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  1. Don’t wait until the last minute to turn in your application.  If something is missing, and you cannot provide the missing items by the deadline, the application will be considered incomplete.
  2. If sending your application via regular mail, please have them weigh the envelope. If your application is received after the deadline because it was returned to you and you had to resend it, it is still late.
  3. If sending your application via fax, please write “Attention Higher Education” on the cover sheet. 
  4. If emailing your application, you must send all items as either .doc, .docx, or PDFs.  NO zip files will be accepted.
  5. If turning in your application in person, please make sure that you go over the checklist before coming into the Tribal Administration offices. It is your responsibility to make sure you have included all required items.
  6. If you do not hear from the Higher Education department that we have received your application within 14 business days after sending it, please contact Krista Pierce at 918-542-1853 ext. 0211 or at the email on the right.

Krista Pierce
Director of Higher Education

P.O. Box 765
Quapaw, OK  74363

Ph: (918) 542-1853
Fx: (918) 542-4694

Monday - Thursday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

PLEASE CHECK THE TRIBE’S OFFICIAL FB PAGE, O-Gah-Pah, for postings about various scholarships, internships, camps, and other education-related events.

Check out this scholarship website! Plenty of scholarships—apply here.


First-time applicants must complete the “History of the Quapaw Tribe” essay (no exceptions).

Returning applicants may choose to complete the Option #1 Essay “Educational Goals & Use of Funding” 
complete the Summer/Fall Alternative essay “Quapaw Pow-wows.” (If you complete it for Summer, you cannot use it for your Fall essay.)

Please remember that you must be enrolled in the Quapaw Tribe for one year before you are eligible for Higher Education Programs, per Resolution 1119111-E, as of January 1, 2012.



Thursday, November 8, 2018



BIE Scholarship Opportunities for American Indian Students
More BIE Scholarship Opportunities for American Indian Students

Online Colleges In Oklahoma
The State of Online Higher Education in Oklahoma

The NCES estimates that at least 10.6% of students enrolled in Oklahoma’s Title IV institutions are in fully online programs. Of those, 83.3% were reported to be undergraduates and 71.7% were found to be living in Oklahoma.

Check out this website!

Seneca Black Elk Mathews Scholarship
Established in 2012 by the Mathews Family in memory of Seneca Mathews, the endowed scholarship has helped several Quapaw Tribal Members achieve their academic goals at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.

Bureau of Indian Education
BIE has higher education resources. Follow this link.

Hello from the Director of Higher Education

Dear Parents and Students,

Please allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Krista Pierce and I am the Director of the Department of Higher Education for the Quapaw Tribe.  

  • I spent the first part of my life in Bartlesville and Moore, Oklahoma before moving to Riverton, Kansas with my family when I was fifteen.  (I might live in Jayhawk country now, but I still bleed OU crimson!)
  • Graduated with a BSED in English Education and a minor in Secondary Special Education in May of 2006 from Pittsburg State University.
  • Taught English III and AP English Composition at Webb City High School 2006-2007.
  • Earned a graduate assistantship with the PSU English department and taught Freshman Composition and Introduction to Research Writing from January 2009 until December 2010, when I completed all of my graduate courses towards a Masters in English (Literary emphasis).
  • Currently studying for my three Comprehensive Exams to finish my Masters.
  • I am the mother of two boys Sam and Kade and one daughter Khloe (deceased). My kids keep me on my toes—just ask them!
  • Have worked with children and students of all ages in many facets: nanny (in Colorado and Alaska), substitute teacher (Special Education Pre-K through high school and alternative programs), teacher (high school, college, alternative programs), daycare teacher, learning center shift supervisor, and of course, as a mom.

My goal is to carry on the tradition of excellence for Quapaw Tribal students. I am so excited about working with parents and students alike—I hope my scope and depth of experience can help me to help you! 

If ever you have questions, issues, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or stop by the office.  I am honored to assist in whatever way I possibly can.

All My Best,

Krista Pierce

Graduate Information Form
Your tribe is proud of you and would like to document your success.  Your comments will help us understand what students need, what students' priorities are, and how the tribe can most effectively serve students academically and financially.  Please take the time to help us stay connected by filling out our Graduate Information Form