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Education

The mission of the education program is to promote educational programs that foster the preservation of Samish culture and traditions and instill a desire for lifelong learning in all Samish tribal members.

We do this by providing the following services for enrolled tribal members:
  • Higher Education Assistance Awards (after high school): Financial Support is available to Samish Tribal Members after High School. Please contact the Education Program directly for the current forms & applications.  As of August 2018, we have a waitlist for undergraduate funding for the 2018-19 Academic year.  Any completed applications received will be added to the waitlist in the order they are received completed in case funding becomes available.
  • Tutoring Support: Financial Assistance is available to help pay for tutoring services for K-12 students completing a GED/HS Diploma.  Payments are made directly to tutors for students with Samish program approved assistance plans.  Please contact the Education Program directly for the current forms & applications.
  • Course Completion Incentive Program: Samish Tribal Members are eligible, once per quarter, for a $100 award for completing a post-secondary school course. Please Login and follow the link to the online application for Course Completion Incentives

For all 3 programs, Tribal members should login to the website for additional information and Course Completion Online Application

For Education Assistance questions or to contact us for the latest forms, use the E-mail us contact link.

Stay tuned the the Education Program Blog posts below to stay up to date on opportunities and emergent issues.

  • Post Bac Opportunity

    by Adam Lorio | Jan 02, 2019
    We are always looking for opportunities for our Samish higher education students.  This one was passed along by our Health and Human Services Program, Check it out!
    This one includes funding!

    Can you say yes to each of these requirements?

    • Membership in an American Indian/Alaskan Native tribe
    • Must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher
    • Must have graduated or be in the process of graduating with a baccalaureate degree in a biomedically relevant science from an accredited US college or university (no more than 36 months prior to applying to UA PREP)
    • Must not be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program
    • Must plan to enter a PhD program in a biomedical field after successful completion of UA PREP
    Find out more about the UA PREP Opportunity Here:
    UA PREP Website
    • Teachers Needed!

      by Adam Lorio | Dec 17, 2018
      It is critical to every student's educational success to see someone that they identfy with in their classrooms.  Especially for Native American student's seeing role models from their community in teaching, administration, para professional and higher education roles improves their perfomance in the classroom and beyond.
      There are an increasing number of programs working to train Native American Teachers.
      Here is a program and opportunity for funding from Univeristy of Oregon:

      University of Oregon Teacher Ed Opportunity
      Deadline for 2019-20 Applications: January 15th, 2019
      Check it out!
    • Show Us the Money!

      by Adam Lorio | Dec 13, 2018
      Pursuing Higher Education has become more expensive over the last 20 years.  A full time student in the 70s could work 8-12 hours a week to pay for schooling along with their financial aid package.  Today, many studies say students would need to work 60-80 hours a week to cover the equivelant costs today.

      We are always looking for good financial resources for our Samish Higher Education students.  If you know of one, feel free to send it to us so that we can pass it on.

      Here is a great link to scholarship opportunities from the Native American Finance Officers Association which Samish is a member of.  Thanks to our great Finance team for passing this along!

      NAFOA Scholarships


      Article showing the relative cost increases and how many hours students need to work to pay for college:
      How many hours students need to work article
    • Higher Education Assistance Update, Undergraduate Funding

      by Adam Lorio | Aug 24, 2018
      Wow, for the first time in a while, we currently have a waiting list of students who have completed applications requesting undergraduate Higher Education Assistance.  For the 2018-19 school year, the entire budget approved by Tribal Council is planned for spending to support our tribal members pursuing studies after High School.  Waitlisted students will be notified immediately if funds become available.  We will continue to accept appplications for the waitlist.  We are grateful every year that Tribal Council chooses to support our students in achieving their academic goals and excited to be supporting so many students this year.
      If you have students looking for guidance in pursuing studies after High School don't hesitate to have them contact us.  We love to help.

    • AIGC Scholarships Open Now!

      by Adam Lorio | May 08, 2018
      Hi all, We are working to provide more information for Samish Students at all levels.  We hope that sharing information here is useful.  Please let us know and when you see opportunities, let us know so that we can share them as well.

      The American Indian Graduate Center is a great resource and has several scholarships open right now for college students of all levels.

