Advanced Educational Opportunities Mission Statement
AEO collaborates with elders, educators, leaders, and educational entities to promote the well-being of our tribal community by building the scholarly and leadership capacity of our students.
Advanced Educational Opportunities Goals
Advanced Educational Opportunities Services
The AEO program provides supplementary scholarships to students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The program offers regular and merit based scholarships and requires undergraduates to maintain a 2.0 GPA and graduate students to maintain a 3.0 GPA. Current and prospective students can also receive academic and career advising by making an appointment to meet with the Tribal Education Specialist.
The deadline for submitting scholarship applications has passed. Students interested in applying for scholarship assistance must wait until the next annual deadline. AEO is no longer accepting applications for the 2009-2010 academic year. Applications for the 2010-2011 academic year will be available February 2010 and will have a deadline and review date of May 14, 2010.
Stay updated on KIC scholarship news, as well as financial aid and other college-related information, join the AEO listserv by emailing Cara Wallace and requesting to join the AEO listserv, which provides weekly announcements, scholarship information, and other opportunities through email. Parents, students, and all other interested parties are invited to join the list-serv.
Scholarships for Native Students
Make an appointment to meet with the Tribal Education Specialist to discuss your future plans. Whether you are wondering if college is the right step for you or you have a specific college in mind and are ready to apply, AEO can assist you. Appointments are encouraged.
Our Future is a program for students (grades 10-12) who are planning to attend college after high school graduation. Student participants benefit from academic, social and cultural support, as well as a peer network of other college-bound Native students.
The goal of Our Future is to increase the number of Native students from the
KIC’s AEO Internship Program aims to develop the intellectual, professional and leadership capacity of our tribal community’s future leaders through exploration of Alaska Native history, as well as the social, economic, legal and political issues that face indigenous peoples. Interns, under supportive supervision, participate in meaningful work experience, complete research projects that will directly impact our tribal community. Interns are scholars who have a demonstrated commitment to providing leadership in Native communities. Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week for the duration of the 10 week program. Application for the 2010 College Internship program will be available in February.
Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC) has been awarded a competitive multi-year $689,233 grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
The Native Issues Forum provides a venue for students, tribal leaders, elders, professionals, culture bearers, educators, and others to come together for the purpose of discussing contemporary Native issues. Issues range from: Native dropout rate, subsistence rights, language revitalization, self-governance, wellness, and more. The Forum is held on the first Monday of every month during the lunch hour and features a panel of experts who will address the issues and allows time for interactive dialogue. The public is welcome to attend.