Cherokee Nation Foundation Wraps Up Sixth Annual College Prep Camp at Carl Albert State College

Published July 30, 2017

Weeklong camp connects students with university representatives from across the US

TAHLEQUAH – Cherokee Nation Foundation recently wrapped up its sixth annual Cherokee College Prep Institute at Carl Albert State College in Poteau. Nearly 30 high school juniors and seniors were in attendance this year, connecting with university representatives from across the nation.

“CCPI has grown so much throughout the years, and we are beyond thankful for the support we continue to receive from our academic partners,” said Janice Randall, executive director of the Cherokee Nation Foundation. “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,” said Jennifer Sandoval, program coordinator of the Cherokee Nation Foundation. “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 got to explore 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,” said Cole Chandler, senior at Claremore High School. “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.”

This year’s students included the following:

Caleb Armer, Muldrow High School

Brandon Berry, Tahlequah High School

Sophia Berry, Tahlequah High School

Cole Chandler, Claremore High School

Faith Cude, Homeschool

Gabriell Cude, Homeschool

Allison Draeger, Chelsea High School

Madison Duehning, Guthrie High School

Ty Earp, Welch High School

Cade Floyd, Muldrow High School

Levi Gassaway, Hilldale High School

Cole Goodnight, Tahlequah High School

Mackenzie Hackworth, Sequoyah High School

Ryan Hembree, Tahlequah High School

Lauren Hoffman, Bishop Kelley High School

Riley Jensen, Claremore High School

Kylee Johnson, Bixby High School

Nicholas LaRosa, Westview High School

Zane Marzullo, Tahlequah High School

Katelyn McGhee, Grove High School

Kelsey McGhee, Grove High School

Sarah   Moore, University City High School

Seth Sifuentes, Muldrow High School

Lilly Sosa, Tahlequah High School

Katie Stice, Liberty High School

Aspen  Sumner, Claremore High School

Hannah Taylor, Oologah High School

Cade Weatherton, Arkoma High School

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.

For more information, contact the Cherokee Nation Foundation at (918) 207-0950 or Janice Randall at

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