Senators: More than $2.6 million for Rocky Boy students

Two Grants Will Help Students From Kindergarten To College

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Montana’s U.S. Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester today announced three separate grants, worth more than $2.6 million, for students on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation. 

Stone Child College will receive $2,025,106 to build a new Health Education Center and allow the college to establish effective physical education and health education instruction programs.

Another $397,554 grant for Stone Child College grant will help education graduates in their transition to the Montana State University- Northern campus to earn a Bachelors degree in Education.  The program includes mentoring, professional development and incentives for graduates to remain in their communities, to teach the next generation of Indian students.

The Rocky Boy Schools will also receive a $263,881 grant to implement an early childhood education program to increase kindergarten readiness for 3 and 4 year-olds.  The program will focus on math and science, social skills, attendance and parent involvement. The schools receiving the dollars include Rocky Boy Elementary Brittany Raining Bird Center, the Early Childhood Education Center and Summer Kinder Camp.

 “These grants will help our current students succeed in the classroom and find good paying jobs when they graduate,” Baucus said. “From three year olds to college students, these dollars will provide the jumpstart many young people need.  These grants will resonate for generations.”

“Max and I work in the Senate to support education funding because every penny we invest in our students and teachers is money well spent,” Tester said. “I work hard on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee to make sure folks in places like Rocky Boy’s have the opportunities all Montanans deserve.”

All three grants were awarded through the U.S. Department of Education.