      Check out this link for more information:
      AIGC Scholarship Information

    Elders Program Health Lecture Series: Herb Gardens

    Anacortes, WA

    Do you want to learn more about garden herbs while making a planter of your own?

    Dates: 24 – 24 Apr, 2019

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    Samish Diabetes Conference and Wellness Gathering

    Anacortes, Washington, 98221

    Join us on May 4th from 9am to 3pm for the Annual Samish Diabetes Conference and Wellness Gathering. This year's theme is “Keep Your Eyes Healthy: Protect Vision and Prevent Eye Disorders”

    Dates: 04 – 04 May, 2019

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    Elders Program: Making Giveaways - Trauma Balm Class

    Anacortes, WA

    We need your help making giveaways for Samish events.

    Dates: 09 – 09 May, 2019

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    Paddle Workshop Part 4

    Anacortes, WA

    Come carve a paddle!

    Dates: 11 – 11 May, 2019

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    Paddle Workshop Part 5

    Anacortes, WA

    Come carve a paddle!

    Dates: 18 – 18 May, 2019

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    Youth Rock Climbing

    Burlington, WA 98233

    Youth ages 8 - 18 are going indoor rock climbing!

    Dates: 18 – 18 May, 2019

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    Elders Program Health Lecture Series: Medication Management

    Anacortes, WA

    Concerned about managing medication, not sure of the best options, come to our presentation from the Samish Health Department to learn more.

    Dates: 23 – 23 May, 2019

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    Samish Youth Trip to Cypress Island: Culture and Land Stewardship

    Anacortes, WA

    Overnight camping trip to Cypress Island for youth ages 8 - 18. RSVP by May 4.

    Dates: 01 – 02 Jun, 2019

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    Teaching of Cedar Part 3

    Anacortes, WA

    Join us for the Teachings of Cedar series, the third of three classes. Please RSVP to save your spot!

    Dates: 08 – 08 Jun, 2019

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    Elders Luncheon Planning Meeting

    Anacortes, WA

    It's our final week of preparations! Samish Elders Program Luncheon planning, organization and set-up will be happening all week.

    Dates: 24 – 28 Jun, 2019

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    Annual Samish Elders Luncheon

    Anacortes, WA

    Please RSVP to Katy with a count of Tribal Elders planning to attend. Open to regional Tribes of the Salish Sea.

    Dates: 28 – 28 Jun, 2019

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    2nd Annual Samish Film Festival

    Anacortes, WA, 98221

    Two evenings of films and documentaries focused on native stories.

    Dates: 28 – 29 Jun, 2019

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    Cultural Boat Trip - June

    Anacortes, WA 98221

    Join us for a cultural boat tour through the San Juan Islands and Samish traditional territory.

    Dates: 29 – 29 Jun, 2019

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    June Cultural Day

    Anacortes, WA 98221

    A day of cultural activities and lunch.

    Dates: 29 – 29 Jun, 2019

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    Birch Bay Waterslides

    Blaine, WA 98230

    You are invited for a day of fun at Birch Bay Waterslides!

    Dates: 13 – 13 Jul, 2019

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    Canoe Journey Landing at Samish

    Anacortes, WA

    Tribal Canoe Journey lands at Samish!

    Dates: 23 – 24 Jul, 2019

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    Youth Backpacking

    Anacortes, WA, 98221

    Youth Backpacking for ages 8 - 18. RSVP by July 8.

    Dates: 02 – 04 Aug, 2019

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    Cultural Boat Trip - August

    Anacortes, WA 98221

    Join us for a cultural boat tour through the San Juan Islands and Samish traditional territory.

    Dates: 10 – 10 Aug, 2019

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    Seasonal Plant Harvesting - Cattail

    Anacortes, WA

    Learn about traditional plants and how to harvest them.

    Dates: 10 – 10 Aug, 2019

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    Wild Waves

    Federal Way, WA 98003

    Join us for day of fun in the water!

    Dates: 18 – 18 Aug, 2019

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    Camp Samish

    Bow, WA, 98232

    We will have cultural crafts, language learning, storytelling, and more!

    Dates: 22 – 25 Aug, 2019

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