FAQs: NACSA and the Gen-I Career Success Fellowship Program


FAQs: NACSA and the Gen-I Career Success Fellowship Program

December 28, 2017

About the Native American Career Success Academy:

1. What is NACSA?

The Native American Career Success Academy is an online professional development curriculum for Native youth. The coursework is designed to help Native youth develop the skill set and confidence required to become financially responsible young adults and successful young professionals.

This year’s curriculum consists of two modules: Career Preparation and Navigating your Real Costs. The curriculum focuses on preparing for a networking and job search experience and understanding opportunity costs and how this concept can apply to important decision making.

2. Who can participate in the online NACSA program?

The NACSA program is open to Native American Youth 18 – 24 years old. Interested students older than 24 are welcome to participate in the online NACSA program, but they will not be eligible for the Gen-I Career Success Fellowship program.

3. How much does the online NACSA program cost?

NACSA is free to join.

4. How long will the curriculum be available online?

NACSA is open from October 2017 – May 31, 2018

5. How long will it take to complete both NACSA modules?

The coursework is estimated to take 7 – 10 hours to complete.

6. How is the NACSA content graded?

The curriculum is self-guided and most of the assignments are graded as incomplete or complete, with the exception of short quizzes, in the Navigating Your Real Costs curriculum. 

About the Gen-I Career Success Fellowship Program:

1. What is the fellowship program?

The Gen-I Career Success Fellowship Program provides funding to qualified and highly motivated Native American youth to attend the NAFOA Leadership Summit and NAFOA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA from April 22, 2018 – April 24, 2018.

  • Funding covers airfare from within the continental United States to the Annual NAFOA Conference location, ground transportation, hotel & food stipend.
  • Dress code for the NAFOA Leadership Summit and NAFOA Conference is strictly business formal. To help fellows meet this expectation a $125.00 clothing stipend is also provided.
  • All fellows must be 18 years old by April 1, 2018.

2. How is funding provided?

Airfare and hotel will be prepaid by NAFOA. Fellows are expected to submit receipts for reimbursements for ground transportation, food, and clothing.

3. How do I qualify for the fellowship program?

All fellowship applicants are required to complete the online NACSA program by February 9, 2018.

4. How do I apply for the fellowship program?

Fellowship applications will be available by Jan. 10th, 2018 and consists of short essay questions, resume submission, and a listing of relevant coursework.

5. What is required of the fellows?

Fellows are required to participate in the NAFOA Leadership Summit and both days of the Annual NAFOA Conference. Programming lasts from Sunday, April 22, 2018, to Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

Fellows should expect to arrive on Saturday, April 21, 2018, and depart on the afternoon/evening of April 24, 2018


January 10, 2018: Fellowship applications open

January 29, 2018: Last day to sign up for NASCA

February 9, 2018: Last day to complete NACSA program

February 12, 2018: Last day to apply for the Fellowship

April 22, 2018: Leadership Summit

April 23 & 24, 2018: NAFOA Conference

For questions or comments please contact Cody Harjo, NAFOA Education Coordinator, at cody@nafoa.org or (202) 407-2368


Wells Fargo is hosting two Sophomore Leadership Conferences in March 2018. One in Arizona on March 7-8, and one in North Carolina on March 15-16.

The Conference will introduce students to the opportunities and culture of Wells Fargo. The two-day Sophomore Leaders Conference is designed to be a best-in-class program to pipeline high-potential underrepresented candidates into their Sophomore Summer Program. The conference will provide students the chance to connect with one another and Wells Fargo leaders. Students will also have the chance to interview with hiring managers for paid summer internships which give them the opportunity to become a member of the Wells Fargo team.

Students must apply for these conferences by January 8, 2018.


The BlueBird Certified Public Accountants Scholarship for Native American Accounting Students provides three (3) awards of up to $5,000 each for the 2018 academic year.