Bad River Tribal Scholarships

We provide the following need-based educational services for enrolled Bad River tribal members:

  • Higher Educational Scholarship – awards up to $1800 /yr while attending a four – year university; 10 semesters max.
  • Adult Vocational Training Scholarship – awards up to $ 1800/yr while attending a two-year technical college; 6 semesters max. 
  • Graduate School Scholarship – awards up $3600/year while attending graduate school; AIGC denial required.
  • Other-Adult Education – awards up to $1,000 for a certification/license training; 2x/lifetime max
  • GED/HSED Assistance – exam costs assistance
  • Direct Employment Assistance – for Tribal members in need of work supplies; must be within 30 days of hire; 3x/lifetime max

Contact Ashley Bates for an application of the program that best suits your needs.


 *Priority deadline is July 15th of each year.  After this date, scholarships are awarded on a first come, first serve basis until funds are depleted. *


The following link is information regarding book information regarding 87 prominent Indian leaders of modern age.


Various College Summer Camps for High-Schoolers – the camp dates have passed and aren’t currently available but there may be future possibilities of your interest to keep an eye out for.


College of Menominee Nation – Guaranteed Scholarship for Graduating Students

 Fort Lewis College – Native American Tuition Waiver 

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College – Student Amnesty Program

University of North Dakota – Grand Forks

 Scholarship Downloads:

The following links are additional scholarship opportunities from other resources.  These are not the Bad River scholarships we offer.


Fourth graders can obtain a pass that grants free access to federal lands and waters nationwide for them and their family.

Grandparents Cafe ~ for grandparents raising their grandchildren

Literacy Link~ FREE reading visiting program for children with a parent in Ashland County Jail

Ojibwe language learners monthly immersion gathering


Bad River Head Start

Head Start

The Bad River Head Start has been established here on the reservation for over 35 years. We work with children between the ages of 3-5 and their families. We currently receive federal funding for 55 children with supplemental funding from the State for 3 children. As a branch in the Education Department, our staff has demonstrated dedication to the children in our community. Collectively we have 175 years of longevity within our program.

Our hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.. We have children on site between the hours of 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Through the USDA and the State of Wisconsin we provide a healthy breakfast and lunch for each child present. 

Our Mission statement is: The place to be happy is here, the time to be happy is now. We take our jobs seriously, while enjoying the blessed moments we get to share with our children, our families, and each other. 

Our service area is the Bad River reservation and the City of Ashland. We have three buses that transport our children safely to our center. Each bus is equipped with five point harnesses to ensure that our children are secure in transit.

Aside from transportation we provide early childhood educational services meeting the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards as well as Head Start Performance Standards. As part of the daily lesson plans in the classrooms, we incorporate as much Ojibwe language as possible. We also learn and explore seasonal harvesting including: maple syrup and dip netting. We teach the children to respect our earth by celebrating Earth Day every year and doing our part to keep mother earth clean. 

Professional development is part of our philosophy and practice here at Head Start. We currently meet the minimum degree requirements as determined by Head Start Authorization Act. The devoted employees are completing long term education goals, and continuing to work towards higher educational degrees and certifications. 

When working with young children health concerns are such an integral part of their daily lives. We work with the Bad River Clinic and the The Lakes Clinic to provide health and dental screenings to our children as well as any necessary follow-up care. 

There is a strong family component to our program and we are proud to say that we have 100% of our families that participate in our program throughout the year. All parents are welcome to stop in for lunch, breakfast, or just to say hi. 

If you are interested in obtaining an application at this time please contact Kristy Gregory, Family Services Partnership Transportation Manager. 

Department Directory

ProgramTitleContactEmailWork CellOffice PhoneDesk ExtensionFax Number
EducationDirectorStephanie 682-71111530(715) 682-7118
EducationAssistantMichaela 682-71111533(715) 682-7118
EducationIndigenous Arts & Sciences CoordinatorLori 292-1555(715) 682-71111535(715) 682-7118
Head Start/Early Head StartDirectorLuanne 292-8494(715) 682-71441469(715) 682-7146
Head Start/Early Head StartEducation & Disabilities ManagerCheryl 682-71441470(715) 682-7146
Head Start/Early Head StartFamily Services/Transportation ManagerNona 682-71441461(715) 682-7146
Head StartAssistantNora 682-71441460(715) 682-7146
Head StartTeacherWayne 682-71441463(715) 682-7146
Head StartTeacherRenee 682-71441464(715) 682-7146
Head StartTeacherLisa 682-71441465(715) 682-7146
Head StartTeacherRosie 682-71441466(715) 682-7146
Head Start/Early Head StartCookJack 682-71441467(715) 682-7146
Head Start/Early Head StartCookDan 682-71441467(715) 682-7146
Head StartBus DriverPat Mayotte(715) 682-7144(715) 682-7146
Head StartBus DriverRochelle Bellecourt(715) 682-7144(715) 682-7146
Head StartHealth Coordinator/Bus DriverSuzanne 682-71441468(715) 682-7146
Head StartAssistant teacherTia Burns(715) 682-7144(715) 682-7146
Head StartBus Monitor/Kitchen AidAngelina Godinez(715) 682-7144(715) 682-7146
Head StartAssistant Teacher Consuelo Ruiz(715) 682-7144(715) 682-7146
Early Head StartTeacherTiffany Crockett(715) 682-7144(715) 682-7146
Early Head StartTeacherLisa Whitebird(715) 682-7144(715) 682-7146
Early Head StartTeacherPaige Wiggins(715) 682-7144(715) 682-7146
Early Head StartTeacherRobin Powless(715) 682-7144(715) 682-7146


Head Start/Early Head StartEducation
Mailing Address:PO Box 39 Odanah, WI 54861PO Box 39 Odanah, WI 54861
Physical Address:53751 Pine St. Ashland, WI 5480672682 Maple St. Ashland, WI 54806
Building Name:Head Start/Early Head StartAdmin
Department Phone Number:(715) 682-7144(715) 682-7111
Department Fax Number: (715) 682-7146(715) 682-7118