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A student incentive program is being offered by the Michigan Indian Elders Association (M.I.E.A.) 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. $25 will be awarded 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.

Here are the conditions to qualify:
• The student must be an enrolled member or be a direct descendant of an enrolled member of one of the M.I.E.A. constituent tribes/bands.
• The student must be in grades K-12 at a public or private school. (Home schooling not eligible.)
• A student must be in grades 4-12 to qualify for the straight “A” award. (A-, A, A+)
• For a school system that uses a grading system based on numbers, the equivalent to straight “A's” will be acceptable.
• A student must be in grades K-12 to qualify for the perfect attendance award.
• 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 of this 2019/2020 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.

The drawing to determine the winners will be held at the April, 2020 meeting of the Michigan Indian Elders Association hosted by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in Dowagiac, MI.

VERY IMPORTANT - NECESSARY! You must follow these directions for your child to be considered for an award. The completed application form (this is a different document than this notice), a signed report card or verification letter of achievement from a school administrator and copy of student's or parent's tribal identification card must be postmarked no later than 5 p.m. on March 22, 2020.

Student Incentive Instructions and Application Form 2020

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