EDUCATIONAL TALENT SEARCH
Are you ready to go to college? If you are a student who may become the first one in your family to go to college after high school graduation, you need to join the ETS program today and let us help you start making plans for your future.
All services are FREE of charge. Guidance Specialists come to see you at your school to provide you with numerous innovative educational activities, workshops, and other services to help prepare you for an education beyond high school. Each target school assists the ETS program in identifying 6th-12th grade students who meet federal eligibility guidelines. Selected students must have the potential to succeed in postsecondary education. It's your future. Everything will be up to you ! Let us help you get ready for the challenges ahead !
Who is Eligible to participate in ETS? Students who are eligibloe for the ETS program are primarily students who desire to attend college or some other postsecondary educational program after high school graduation. Each of our 600 students must meet the eligibility guidelines set forth by the U. S. Department of Education. A partial list of the eligiblity criteria are:
Neither parent has completed a four-year college degree;
must be a U.S. citizen;
The family's taxable income must meet federal guidlines at selection time;
Must have at least completed the fith grade and be between the ages of 11-27;
Must have the potential to succeed in postsecondary education; and
Must have a need for program services.
2/3rds of all participants must meet both first-generation and low-income federal guidelines.
ETS also assists students who have dropped out of school and need help re-enrolling in secondary or post secondary education.
ETS also assist applicants, up to age 27, who need to obatain their GED, need assistance in completing financial aid or college admission applications, prepare for the ACT, and enroll in a post secondary educational program.
ETS Program Services:
The ETS program provides inovative educational out-reach services to federally eligible students in grades 6-12 by encouraging them to have high expectations for themselves, to stay in school and graduate, to study hard and make good grades, and to take the right coursework in high school that will help prepare them for post secondary.
Services include: academic advisement, counseling, educational workshops, enrichment activities, college visits, career exploration, financial aid assistance, ACT prep seminars and fee waivers and assistance in completing college admissions applications. Give us a call today. 800-522-6170 ext. 2711 Fax: 580-920-1821
HIGHER EDUCATION GRANT/SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
PO Box 1210 Durant Ok 74702-1210 (580) 924-8280 or 800-522-6170
Requirements for Eligibility:1. Students must be of Choctaw descent. Students affiliated with more than one tribe may receive assistance from only one tribe. 2. The applicant must be attending an accredited college or university and working towards a minimum of an Associates Degree (We cannot help with Vo-Techs, certificates, or correspondence courses. (CHECK FOR FUNDING FROM OTHER PROGRAMS)
Applying for Financial Aid: The following tasks need to be completed between January and April, preceding the fall semester in which you plan to enroll: 1. request an application for federal student aid from the institution you plan to attend (FAFSA Packet ) or apply on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov. APPLYING ON LINE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Students are encouraged to apply even before tax information is available. The tax information can be completed as soon as it becomes available. 2. Respond immediately upon receiving the federal aid package to ensure funding. 3. Complete the admission's application for the institute you plan to attend as soon as possible.
To Complete the Higher Education Grant/ Scholarship packet you must provide:
1. Current application page 2. copies of Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB ) and Tribal Membership cards. All Minor Membership Cards must be updated when the student turns 18 years of age. 3. Submit a copy of the final high school transcript, GED certificate, or the most current college transcript, whichever applies. 4. Current class schedule from the institution you are attending. 5. Financial Needs Analysis completed by the financial aid officer at the institution you will be attending. Note: The School will forward to Higher Education upon completion of the form. Applications without these supporting documents will be returned to the student for completion. Late applications will also be returned to be completed for the following semester. It will be the student's responsibility to submit all required documents and to verity receipt of the Financial Need's Analysis by the Choctaw Higher Education Program. It is recommended that you make copies of all documents before submitting. ALL STUDENTS MUST REAPPLY EACH YEAR.---FOLLOW UP ON APPLICATION STATUS PERIODICALLY.
