The Penobscot Nation Department of Education and Career Services provides assistance and resources designed to encourage and aid tribal members with all aspects of career planning, educational opportunities and job attainment. The department’s goal is to empower tribal members to make career and educational choices facilitated by an awareness of their vocational interests, abilities, values, and life goals. Through its efforts the department strives to provide tribal members with the skills and resources needed to achieve their educational and career goals.
This annual scholarship was established to assist one Penobscot tribal member pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited, non-profit institution. This includes undergraduate as well as graduate programs. One award of $2000.00 will be granted for the Spring 2018 semester and paid directly to the College or University. Awards are based on financial need for un-met tuition expenses only. Awards will not be based on academic achievement/ grades. Click for more information.
Riverside Adult Ed Partnership
The Riverside Adult Education Partnership represents a collaborative effort on the part local school systems to provide services to adult learners in their communities. As a result of this partnership, we are better able to provide to our communities a greater variety of academic, personal enrichment and vocational skills courses. Community partners include: Alton, Bradley, Frankfort, Glenburn, Greenbush, Hampden, Indian Island, Milford, Newburgh, Old Town, Orono, Winterport, and Veazie.
University of Maine Native American Waiver
For information on the Native American waiver offered at the University of Maine System schools and to download the application visit:
FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Use the following website to complete your free FAFSA report.
Use the following websites for free information on scholarships, grants and internships:
FAME (Finance Authority of Maine, open to Maine residents)
American Indian College Fund
This is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to learn more about specific careers. This site provides detailed information on career exploration and job analysis. It also provides an interest inventory test to find out what careers you may be more suitable for.
Information about the 2015 Summer Youth program will be available at a later date. Please check back!
The Penobscot Nation Department of Education and Career Services has a computer lab available to job seekers and students. The lab includes the use of 4 computers, 1 printer, a telephone and a fax machine. Some of the services available in the lab include assistance with creating a resume or cover letter, online job searches, completing an interest profiler, using word documents to type papers or homework. Resource materials are also available for advanced testing, such as the GRE. Students can also work towards on-line classes in the lab.
We also have a free library where tribal members can borrow a variety of books that include fiction and non-fiction.
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.
Higher Education Grant Program (HEGP) - provides scholarship assistance to members of the Penobscot Nation who are seeking to earn their bachelor’s degree through a properly accredited higher education institution. Scholarships may be used to pay for tuition, fees, room & board, books, subsistence.
Adult Vocational Training Program (AVT) - provides scholarship assistance to members of the Penobscot Nation who are seeking to earn their associate degree, diploma or certification through a properly accredited higher education institution. Scholarships may be used to pay for vocational training expenses including tuition, fees, room, books, supplies, tools, uniforms and subsistence.
Native Employment Works Program (NEW) - Provides job training education funds for members of the Penobscot Nation who have a dependent child/children and who are receiving some form of public assistance. Supportive services may be available to help pay for educational expenses, transportation costs and childcare. Participants must reside on or near the Penobscot Nation Reservation.
Penobscot Fellowship Program- provides financial assistance to members of the Penobscot Nation who are seeking to earn their master’s degree, certificate of advanced study, or doctorate degree through a properly accredited higher education institution. Scholarships may be used to pay for tuition, fees, room & board, books, subsistence.
Employment Assistance Program (EAP) - assists members of the Penobscot Nation who have job skills, to obtain and retain permanent full-time employment. Financial assistance may be provided for transportation, work clothing, tools, subsistence, childcare, and other reasonable expenses related to accepting new employment. Financial assistance is also available for small business start-up. Applicants must reside on or near the Penobscot Nation reservation.
Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA) - helps clients facing barriers to employment by providing job training and other services that may result in increased employment and earnings, increases educational and occupational skills. Supportive services include providing an hourly training wage to those participating in the Work Experience component of the program. Tuition, fees, books and other educational expenses may be available to those enrolled in the Classroom Training component. Applicants must reside in the State of Maine.
* All programs have eligibility requirements, funding limits and guidelines.
Please contact the Department of Education and Career Services for more information, if you have any questions or if you are unsure which application to fill out.