Project Circle Creating Native American Resources to Facilitate Communication Skills in Learning Environments



Project Circle is no longer accepting applications.

Are you a Native American who wants to work as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the schools?

The Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders at the University of Kansas has funding for you to complete your career goal!

Project CIRCLE (Creating Native American Resources to facilitate Communication skills in Learning Environments) is a grant funded by the Indian Education Discretionary Grant Programs- Professional Development (CFDA 84.299B). The purpose of this grant is to train Native American students to work as speech-language pathologists in the school settings, preferably with a significant number of Native American children who display communication disorders.

You qualify to apply for a traineeship if you:

  • Must be an enrolled member of a Native American Tribe
  • Have a Bachelor's degree (preference is given to those with Bachelor's degrees in Communication Disorders; however, a Bachelor's degree in any field meets the criteria)

Project CIRCLE offers you:

  • A monthly stipend during the time that you are enrolled as a full-time student (provided that you do not work more than 20 hours per week)
  • Monthly child care stipend
  • Tuition
  • Books & Supplies
  • Laptop loan while in the program
  • Individual and group mentoring
  • Unique educational opportunities that include:
    • Opportunities to work with Native American children and families in school settings
    • Specialized seminars that address different learning styles of Native Americans, communication disorders and Native Americans, and cultural qualities of various tribes
    • Providing culturally sensitive assessment and intervention procedures with Native American children who have communication disorders
    • Conducting research that focuses on Native American issues
  • Academic support to enhance student retention and success

Project CIRCLE Payback Requirements

The Department of Education's funding of this grant requires a payback from trainees in the form of either service or cash. Two years of training are funded for each student.

Upon completion of Project CIRCLE, the trainee either:

  1. Becomes employed in a school setting and pays back in years of service OR

  2. Pays back in cash the amount accrued in stipends, tuition, books and supplies. This payment has an interest rate charged consistent with current federal interest rates and is made on a monthly basis. Cash paybacks begin 6 months after the student is no longer a part of Project CIRCLE.

If a student begins Project CIRCLE and does not complete the program, a cash payback will be required for costs accrued by the student.

Project Circle Poster (pdf)

Downloadable application to Project Circle in Word or pdf

For additional information, please contact:

Diane Loeb, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Project Director

3042 Dole
Department of Speech-Language-Hearing:
Sciences & Disorders
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045

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