Reed to attend Columbia University in fall
Cherokee Nation citizen and Gates Millennium scholar Miriam Reed is expected to attend Columbia University in New York this fall on a full-ride scholarship. Reed plans to major in environmental engineering. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Columbia University in New York recently accepted Tahlequah High School senior Miriam Reed for the fall semester. To pay for that Ivy League education, the school is giving the Cherokee Nation citizen an annual scholarship of $73,000 for four years. She is a Gates Millennium scholar to boot.
With hopes of majoring in environmental engineering, Reed committed to the school in April.
Several universities, including California Berkley, Notre Dame, Pennsylvania and Arkansas, accepted her college applications. She narrowed her options to Berkley and Columbia before choosing Columbia. That decision was affirmed after attending a paid trip to the school’s Engineering Days in April.
“Everyone there was so welcoming, and they made it feel like a place that I wanted to spend the next four years,” she said. “Your admission counselors knew everything about you. It just really felt like home.”
Reed said the Columbia scholarship would cover all aspects of her life there, including personal expenses and travel. Her Gates Millennium Scholarship, she said, would allow her to focus on school and not work.
“That gives me the opportunity to study abroad. I don’t have to do a work study program, so I can focus purely on my school,” she said. “It covers 10 years of a college education, if I wanted to go get my master’s (degree) elsewhere. I don’t have to be pressured into staying at a school for four years…it also gives me the opportunity to lessen my grant that I got from Columbia to help someone else provide for their school as well.”
Her long-term goals include earning a degree in environmental engineering and partaking in alternative energy projects for underdeveloped areas of the world.
“I’m looking forward to joining their (Columbia’s) engineering club that they have there. They go out and they get to help different countries with water filtration systems and helping build bridges and just like really helping countries that are less privileged than the country we live in,” she said.
In high school, Reed was involved in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, dance team, National Honor Society, student council, science club, academic team, Mu Alpha Theta and Cherokee club. She also took Advance Placement classes in literature, U.S. history, calculus, physics and statistics.
“I’m in the top 3 percent. I’m ranked No. 4 (in a class of about 300),” she said. “As the first of my mother’s children to go to college it means a lot to me that I was able to excel so greatly.”
Reed said she’s dreamed of attending college outside of Oklahoma and that opportunities are more abundant elsewhere.
“Once you get out you can see all the different diversity and the other options that are in this country for us, and I believe that once you gain different ideas and different opportunities from other places, when you come home it makes you appreciate home much more, and it gives you something different to bring back to your town.” Reed said.
Other than her home, family and friends, she said she would miss the “small town life.”
“I’m going to miss getting to walk down the street and see downtown. There’s not going to be the tight-knit sense of community that Tahlequah is. There’s going to be so much more people. It’s going to feel like that small town vibe is what I’m going to miss the most,” she said.
She added that students like her should strive for higher educations. She also offered advice for when interviewing at colleges: be yourself. “Don’t feel like you have to act like someone else. Just be genuine and be who you are and let them see your character. They’re not looking to see that you know these large vocabulary words. They want to know that you’re a human being that has a passion for something. They’re looking to see that you’re involved in things and that you care about something.”
ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ. – Columbia ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴᎢ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎥᎿ ᏄᏯᎩ ᎾᏞᎬᏭ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᎣᏏ ᎤᏂᏰᎸᎾᏁᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏍᏆᏗᏍᎩ Miriam Reed ᏓᎵᏆ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᎵᎪᎲᏍᏗ ᏥᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᏩᎾᎴᏅᎲᎢ.
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏈᏴᏙᏗ Ivy League education, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ Ꮎ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᏥᏁ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏳᏓᎵ $73,000 ᏅᎩ ᎢᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏱᎪᎯᏓ. ᎾᏍᎩᏍᎩᏂ Ꮓ Gates Millennium scholar ᎢᎩ.
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏚᎩ ᎬᏗ ᏧᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ environmental engineering, Reed Z ᎧᏬᏂ ᎧᎸ ᏙᏛᏕᎶᏆᎢ.
ᎯᎸᏍᎩᏃ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴᎢ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎬᏩᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏧᏢᎢ Berkley, Notre Dame, ᎤᎩᏓᎵ ᎠᎴ ᏚᏯᏓᏛᎢ, ᏕᎬᏩᏓᏂᎸᏨᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏧᎧᎵᏏᏎᏅᎢ ᏫᏚᏝᎥᎢ. ᎯᎸᏍᎩᏃ ᏚᏑᏰᏒᎢ Berkley ᎠᎴ Columbia ᎾᏊᏃ Columbia ᎤᏑᏰᏒᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏚᏚᎪᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᏭᏪᏙᎳ ᎾᏍᎩ Ꮓ ᏥᏧᎾᏈᏴᎲᎢ ᎤᏪᏅᏍᏗ ᎥᎿ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ Engineering Days ᏗᏍᏆᎵᎲᎢ ᎧᏬᏂ ᎧᎸᎢ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ.
