Online application available for education tech benefits
An online application has been established for Cherokee students who wish to take advantage of technology benefits. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – An online application has been established for Cherokee students who wish to take advantage of tech-related financial support.
The benefits are part of the Cherokee Nation’s $40 million Respond, Recover and Rebuild Education Initiative that utilizes federal funding. Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said the goal is to help Cherokee students “adapt their learning through COVID-19.”
The application link is online at www.cherokee.org. Click on the blue Respond, Recover and Rebuild Education Initiative link on the front page. It can also be accessed via a July 10 post on the Cherokee Nation’s Facebook page. The application deadline is Aug. 7.
“Each child may only be reported by one applicant and must be the custodial parent or guardian of the child,” the rules state, adding that the beneficiaries must be CN citizens on or before July 13, 2020.
Under the education initiative, Cherokee students age 5-18, regardless of income or location, can apply for a $400 education technology stipend. Those funds may be used for Wi-Fi, specialized software required for distance learning or related items. For questions regarding eligibility or submissions, call 918-453-5000.
Due to the pandemic, students at CN schools and across the state spent the final months of their 2019-20 school year distance learning. When announcing the education initiative in early July, Hoskin noted that distance learning “has taken on an even greater importance.”
“The very nature of education, how it’s safely delivered in the midst of the biggest public health crisis in generations, has changed dramatically,” he said.
Concurrent enrollment scholarship student applicants will be automatically enrolled for the $750 Educational Technology program, and no additional processing is necessary, according to the CN.
Also part of the plan is an expanded voucher for school clothing and winter coats.
“For years we’ve helped low-income public schools across Cherokee Nation with a $150 voucher for school clothes and winter coats,” Hoskin said. “This year, for families that have been impacted by COVID-19, we’ll double the amount for low-income students to $300, and for the first time ever, offer a $150 voucher to students across the Cherokee Nation without regard to income and without regard to type of schooling.”