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Aug. 5, 2010


Choctaw Scholarship Advisement Program Sets Date for Third Annual Ivy League & Friends

DURANT, Okla. – The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) Scholarship Advisement Program (SAP) has set Nov. 6, 2010, as the date for its third annual Ivy League & Friends Choctaw Student Recruitment. The praise and feedback SAP received from past Ivy League & Friends sessions ensure the 2010 gathering of students, parents and the nation’s top colleges will be an occasion CNO scholars from across the country will not want to miss.

Ivy League and Friends began in 2008 when Harvard University visited Durant to meet with nearly 200 Choctaw students and parents. The interest and response to the Harvard session prompted SAP to expand its 2009 event to include not only Harvard, but Yale, Dartmouth, Columbia, Penn, Johns Hopkins, Cal/Berkeley and Phillips Academy as well. More than 300 CNO scholars and parents from nine different states attended Ivy League and Friends 2009, proving beyond a doubt that the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma’s college-bound students and parents are eager for information about, and the chance to meet, America’s top schools.

In 2009’s post event survey more than 95% of respondents said they would be extremely likely to recommend attending Ivy League and Friends to a fellow CNO scholar. The highly positive feedback from last year also provided constructive recommendations that will make this year’s Ivy League and Friends even better. Additions and improvements for 2010 include an impressive list:

More Schools - It’s anticipated this year’s Ivy League and Friends will more than double the number of the 2009 attending colleges. SAP expects 20 or more of the nation’s top colleges will attend. Schools and programs already scheduled to participate include Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Cal/Berkeley, Purdue and College Horizons. Harvard, Yale, and Princeton are among the group of selective institutions that have also been invited.
More Time and More Break-out Sessions – Ivy League and Friends 2010 will be a full day, not just an evening affair. Students and parents will have time to learn more about each school and attend their choice of numerous special breakout sessions scheduled throughout the day. Sessions are planned for each college and university and much more time for one-on-one question and answer opportunities will be provided.
Special Presentations - Breakout sessions will also highlight special presentations on a variety of college preparation topics. Look for sessions covering Financial Aid, College Test Preparation, Resume Building and more.
Added Graduate Student Emphasis – Ivy League and Friends 2010 has more information and emphasis for graduate students. The event will include graduate student breakout sessions and many colleges will bring graduate student recruiters.
Held at the Choctaw Casino Resort – Ivy League and Friends 2010 will be held at the new Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma. The new Resort Hotel features over 300 well-appointed rooms and luxury suites complete with exclusive amenities. The Resort Hotel offers a business center, fitness center, retail outlets, shuttle service and, of course, access to Oklahoma’s finest casino and entertainment experience.

Browse SAP’s website for more information and updates. Also, be sure to check out SAP’s Facebook, Twitter, online newsletter, and blog for the latest Ivy League & Friends news.