Cherokee Nation Foundation discusses 2018-19 academic year
TAHLEQUAH – At its June 25 board meeting, the Cherokee Nation Foundation discussed its programs for the 2018-2019 school year and the number of schools and students served by its programs.
• The Princeton Review, a six-week intensive, 18-hour course that consisted of interactive instruction with a certified Princeton Review instructor was held in the fall and spring in Sallisaw, Fort Gibson and Tahlequah, serving 90 students.
• “Testing with Success,” Oklahoma’s premier testing specialist, provided teachers and students with tools needed to achieve higher test scores. For 2018-2019, CNF administered the program to 23 schools and served 2,760 students.
• The MasteryPrep ACT Boot Camp served 100 students across the 14-county jurisdiction to help them prepare for the December 2018 and April 2019 ACT tests. A one-day camp was led by the MasteryPrep organization that provided essential test-taking strategies and skills. Instructors guided students through content strategies for all four-subject areas on the ACT and administered mini-tests to help them identify their strengths and weaknesses.
• The Cherokee Junior Achievement program served 5,716 students by teaching and promoting financial literacy concepts and skills students will take with them as they enter college and the work force. The program follows the traditional Junior Achievement course curriculum and is taught by Cherokee Nation Businesses and local community volunteers.
• Testing Strategies, a two-hour workshop provided by CNF in partnership with American Indian Resource Center, served fifth through eighth grade students in 41 school districts preparing them for their end-of-year exams.
• Other programs administered by CNF throughout the year for elementary and middle school students include Junior Achievement Biztown, It’s My Future, It’s My Business, and Economics for Success. High school programs included Junior Achievement Finance Park, Junior Achievement Personal Finance, and Junior Achievement Investor’s Challenge;
• CNF awarded a total of $233,250 in scholarships to 40 high school graduates and 61 current university students for the 2018-2019 academic year.
• CNF was expecting to host the Cherokee College Prep Institute July 14-19 at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. The weeklong camp connects students with admissions counselors from across the country to help prepare and complete college applications, find scholarship opportunities and explore schools of interest. CCPI is offered at no cost to CN citizens who are preparing for their junior and senior year of high school. All lodging, meals and testing expenses provided for by CNF, CNB and NSU.