Higher Education Program

Our Mission

Whether you are an adult ready to make a change or a new graduate just starting out, Higher Education can assist you on your education journey.

About Our Program

The Meskwaki Higher Education Program seeks to achieve the highest, most diverse level of General Educational Development (GED), post-secondary education, and career training opportunities for the Meskwaki people.

The Sac & Fox Tribe faces important social, economic, and cultural challenges as it enters the 21st century. In order to be successful in meeting those challenges, the Sac & Fox Tribe seeks to assist community members in their educational pursuits. We aim to accomplish this through engaging the community, overcoming barriers, and helping tribal members and their descendants succeed through post-secondary education and training opportunities.

What We Help With

  • Financial support for any course of study that leads to a post-secondary educational degree (AA or AS, BA or BS, Masters and/or Doctorate)
  • Financial support for adult education and vocational training
  • Pre-college awareness, career exploration, and support (help completing college applications, filling out financial aid forms, etc.)
  • Campus visits (local areas)
  • Financial Aid Information (FAFSA assistance)


Overcoming barriers by helping adults procure career and technical (vocational) training through learning opportunities that will advance employment skills.


Assisting the community in the pre-college/vocational admissions process and working with members to set and attain educational goals.


Supporting members in applying for grants and obtaining financial assistance for college expenses, enrichment programs, testing fees, and more.


Encouraging the community as they work to build a strong, highly educated workforce that will continue to preserve Sovereignty, protect traditions, and build a stronger, sustainable Meskwaki Nation now and in the future.


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Application Documents

The following application documents are fillable. You must download them onto your computer in order to complete them. After downloading them, please fill them out and email them back to us.

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall — June 1
  • Spring — November 1
  • Summer — March 1

High School Graduation Bios due May 2

Grant Application Documents

Enrichment Application Process

First Nations’ Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship

First Nations will award 20 to 25 $1,000 to $1,500 scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic school year to Native American college students majoring in agriculture and agriculture-related fields.

Higher Education Program Staff

Travis Mullen

Higher Education Advisor

Meskwaki Settlement School

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Terri Scott

Higher Education Director

Meskwaki Settlement School

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Harlan Whitefish

Adult Education Advisor

Meskwaki Settlement School

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Contact Information & Department Hours

Phone Number

(641) 844-6986

Fax Number

(641) 484-2101

Physical Address

1608 305th Street
Tama, IA 52339

Mailing Address

349 Meskwaki Road
Tama, IA 52339

Helpful Links

Scholarship Opportunities for Health professionals

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Contact the Meskwaki Nation

Get in touch with our main office if you have general questions or need assistance finding the correct department to contact.