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Choctaw Nation to Host Annual Ivy League & Friends Event

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IVy_Leage_2012 The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Scholarship Advisement Program will host the annual Ivy League & Friends recruitment event at the Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant, Okla., Nov. 9, starting at 11 a.m.

“I am very glad that I attended.”

Choctaw tribal members will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with recruiters from some of the most prestigious universities in the nation, including Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, MIT, Wesleyan, Berkeley, Duke and many more.

Past attendees have said that the Ivy League & Friends event has made what they thought to be an impossible dream, attending an Ivy League university, an achievable goal.

“[Ivy League & Friends] is different because you get to talk to [representatives] one-on-one, and they provide you with some extremely helpful information and it’s Ivy League Colleges,” said one student that previously attended the event. “I am very glad that I attended.”

Choctaw high school students and prospective graduate students are encouraged to attend the event, which will include a full day of breakout sessions where university representatives will speak about their institution to students and parents, and a college and graduate fair in the evening.

The event is for any tribal members interested in college, regardless of if they wish to attend one of the universities at the event.

“Even students who weren’t planning to attend an Ivy League school found benefit in attending the event and took away valuable information and insight into the college process,” said Jo McDaniel, SAP director.

Students can learn about additional resources for Native American students such as information about scholarships and fellowships, summer programs and internships from various organizations including the American Indian Graduate Center, College and Graduate Horizons, Washington Internship for Native Students and Phillips Academy Institute for Recruitment of Teachers.

Ivy_2_copy Ivy League & Friends began in 2008 as a way for students to connect with representatives from Harvard and has quickly grown to include more than 30 universities, making this one of SAP’s most successful programs. The event is hosted every November and encourages tribal members to think big when it comes to their educational goals.

“The rapid growth of Ivy League & Friends suggests that the program is an idea whose time has come, not just for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, but for any group aiming to help Native American students fully realize their educational goals,” McDaniel said.

The Choctaw Nation SAP was established in 2006 and exists to help Choctaw tribal members fulfill their college goals with smart, comprehensive preparation and advisement, and graduate with strong prospects for the future. In addition to hosting one of the largest recruitment events hosted by a tribe, other services offered through SAP include campus visit programs, ACT/SAT test prep, graduate school prep and scholarship resources.

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