Jim McQuillen, PPS, MFCT: Department Director

707.482.1350 ext. 1120  or 707.465.8305

Elsie McLaughlin-Feliz, Assistant Education Director


Jeremiah Swain, Education Clerical Assistant

707.482.1350 ext. 1121 or 707.465.8305

Linda Prouty, Clerical Assistant - Higher Education Contact

707.482-1350 ext. 1123 or 707.465.8305

Carole Lewis, Yurok Language Program Coordinator

530.625.4130 ext.1626

Barbara McQuillen, Yurok Language Teacher

707.482.1350 ext.1332


Yurok Tribe
Klamath Office
190 Klamath Blvd
PO Box 1027
Klamath, CA 95548

The Mission of the Education Department

To provide a wide-range of support services designed to ensure academic success while building and maintaining the Yurok cultural identity and assisting to provide for the health, education, economy and social wellbeing of our members and future members; and to preserve and promote our culture, language and religious beliefs and practices and pass them on to our children, our grandchildren, and to their grandchildren on, forever.

The Yurok Tribe will be hosting a few Internship positions for High School, Under Grad, and Graduate students in multiple positions throughout the Tribe.
If you would like to apply or know anyone who would be interested please help spread the word.
Click on the links below for the position discriptions and application

Internship Descriptions

Internship Application

Applications are due to the Education Department by May 27, 5:00PM

Attention Students and Graduates!

Cobell Settlement funds are now available as Scholarships for both undergraduate college and graduate students attending an accredited college or university.   If you need assistance with the application please call the Yurok Education Department at 707-482- 1350 Ex. 1121 or 707-465-8305.  Please note the deadlines on both application sites.

College Funds.Org (Application Period Jan. 1st - March 31st, 2015)


The Yurok Education is available to assist you on your financial aid applications.  Please call for an appointment at 707-482-1350 Ex. 1121 or 707-465-8305. See the Financial Aid Help Session Dates below.

Cobell Scholars Application Now Open


The American Indian Graduate Center will manage the Cobell Scholars Program which was established as a result of the Cobell v. Salazar litigation. The Cobell Scholars Program is intended to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native students to defray the cost of attendance at both post-secondary vocational schools and institutions of higher education, including graduate and professional schools.

ELIGIBILITY: Scholarships in various amounts are awarded to U.S. Federally-recognized American Indian and Alaska Native community members (students) who are vocational certificate-seeking or associate, bachelor, graduate and professional degree-seeking students in full-time, accredited, non-profit institutions in the United States; and who are able to demonstrate financial need through the submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

A complete application will consist of:

1.    A completed General Application (deadline June 1, 2015); and,

2.    Completion of Cobell Scholars opportunity-specific questions (deadline June 1, 2015); and,

3.    Tribal Eligibility Certificate (due July 15, 2015) which is also available at in the Scholarships section titled Online Application Instructions; and,

4.    Financial Needs Form (due July 15, 2015) which is also available at in the Scholarships section titled Online Application Instructions.

All eligible students are highly encouraged to complete the Cobell Scholars application for funding consideration. Take time to peruse the online application system as you may be eligible for other opportunities.

For more information and to apply, please visit, review the instructions and qualifications, then select “Apply/Check Status” on the right hand side of the page.


Download 2014-2015 state deadlines here.

Federal Deadline Online applications must be submitted by midnight Central Time, June 30, 2015.
Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Time, September 19, 2015

College Deadline Check with the college(s) you are interested in attending. You may also want to ask your college about its definition of an application deadline - whether it is the date the college receives your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed.

The Education Advisory Committee meeting will meet on the following dates:

June 16th, 11:00AM

This committee gives input and feedback to all Education Programs for the Yurok Tribe from council appointed representatives.


Priorities for the Coming Year

  1. It is a priority for the Education Department to continue to advocate and apply for increased funding for educational programs and services for the Yurok Tribe.

  2. To continuously improve the quality of services provided within all educational programs including Early Head Start, Head Start, Child Care, JOM K-12 tutoring, Yurok language, high school guidance services, and Higher Education and Adult Vocational programs.

  3. To increase the number of tribal members who are semi-fluent and fluent in the Yurok Language and culture.

  4. To continue to identify and document the educational needs, progress and success stories of our tribal members from all age groups.

  5. To increase the number of Yurok Tribal members who are graduating successfully from Early Head Start, Head Start, high school and college or university with a college degree  and/or vocational training certificate.

  6. To increase the number of Yurok Tribal members that apply for outside scholarship assistance to fund their higher education needs, including the FAFSA, the Yurok Housing Authority Assistance, the GATES Scholarship, the American Indian scholarship foundation, as well as other  outside scholarships.


Hoopa-Yurok Vocational Program Schedule
(click to download schedule)