Star Program

Welcome From Chief Gary Batton

"Success Through Academic Recognition (STAR) began in 2007 under the leadership of Chief Gregory E. Pyle with his vision of providing educational opportunities to our Choctaw youth.  I intend to carry on his legacy by continuing to invest in our students worldwide.  People, particularly our children, are the future of our tribe, and as such, we are fostering a desire to accomplish academic and lifelong goals.  By providing monetary incentives for academic achievements, STAR encourages Choctaw students to make education a priority, which leads to improved lives for all Choctaw tribal members.  STAR aims to develop student work ethic, improve graduation rates, and to reveal opportunities for continued education after high school.  As a gateway to other Choctaw Nation programs, STAR provides the foundation for students to connect with their heritage by taking advantage of the many opportunities available to our tribal members.  Education has played a vital role in the growth of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and because of programs like STAR, the future remains bright and full of hope for the Choctaw people."

     - Gary Batton, Chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Our purpose at Success Through Academic Recognition (STAR) is to:

  • Encourage academic success
  • Improve academic standing
  • Develop a value for attendance
  • Provide an incentive to strive for goals
  • Develop an appreciation for a strong work ethic
  • Increase retention and graduation rates
  • Foster a desire for post-secondary education
  • Partnership with area school districts

Click › New online STAR Enrollment

Submit STAR application/enrollment here (school signature no longer required). For more information visit our STAR website.

Click › 2017/2018 STAR Incentive Form 

Copy of the Semester Report Card is required

Copy of the Student’s Attendance Record (Perfect Attendance Award Only)

Copy of the Membership Card (First-Time Applicants Only)

On December 1st of each year, a new form will be released for the school year. This form must be completed each semester in order for your student to be awarded.

Please review the new form and new procedures carefully:

  • First-time enrollees, please submit a copy of the student’s tribal membership card.
  • Complete Part 1 to enroll student at any time.
  • Complete Part 1 & 2 to be awarded. Please be aware of each awarding time frame and deadlines listed.
  • STAR awards are only given twice a year for each completed semester.

      *If your school does not have semester grades, the following scale applies:

          1st & 2nd Nine Week Grades (or 1st & 2nd Block Grades) = Fall

          3rd & 4th Nine Weeks Grades (or 3rd & 4th Block Grades)  = Spring

  • Students attending schools with trimester grading terms is as follows:

          Fall Semester : Trimester 1

          Spring Semester: Trimesters 2 and 3

  • To qualify for Perfect Attendance, a copy of the student’s official attendance record is required.

 

About Us Getting Started Contact FAQ

The STAR Incentive Form ensures up-to-date information for each student and provides a point of contact to confirm the information displayed on the report card. This guarantees that awards are mailed to the appropriate location and expedites processing.

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is committed to making sure that every Choctaw student is successful in their educational career. As our students excel in school, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma wants to make sure they are rewarded. Choctaw members who are currently enrolled in grades 2nd through 12th are eligible to join the STAR Program.

 

About Us! 

Success Through Academic Recognition began during the Fall of 2007 and continues to grow rapidly. We recognize all accredited school districts worldwide. The mission of the program is to encourage and improve the academic success of Choctaw students. The intent of the program is to recognize and reward the academic excellence of Choctaw students and encourage more students to achieve success in the classroom.

STAR Program Benefits

  • Encourage academic success
  • Improves academic standing
  • Incentive to strive for goals
  • Partner in education with area school districts
  • Development of work ethic
  • Rewards and develops value for attendance
  • Increases retention
  • Increases graduation rates
  • Opportunity to continue education after high school

Incentive Awards

Recognition each semester (twice per academic year)

All A’s - $25 Gift Card

A’s & B’s or All B’s - $10 Gift Card

Perfect Attendance - $25 Gift Card

(School Policy Honored)

Getting Started

Are you interested in joining the 19,000 students already enrolled in the Choctaw STAR Program?
Enrolling into the STAR program is the first step in achieving recognition for your Choctaw students. You may enroll your student using the online enrollment link listed on our home page.  The STAR program is available to all students enrolled in 2nd through 12th grades in any accredited school in the world and who are current Tribal Members of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

On December 1st of each year, an updated incentive application will be released for the school year. Please review the form and procedures carefully for both enrollment and awarding purposes.

