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Overview (Mission Statement)

The Ohkay Owingeh Department of Education, governed by the Ohkay Owingeh Board of Education, was developed to recruit, retain, and assistance community members throughout their educational endeavors. The Ohkay Owingeh Department of Education offers an array of services to meet the educational needs of the pueblo. Services include the following:

  • Scholarships (Ohkay Owingeh, Po’ Pay and Tsay Corporation Scholarships)
  • Memorandum of Understanding Tuition Waivers/Scholarships (select New Mexico colleges/universities)
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)/Scholarship Assistance
  • Johnson O’Malley Program (Public School students only)
  • Tutoring Services (grades Kindergarten through 12th)
  • Tewa Language Program
  • Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (Adult Workforce and Youth Workforce)
Services are available to all tribal members. The Education Coordinator/WIOA Director works one on one with community members to help individuals achieve their goals and provides assistance when needed. The goal of the Ohkay Owingeh Department of Education is to provide that unique one on one assistance to all community members in order for them to meet their individual goals and milestones. The Ohkay Owingeh Department of Education no longer accepts paper applications for all scholarships. Students who wish to apply may do so through our new website. Students must first create a student account prior to applying for funds. Account set up takes less than 5 minutes! Link is below: www.oodoe.org

Scholarships

The Ohkay Owingeh Department of Education has developed scholarships through funds set aside by the Ohkay Owingeh Tribal Council, the Bureau of Indian Education, and the Tsay Corpo- ration. Scholarships cover the cost of Books, Tuition, Room and Board, Student Fees, and Meal Plans. Scholarship award amounts vary on the type of scholarship that is awarded. All students wishing to apply for scholarships must meet the minimum qualifications in order to be considered for funding. The Ohkay Owingeh Department of Education offers three scholarships.

Ohkay Owingeh Scholarship

Award Amount: $400.00

Requirements:
  • Enrolled member of Ohkay Owingeh (CIB required)
  • Full-Time Student (12 credit hours or more)
  • Must be attending an accredited college or university
  • 2.5 minimum Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Pursuing a first-time Associates or Bachelors Degree
  • Must be in Good Academic Standing
  • Undergraduate Students ONLY

The Ohkay Owingeh Scholarship is for any school related cost i.e. books, supplies, etc. The scholarship is awarded directly to the student.

Po’Pay Scholarship

Award Amount: (Varies)

Requirements:

Enrolled member of Ohkay Owingeh (CIB required)

Full-Time Student (12 credit hours or more)

Must be attending an accredited college or university

2.5 minimum Grade Point Average (GPA)

Pursuing a first-time Associates or Bachelors Degree

Must be in Good Academic Standing

Must be able to demonstrate unmet need (FAFSA must be filed by student)

Undergraduate Students ONLY (per Federal Law)

The Po’ Pay Scholarship is for any unmet need that a student demonstrates based upon the students submitted Financial Needs Analysis. The award amounts vary per a student’s unmet need and amount available for funding. The scholarship check is made out the awarded students Financial Aid Office on behalf of the student.

Tsay Corporation Scholarship

Award Amount: (Varies)

Requirements:

Enrolled member of Ohkay Owingeh (CIB required)

Full-Time Student (12 credit hours or more)

Must be attending an accredited college or university

Pursuing a first-time Associates or Bachelors Degree

Must be in Good Academic Standing

2.5 minimum Grade Point Average (GPA)

The Tsay Corporation Scholarship is for any unmet need a student has on their student account. Unlike the Po’ Pay Scholarship, students applying for the Tsay Corporation Scholarship do not need to submit a Financial Needs Analysis Form.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Tuition Waivers and Scholarships

The Ohkay Owingeh Department of Education has several MOU Tuition Waivers and Scholarships with various New Mexico colleges and universities. The goal of the MOU is to recruit and retain stu dents at Higher Education institutions by offering financial assistance to Ohkay Owingeh students. The following colleges/universities have MOU’s with Ohkay Owingeh

  • New Mexico Highlands University (3)* – Full Tuition for Fall and Spring semesters ONLY
  • New Mexico State University (1)* – Full Tuition for Fall and Spring semesters ONLY
  • Northern New Mexico College (1) – $1,000.00 scholarship for Fall and Spring semesters ONLY
  • Santa Fe Community College (1) – $1,000.00 scholarship for Fall and Spring semesters ONLY
  • University of New Mexico (1)* – Full Tuition for Fall and Spring semesters ONLY

The numbers in parenthesis are to indicate the number of MOU’s that are available to Ohkay Owingeh students. Students must meet the minimum qualifications in order to be awarded a MOU.
*= Undergraduate and Graduate students eligible

 

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Assistance

The Ohkay Owingeh Department of Education hosts FAFSA and Scholarship Nights for High School Seniors and their parents to assist with the completion of the FAFSA application, college admission applications, and scholarship applications. The Education Coordinator provides one on one service with the submission of a student’s FAFSA. The time frame for appointments ranges from 30 to 45 minutes per meeting. All students and parents must provide a valid working email and parents must bring in a copy of their income tax returns (year will vary based up school year i.e. 2018-2019 School Year will need 2016 income tax returns). For a private appointment, please call and schedule with the Education Coordinator.

Johnson O’Malley Program

The Johnson O’Malley Program is a federally funded program administered through the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE).

The Johnson O’Malley Program supplies all Ohkay Owingeh student who attend Public Schools with school supplies for the school year. School supplies are distributed once a year before the stat of the school year.

Tutoring Program

The Ohkay Owingeh Department of Education has partnered with the Los Alamos National Laboratory over the last two years to develop a Tutoring Program that focuses on the STEM (science, technology, enginee-ring, and math) subjects.

The Tutoring Program is free to all Ohkay Owingeh students in grades Kindergarten through 12th. Since the implementation of the Tutoring Program, students who attend the weekly sessions have seen a dramatic increase in their grades. Average attendance per session is 10-15 students.

Tewa Language Program

Ohkay Owingeh recognizes the need to increase the level of fluency among the community when it comes to the Tewa Language. The Ohkay Owingeh Tewa Language Program offers weekly classes three times a week for 2-3 hours a session to address the need to increase the Tewa Language being spoken throughout the community. Average nightly attendance per class ranges from 10-15 community members. The classes cover a variety of subjects as well as retreat trips to culturally relevant locations.

Community members who attend classes have increased their fluency with two community members becoming fluent Tewa speakers in less than a year.

Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult and Youth Program

Ohkay Owingeh recognizes the need to provide on the job training and literacy skills to tribal members that need assistance looking for and obtaining employment. The WIOA Program is a 6-8 week program that provides temporary employment to individuals to receive on the job training as well a stipend to increase their chances of obtaining employment. The WIOA Program provides year round opportunities for adults and summer employment opportunities for the youth.

The Summer Youth Program focuses on key objectives such as teamwork, leadership skills, communication skills, presentation skills, cultural awareness, and higher education. Throughout the duration of the program, the youth are challenged to use all key objectives to create and present a Small Business Plan that will create a positive economic impact in the community.

CONTACT INFORMATION

PO Box 1269
Ohkay Owingeh, NM 87566

Phone (505) 852-3477
Fax (505) 852-4820

HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Physical Location