Educational Excellence Initiative Program (K-12th Grade)

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Educational Excellence Initiative

The Educational Excellence Initiative (EEI) is designed to encourage Pokagon Band students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade to strive for educational excellence, to attend school regularly, and to improve their academic performance. This “Invest in You” program allows citizens to increase funding for educational programs they frequently use, thereby increasing their knowledge, skills and ability to flourish in post-secondary educational institution.

Eligibility: Pokagon citizen K-12th grade

Time Frame: Grade Submission Deadline - October 1, 2023* (EEI Pre-Application Form)

                       Fund Usage – August 1 – July 31

Funding & Resources Offered:

Funding amounts are available according to the following:

These supplemental funds will be added to another educational program such as: Enrichment Program, Special Requests, and Tutoring. 


Youth Transportation IDA

Tribal youth between the ages of 13 and 17 are able to take advantage of a 1:1 match rate from Chi Ishobak for monthly savings contributions up to $25 for the purchase of an automobile.

This program has a potential 60-month savings period which could result in $3,000 ($1,500 participant savings & $1,500 match funds) total savings for a new car.  Teen Financial Wellness education is the second requirement to receive matching funds.  This program helps our youth to create pathways to financial well-being, establish banking relationships, and empower the accomplishment of goals.

An account with Chi Ishobak must be opened prior to funds being transferred over.

Youth Transportation IDA Application

Forms Required:

  • 2023 EEI Pre-Application
  • Educational Excellence Initiative Program Application
  • Ed. Release Form
  • At the end of the school year, a student/parent must submit a copy of the students’ report card (with all marking periods, or semesters). If the report card does not show attendance, student/parent must also submit an attendance record. If the student does not receive a “letter” grade, student must also submit a grading scale.
  • High School Diploma (for seniors)
  • SAT or ACT test scores (one per year)
  • Those homeschooled will need to complete a service learning project which must be completed by the October 1st deadline.
  • Consideration of IEP, 504 Plans, Professional Documentation will be considered if submitted

* If a child was absent due to having COVID or being quarantined those won’t be counted against them. If the school put those absences on the report card, we will need documentation to show that those absences were due to COVID. Some schools may have automatically put the absences under excused absences.