BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
TAHLEQUAH - The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians Education Department is now taking applications for laptops for students 13-18 years old, as well as applications for college and vocational financial assistance for fall 2020.
The Education Department will be giving laptops to exclusive Keetoowah students 13-18 years old to aid in distance learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A distribution date has yet to be announced, though students are now invited to add their name to the distribution list by contacting Interim Education Director Susan Adair at 918-871-2828 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students 12 and under who received a tablet will not be eligible for this program.
Exclusive Keetoowah students can also receive assistance in the form of a Distance Learning Grant for college and vocational classes. Part-time college students will receive $2,500, while full-time students are eligible for $5,000 in assistance. Vocational students have the opportunity to receive up to $5,000 in funds to complete a program.
To apply, students must visit www.ukb-nsn.gov/education to fill out the appropriate education assistance application and W-9 form. Additional documentation such as school verification is also required. A full list of those requirements appears on the application itself.
Students can turn in applications to the UKB Education Building in Tahlequah on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Students can also scan their documents in via email to email@example.com, return by fax to 918-414-4088 or return via snail mail by addressing an envelope to ATTN: Education PO Box 746 Tahlequah, OK 74464. If other drop off arrangements need to be made, students are encouraged to call 918-207-6268.
There is currently no deadline for these programs, but they do work on a first-come, first-serve basis.