“ᎾᏂᎥᏃ ᎢᎦ ᏧᎾᏓᏓᏂᎸᏣᏘ ᎨᏒᎩ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲᎢ ᎥᎿ ᏯᏆᏚᎳᏊ ᎥᎿᎿ ᏩᏋᏕᏗᎢ ᏅᎩ ᎢᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏣᏤᎵᎢ ᎠᏈᏴᏗᎢ ᎠᏂᎦᏘᏯ ᏂᎦᎥᏊ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏂᏙᎢ ᏃᏍᏛᎢ. ᏗᏇᏅᏒᎢ ᏣᏬᏢᎢ ᎡᎵᏍᏗ ᎨᎲᎢ.”
Reed Ꮓ ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ Ꮎ Columbia scholarship ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᏱᏂᎬᎦ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᎡᎲᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎬᏩᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᏚᎵᎬᏩᎳᏁᎲᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎡᏙᎲᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏤᎵᎢ Gates millennium Scholarship, ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏳᎵᏍᎪᏟᏗᏏ ᏓᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ ᎤᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎥᏝ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ.
“ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏆᎵᏍᎪᏟᏓᏁᎭ ᎤᏣᏘᎾ ᏗᏜ ᎠᏆᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ. ᎥᏝᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎠᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎢᏯᏆᏛᏁᏗ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏥᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᎭ ᏕᎦᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ ᏱᏕᎦᎦᏌᏍᏓ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎾᏍᎩᏃ 10 ᎢᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏧᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ, ᎢᏳᏃ ᏯᏆᏚᎵᎠ ᎠᎩᏁᏍᏗ master’s (degree) ᎤᏣᏘᎾ ᏗᎨᏒᎢ. ᎥᏝ Ꮓ ᎠᏎᎢ ᏅᎩ ᎢᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏱᎪᎯᏓ ᎠᏇᏓᏍᏗ ᏱᎦᎦᎩ… ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎠᏆᏟᎾᏓᏁᎭ ᎠᎩᎦᏲᎶᏗᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏆᏤᎵᎢ grant ᎾᏍᎩ Columbia ᎠᎩᏁᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎩᎶᎢ ᎦᏥᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗ ᏓᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᏊ.”
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏓᏅᎢᏛᎢ-ᎬᏰᏅᏗ ᏚᏭᎪᏛᎢ ᎤᏁᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ degree ᎥᎿ environmental engineering ᎠᎴ ᎨᎳᏕᎬ ᎤᏓᎴᎿᎢ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᎬᎢ ᎥᎿ ᏄᏓᎴᎯᎢ ᏗᎦᏎᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᏕᎨᏒᎢ ᎡᎶᎯ.
“ᏥᎦᏖᏃᎭ ᎠᏇᎳᏗᏍᏗᎢ ᎥᎿ ᎤᎾᏤᎵᎢ (Columbia’s) engineering ᎤᎾᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᏟᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎥᎿᎿᏂ. ᎠᏁᎪᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏣᏘᎾ ᏗᎨᏒᎢ ᏍᏆᏂᏱᎢ ᎨᏥᏍᏕᎸᎡᎰᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ Ꮓ ᎠᎹ ᎠᏂᏅᎦᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᏂᏚᏍᏗᏓᏅᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪᎢ ᏗᏁᏍᎨᎥᎢ ᏓᏒᏢᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᏙᎯᏳᎯᏯᎢ ᏓᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪᎢ ᎤᏣᏘᎾ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎡᏍᎦ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᎿᏕᎩ ᎠᏏᏅ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎢᏕᎲᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
ᎥᎿᏃ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ, Reed ᎨᎳᏗᏙᎲᎢ ᎥᎿᎢ Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎩᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎩ, National Honor Society, ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎩ, science ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎩ, academic ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎩ, Mu Alpha Theta ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎩ. ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᏚᏕᎶᏆᎠ Advance Placement ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ literature, U.S. ᎢᎸᎯᏳᎢ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅᏅᎢ, calculus, physics ᎠᎴ statistics.