Debbie Vietta -firstname.lastname@example.org---, Freda Nixon- email@example.com , Sara Downs firstname.lastname@example.org, Kayal Davison- email@example.com, Kaacie Pate- firstname.lastname@example.org
EXPECTATIONS FROM THE STUDENT:
FULL TIME STUDENTS RECEIVING A GRANT ARE EXPECTED TO EARN A MINIMUM OF TWELVE HOURS PER SEMESTER ( 6 HOURS FOR PART-TIME) WITH A SEMESTER GPA OF NO LESS THAT 2.0.
STUDENTS EARNING LESS THAN THE REQUIRED GPA OR EARNING LESS THAN TWELVE HOURS WILL BE PLACED ON PROBATION FOR ONE SEMESTER. AT THAT TIME, STUDENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO BRING UP THEIR GPA AND EARN THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF HOURS TO REMAIN ON THE PROGRAM. IF THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE NOT MET, THE STUDENT WILL BE PLACED ON SUSPENSION FROM THE PROGRAM. STUDENTS EARNING LESS THAN TWELVE HOURS AND A GPA BELOW 1.O WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY SUSPENDED AT THE END OF THAT SEMESTER. (Students who withdraw from school officially or unofficially will be suspended unless there is a reasonable explantion presented in writing.)
SUMMER SEMESTER FUNDING--- Only college seniors, grad students and students currently on program, who are required to attend summers will be eligible for summer funding. Call in April for summer packet. The deadline for summer is July 1st. (580)924-8280 ot 800-522-6170
The choctaw nation program regulations will not allow for paying for repeat classes.
The mailing list will begin January 1---Applications and supporting documents will be accepted from June 1 to October 1 for the fall funding and from December 1 to March 1 for spring funding. Incomplete applications and documents will be tertuned to the student for completion. (THIS INFORMATION WAS PRESENTED DIRECTLY FROM THE CHOCTAW NATION OF OKLAHOMA HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAM FLYER DELIVERED TO OUR SCHOOL)
CHOCTAW STAR PROGRAM:
By providing monetary incentives for academic achievements, STAR encourages Choctaw student to make education a priority, which leads to improved lives for all Choctaw tribal members. STAR aims to develop student work ethic, improve graduation rates, and to reveal opportunities for continued education after high school. As a gateway to other Choctaw Nation programs, STAR provides the foundation for students to connect with their heritage by taking advantage of the many opportunities available to our tribal members. Education has played a vital role in the growth of the Choctaw nation of Oklahoma, and because of the programs like STAR, the fuure remains bringt and full of hope for the Choctaw people.
STAR--INCENTIVE REWARDS( EACH SEMESTER (TWICE PER ACADEMIC YEAR)
ALL A'S--- $25.00 GIFT CARD
ALL A'S AND/OR B'S---$10.00 GIFT CARD
PERFECT ATTENDANCE $25.00 GIFT CARD
2ND THROUGH 12TH GRADE
CHOCTAW TRIBAL MEMBER
COMPLETE A STAR APPLICATION
Adult education Program
Johnson O-Malley Program
Vocational Development Program
Choctaw College Connect
Student School and Activity Fund
CHOCTAW NATION OF OKLAHOMA "STUDENT SERVICES"
CHOCTAW NATION HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAM---EDUCATIONAL TALENT SEARCH---STAR PROGRAM---WORK FORCE INVESTMENT ACT (YOUTH WORK PROGRAM )--CHOCTAW ASSET BUILDING "CATCH A RIDE TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM "---THE "YAB" YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD "CHALLENGING AND EMPOWERING YOUTH TO BUILD HEALTHIER AND STRONGER COMMUNITY--CHOCTAW NATION ACT REIMBURSEMENT ----CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT FUNDING--THE CHAHTA FOUNDATION(www.chahtafoundation.com)(Scholarships)
To find out about scholarships, please visit the Chahta Foundation website. Scott wesley, Scholarship Specialist at 580-924-8280 Ext. 2546 for more information.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM:
The Choctaw Nation's vision for the development of the Career Development Program is to create a pipeline to quality career and technology training as well as career services for the Choctaw people.
What services are available ?
