Collinsville, Oklahoma
September 7, 2014
Miscellaneous News
Native American Scholarship Opportunities /
Cherokee Language Class /
Choctaw STAR
Power of Scholarship

AIGC Scholarship Opportunities
Online Applications Open September 1st

The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) is currently accepting applications for two (2) opportunities available to High School Seniors:
• The All Native American High School Academic Team
* The AIGC All Native American High School Academic Team (ANAHSAT) honors ten American Indian and Alaska Native high school students. The key element, to be given most weight by the judges, will be a student's outstanding original academic, artistic or leadership endeavor. The judges will be influenced by the student's ability to describe that outstanding endeavor in his or her own words.
• The Accenture Native American Scholarship Program
* Each academic year, Accenture selects students who demonstrate character, personal merit and commitment to the American Indian community, locally and/or nationally. Merit is demonstrated through leadership in school, civic and extracurricular activities, academic achievement and motivation to serve and succeed.

AIGC will accept online application submissions, please click here for full online application instructions. More AIGC scholarship programs will open in the near future, watch for them on our website at

All inquiries regarding these two programs should be directed to

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program
Online Application Now Open

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students, each year, to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. Gates Millennium Scholars are provided with personal and professional development through leadership programs, along with academic support throughout their college career.

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest.

The American Indian Graduate Center Scholars (AIGCS) is the American Indian/Alaska Native partner for the GMS scholarship.

Students are eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship if they meet all of the following criteria:

*Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian & Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American

*Are a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States
*Have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3, on an unweighted 4.0 scale, or have earned a GED
*Will enroll for the first time at a U.S. located, accredited college or university (with the exception of students concurrently pursuing a high school diploma) in the fall of 2015, as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student. First-time college enrollees can also be GED recipients.
*Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities
*Meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria
*Have completed and submitted all three required forms: the student's application (Nominee Personal Information Form), an evaluation of the student's academic record (Nominator Form) and an evaluation of the student's community service and leadership activities (Recommender Form), by the deadline.

The deadline is Wednesday, January 14, 2015 11:59 pm EST. Please click here for more information.

Congratulations Graduates!

AIGC is always proud of our Alumni! Share your graduation photo with AIGC.

Send your photo, along with the name of the institution from which you graduated, your degree and tribal affiliation, to Linda at We may use your likeness in future marketing materials.

Stay in touch with AIGC and update your contact information on the AIGC website Alumni Registration page. Please click here to register.

Best wishes on your future endeavors!

-- From AIGC Newsletter
(via Janice Fields -- Aug. 29, 2014)

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Chahta Nan Annoa (Choctaw Stories) Higher Education News
September 2, 2014


Welcome to the latest issue of Higher Education News, the online newsletter of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) Higher Education Program. Higher Education News is the place for the latest information about events and opportunities for CNO scholars and their parents.

Register Now for the Choctaw College Connect 2014 Recruitment Event

Choctaw College Connect is the annual recruitment event for promising Choctaw students, higher education institutions, and select Native American education organizations. Students and their parents can meet 1-on-1 with recruiters from these programs and receive personalized advice and tips on applying. Choctaw College Connect will be held Saturday, November 1st at the Choctaw Nation Resort in Durant, OK. Registration is now open. (More Info)
Deadline to apply is November 1, 2014

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, up to 40 students will become Jack Kent Cooke Scholars and have access to funding for up to four years for undergraduate studies. (More Info)
-- via Janice Fields (9/2/2014)
Rogers County Cherokee Association - Cherokee Language Class Beginning November 17

Rogers County Cherokee Association (RCCA) is hosting a five week Cherokee language class taught by Alice Wilder.

Alice Wilder is a bilingual Cherokee Nation citizen certified to teach the Cherokee language.

Beginning Monday, November 17, interested Cherokee language students will meet at the RCCA building on Mondays and Thursdays each week from 7pm to 9pm.

Thanksgiving week, the class will meet on Tuesday, November 21, instead of Thursday.

The RCCA building is located at 15488 East 523 Road, Claremore, in Tiawah just East of Tiawah School and Fire Department.

All ages are welcome. Cherokee Nation citizens and their families are encouraged to attend.

Attendees are encouraged to join RCCA.

Learn more about RCCA at or Facebook 'RogersCountyCherokees.'

For more information, call or text Beverly Cowan at (918) 760-1735 or email her at

Cara Cowan Watts

Choctaw Star Program
To: Superintendent Collinsville Schools

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma's mission is "to enhance the lives of all members through opportunities designed to develop healthy, successful and productive lifestyles," each day. The Success Through Academic Recognition (STAR) Program is one of many the Choctaw Nation offers to our children for continued excellence in their education. Therefore, I would appreciate your assistance in reaching out to our Choctaw students.

STAR serves Choctaw Certified Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) card holders with a tribal membership in the 2nd through 12th grade. Eligible Choctaw stidents receive a Wal-Mart card for academic excellence and attendance each semester at any accredited school to encourage ongoing success. To ensure STAR is making a successful impact on our Choctaw students, posters were created to be displayed in the school as a daily reminder of their goals and potential rewards for their hard work throughout the year.
-- Jason Campbell (Director, Choctaw STAR Program) 8/15/2014