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Mission

“We’re here to give community members the opportunity to capture their dreams and goals and guide them on a path that will establish their foundations to become leaders amongst their peers. Our purpose is to give students the best opportunity to thrive and succeed in life. We’re committing ourselves in providing guidance, encouragement, and confidence that will empower students to successfully attain their greatest potential in academics.”

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Overview

Coyote Valley Education Department offers multiple programs to Tribal Members from Kindergarten to Collegiate students. Programs are funded through Federal Award funds and Tribal distribution. Students can receive assistance in academic tutoring support, receiving student aid for undergraduate programs, finding scholarships, support in joining vocational training/trade institute, and establish Individual Education Plans that will guide Tribal Members through their educational careers. Many of these supports are offered year-round to all students.

Student Aid

Students pursuing undergraduate degrees or vocational careers have the opportunity to receive student aid through their Tribe. Student aid will assist in paying tuition cost, textbooks & school supplies, room & board, and transportation fees. Funding for this assistance comes from tribal funds and BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) Federal Department. Funding availability varies year to year as Tribal revenue and Federal Government budgets fluctuate. Aid is available for all institute grading term systems: trimester, semester, quarter, module, and skill trade fees (vocational). Students must enroll in one of the grading terms mentioned above to be recognized as students receiving student aid through the Tribe. Application can be found on the website under “Student Aid” or PDF copies can be email to you directly.

Tutoring Services

Tutoring services are available at the education centers five days a week; Monday – Friday, 2:30pm – 7:00pm. These services are offered to any Tribal Member pursuing their academics in Elementary, Jr. High, High School, and College. Students needing one on one support in tutoring may be requested. Time slots for private sessions are conducted during evenings. Children between grades K – 12 can receive tutoring after school with access to: libraries, computer stations, textbooks, internet and workstations. Please contact the EDU office if you have any questions regarding tutoring services.

SFSP

Food Program Children 17 years and younger are eligible to receive portion snacks during the academic school year & portion lunch during summer breaks through the California Department of Education food program. Each meal is portioned to give children the necessary nutrients needed daily. Snacks are mandatory to offer at least two out of the five food groups & three out of the five food groups for lunch meals. Meals are cycled every fifth teen days giving children a variant of options each week. Menus are created by community, staff and children’s input. As seasons change throughout the year so does menu production. Meals offer during winter & fall focus on hot components as spring & summer focus on cold components making food consumption more pleasing to children. Announcements will be made monthly to inform parents with changes and program updates.

Activities & Field Trips

Activities are done daily in the EDU centers & gymnasium once children have completed their academic assignments. Each week is focused on particular themes that engage children in arts n crafts, painting, drawing, building, music, and other creative/artistic skills. Majority of these themes/activities are created by children’s input & ideas that is expressed to staff. Children interested in recreational activity have the chance to do physical sports activity in the gymnasium with staff. Children have many options to choose from to keep them engaged and learn different types of skills at the same time. Field trips are generated throughout the fiscal year touching basis on educational, cultural, historical, hands-on, engaging, and fun. Majority of these trips are done when children are on school/holiday breaks giving them the opportunity to attend these functions without interfering with schooling. Some trips involve long distance traveling & overnight staying. Field trips will be overseen by EDU staff some trips will require parent chaperones to keep children: adult ratio at a low. Tribal Members will be notifying of these events by flyers, activity packets, emails, and calls. Please visit the website for yearly activity calendar updates.

Staff

  • Bryant Herrera – Education Director
  • Tristen Hunter – Middle School & High School Tutor
  • Haley Higgins – Middle School & High School Tutor / Gym Monitor
  • Jason Brown – Gym Monitor / Physical Activity Coordinator
  • Tony Ramos – Head Cook

BIA-Higher Education Grant Application Requirements

Students should make application for admittance to an accredited college or university while applying for grant assistance. Students are to be directed to the Financial Aid Officer of the college they plan to attend or are attending to have their financial need evaluated. A student should request that an official financial needs analysis be forwarded by the Financial Aid Officer to the Coyote Valley Tribal Education Department. This analysis will include all sources of financial assistance, which are to be applied toward meeting the student’s total needs. The Tribal
Education Director will review the official analysis and base the amount to be granted on the established need, and on the amount of available funds.

