Hoop of Learning

Hoop of Learning Introduction

student at computerThe Hoop of Learning Program is a high school to college bridge program administered by the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD). It serves Native American students who, largely due to socio-economic reasons, would not have access to higher education. The program has provided more than 1,000 Native American students in the last decade with a pathway to higher education.


Includes tuition, books and fees.

Enrollment Requirements

  • Enrollment in a federally recognized tribe
  • Enrollment as a sophomore, junior, or senior high school student
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher at high school and college while participating in the Hoop of Learning program
  • Attendance at orientation/registration with a parent/guardian
  • Adhering to the Scottsdale Community College policies and procedures


  • Earn college credit
  • Increase academic achievements
  • Scholarship for tuition, books and fees
  • Increased preparedness
  • Specialized advisement
  • Participation in activities to enhance growth
  • Start on a career path
  • Interact with Native American students with same goals

Scottsdale Community College - Hoop of Learning


To encourage, enable, and empower Native American students to complete high school and transition successfully to higher education. The Hoop of Learning is an indigenous design based on the traditional Native world view of a circle (Hoop) of lifelong development. It was established from a need to help Native American students stay in school and pursue a college degree. The program was designed to meet the academic and cultural needs of Native American students.

SCC is the fifth Maricopa Community College to implement the Hoop of Learning. The program was designed to reduce or eliminate the financial barriers that Native Americans face, while targeting high school students to transition in the college setting. The Hoop of Learning provides a better understanding of college, improves graduation rates, allows students to take culturally relevant curriculum, increases retention in higher education and empowers Native American students to reach their goals.

A basic tenet of the Hoop of Learning program is the belief in the importance of young people developing strong positive cultural identities and integrity. Collaboration of student families, program staff, and community partners replicates a traditional tribal community in which children's progress is monitored and facilitated by a broad network of relations. As in traditional settings, students are expected to fulfill their responsibility to prepare themselves to contribute to the well-being of the community.

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