American Indian Indian Education Program

Central Texas First Nations Consortium
Austin ISD | Bastrop ISD | Leander ISD | Round Rock ISD

Ensuring No American Indian and Alaska Native Child is Left Behind

Have a Title VII - 506 Form?

Please send it to:
Austin ISD/Department of School Community and Family Education
American Indian Education Program
3908 Avenue B, Baker Center, Rm. 113
Austin, TX 78751

Young Scholars Program - Current 7th Graders

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation enables high-ability middle and high school students with financial need to realize their full academic potential. The Young Scholars Program is a selective pre-college scholarship for high-performing 7th grade students with financial need. Through the Young Scholars Program, the Foundation has to date supported over 800 students from across the nation, providing them with individualized educational advising combined with comprehensive financial support from the 8th grade through high school.

From eighth grade through senior high of school, Young Scholars receive the following support from the Cooke Foundation:

  • a personal academic and college counselor
  • funding for academic and enrichment programs in the summer and during the school year
  • internship and study abroad opportunities
  • educational resources including books and technology

The Young Scholars Program is a national scholarship with students representing every region and attending school in rural, urban and suburban communities. 

The application is open now through April 14, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST.


To be eligible for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program, the applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Grade level – Entering 8th grade in the fall of 2016.
  • Academics – Since the beginning of 6th grade, have earned grades of all or mostly A's in school with no C's or below in core academic subjects (English/language arts, math, science, social studies/history).*
  • Testing – The official score report from the applicant’s state standardized testing. If the applicant has taken the SAT or ACT through a regional talent center, he/she should also submit those score reports.
  • Income – Family income does not exceed $95,000. The average family income of entering Young Scholars is approximately $25,000. In recent years nearly all Young Scholars have come from families with incomes below $60,000.
  • Location – Reside in the U.S. or a U.S. territory and plan to attend high school in the U.S.

For questions regarding your application, please call 1-800-941-3300 or email

2016 INSPIRE Pre-College Program

The 2016 INSPIRE Pre-College Program to be held July 3 - 23, 2016 for Native high school students interested in government, politics, and/or public service!

The INSPIRE Pre-College Program, operated by Native American Political Leadership Program and the GW Pre-College Program, is a full scholarship open to Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian rising high school juniors and rising high school seniors, including 2016 anticipated graduates, who want to spend 3-weeks on the George Washington University (GW) campus to learn about intergovernmental relations between tribal governments and the federal government. The program is a full-day experiential undergraduate course, Native Politics and the American Political System, taught by GW faculty. The course will offer opportunities for students to meet and interview influential advocates working on Native issues in Washington, D.C.

The INSPIRE Pre-College Program is made possible by a generous contribution from AT&T.

What does the INSPIRE scholarship cover?

- One course in Native Politics and the American Political System (3 undergraduate credit hours)
- Dorm room and a meal plan at GW
- Airfare to and from Washington, D.C. (one round-trip ticket)
- All required textbooks
- Required local travel related to the course

All application materials are due on March 1, 2016.

To learn more or apply online, visit Sent questions about the program or application to

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INSPIRE Pre-College Application
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Scholarships to Space? Natives of All Ages Are Invited to Space Camp!

Two of my nerdiest interests have always been astronomy and space travel. As a ‘70s kid, Star Trek and Close Encounters of the Third Kind were big inspirations – and NASA & European astronauts and scientists have said the same over the years. European astronaut and die-hard Trekkie Samantha Cristoforetti even tweeted a photograph of herself wearing a Star Trek Voyager uniform aboard the International Space Station last year. To say that I was green with envy would be quite an understatement.

There weren’t many opportunities to do anything about my love of Space as a public school kid in inner-city West Philadelphia. There were no science fairs or clubs for us and poor aptitude aside, teachers made me hate my required math and science courses. It was enough just to squeak by with less-than-stellar grades since, reinforced by overt and subliminal messages in my surroundings, a disadvantaged kid like me growing up in the shadow of the Ivy League stood no chance of becoming an astronomer or astronaut. Fortunately, today’s Native youth have a better chance to explore these subjects and aim high given support.

Based at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center® in Huntsville, Alabama, Space Camp® has given youth the opportunity to push the boundaries of human exploration since 1982. Dr. Wernher von Braun, former director of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and the rocket scientist whose propulsion work led to the Apollo manned Space flights, championed his belief that young people who were excited about space should be able to have hands-on experience.

Dr. von Braun’s dream was finally made reality in the form of Space Camp thanks to Edward O. Buckbee, the first director of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

Today’s space exploration, robotics, and aviation Space Camp programs cover a variety of aptitudes, interests, and needs for youth and adults. Week-long camps and day camps are available for fourth grade through high school-age students (ages 9-18), student groups, and Boy and Girl Scouts. Additional programs are offered for disabled trainees who are blind or visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing, and those with other special needs. Space Camp programs are also available for adults, educators, corporate groups, and families. Family programs may include Elders, extended family members, and children as young as seven.