APPLICATION DEADLINES: All applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis, based on the availability of funds. First priority will be given to applicants who summit their application no later than the following deadline dates:

Late application will be considered only if there are remaining funds available.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a member of the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians
  • Must be accepted for admission to a nationally accredited institution of higher education, which provides a course of study conferring the Associate of Arts or Bachelor’s degree
  • Must demonstrate financial need

Universities and Colleges

  • The college or university a student elects to attend must be accredited by a nationally accredited agency or be an institution whose credits are accepted on transfer by not fewer than three institutions that are accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

Required Application Documents

  • Students must have completed grant application to be considered for the semester/quarter. After all application documents are submitted, an acknowledgement letter will be mailed to the student notifying them if their application was completed or incomplete. A complete application package must include:
  • Coyote Valley’s BIA Higher Education Grant Application
  • Tribal Enrollment Certification
  • High School Transcript, GED
  • Financial Needs Analysis (Student Budget)
  • Current College Transcripts

Reasons for Denial:

  • Application not submitted in a timely manner
  • Incomplete application
  • Must demonstrate financial needStudent not an enrolled member of the Coyote Valley band of Pomo Indians
  • Student not attending school, dropped out, or did not register
  • Student in default with school financial aid or Coyote Valley BIA Higher Ed. Program

Award Process:

  • Awards will be made on a semester or quarter basis. Once an award has been determined, an award letter will be sent to the students and the financial aid office notifying them of the award amount and semester funded.

Conditions for Continuation of Grant:

  • Students receiving grants must maintain acceptable academic standing at college or the university; maintain social conduct within the policies and rules of the institution attended, demonstrate satisfactory progress toward degree requirements, submit a written request (application) in advance for the next year’s scholarship in a timely manner and successfully complete the school year or grant period specified by the college. Grade reports of each student are to be reviewed at the end of each semester or quarter. Students earning less than a “C” average grade (GPA 2.0) may be continued on a probationary grant, providing the college recommends their continuance. The recipient shall agree to the following conditions set forth by signing and dating the application form.
  • Grantee shall submit a new application each academic year.
  • Grantee shall submit their transcripts of the last semester/quarter attended.
  • Grantee shall be responsible for keeping the Coyote Valley Education Office informed of his/her status once he/she has entered college. A change of address, change of income, intent to transfer to another institution and academic progress shall be made known as soon as possible to the Education Director. All changes must be made in writing for documentations.
  • A new budget (Financial Needs Analysis) must be submitted every academic year.

ACADEMIC PROBATION PROCEDURES
Students currently receiving funding will be put on probation IF THE FOLLOWING EVENTS OCCUR:

  • Student’s GPA falls below the minimum 2.0 requirement
  • Student is not enrolled full-time (minimum 12 class units) or taking less than the full time unit requirement for the institution attending.

 

BIA Higher Education Grant Application

BIA Current Award Levels

All awards are based on the availability of funds, eligibility criteria, and student need. Scholarships awards are administered on a first come, first served basis.

Eligibility Definitions

  1. Part–time: Students in good standing enrolled in less than 12 units of study at an accredited post-secondary institution
  2. Full–time: Students in good standing in 12 or more unites of study at an accredited post-secondary institution
  3. Resident Students: Living at home while attending school
  4. Non–resident students: Living away from home to attend school
  5. Scholarship probation: Students who have received funding to attend school who did not complete their classes, or whose grade point average falls below 2.0. Students will be placed on probation for the semester of enrollment following being placed on scholarship probation. While on scholarship probation, if the student does not successfully complete classes, or fails to improve GPA (Grade Point Average), that student will be ineligible for future funding. A Tribal member who has lost his/her scholarship eligibility may appeal to Tribal Council to show cause for being reinstated for funding.

Scholarship award eligibility

Part–time: Up to $500 per semester to cover the costs of registration, books, supplies necessary for classes.

Full–time:

  • Community College Level: Up to $750 per semester to cover the costs of registration, books, supplies necessary for classes.
  • State College/University level: Up to $1,000 per semester to cover the costs of registration, books, supplies necessary for classes.

Full–time non–resident students:

  • Community College Level: Up to $1,000 per semester to cover the costs of registration, books, supplies necessary for classes and living expenses.
  • State College/University level: Up to $1,500 per semester to cover the costs of registration, books, supplies necessary for classes and living expenses.

BIA-Adult Vocational Training Grant Application 2015

Eligibility Definitions

  1. Part time: Students in good standing enrolled in less than 12 units of study at an accredited training program leading towards a certificate to become employed in a vocational field.
  2. Full time: Students in good standing enrolled in 12 or more units of study at an accredited training program leading towards a certificate to become employed in a vocational field
  3. Resident Students: Living at home while attending school
  4. Non-resident students: Living away from home to attend school
  5. Adult vocational training (AVT) grant probation: Students who have received funding to attend school who did not complete their classes, or whose grade point average falls below 2.0. Students will be placed on probation for the semester of enrollment following being placed on adult vocational training grant probation. While on AVT grant probation, if the student does not successfully complete classes, or fails to improve GPA, that student will be ineligible for future funding. A Tribal member who has lost his/her AVT grant eligibility may appeal to Tribal Council to show cause for being re-instated for funding.

