Northern Arapaho students at the University of Wyoming. Photo: Sky People Higher Education

Northern Arapaho Tribe eyes tuition waiver as more head to university

The Northern Arapaho Tribe is proposing a tuition waiver program at the University of Wyoming.

Chairman Roy Brown gave a presentation to the university's board of trustees last week, outlining the need for the program. As more and more tribal citizens pursue a higher education, the tribe won't be able to support them all with its scholarship fund, he said.

“The 2017-2018 school year posed a really interesting dilemma for us because we had 14 Northern Arapaho students that were qualified and met the criteria for the Arapaho Endowment, which, I think, is the most we’ve ever had,” Brown told the board, The Laramie Boomerang reported. “So, it posed the question of how we’re going to be able to fund all those students.”

According to the chairman's presentation, the tribe has paid out nearly $1.8 million in scholarships in the last 28 years. A total of 229 scholarships have been awarded to its citizens, including the 14 scholarships in the current school year.

Public universities in other states, including Montana and Michigan, offer tuition waivers for tribal citizens.

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As Tribe Grows, Northern Arapaho Propose UW Tuition Waiver (Wyoming Public Media January 23, 2018)
Efforts to boost Native American enrollment showing results (The Laramie Boomerang January 20, 2018)
UW hires Native American program adviser (The Casper Star-Tribune December 26, 2017)