Education Services

918-453-5000 ext. 5341
17675 S. Muskogee Ave Tahlequah, OK 74464

Respond, Recover and Rebuild Education Initiative

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to provide an email address in the application submission?

We know that not all parents or guardians have an email address. The email address is not a required field for submission, but we strongly encourage the use of email. Future communications will be provided through email, and quicker payment options may be available via email.

If I already applied for the Human Services Clothing Voucher, do I have to apply here?

If you already submitted a paper application for the Human Services Clothing Voucher program and are eligible, no need to apply for the clothing voucher program again online. But please submit your online application for consideration for the Technology grant.

If I applied for the Cherokee Nation Higher Education Scholarship for concurrent enrollment, should I apply using this application?

If you need clothing assistance, then you should apply. If you do not need clothing assistance, you will automatically be enrolled in the Technology Grant for $750.

If I am 18 and starting college in Fall 2020, but did not apply for or do not qualify for CN Scholarship, do I still qualify?

If age 18 on or between the dates of July 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020, students can receive the $400 technology stipend.

When will payments be made for the program?

Payments are expected to be processed shortly after the application deadline has closed. Cherokee Nation staff will need to review and process the information before submitting payment information. Depending upon the accuracy of the information submitted by applicants, some additional work may be required before submitting.

See below for more guidance on each Education Initiative.

$750 to Fall 2020 Cherokee Nation Scholarship Recipients

  1. Must have completed the School Year 2020-21 Cherokee Nation Scholarship application by June 26, 2020
  2. One-time $750 payment will be made direct to the student after review of all 5,000 scholarship applications (check your email for scholarship application status)
  3. Funds to be used for technology or other expenses to attend college during the pandemic
  4. No additional application or work is required to receive this $750 Technology Grant.

$400 Education Technology Stipend

  1. Must submit an application by deadline August 7, 2020 by 11:59 pm
  2. Open to students ages 5 years old to 18 years old
  3. Applications must be made by the custodial parent or legal guardian
  4. No income limit
  5. No residency restriction
  6. One-time $400 payment will be made direct to the student after all applications have been reviewed
  7. Funds to be used for Wi-Fi connectivity, specialized software, or technology equipment for distance learning during the pandemic
  8. Application submitted by custodial parent or legal guardian, and if possible, include a valid email address. Payment processing may be submitted via email for faster response and less paperwork.

School Clothing Program (Cherokee Nation Residents Only)

  1. Income-eligible students residing in Cherokee Nation will receive a clothing stipend of $300 total.
  2. All other Cherokee students residing in Cherokee Nation receive a $150 clothing stipend.
    In grades Kindergarten to 12th grade (Pre-Kindergarten is not eligible for this program)
    1. Must submit an application by deadline August 7, 2020 by 11:59 pm
    2. Must be age 5 before 12/30/2020
    3. Must reside within the Cherokee Nation Service Area
    4. Applications must be made by the custodial parent or legal guardians
    5. No income limits
    6. Any type of school (homeschool, virtual, charter school, public school, concurrent enrollment students)

$10,000 Public School Grants

  1. School Districts should not apply using the online portal at this time. Eligibility requirements: must be a school district currently receiving Cherokee Nation Motor Vehicle Tax distributions (107 school districts)
  2. Grant funds to be used for Education Technology, Connectivity, Health & Safety Projects, or other COVID related expenses
  3. Funds will be mailed directly to the school in the coming weeks

Public School Competitive Grant $1.25M

  1. Grants to assist the neediest schools in the areas of Education Technology, Health & Safety Projects, or other related COVID-19 response expenses
  2. School districts must submit an application (to be released in the coming weeks)
  3. Grant applications will be emailed to the Superintendent

Student Advocates – Truancy

Cherokee Nation will also hire truancy officers to act as education advocates helping students overcome attendance issues as well as any learning barriers, such as lack of technology.