NAFOA Academy - FAQs

NAFOA Academy - FAQs

The Academy

How much does it cost to join the Academy?

The online portion of the Academy—Level 100 and 200—are free and open to self-identifying Native American youth ages 18-24 years old.

How do I enroll in Academy 100 & 200?

Academy 100 & 200 are open for enrollment starting May 20, 2019. There are four opportunities to participate in Academy 100 during summer 2019. Each session is two weeks long. Enrollment for each session closes at midnight eastern time on the first day of class. Students enrolling after day one will automatically be enrolled in the next available session.

Academy 200 will have an open enrollment policy for the duration of the program, and students who successfully complete Academy 100 may move onto Academy 200 at any point between the program open and end dates.

Academy 100 Summer Sessions

  • May 27 - June 9, 2019
  • June 10 - June 23, 2019
  • June 24 - July 8, 2019
  • July 1 - July 14, 2019 (Bonus Session)
  • July 8 - July 28, 2019 (Bonus Session)
  • July 15, 2019 - July 29, 2019
  • July 22 - August 4, 2019 (Bonus Session)

Academy 200

  • May 27, 2019 – Program Opens
  • August 8, 2019 – Program Ends

Who is eligible?

Self-identifying Native American youth between the ages of 18-24 are eligible to register for the Academy.

Do I have to be a enrolled in a member tribe?

No, students do not have to be from a NAFOA member tribe to be eligible to participate in the Academy.

What is the time commitment?

Students will have two weeks per qualifying period to complete Academy 100 and can proceed with the coursework at their own pace during that time.

Students should plan to set aside 35 hours to complete Academy 200 between the time of registration and August 8.

Students who apply for the NAFOA Leadership Summit must be available to travel and attend the Summit and NAFOA Conference dates (October 6-8, 2019). Students should plan to arrive on October 5, 2019.

I am unable to attend the Summit, can I still enroll in the Academy?

Yes! We encourage all interested youth ages 18 - 24 to participate in the free Academy 100 and 200 online coursework. You can still enroll in the Academy and take the Level 100 and Level 200 coursework even if you are unable to attend the Leadership Summit in October.

Is the Academy different from NACSA?

Yes. The Academy is the new revamped version of the Native American Career Success Academy (NACSA).

While the NAFOA Academy builds on the same principles as NACSA, it includes new levels of coursework aimed at helping Native youth prepare and succeed in the workplace and grow in their knowledge about the opportunities available in tribal economies and current policies impacting tribal economic development.

I’ve previously completed the online NACSA program, do I need to complete Level 100 and Level 200 in order to apply for the Leadership Summit?

If you have previously completed the NACSA program, you are eligible to skip Level 100 for 2019. You will still need to enroll and complete Academy 200. You must confirm your NACSA completion status by emailing Please provide your first and last name and your registration email, within the email body.

I’m an educator, can I have access to the curriculum?

Educators and youth leaders may request a facilitators guide that provides more insight into the curriculum and offers guidance for successfully leading a local youth cohort through the Academy. Please email for more information.

The Academy


Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a self-identifying Native American youth between 18-24 years old by the NAFOA Leadership Summit and Conference dates.
  • Complete Academy 100 during one of the four summer sessions.
  • Complete Academy 200 before August 8, 2019.
  • Currently reside within the U.S.
  • Be able to attend the Leadership Summit and NAFOA Conference taking place October 6-8, 2019 (applicants must also be able to travel the day before the program begins) and
  • Submit a completed application by August 9, 2019.

Do I have to be enrolled in a member tribe to attend the Summit and Conference?

No, applicants do not have to be enrolled in a member tribe to be eligible to apply for the scholarship and/or attend the Summit and Conference.

What is included in the Scholarship?

The NAFOA Academy Scholarship provides funding for the costs associated with participation in Academy 300. Funding is available for hotel costs, conference registration fees, and the NAFOA Leadership Summit program fees.

Additionally, the dress code for the NAFOA Leadership Summit and NAFOA Conference is strictly business formal. To help attendees meet this expectation a $125.00 clothing stipend is available for all accepted program participants.

How do I qualify for a NAFOA Academy scholarship?

Students must register and complete the Academy 100 coursework during one of the four summer sessions as well as complete Academy 200 by August 8, 2019.

Academy 100 Summer Sessions Dates
  • May 27, 2019 - June 9, 2019
  • June 10, 2019 - June 23, 2019
  • June 24, 2019 - July 8, 2019
  • July 15, 2019 - July 29, 2019

Academy 200 will run from May 27, 2019, to August 8, 2019.

When is the deadline to apply?

The deadline for scholarships is 11:59pm ET on August 9, 2019.

I was part of NACSA last year, can I use that to apply for the scholarship?

Students who completed the Native American Career Success Academy (NACSA) in 2018 should contact to verify their status.

Former NACSA students who completed the program may skip Academy 100 but will still be responsible for completing Academy 200, or provide transcripts documenting relevant coursework, before they are eligible to apply for the NAFOA Leadership Summit and scholarships.

When and where is the NAFOA Leadership Summit?

The NAFOA Leadership Summit will take place the day before the NAFOA Fall Finance & Tribal Economies Conference on October 6, 2019 in Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minnesota. Accepted students are also expected to stay during the NAFOA Conference dates on October 7-8, 2019.

When are scholarships awarded?

Scholarship recipients will be notified before the end of August.