BURGAW, NC - Pender Early College senior Madison Brewington took advantage of a summer program at North Carolina State University that helped her get in touch with her Native American roots.

"North Carolina State University offers many programs for minorities who want to learn more about what the university has to offer." Brewington said. "I decided to attend the Native Education forum which gave me the opportunity to learn more about NC State with fellow Native American mentors."

Madison Brewington

The Native Education Forum (NEF) is a pre-college summer prep program for rising high school juniors and seniors. NEF provides students access to opportunities within and around a University environment while reinforcing cultural identity and community ties.

"Being able to meet new fellow Native American students who were also interested in NC State made me feel more comfortable with possibly calling this campus my future home." said Brewington. "It was so awesome gaining connections with people who were not only from my Native tribe, but many other Native tribes as well. This camp made me realize that NCSU is inclusive and diverse and that I could definitely see myself attending next fall." 

The NEF took place in the middle of June and hosted various workshops allowing students to learn more about campus life, receive assistance with the college application and financial aid process and engage in relatable American Indian/Native American topics.

For more information on the Native Education Forum click this link