Kellian Staggers Awarded CNAY Scholarship to Attend Columbia University’s Summer Program for High School Students

The Center for Native American Youth partners with Columbia University each year to offer a full-tuition, residential scholarship for one Native scholar to attend Columbia’s Summer Program for High School Students. 

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Zach Garcia - Pianist, Vocalist, and Composer

As Zach Garcia explains it, he’s always wanted to be a musician – well, except for those few brief years in middle school when he had his sights set on being an NBA player. 

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CNAY Scholar Maria Walker Spends Summer at Columbia University

The Center for Native American partnered with Columbia University to offer a full tuition scholarship for one Native student to attend the Columbia Summer Program. The program enables students to choose a field of study and explore the topic in-depth for six weeks on campus.
 

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Rodney Strickland Helps Youth Reconnect to Culture & Focus on the Future

For his GEN-I challenge, Rodney Dakota Strickland (Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina), organized a three-day leadership workshop called Native Youth Seeking Knowledge (NYSK) for 18 Native American students across his county. The program focused on building leadership skills such as public speaking, communication and teamwork, and specific strategies for how they can implement these skills in real-life challenges in their community. 

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