Collegiate Partnerships

We partner with local colleges and universities to ensure afforable tuition, scholarships, and tutoring opportunities for citizens and employees.

Indiana University South Bend
On February 26, 2015, we entered into an agreement with Indiana University South Bend (IUSB). This offsets the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition for citizens and reduces tution costs for employees living in Michigan.

Lake Michigan College
On June 9, 2015, we began a partnership with Lake Michigan College. We've committed to financially supporting their Hanson Technology Center, where tribal citizens, custodial parents, and staff members can study and later apply their knowledge to internships at various Pokagon Band enterprises.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Homework Hotline is a free math and science tutoring service for Indiana students in grades 6-12. Rose Hulman is extending this service to include Pokagon Band students living in Michigan and will help undergraduate students. If you have a question you can call 877-ASK-ROSE (877-275-7673) or visit their website.

Southwestern Michigan College
In the fall of 2015, the first cohort of the Tribal Leadership Program will begin classes at SMC. Courses included are Principles of Accounting I, American Indian Studies and Policy, Marketing, Micro and Macroeconomics. These represent just 16 of the 28 total required credits. The Education Department oversees the application process.

Western Michigan University

The Band is donating $40,000 to fund the Paul Michael Sorce Scholarship for four years at Western Michigan University. The scholarship will be awarded annually to two students (one male, one female) enrolled in the Haworth College of Business, College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Health and Human Services. Special consideration will be given for students who are members of groups that are underrepresented at Western Michigan University, such as Native Americans, have overcome obstacle such as educational disadvantage or disabilities, or who are the first generation in their family to attend college. Preference will be given to those students who have demonstrated continued community service to the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians.

Portland State

Oregon State

Beginning this Fall term 2022 Oregon State University and Portland State University students who are enrolled members of the 574 federally recognized Tribes as included on the Federal Register, shall be considered residents of the state of Oregon for tuition purposes. 

If you have questions about any of the above information or are interested in attending one of these schools, please contact Marisela Goodrich.

Marisela Goodrich Higher Education Contact