Northeastern State University recently received a $1.7 million grant that will fund the university's Native American Support Center.
The Title III grant award will be distributed over the next five years.
The Native American Support Center seeks to increase the retention and graduation rates of Native American students through early alert and intervention strategies and provide additional academic advising, personal and academic coaching, tutoring, and mentoring, NSU officials said in a news release.
The program will provide a source of culture, connection, and care for Native American students on all three NSU campuses.
“With nearly 3,000 students who self-identify as American Indian, the additional professional staff funded through this program will help ensure students receive culturally sensitive support to increase their academic success at Northeastern State University," said Sara Barnett, Director of the Center for Tribal Studies.
The grant proposal was led by Barnett, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Tom Jackson and Institutional Grant Writer Mitzi Sicking.