VISION FOR SUCCESS
Within today's global economy, finding and keeping a job requires higher skill levels than ever before. Employers want workers with documented skills based on "real world" experience. The Choctaw Nations's vision for the development of the Career Development Program is to create a pipeline to quality career and technology training as well as career services for the Choctaw people.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ELIGIBILITY:
Interested participants must be of Choctaw descent. Proof of membership will be required for any and all services.
CAREER GUIDANCE AND COULNSELING SERVICES:
Career Development offers a variety of services to facilitate student development in the academic, career, and personal/social areas.
Services include assessment, academic advisement, career information and planning, college and/ or technical school, financial aid and scholarships, job readiness assistance and personal and professional growth workshops.
The CDC staff includes certified, licensed, or qualified professional career counselors.
Career Development offers the following assessment testing/ certifications that measures skills that employers believe are critical to job success:
*WorkKeys------KeyTrain---OKCIS--Discover---* "Career Readiness Certificate"
Career Development is committed to supporting and strengthening academic skills and offers a variety of learning assistance programs necessary for success in college-level or technical courses. Alternate modes of instruction, such as one-on-one tutorials, computer-assisted instruction, small groups and individualized instruction are used to adddress the needs of the students seeking assistance.
ASSISTANCE WITH THE "FAFSA APPLICATION"-FREE GRANT MONEY UP TO 5700--
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO QUALIFY. SCHOLARHSIP MONEY AVAILABLE FOR ANY DEGREE OR CAREER THAT REQUIRES A CERTIFICATION.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS:
1. Go to www.choctawcareers.com
2. click on the Application tab
3. click on the Apply Now button
This will take you to the beginning of the application.
(In order to complete this application, you will need the following information:
*Personal Information--name, address, phone numbers, etc.
*Previous Educational History--dates and schools.
* Previous Employment History-employer name, address, and dates
* Emergency Contact Information
P.O. BOX 1210 Durant , OK 74702 (866) 933-2260
CAREER READINESS CERFICATE
Career Readiness Certification are portable credentials that show an individual has certain fundamental skills needed in the workplace.
Career Development Employment Services offers resume preparation, mock intervies and job search tips.
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Career Development Program---P.O. Box 1210 duran, OK 74702--(580) 920-2260 or
Toll Free (866) 933-2260---Fax (580) 920-1514.
Employment Services www.choctawcareers.com
Choctaw Asset Building---CAB
A savings account can help you cover the initial expenses, while financial education can help you utilize and keep your focus. An Individual Development Account (IDA) might be the boost to assist you achieve the dream.
What CAB offers:
Choctaw Asset Building Program (CAB ) provides the following to Choctaw tribal members:
Financial Independence-----Financial Literacy Training----Matching Funds (KDA)
What is an IDA ?
IDAs are matched savings accounts that are designed to encourage regular savings habits and investment in assests (such as a home or education ) that increase in value over time. Account holders save a minimum of $25 of their earnings each month for 3 years. CAB then matches these savings at a rate of $3 of matching funds for every $1 of persoanl savings for housing accounts. Entrepreneurial and educational accounts receive $2 of matching funds for every $1 of persoanl savings.
The total of your personal savings and matching funds can be used to pay for expenses associated with buying a first home, attending college or vocational school, or starting or expanding a small business.
How does it work?
Housing:---you save $1000 IDA match $3000 --total saved $4000
Education & Entrepreneurship : You save $1000---IDA match $2000---total saved $3000
You receive a statement each month showing your contributions, interest earned, and the match, so you feel in control of your money.
You must save for a least six months in you IDA, and CAB will match your contributions for up to 3 years.
Participating IDA savers must attend at least 12 hours of money management training and additional training related to their chosen asset, such as home buyer education or small busness classes.
The knowledge and skills you gain will help you use your savings wisely and protect your investment.
You must meet income and other requirements to qualify for the CAB program. Contact us for more information about current program requirements. ("Catch a ride to financial freedom !" ) 866-933-2260---P.O.Box 1210 Durant OK 74702. www.choctawcab.com