • 12th Grade Graduation Assistance Grant –tribal members who are high school seniors may apply for this grant.  The purpose of the grant is to assist seniors with the purchase of items such as: a cap and gown, class ring, senior picture, and/or announcements.  The amount is up to $500.00 and is paid directly to the vendors.
  • 12th Grade Incentive – this incentive is available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the amount of $200.00 to SFN tribal members who graduate from high school. This incentive is paid at the end of the school year and requires that a verification of graduation be submitted along with the application form.
  • 8th Grade Incentive – this is available to SFN tribal members who complete the 8th grade.  The application form must include a verification of completion, either by report card, diploma, or transcript.  The amount of the incentive is $100.00 and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • School Clothing and School Supplies Grant – this grant is available to SFN tribal members enrolled in a public or tribal school, Pre-K through 12th grade or who are home-schooled (must provide proof of home-schooling). NOTE: The standard age requirement for Pre-K is 4 years of age by September 1.  The amount for clothing is $200.00 and school supplies is $30.00 per eligible child.  Checks will be sent directly to the parent or guardian for the child(rens) clothing and school supplies, and receipts are required – no exceptions.
  • Perfect Attendance and/or Straight “A” Students – an award of $100.00 per student per school year will be available to acknowledge students who are demonstrating exemplary educational attitudes and abilities.  Awards are on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

 FEDERAL PROGRAMS (DOI):

  • College Higher Education Grant – this grant is for assistance with tuition cost for a Sac and Fox Nation member in the amount of $800.00 per semester in an accredited college for a full-time student, or $400.00 for part-time students.  The tuition payment goes directly to the college.  This program also has funds available to assist students who attend a vocational technical schoolAny Native American student who lives within the SFN jurisdiction may receive tuition assistance in the amount of $300.00 for short-term classes, or up to $1,000.00 for long-term classes.
  • Johnson O’Malley Program (JOM) – this program is administered through the SFN Education Department for the sixteen (16) schools in the SFN jurisdiction.  The grant is available to any Native American student from Pre-K through 12th grade with proof of tribal membership and lives within the SFN jurisdiction.

1)      Assists students who are enrolled in JOM at the beginning of the school year with a $30.00 check to help purchase school supplies. Note:  The standard age requirement for Pre-K is 4 year of age by September 1.

2)      Assists in paying fees for classes that charge extra, i.e. Home Economics, Art, Vo-Agriculture, or Drama Club.  It will also pay $10.00 toward a required club shirt.

3)      Assists with paying fees for books for a high school student to take concurrent college classes while a senior in high school.

4)      JOM assists 12th graders up to $100.00 to purchase senior items, i.e. cap and gown, announcements, senior pictures, or class ring.

5)      JOM assists students who attend an academic or leadership camp during the summer.

6)      The JOM program sponsors a JOM EDUCATION AWARENESS DAY (JOM FUN DAY) during the summer, and is held during the SFN Pow-Wow the 2nd weekend of July. This is to introduce students to our program and provide them with some fun activities.  Although the main focus is on having fun, motivational speakers are invited to give students ideas for keeping fit, decision making, and how to create healthy snacks and make good lunch choices plus so much more.

7)      The JOM program also assists with Native American activities that the jurisdictional schools sponsor and more of the schools are focusing on cultural activities and language.

 

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