Since its inception, Space Camp has hosted over 600,000 trainees, including the first-ever Oglala Lakota student in 2012 - Spencer Proffer Scholarship* winner Calletano “Tano” Fillspipe-Rodriguez, at the time a 10 year-old Red Cloud Middle School student on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Fancy Bebamikawe is Odawa-Potawatomi First Nations from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory in Canada currently studying medical physics at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. She is also a mentor for Indigenous youth and a firm believer in the benefits of attending STEM camps. 

Astronaut John Herrington (Chickasaw) speaks to children attending a weeklong space and aviation academy in Ada, Okla., Thursday, June 22, 2006. The fifth through eighth-grade youth spent one week learning about space, aviation and weather at the Chickasaw Nation's fourth-annual Aviation and Space Academy. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Astronaut John Herrington (Chickasaw) speaks to children attending a weeklong space and aviation academy in Ada, Okla., Thursday, June 22, 2006. The fifth through eighth-grade youth spent one week learning about space, aviation and weather at the Chickasaw Nation's fourth-annual Aviation and Space Academy. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

“Science camps are a really fun way to introduce kids to science and I hope the kids that go to Space Camp have a really positive experience and happy memories,” she told ICTM via email.

“Part of being successful is wanting a goal, the other part is working very hard to get there. I study a lot and am at school almost every day. It's also important to teach little ones that they have to give back and volunteer as soon as they are able. I volunteer all year doing science outreach in our community, tutoring native kids in science and math, mentoring high school students. For Native folks we have to do a lot of work as it is, the science community is very small so we have to work even harder to grow it. I'm very optimistic though, I think once Native folks get a taste for it they'll be converted and value it as I do.”

Here are some of the scholarships & tribal programs on offer for the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Space Camp.

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center Foundation has an annual General Scholarship Program. Full scholarships cover tuition, room & board for any 6-day weeklong, individual camp programs and are good for one year. Transportation and incidentals are the responsibility of the scholarship recipient. All applicants must be attending 4th – 12th grade and may apply in one of four categories - Financial Need, Special Needs, Academic Achievement, or Leadership. Each applicant must answer two essay questions, design a mission patch, describe a science project using the scientific method, and provide three letters of recommendation. A selection committee reviews applications and scholarships are awarded based on available funding. 2016 Applications are now closed. Scholarship applications for 2017 will open in the Fall.

The Chickasaw Nation Aviation and Space Academy (CNASA) in operation since 2003, the Chickasaw Nation also assists its youth (both resident and at-large) with the opportunity to attend Space Camp. For more information, contact the office of supportive programs at (580) 272-5579 or

The Mars Generation is offering 10 full scholarships to Space Camp. “Not every bright and talented student can afford to go to Space Camp; we'd like to send 10!” former NASA Astronaut and High School Teacher Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger aka @AstroDot announced via Twitter. Metcalf-Lindenburger is a member of the Advisory Board for The Mars Generation. “A lot of kids aren't necessarily interested in science and math, but they do get excited about things like the Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. I want to continue to build more connections with the community to get them jazzed about studying science,” she says on the MG website.

The application process has two parts: “the application process begins with the teachers who recognize talent and need. Teachers will nominate students who have demonstrated an aptitude in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) who would benefit from an experience like Space Camp. The Mars Generation board members will review nominations, and invite applications from qualified nominated students. Each application will include a two-page essay from the student. Deadline for teacher nominations is no later than Feb. 1, 2016, and student applications must be completed and submitted online on or before March 1, 2016.” To nominate a student for a scholarship teachers should go to:

The Northrup Grumman Foundation offers annual education grants for students and teachers for a variety of educational programs promoting space exploration, science, technology, engineering, and math including Space Camp. Past recipients have included the Native American Community Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Sacaton Middle School in Sacaton, Arizona. For more information see the organization’s foundation page and grants guidelines. Please note that grants cannot be given to individuals.

For information on other tribal STEM scholarships and programs, check with your tribal office. Additionally, scholarships may be available from your local school district.

(The defunct Spencer Proffer Scholarship offered 12 Proffer Family Explorer scholarships for full tuition and room & board to US Native American / Alaskan Native and Indigenous Canadian students aged 9-11 in 2012 in Partnership with Space Camp.)

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SEMI High Tech U

We are proud to announce that Samsung Austin Semiconductor and UT-NASCENT will once again be hosting the SEMI High Tech U program March 2-4, 2016. We are inviting local high school students to participate in an exciting career exploration program called SEMI High Tech U. Please find attached the SEMI HTU flyer and agenda for students who you feel could be good candidates for this program. Students can now apply online at (click register, then student, to get to the application) or use the attached application. 

