Navigating your higher education journey can be challenging even in the best of times, and now while facing difficulties with COVID-19 even more so. Our team at Native Forward Scholars Fund is here to support you through these difficult times and this student web resource page can serve as your guide. 

Keep reading for advice and strategies to excel at online distance learning, first-hand advice from students who previously completed a semester of distance learning, FAQs, and more.

COVID-19 has presented a variety of challenges for our communities. Not only might these challenges affect your ability to learn, but also your mental and physical well-being. Please review this list and take advantage of the resources available to you:

Resources

Native Forward Student Emergency Fund
The Student Emergency Fund is committed to supporting current and former Native Forward scholars who are facing challenges during COVID-19, including housing, food, utilities and more.

AT&T eLearning
Provides wireless data service, at no cost, for 60 days to qualified schools activating new lines on qualified data-only plans for school-issued tablets to enable eLearning for students who are not able to be at school. AccessMyLAN will also be available for the qualified lines available, at no cost for 60 days.

Charter Free Internet Access
Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

Comcast Free Internet Services
Comcast is offering an ‘Internet Essentials’ package free for low-income customers for 60 days. Those new customers will get complimentary internet essentials service for 60 days, which is normally available to qualifying low-income households for $9.95 per month, and the speeds are increasing for new and existing customers.

First Nations Community HealthSource
First Nations Community HealthSource is providing a variety of health and welfare resources to Tribal communities, including care and protection kits, shelter resources, socially distanced spiritual support, and more.

STRATA Internet Services
STRATA has opened several community Wi-Fi services and other opportunities for STRATA customers to get relief during the pandemic.

Navajo Rent Help 
Emergency Rental Assistance Program is available to all enrolled tribal citizens of the Navajo Nation, living on or off the reservation.

Spectrum Internet Services 
Spectrum has opened several community Wi-Fi services and other opportunities for Spectrum customers to get relief during the pandemic.

Urban Indian Health Institute Resources 
Urban Indian Health Institute created a list of resources for Tribes and urban Indian communities facing COVID-19 to help keep people informed about preventing the spread of the virus.Bottom of Form

Distance Learning During COVID-19

In an era of online learning, distance learning has become a reality more than a dream. Students can take classes from universities across the country without leaving the comfort of their own homes. However, one of the biggest criticisms of distance learning is that it doesn’t fit everyone’s learning style. Now in the time of COVID-19, many students are facing no choice but to change and adapt. Online learning has its unique pros and cons. On the one hand, you can pursue your education at your own pace while, in some cases, never having to step foot on a college campus. But on the other hand, online learning doesn’t provide students with the traditional college experience. 

For some, online learning is the best way for them to focus on their education. For others, it may seem lacking because the connection they crave in face-to-face classes isn’t there. However, there are ways that students can prepare.

Understanding Learning Styles

There are several different learning styles – the way in which you best understand information and it’s different for every student. Pinpointing how you learn best, can dramatically impact your ability to connect with the topics you’re learning, as well as how you participate with the rest of the class. Learning in a classroom setting versus a virtual setting is different. 

You can take this quiz to determine your learning style or to keep reading to find out the best strategies to help you excel in a virtual classroom.

Navigating College During COVID-19

Student Advice

“I find that you get what you put into online learning. You can still ask questions and engage, but like class, you have to choose to participate. I know that it is very challenging to do this when you do not have a stable internet connection, but many professors are understanding if you need to call in and attend class virtually.”

Juliette Jackson, Native Forward Scholar

“My advice to others is to first and foremost practice appropriate social distancing and precautionary measures (such as wearing masks and regularly washing hands). The physical health and well-being of you and your family is a primary concern, but additionally, your psychological health is of importance too. Thus, I suggest you take full advantage of the technology and contact friends via messenger, telecommunication, and video chats to stay socially connected and catch up with old friends. Last but not least, take advantage of the warm weather and make sure you get time outside regularly for walks. Sunlight is important for mental health.”

Isaac Akande, Native Forward Scholar

FAQs

The Student Emergency Funding is designed to assist current Native Forward award recipients who are facing financial hardships and challenges, by providing them with one-time funding. The funds will help support students in emergency situations that include but are not limited to, food insecurity, emergency travel costs, emergency housing costs, educational technology or technology-related resources, or other educational expenses.

The Student Emergency Funding is designed to assist current Native Forward award recipients who are facing financial hardships and challenges by providing them with one-time funding.

Students should contact a member of the Student Operations Team to apply for funding from the Student Emergency Fund.

Christa MoyaChrista@NativeForward.org
Michael Bates: Michael@NativeForward.org

Native Forward’s Student Support Team will continue to offer academic advising and support services for all our students. Our team will work with you to create a plan for your study habits and offer strategies and advice specifically geared for online learning.

For more information about COVID-19 testing, refer to the Indian Health Services or Center for Disease Control websites.

Native Forward recommends following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization for up-to-date COVID-19 guidelines.

There are several national service providers offering free or discounted Wi-Fi services during COVID-19 to accommodate individuals working and studying from home. Refer to our resources section for listings.

Native Forward’s Student Resource Center is filled with information and advice to help you excel as a student pursuing your undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree. For specific questions, contact Fellowships@NativeForward.org.