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California Native American Day Celebration

CANA-Day High School Essay & Artwork Contest

The application is here!


As part of the University of California, San Diego’s 2015-16California Native American Day
(CANA-Day) Celebration, our committee is proud to announce our Annual CANA-Day High
School Essay Contest. This year’s theme is: "Looking to our past to prepare for our future."

The contest is open to all San Diego County students in grades 9-12. It is our hope to have students of all backgrounds participate in the
contest, particularly those from San Diego’s Native American communities.


The application deadline is Friday, April 22, 2016. Winners will be notified by May 1, 2016. All entrants are invited to attend UC San Diego’s annual Pow Wow, to be held in May, 2016, hosted by UC San Diego’s Native American Student Alliance (NASA). There, all contest entrants will be recognized and prize winners will have the opportunity to present their entries to the audience and will receive their awards.


In addition to the cash award, one first prize winner will be eligible to receive a UC San Diego $500 Incentive Scholarship which will be awarded upon being admitted and enrolled at UC San Diego, within four years of high school graduation.


Thank you for your support and we hope to see you at this year’s CANA- Day festivities!