SEMI High Tech U is a three day STEM program in which students work as teams participating in fun and interesting STEM-based activities to solve real world problems. Industry professionals teach the modules offering students their industry knowledge and expertise as well as acting as role models for students and contacts for the future. A primary focus of the program is to motivate students to start thinking about their future and what they can do now to prepare. The SEMI Foundation has delivered over 190 of these programs worldwide to students like yours in eight countries. 

There are a limited number of seats for this program. A total of thirty-six students will attend from many high schools in the Austin area. Note that February 18th is our deadline for student applications.  Applications received after this date will be considered if space is still available. If you miss the deadline, be sure to contact the SEMI Foundation to check if there is still space. 

Students that should be recruited are from 14-17 who have the aptitude to do well in a high tech career and could use an opportunity such as this to solidify his or her plans for the future. Many students do not know what they could do in the future. After HTU, most students report they have confirmed their interest in a STEM major, they were already interested and now are more focused the STEM major they would like to pursue or they have a new interest in a STEM major.

SEMI High Tech U Flyer
Student Application

College Scholarships for Rising College Juniors and Seniors in Fields Related to the Environment

Deadline: March 2

Scholarships are offered in any of three categories: to students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, economics, and other related fields; or to Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy; or to Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care.

Generation Google Scholarships for High School Seniors

Application deadline: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 11:59 pm PT

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:
  • Be a current high school senior
  • Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student at a university in the US or Canada for the 2016-2017 school year
  • Intend to pursue a computer science or computer engineering degree, or a degree in a closely related technical field
  • Exemplify leadership and demonstrate a passion for computer science and technology
  • Exhibit a strong record of academic achievement
  • Be a student from an underrepresented group in computer science (African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Filipino/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (includes Hawaiian, Guamanian, Samoan or other Pacific Islanders), Female, or a Person with a Disability)
  • Be available to attend Google's Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI)

IHS scholarships help American Indian and Alaska Native students pay for undergrad and graduate studies in the health professions - March 28.

River Watchers
High School Dropout Prevention

The Austin Youth River Watch is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization that is dedicated to reducing the dropout potential of minority students in Austin Independent School District through tutoring and positive role models. Austin Youth River Watch is a free multi-year, after-school and summer program for high school students, combining peer mentoring with intensive environmental education.

Our students collect, analyze, and publish water-quality data from Austin-area streams and rivers. They report their data to local and statewide agencies. Students would receive a stipend check for both their river water monitoring as well as their involvement with school-related work.

Guided by a volunteer Board of community leaders, the mission of Austin Youth River Watch is to advance personal and academic achievement through environmental monitoring, education, and adventure.

What do River Watchers do?

Our student participants – the River Watchers – start out by learning the basics of water-quality monitoring. As trainees, they learn skills and knowledge from their fellow students, visiting scientists, and our staff of professional educators. Many River Watchers stay in the program throughout high school, eventually becoming peer mentors themselves. 

Austin Youth River Watch combines environmental education with drop-out prevention. It is a safe place for teenagers to grow and gain confidence while learning to be active stewards of our planet. We strive for every one of our River Watchers to finish high school and prepare for a successful, fulfilling life.

How do students get in to River Watch?

Many of our new River Watchers are referred by current River Watchers, friends, and family members. We also have liaisons, typically teachers or counselors, at each of our partner high schools in Austin. Right now, we primarily serve high schools in Austin ISD — we have plans to grow to others soon. 

Schools that we partner with are: 

Akins High School
Austin High School
Crockett High School
Eastside Memorial High School
Lanier High School
LBJ High School
McCallum High School
Reagan High School
Travis High School 

We are especially interested in students who are early in their high-school career, and who would benefit from additional support along the path to high-school graduation and college admission. If you know someone who might be a good fit for our programs, contact Program Director Elisabeth Welsh at (512) 708-9115 or

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The mission of the Office of Indian Education is to support the efforts of local educational agencies, Indian tribes and organizations, postsecondary institutions, and other entities to meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives so that these students can achieve to the same challenging state standards as all students.

The No Child Left Behind Act amends the Indian education programs as Title VII, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This landmark in education reform embodies four key principles: stronger accountability for results; greater flexibility in the use of federal funds; more choices for parents of children from disadvantaged backgrounds; and an emphasis on research-based instruction that works.

The Central Texas First Nations Education Consortium consists of five school districts, Austin ISD (Lead Education Agency), Bastrop ISD, Leander ISD, Liberty Hill ISD and Round Rock ISD.  Austin ISD is the Lead Education Agency which means that they receive and maintain all funding received for the Title VII grant. The basic goal of the program is to academically support American Indian/Alaska Native students from PK-12.  This support can be in the form of workshops, tutoring and special academic events.

