Tuesday, July 01, 2008

College aid for native american students

In order to encourage more Native students to enter the teaching field, the University of Oregon and the nine federally recognized tribes of Oregon partnered to create a master's degree program.

Any student with a bachelor's degree who is enrolled in a federally recognized tribe or is the descendant of an enrolled grandparent can apply to enter the program.

Once students are accepted into the Sapsik'wala program, their tuition is paid and they receive a monthly living stipend of $1,775, a book allowance of $250 per term and $1,500 for a laptop. Altogether, the program runs into the $50,000 range. But if the students teach at a tribal or Title VII school, the federal government absorbs the loan.

...Read more about the Sapsik'wala program in Oregon.

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