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A Student Incentive Program is being offered by the Michigan Indian Elders Association (MIEA) to recognize students who achieve all “A’s” for a marking period as well as students who achieve perfect attendance for a marking period.

There will be a minimum of $3,000 available to fund this program this year. An award of $25 will be made for each qualified entry up to the minimum available funds in the program. In the event that the number of qualified entries exceeds the funds available, the winners will be determined by lottery.

• The student must be an enrolled member or be a direct descendant of an enrolled member of one of the MIEA constituent tribes.
• The student must be in grades 1-12 at a public or private school.
• Home schooling is not eligible.
• A student must be in grades 4-12 to qualify for the straight “A” award (A-, A, A+).
• Perfect attendance means exactly that. A student must be in school or at a school sponsored function each day of the marking period. Excused absences for anything other than a school sponsored/approved function do not constitute perfect attendance
• The first two marking periods ONLY of the 2018-2019 school year will be used to determine the winners for this lottery.
• A student can qualify for both the perfect attendance and straight “A’s” for both marking periods. For example, straight “A’s” and perfect attendance for both marking periods would mean four  chances to win.

• A parent of the student must complete and sign the Student Incentive Program Application Form in order for the student to qualify for an award.
• A copy of the child’s report card signed by the parent or a letter from an administrator of the student’s school must be submitted with the completed application form to verify the achievement of straight “A’s” and perfect attendance.
• A copy of student’s or parent’s tribal identification card.
• The drawing to determine the winners will be held at the April 2019 Conference of the Michigan Indian Elders Association.

You must follow these directions for your child to be considered for an award. The completed application form (included with these instructions), a signed report card or verification letter of achievement from a school administrator and copy of the student’s or parent’s tribal identification card must be received or postmarked no later than March 15, 2019. Applications received or postmarked after March 15, 2019, will not be accepted; no exceptions. Please send the aforementioned documents to:
    LeAnn Stindt
    103 Big Bear Road
    Iron River, MI 49935

Please note this is not a Sault Tribe program. All applications must be sent to the address indicated on the application. Visit http://michiganindianelders.org/students.php for an application.

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