The 2017/2018 ACT/SAT Funding and Reimbursement Program application has been posted.

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Attention Students!

Are you seeking a career in the Hospitality Industry? Check out NEO's options in their Business and Technology Department. You can earn an Associate in Applied Science or a 1-year or 2-year certificate in Hospitality, or General Office Operations. Contact Lori Hackwell 918-540-6293 (office) 918-540-4903 (cell) for more information. For more information, view the Business and Technology  (PDF).

The Quapaw Tribe Department of Education
has compiled numerous educational resources for students. Many of these resources are listed on the tabs to the left of this page. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our department.

Tuition discounts are now available at the University of Phoenix and NorthWest Arkansas Community College. For more information, view the Tuition Update (PDF).

Dear Students—Ha-way!

Each of you has the potential and the ability to achieve your academic goals and your life goals; the only limitation to your personal success is you. Be forward-thinking and courageous. Accept the challenges that life offers—both academically and personally. Embrace the opportunities that
 life offers.

The Quapaw Department of Higher Education's Application Fund is one of those opportunities. Take the first step in your reaching your personal success by following your passion through the attainment of knowledge, training, and experience.  Honor those who have come before you and those who will come after you by reaching and succeeding far beyond your potential and abilities.

The Department of Higher Education, like all of the Quapaw Tribe, supports your endeavors. We are here for you. Go forward with the full confidence that in those moments when a challenge seems insurmountable, you have many who will help you overcome and succeed. Know that your triumphs are our triumphs.  We are invested in you. Embrace the opportunity!

Helpful Link for Higher Education Resources: Bureau of Indian Education

Scholarship Opportunity

Please encourage any American Indian, Alaska Native, First Nations, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander students to apply to the research projects below. Students will receive a living stipend of $5,500 for approximately 12 weeks. The deadline for applications is Oct 18, 2017. You can find the application at the Wildlife Society website.

  • Assessment of camera trap surveys to estimate wild pig and white-tailed deer density
  • Integrating wildlife habitat into non-conventional forest management
  • Evaluating regional and landscape-scale movement patterns of wood turtles
  • Long term monitoring of treated and untreated Mexican spotted owl (Strix occidentalis lucida) territories on tribal lands
  • Space use, survival, and nesting ecology of avian cavity excavators in prescribed burns
  • Woodpecker Surveys in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming

Email Mariah Simmons if you have any questions about the program.

12 Ways for College Grads to Build Good Credit

Once you graduate with your college degree it's important to build good credit. Here is a great article from Money Talks that offers some excellent advice on how you can do that. View the Money Talk News website for more information.

Education Department Responsibilities

  • Counsel students regarding scholarship opportunities
  • Process scholarship applications
  • Recognize student achievement
  • Serve as a liaison between students and educational institutions
  • Provide information regarding learning, testing and college preparation
  • Assist parents

A Letter to All Students

Haway Students,

Honor. Tradition. Pride. Courage. These are the attributes passed down to you from your ancestors. Each is a pillar upon which you have the choice to build a meaningful life of sound mind, healthy body, and u'-dah (good) character.

When you choose to expand your knowledge—whether it is through college, vocational education, or another sig-dah (path) of training—you choose to better yourself. Consequently, you better the lives of those around you. Although this "ripple effect" may be from the inside out, You>Family>Community>World, the ripples will return to your future generations from the outside in, World>Community>Family>You. It is this cycle that balances us.

Your choice to commit to education and training is not just a reflection of your Honor, Tradition, Pride, and Courage; your choice becomes a reflection of those who came before you and a sig-dah (path) lit to guide future generations.

Both the Department of Higher Education and the Quapaw Tribe are committed to each of you and your academic endeavors. Not only are we honored to assist you in your journey, but we are proud of your choice to begin that journey.


Krista Pierce

Director of Higher Education

Graduate Information Form

Your tribe is proud of you and would like to document your success. Your comments will help us understand what students need, what students' priorities are, and how the tribe can most effectively serve students academically and financially. Please take the time to help us stay connected by filling out our Graduate Information Form.