“ᎾᏍᎩ ᎥᎿ ᎨᎳ 3 ᎢᏳᎾᏓᏛᎢ. ᎠᏯᏃ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎥᏆᏎᏍᏛᎢ 4. (ᎥᎿᏃᎢ ᏦᏣᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ 300 ᏃᎦᎢ),” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎠᏯᏃ ᎢᎬᏱᏱ ᎡᏥ ᏚᏓᏘᎿᎥᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏋᏍᏆᏛᎢ ᏗᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓᏃ ᎠᎩᏰᎸᏐᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎥᏍᎩᏴᎢ ᏫᎬᎩᎷᎯᏍᏗᎢ.”
Reed Ꮓ ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎤᏍᎩᏓᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ ᎦᏄᎪᏨᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎪᏙᎢ ᎠᏓᏟᏅᏓᏕᎰᎢ ᎤᏣᏘᎾ ᏗᏜ ᏗᎨᏒᎢ.
“ᎾᏊᏃ ᏱᎦᏄᎪᏥ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎬᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎨᏐᎢ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏂᏚᏓᎴᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏐᎢ ᏗᎬᏑᏰᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᏟᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎩᎦᏙᏢᏒᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎠᏉᎯᏳᏐᎢ ᎣᏁᏉᎡᎸᎢ ᏱᎩ ᏄᏓᎴᎢ ᏱᎬᏩᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏗ ᏱᎬᏩᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎨᎲᎢ ᎤᏣᏘᎾ ᏙᏧᏙᏢᏒᎢ , ᎾᏊᏃ ᏱᎢᎬᎷᏥ ᎣᏮᏌ ᎣᏪᏅᏒᎢ ᎤᎪᏙᎢ ᎬᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᏁᎰᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏄᏓᎴᎢ ᎦᎬᏲᎯᏍᏗ ᎣᏮᏌ ᎣᏚᏒᎢ.” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
ᎠᏏᏅ Ꮓ ᏧᏪᏅᏒᎢ ᎨᏒᎢ, ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏦᎵᎢ, ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏕᎦᏅᏗᏍᎪᎢ “ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏕᏗᎢ ᎤᏍᏗᎢ ᎦᏚᎲᎢ.”
“ ᏕᏥᏅᏗᏍᎨᏍᏗ Ꮓ ᎡᎳᏗᏊ ᏫᎬᎩᎶᎯᏍᏗ ᏗᎦᏚᎲᎢ ᎦᎳᏅᏛᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎩᎪᏩᏛᏗᎢ ᏗᎦᏚᎲᎢ. ᎥᏝᏃ ᎾᏊ ᏱᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ Ꮎ tight-knit ᎠᏓᏅᏖᏗᎢ ᎣᎦᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎥᎿ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎥᎿ ᏓᎵᏆ. ᎥᎿᏃ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎤᏂᎪᏕᏍᏗ ᏴᏫ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏓᏅᏖᏗᎢ ᏂᎬᏫᏍᏕᏍᏗ ᎥᎿ ᎤᏍᏗ ᎦᏚᎲᎢ ᏥᏄᏍᏙᎢ ᎥᏍᎩ ᏱᏄᏍᏕᏍᏗ ᎥᏍᎩ ᎤᎬᏫᏳᏎᏍᏗ ᏥᏅᏗᏍᎨᏍᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗᎭ ᎾᏍᎩ Ꮎ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏱᎬᏍᏗ ᎠᎾᏟᏂᎬᏁᎰᎢ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ. ᎠᎴᏃ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᏟᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎬᏩᏛᏓᏍᏙᏗᎢ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᎯᏳ ᏚᎦᏛᏂᏙᎲᎢ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ: ᏂᎬᏣᏍᏕᏍᏗ.
“ᏞᏍᏗᏃ ᏥᏣᎷᏤᎵ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎩᎶ ᏄᏓᎴᎢ ᎾᏛᏁᎲᎢ ᎤᏠᏱ ᏱᏣᏛᏁᏗᎢ. ᏂᎬᏣᏍᏕᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏥᏂᏣᏍᏗ ᏂᏣᏍᏕᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏫᎨᏣᎪᏩᏔ ᏙᏳᎢ ᏂᏣᏍᏛᎢ. ᎥᏝᏃ ᏳᏂᏲᎭ ᎤᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏛᎪᏗᎢ ᏧᏔᎾ ᏗᎧᏁᎢᏍᏗ ᏴᎦᏬᏂᎭ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᎠ ᎨᏣᎪᏩᏛᏗᎢ ᎭᏟᏂᎬᏁᎲᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩ Ꮓ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᎠ ᎤᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᏚᎵᎲᎢ ᏣᏖᎳᏗᏍᏗᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏣᏰᎸᏒᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎦᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᎬᎢ.”