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Alternative Teaching Certificate Financial Aid Options


The Avedis Foundation is a private foundation established in Shawnee, Oklahoma in 2012. The name “Avedis” means “bearer of glad tidings or good news.” The Avedis Foundation is a catalyst for positive change with a vision to measurably improve the health, wellness, and quality of life for the people of Pottawatomie County and its surrounding communities.

Applicants teaching in Pottawatomie County or in Seminole, Meeker, Chandler, Prague, and Little Axe Public Schools are eligible to apply for tuition assistance.

Provided by the Avedis Foundation, the tuition assistance covers 50% of the total program cost. Following admission into the program, eligible students will receive instructions about applying for tuition assistance.

Apply for an AVEDIS Grant 

CPN/OBU Partnership

Vocational Scholarship

CPN citizens in the United States, its territories, and Canada —as of April 2018 — qualify for application consideration. Part-time students (11 hours or less per semester, or 95 hours or less per month) receive up to $750 and full-time students up to $2,000.

For students pursuing a vocational degree or technical license, scholarship assistance is available through the CPN Workforce and Social Services department. Students may contact WSS at 405-878-3854 to learn more about this opportunity.

ACCESS Students qualify for $750 per semester.

Classroom Training Grant

CPN Workforce and Social Services Education Classroom Training Grant is open to citizens of federally recognized tribes in the CPN 5 1/2 county service area (Pottawatomie, Payne, Cleveland, Lincoln, Seminole, and the portion of Oklahoma County east of Post Road). This grant assists with up to $150 (part time) and up to $300 (full-time) towards tuition and/or books of unmet need. FAFSA must be filed if the course qualifies. Once the application is completed and approved, all payments are made directly to the school. Contact WSS at 405-878-3854 for more information.

ACCESS Students qualify for $150 per semester.

CPN Department of Education Informational Booklet