STAR awards are only given twice a year for each completed semester.

If your school does not have semester grades, the following scale applies:

  •           1st & 2nd Nine Week Grades (or 1st & 2nd Quarters) = Fall Semester
  •           3rd & 4th Nine Weeks Grades (or 3rd & 4th Quarters) = Spring Semester
  •           Students attending schools with trimester grading terms is as follows:
  •           Fall Semester: Trimester 1     Spring Semester: Trimesters 2 and 3

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the STAR Program?

The STAR Program is an educational incentive program that began in the Fall of 2007 and continues to grow rapidly. The mission of the program is to encourage and improve the academic success of Choctaw students. The intent of the program is to recognize and reward the academic excellence of Choctaw students and encourage more students to achieve success in the classroom.  Over a million dollars has been delivered to our students through Choctaw STAR awards.

What are the benefits of the STAR program?

     -Encourages academic success
     -Improves academic standing
     -Develops a value for attendance
     -Creates as an incentive to strive for goals
     -Partnerships with area school districts
     -Develops an appreciation for a strong work ethic
     -Increased retention and graduation rates
     -Fosters a desire for post-secondary education

What is the difference between participating schools and non-participating schools?

-Participating schools have a remarkable campus volunteer who awards qualifying students for the STAR Program without the parent/guardian submitting additional documentation.  The awards are mailed to the school and distributed to the students.  We encourage parents/guardians to contact the STAR office to inquire about a student’s award status if they have any questions.

The parent/guardian of a student attending a non-participating school is required to submit documentation each semester in order to receive awards.  The required documents include:

    - STAR Incentive Form

    - Copy of the Semester Report Card

    - Copy of the Student’s Attendance Record (Perfect Attendance Award Only)

    - Copy of the Membership Card (First-Time Applicants Only)

The awards will be mailed to the address provided on the application.  If contact or school information changes, please contact the STAR office to update a student’s file.

How do I enroll?

To enroll into the STAR Program, please complete the "Online STAR Enrollment" located on our home page or you may submit a paper copy by mail only. First-time applicants need to submit a copy of their student’s Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma tribal membership card.

How much can a student earn?

A student can earn up to $50.00 per semester. This continues from 2nd grade through 12th

How often do students get awards?

Students are awarded twice per school year, once for the Fall semester and once for the Spring semester.

I attend a school with trimesters instead of semesters.  Do I send in a report card at the end of each trimester?

For schools that grade on a trimester scale, we count the first trimester for the Fall award and average the second and third trimesters for the Spring award.

I am homeschooled.  Can I participate in this program?

Yes, homeschooled students are eligible and must submit the required documentation.

How can I find out about other Choctaw Nation services and programs?

To find out about other programs please visit other areas of the Choctaw Nation website: www.choctawnation.com

 Contact Star Program

Do you have a question about the Choctaw Nation’s STAR Program?           

All documents can be submitted by email, mail or fax.

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma STAR Program
1802 Chukka Hina
Durant, OK 74702 
Fax:  (580) 916-3813
 

Jason Campbell, Director
jcampbell@choctawnation.com
(800) 522-6170 ext. 2787

Nancy Boyd, STAR Coordinator
(800) 522-6170 ext. 2573
 
 Shelly McKinney, STAR Coordinator
(800) 522-6170 ext. 2581
 
Carie Dill, Program Assistant
(800) 522-6170 ext. 2147
 
Carissa Reeves, Program Assistant
(800) 522-6170 ext. 2971

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