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Distinguished Stole and Seal Award for Graduating Seniors

Seals for Bilingual and Distinguished Service Learning is an opportunity for graduating high school seniors to earn a stole and seals. There are NM State Bi-literacy Seals and the District Bilingual Seal, which are earned by students during their senior year upon completion of the heritage language courses. The goal is to support and honor the education of AI/AN high school students for their Native language coursework. The Service Learning seals represent volunteer work in students’ communities related to topics and issues they are concerned about (i.e., animal shelters, feeding the homeless, mothers against drunk driving, cultural participation). Graduating seniors are presented with a stole with the seals annually to wear over their gowns during graduation commencements.

Distinguished Stoles and Seals Awards

The stoles and Seals awards are a special recognition that Native American students can earn their senior year in high school.  Each senior must complete an application and follow the guidelines.  


Seal Banner 1.jpg Native American high school seniors who:

  • Are enrolled in APS.
  • Completed a 506 and CIB (Certificate of Indian Blood) and forms have been submitted to the APS Indian Education Department.
  • Have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.8 or higher
  • Have good attendance (less than 5 absences for the year and individualized determination).
  • Deadline - Have submitted application(s) for each seal to the Indian Education Department (IED) by the first Friday in March of graduation year.



  • Seal Banner 2.jpgApplication Review - Applications are reviewed and evaluated by IED staff.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  •  Student Presentations – Applicants whose applications are approved will be scheduled to do a presentation (approximately 20 minute) in front of community judges during the month of March. 
  •  Notification - Applicants will be notified by the end of March regarding the status of earning the seal.
  •  Receiving - Stoles and seals are presented to eligible seniors who have met the specified requirements.  Each senior that receives at least one seal will receive a stole.  Students are eligible to earn more than one seal.  The NM Native American Heritage Language seal will be affixed on the eligible senior’s graduation diploma. 
  •  Wearing - Students will wear their stoles over their graduation gowns during the graduation commencements.  Each earned seals is attached to the stole.