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Cherokee Nation Foundation

Cherokee Nation Foundation is partnering with Duke University to offer a free college admissions workshop on Saturday, August 15.

The course is offered to Native American students in grades 11-12, as well as any interested parents, with preference given to Cherokee Nation students.

“We typically offer college admissions workshops during our ACT Prep Camp in June and our Cherokee College Preparatory Camp in July. However, due to the continuing health crisis, we had to cancel those programs this year,” said Janice Randall, executive director of Cherokee Nation Foundation. “With the education landscape changing daily for these students, it was important that we utilize available technology and find a way to connect them to vital resources. A lot of the processes have changed recently, and students are looking for guidance as they prepare for their future.”

The hourlong virtual course begins at 3:30 p.m. and features Steve McLaughlin, associate dean of undergraduate admissions at Duke University.

McLaughlin will discuss how the college admissions process has changed throughout the COVID-19 global pandemic and share what highly selective schools are looking for, how admissions decisions are made and how students can best prepare.

“There’s a lot of confusion and stress among students and families right now as they work to make plans for the future,” said McLaughlin. “Our goal is to reassure them that higher education is still attainable and show them that we’re here to partner for their success. Cherokee Nation Foundation has done an amazing job of supporting these students throughout the years, and despite everything going on in the world, that has not changed. We’re happy to continue to serve as a partner to the foundation and hope to alleviate some fears surrounding applying to college this fall.”

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About Cherokee Nation Foundation

The Cherokee Nation Foundation is a nonprofit organization serving the Cherokee Nation, a federally recognized tribe of more than 380,000 citizens. Its mission is to provide educational opportunities to Cherokee students so that they can reach their full potential. The Cherokee Nation Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. For more information, please visit

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