AVT Grant award eligibility

  1. Part time students: Up to $500 per semester to cover the costs of tuition, books, supplies necessary for classes.
  2. Full time resident students (living at home): Up to $1000 per semester to cover the costs of tuition, books, supplies necessary for classes.
  3. Full time non-resident students (living away from home): Up to $1,500 per semester to cover the costs of tuition, books, supplies and living expenses.

Adult Vocational Training Grant

(For students attending a trade school, college or university program/s for a vocational certificate or degree)

In addition to completing the attached application, please submit the following:

  1. Letter in writing stating why you need the grant, and how it will be used;
  2. Certification of Tribal Enrollment in the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians
  3. Copy of letter of admission from vocational technical school, with certification from school
    that you are enrolled as a full-time student;
  4. Transcript from last school attended, or verification of G.E.D.;
  5. Verification that APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID has been completed.

Provide this office with a copy of your Student Aid Report.
If you do not complete this Application for Federal Student Aid, you are not eligible for this grant program. The Vocational/Technical School you will be attending must submit a Financial Needs Analysis to this office, showing the cost of schooling (tuition, books, fees, supplies), and what other financial aid you will be receiving (PELL grant, student loans, scholarships, etc.)

EVERYTHING LISTED ABOVE MUST BE RETURNED TO OUR OFFICE IN A TIMELY MANNER FOR YOU TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR EACH SEMESTER OR BEGINNING OF AN APPROVED TRAINING COURSE

 

BIA-AVTG Application 2015 – FINAL – AA

Student Recognition Award Application

MISSION

The Coyote Valley Tribal Council recognizes the importance for its tribal members to achieve success throughout their educational career and the importance for tribal members to be recognized for superior academic achievements.

PURPOSE

The Student Recognition Award Program is hereby developed in effort to recognize superior academic achievements every semester.

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible a student must be a Coyote Valley Tribal Member and attending an accredited elementary, junior high, high school, or higher education institution. General Education Diploma’s (GED’s) are not eligible). It is the student’s or parents responsibility to present eligibility documents for award consideration. Original documents must be presented. Original documents must be presented.

PROGRAMS

STUDENT RECOGNITION AWARD PROGRAM (SRAP) – Recognition is for the following achievements (amounts are subject to available funding)

  • 4.0 GPA or higher $400 award
  • 3.0 – 3.99 GPA $200 award
  • Perfect attendance $100 award
  • Student of the Month $50 award

GRADUATING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD PROGRAM (GAAP) – (amounts are subject to available funding).

  • High School Graduate $500 award
  • Graduation with an AA Degree $1,000 award
  • Graduation with a Bachelor’s Degree $2,000 award
  • Graduation with a Master’s or a Doctorate’s Degree $4,000 award

FREQUENCY

Recognition will be addressed based on official grade report or official graduation notification directly from the accredited education institution each semester (Fall, Spring and Summer) and will be presented at the subsequent General Membership meeting.

Student Recognition Award Application 2015 – FINAL

Tribal Higher Education Award Application

MISSION

The Coyote Valley Tribal Council recognizes the importance for its tribal members to pursue their postsecondary education and the importance for tribal members to be recognized for superior academic achievements.
The Tribal Higher Education Award Program is hereby developed in effort to recognize superior academic achievements and afford tribal members financial assistance and the opportunity to obtain their Associates, Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate degrees and Career Credentials.

PURPOSE

The Tribal Higher Education Award Program is to provide educational and training opportunities for Coyote Valley Tribal members (“members”) to attend an accredited higher education or vocational training institution. All funding shall be distributed in a timely, fair and equitable manner to all students.

SCHOLARSHIPS

The Tribal Higher Education Award Program consists of the following categories.
HIGHER EDUCATION AWARD (HEA)

  • Students must be accepted for enrollment by an accredited college/university.
  • Students must be enrolled and maintain a full-time status (minimum 12 academic units/credits or more) throughout the awarded semester
  • Provides funding up to five (5) years; total of 10 spring and fall semesters NOT including summer sessions.
  • Student must meet the minimum academic requirements set forth by the tribal policy and/or the accredited college/university.

ENRICHMENT AWARD (EA) (part-time students)

  • Students must be accepted for enrollment by an accredited college/university.
  • Students must be enrolled and maintain a part-time status (6-11 academic units/credits or less) throughout the awarded semester.
  • Provides funding up to five (5) years; total of 15 spring, fall and summer semesters.
  • Student must meet the minimum academic requirements set forth by the tribal policy and/or the accredited college/university

ADULT VOCATIONAL EDUCATION (Voc-Ed) Award

  • Students must be accepted for enrollment by an accredited institution.
  • Provides funding up to two years.
  • Student must meet the minimum academic requirements set forth by the tribal policy and/or the accredited college/university

FUNDING AND FUNDING SOURCES

The Tribal Higher Education Award Program operates on the Calendar Year (CY) (January – December) and all funds shall be budgeted separately (limited to available funds).
Annual funding (Federal and supplemental) shall be identified, budgeted by the Tribal Fiscal Department and approved by the Tribal Council prior to budget.