How are needs identified? 

  • Survey of parents, teachers and secondary Native students
  • A review of testing and attendance data
  • Community input
  • An analysis of the previous year's program 

How is Title VII funded?

Fully completed ED 506 forms help generate funds to provide supplemental services to Alaska Native/American Indian students enrolled in grades PK-12 within Austin ISD (Lead Education Agency), Bastrop ISD, Leander ISD, Liberty Hill ISD or Round Rock ISD. The ED 506 form is a federal form that certifies student eligibility for the Title VII Indian Education Program. If you, your child or his/her grandparent are an enrolled member of an American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native tribe, then your child may be eligible to be enrolled in the Title VII, American Indian Education Program.

The Title VII Program applies for a Formula Grant Electronic Application System for Indian Education (Formula Grant EASIE) each fiscal year. The process involves two parts: Part IA, a student count which opens in January and closes in February; and Part IIA, program development which opens in April and closes in May. Throughout the grant process public forums are held for the community to give suggestions for the Title VII Program. Comments are always welcome on the AIEP website if parents/students cannot attend the hearings.

What services are provided by the Title VII Program? 

  1. Academic tutoring
  2. Cultural books
  3. Cultural enrichment activities
  4. College preparation and career assistance
  5. Scholarship information 

How can parents become involved? 

Join the Native American Parent Advisory Committee. Members include parents of Native students, teachers, and Native secondary students. The committee meets quarterly 6:00 p.m. at Great Promise for American Indians, 3710 Cedar Street, Cafeteria, Austin, Tx 78705 to offer assistance and recommendations with respect to the program. For more information on the Native American Parent Advisory Committee meetings and locations, please call the AIEP office at (512) 414-0159. 

What's in the future? 

The collection of 506 forms is an ongoing effort. With the collection of higher numbers of 506 forms we can staff additional schools and continue to provide academic and cultural support. The Title VII, Indian Education Program will continue to assist Alaska Native and American Indian students in achieving and exceeding Texas state standards.

Cultural Night

A partnership with Great Promise for American Indians gives families an opportunity to connect with other American Indian families in the community and learn about history, culture, science, art & more. For more information, please see, or call Lois Jebo-Duncan, Executive Director at (512) 371-0628.

Tutoring Available

Free tutoring available. Please see the “Tutoring” link for more information or contact the AIEP office at (512) 414-0159.

Resources, Curricula and More!

Native American movies and books are available for check-out to AIEP families and Consortium teachers by appointment. You can view this information under the “Teacher Resources” link.

Annual Events

Annual Austin Powwow is the largest one-day Powwow in the Nation. Students and parents can volunteer or just attend this spectacular event held at the AISD Toney Burger Center. The Powwow is always held the first Saturday annually in November. For more information on the Powwow please contact Austin Powwow organizers Great Promise for American Indians at (512) 371-0628.

Summer programs are held if funding allows, events are communicated to students and families and on the AIEP website.

We Value Your Input

We are here to support your children and their educational success. Please feel free to contact the program coordinator if you have any questions or concerns regarding your children’s academic or cultural needs. Your input is valued and important. Comments can also be submitted online on the AIEP website.

Diane Tigges, MBA
Program Coordinator
Austin ISD / Baker Center
3908 Avenue B, Rm. 113
Austin, Tx 78751

Office: 512-414-0159

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the program?

All Federally and State Recognized American Indian and Alaskan Native students enrolled in Austin ISD, Bastrop ISD, Leander ISD, Liberty Hill ISD or Round Rock ISD public schools are eligible to participate in the Indian Education Program once an ED 506 form is fully completed and turned in to the AIEP office. Federally Recognized and State Recognized lists are located under the "506 Form" link.

What is a 506 form?

The ED 506 form is an official, federal document from the Office of Indian Education used to enroll students in the Indian Education Program. Each form is dated, so you much fill out the current form, the current dated form expires 5/3/2016. Directions on filling out the form is located under the "506 form" link.

What if my membership or enrollment number is not readily available to prove membership?

The following “Other” evidence can be submitted: 

  1. Written certification by a tribal official that the individual claiming membership is an enrolled tribal member.
  2. Evidence accepted by the Department of Interior, such as a certifi​cate of Indian blood.

Why should I fill out a 506 form?

Every completed 506 form helps support the Indian Education Program in meeting the unique academic and cultural needs of American Indian/Alaskan Native students in the district. Each year the program’s funding is determined by the number of valid 506 forms submitted. You only need to fill out this form once, just be sure to keep your contact information updated with the AIEP office.

Get Involved—Join NAPAC!

The Native American Parent Advisory Committee (NAPAC) is a comprised of parents, students, teachers and community members that help determine the Indian Education Program’s goals and advises on the distribution of funds for the program services provided. Please call for details about when the meetings are scheduled.