What is a Wyakin?
According to Native legend, a wyakin is a spiritual being that guides and protects a person throughout life. As a rite of passage, adolescents were taken to an isolated location where they remained alone and vulnerable until visited by a wyakin (often in the form of an animal or bird) in a vision or dream. Once the wyakin spirit had revealed itself, it stayed with the individual and served as a guiding force for life.
Is this a scholarship program?
The Wyakin program offers veterans a chance to earn an educational stipend based on their level of engagement with the program. This is not a “paycheck” or a scholarship, but rather a supplement to income that provides a more stable, predictable financial situation, allowing the Warrior to focus on success in the academic setting.
Applying for the program
Who is eligible to apply for the Wyakin program?
The Wyakin program application process is open to wounded, ill or injured post-9/11 veterans who are currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a certificate- or degree-earning academic program. Application decisions are made not upon prior academic standing or background, but rather upon character, motivation, need, and maturity. If you meet these criteria, we encourage you to apply.
How do I apply?
See our online application.
If I am accepted into the program, what are my obligations to Wyakin?
In order to ensure that you realize the full benefit of our program, our Student Agreement includes participation standards to which you’ll be asked to commit. These standards include both weekly and monthly requirements for communication and/or attendance at various Wyakin sponsored development opportunities.
I don’t know how to access my GI Bill or other educational benefits. Can you help?
The benefits you’ve earned can be difficult to decipher, but as a Wyakin Warrior we can connect you to the proper VA resources to help you make the most of what is available to you. Here’s a place to start: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)
Volunteering with Wyakin
I want to volunteer with Wyakin. Where do I apply?
What kind of volunteer opportunities exist?
At any given time, we have a variety of volunteer positions available. The first criterion is a passion to serve veterans through the Wyakin mission. If that sounds like you, we encourage you to apply here.
As a volunteer, how much of my time will I be expected to commit?
The commitment of time and energy varies by volunteer position. Please feel free to complete our volunteer application here, and we’ll contact you to discuss our current opportunities and how they meet with your skills and availability.
I want to donate to an organization that supports veterans. Why Wyakin?
We hold ourselves to the highest standards of fiscal responsibility, so we’re committed to the complete transparency of our financials. Our culture dictates that we are mission-driven and fully devoted to the success of our Warriors, and because of that we are proud to show you the real, human stories of Wyakin.
Can I donate to the Wyakin Foundation through CFC?
The Wyakin Foundation is an approved Intermountain Combined Federal Campaign designee for government employee donations. Contact us if your company is a member of CFC and you’d like more information on our organization.
CFC Number: 86886
The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.
My business would like to partner with Wyakin through cause-marketing. Who should I contact to discuss this?
We would love to discuss your idea. Contact our Director of Development, Amy Akins.