  • Higher Education Award (HEA) $1,000
  • Enrichment Award Program (EAP) (part-time students) $500
  • Adult Vocational Education (Voc-Ed) Award $500

Awards shall be distributed per semester. At the end of the CY, unused funding will be return to the general fund for the new CY distribution.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

All involved parties shall maintain all student confidentiality pursuant to Public Law 93-579 (Privacy Act of 1974), December 31, 1974.

The Tribal Administrator is responsible for overseeing and implementing The Tribal Award Program. All other duties and responsibilities are identified under the policies and procedures.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

All Tribal Higher Education Award Program and certifying/acknowledging officials shall abide by a Conflicts of Interest & Nepotism Ordinance and refrain from any actions involving family members that may be construed as a conflict of interest.

ELIGIBITY

To be eligible for an award an applicant must be:

  • An enrolled Coyote Valley tribal member
  • Submit on time, complete applications (funding is limited; late applications may not be funded)
  • Student must meet the minimum Tribal and academic institutional requirements

There are limited funds for expenses, therefore there is no guarantee 100% of funding requests will be funded.

TRIBAL ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

The following requirements for academic progress will be used to determine continuation of funding under the Tribal Higher Education Award Program.

  • All students will maintain a minimum of 2.0 grade point average (GPA) for at least 12 credit hours or up to 11 credits per semester/quarter
  • Those earning less than a 2.0 in one semester and/or placed on Tribal academic probation.
  • The students must notify the Tribe immediately in writing upon electing not to proceed with their courses, or at any time are dismissed from school. The student is responsible for filing a withdrawal from the school. Failure to make this contact may adversely affect future funding.
  • Students withdrawing or leaving school after funds have been distributed will automatically be suspended from the Tribal Award Program until they show that they have returned equivalent dollar amount received from the program.

ACADEMIC PROBATION OR SUSPENSION

A student who does not meet the minimum academic requirement will be placed on Tribal academic probation and ineligible for future scholarship awards.

  • To Be Determined

Tribal Higher Education Award Application Package 2015 – FINAL AA

Tribal Higher Education Grant Application

Other Scholarship Resources

The American Indian Graduate Center

American Indian College Fund

American Indian Science & Engineering Society

Educationgrant.com

NCIDC

The Phoenix Scholars Program

Studentofthemonth.org

Coca-Cola Foundation

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Indian Health Service (Nursing Program)

Scholarships for Women

The Siemens Foundation

Student Science – Intel STS

The Gates Millennium Scholars

Dell Scholars Program

Other College Resources

FAFSA Federal Student Aid

Bureau of Indian Education

mycollegeoptions.org

U.S. News – Education

California Career Café

California Career Resource Network

CSU Mentor Website

Important Dates & Deadlines School Year 2016

January 2016

  • 1st FAFSA window opens for 2016-2017 academic year
  • 8th ACT deadline for February 6th testing date
  • 11th Santa Rosa Junior College In-Person registration opens
  • 19th Santa Rosa Junior College 2015-2016 Spring Semester begins
  • 23rd SAT testing day

February 2016

  • 5th SAT deadline for March 5th testing date
  • 6th ACT testing day

March 2016

  • 1st Notification of fall 2016 admission decisions begins
  • 4th ACT deadline for April 9th testing date
  • 5th SAT testing day
  • 2nd Deadline for applicants for all terms to submit FAFSA and Cal Grant GPA Verification form
  • 31st Notification of fall 2016 admission decisions for freshmen applicants is complete

April 2016

  • 8th SAT deadline for May 7th testing date
  • 9th ACT testing day

May 2016

  • 1st Deadline for admitted freshmen to submit Statement of Intent of Register (SIR)
  • 1st Notification of fall 2016 admission decisions for transfer applicants is complete
  • 5th SAT deadline for June 4th testing date
  • 7th SAT testing day

June 2016

  • 1st Deadline for admitted transfer students to submit Statement of Intent of Register (SIR)
  • 4th SAT testing day
  • 6th Santa Rosa Junior College 2015-2016 Spring Semester Ends
  • 30th FAFSA window closes for academic year 2016-2017

July 2016

  • 1st Final official transcript due at campus admissions office for students admitted for fall 2016

August 2016

  • 1st UC Application opens for applicants for fall 2015

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