Representatives from several tribes and guest speaker Cedric Sunray came together Wednesday, Jan. 31 at NEO for the tribal scholarship fair.

MIAMI – Students and parents from Ottawa County and surrounding communities attended Cedric Sunray’s “College Hustle” workshop and tribal scholarship fair held Wednesday, Jan. 31. Hosted by the Native American Student Association (NASA) in the Calcagno Ballroom at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, the event was organized to help provide college scholarship resources to Native students.

Sunray, an educator specializing in issues affecting Indian Country, shared information on agencies and programs that help provide access to scholarships along with how to navigate certain obstacles faced by Native students pursuing a secondary education.

Several tribal representatives were also on hand, including the Wyandotte, Quapaw, Osage, Cherokee, and Choctaw presenting scholarship information available through their tribes.

Afton high school senior Kiyah Sisco attended with her father Stoney who said the fair and workshop were very informative.

“I am very happy that NEO provided the community with this event," said Stoney. "Thanks to this seminar my daughter Kiyah will now have an opportunity to apply for multiple scholarships and grants that we had no idea were available. This will help tremendously with her tuition and fees at OSU. We are very thankful for this. I hope this seminar continues in the future so others will also have an opportunity to see all the available resources.”

For more information about the Native American Student Association and tribal education resources, contact Hannah Berryman at or 918-540-6144.