Cherokee Nation Foundation wraps up annual college prep camp
POTEAU, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation Foundation recently wrapped up its sixth annual Cherokee College Prep Institute at Carl Albert State College with nearly 30 high school juniors and seniors connecting with university representatives.
“CCPI has grown so much throughout the years, and we are beyond thankful for the support we continue to receive from our academic partners,” CNF Executive Director Janice Randall said. “In only six years we have helped hundreds of Cherokee students prepare to chase their dreams and know that they will achieve great things for themselves and for the Cherokee Nation.”
The weeklong program helped students explore schools of interest, research scholarship opportunities and navigate the application process.
“We push the students to get outside of their comfort zones and explore all possibilities,” CNF Program Coordinator Jennifer Sandoval said. “Once they gather all the information and consider scholarships, they may find that their dream school is within reach and may be more affordable than they thought. Our staff is here to help guide them through the process and connect them to information and resources that will allow them to make the best decision for their future.”
The students stayed in traditional dorms and explored the campus to gain a better understanding of what college life is really like.
“I will be a first generation college student, and this camp has helped me more than they know,” Claremore High School senior Cole Chandler said. “I have attended three CNF camps in the past, and each one has helped prepare me in different ways. This year, the admissions counselors gave me a different outlook on the application process and helped me identify what to look for in the university I choose to attend.”
CCPI curriculum was developed in cooperation with College Horizons, the U.S. Department of Education and the Princeton Review. The lessons focused on ACT strategies, essay writing, interview skills and time management.
Participating universities included University of Arkansas, Bacone College, Carl Albert State College, University of Central Oklahoma, Duke University, KY-WV-LSAMPS/STEM, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma State University, Pomona College, University of Pennsylvania, Rogers State University and Yale University.
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