Welcome From the 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
Required STAR Forms
- Awards issued twice per school year (once each semester)
- 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)
PLEASE NOTE IMPORTANT CHANGES:
Due to the popularity and continual growth of the Success Through Academic Recognition Program (STAR), our policies and procedures are frequently examined to ensure efficiency to our Tribal Members. In the past we have required an application for enrollment in the program as well as a new Grade and Attendance Verification Form each semester in order to award the student. These two forms have now been consolidated into one document.
On October 2nd of each year, a new form will be released for the school year. This form must be completed each semester in order to be awarded.
Please review the new form and new procedures carefully:
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
Fall Semester : Trimester 1
Spring Semester: Trimesters 2 and 3
The STAR form was put in place to ensure we have up-to-date information for the student as well as a point of contact to confirm the report card information at the school. This ensures the awards are mailed to the appropriate location and expedites processing. When STAR began, we only required a copy of the report card; however, due to the different grading scales across the nation, we added the additional form as a requirement along with the report card to ensure accurate awarding.