Cherokee Nation Foundation to offer college prep camp

Senior Reporter
05/18/2019 10:00 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Yale sophomore Sophia Ross said attending the 2016 Cherokee College Prep Institute helped her discover the array of options open to her for higher education. The Cherokee Nation Foundation’s 2019 CCPI is set for July 14-19 at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – College-bound Cherokee students who want to add punch to their applications are invited to apply to the Cherokee Nation Foundation’s Cherokee College Prep Institute set for July 14-19.

Now in its eighth year, any Cherokee student in the United States preparing for the college application process can attend the institute on Northeastern State University’s Tahlequah campus. Space is limited.

The weeklong camp connects students with admissions counselors from across the U.S. to analyze, prepare and complete college applications, identify scholarship opportunities and explore schools of interest, according to a CNF release.

“CCPI’s engaging curriculum, developed in cooperation with College Horizons and participating university faculty, includes interactive sessions focusing on ACT strategies, essay writing, interview skills and time management,” the release states.

According to release, the Cherokee College Prep Institute is offered at no cost to Cherokee Nation citizens preparing for their junior and senior years of high school. All lodging, meals and testing expenses are provided by CNF, Cherokee Nation Businesses and NSU.

Applications will be accepted through June 1 and are at

Participating higher education institutions include University of Arkansas, Bacone College, University of California-Los Angeles, University of Central Oklahoma, Duke University, NSU, University of Notre Dame, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, University of Pennsylvania, Pomona College, Rogers State University, Stanford University, Swarthmore College and Yale University.

Yale University sophomore Sophia Ross, a 2017 graduate of La Jolla (Califorina) High School, attended the 2016 CCPI at Rogers State University in Claremore.

“It is important for people to know how great an opportunity CCPI is for Native students, not just Cherokee students in Oklahoma, but in the rest of the country,” said Ross, who plans to major in neuropsychology and pre-med. “It is important for kids like me, who are not from Oklahoma, to know those camps are there to help us prepare for our futures.”

Ross said many Native students do not have access to college advisers due to costs. At CCPI, she had one-on-one conversations and instruction with admissions officers from several schools, including Ivy League universities. Ross said she was given information she otherwise “would have had no idea about.”

“At the camp, the most memorable thing was speaking to an adviser,” Ross said. “I had no belief that I would be able to get into these schools. She read my essay and said I had a high chance of getting in, and that she wanted to help me improve to make that possibility even higher. I actually believed in myself that I could do it.”

For more information, email Marisa Hambleton at or call CNF at 918-207-0950.
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