Help This Comanche Scholar Study Abroad

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown February 21st, 2017 Last Updated on: February 21st, 2017

A friend shared this GoFundMe page on her Facebook page today and I just had to share it with you guys too!

Kaimera Cornell (Comanche, Kiowa, and Caddo) is currently a freshman at the University of Oklahoma and a President's Community Scholar (PCS). She has the unique opportunity to study abroad in Rio De Janeiro this coming May and needs a little assistance in getting the funds together for the trip.

Read more from her GoFundMe page:

By traveling to this country, I will be immersed in a whole new culture and environment. I will not be the only one attending this event. A small group of students will be participating also. We will be performing a service project aimed at a community in lower poverty standings. I will be attending a class at this event which will grant me an additional three (3) college credits toward my degree that I am currently pursuing which is Criminology/Pre-Law with a minor in Native American Studies. This experience is also aimed at helping the communities in Rio de Janeiro by providing community services to local corresponding areas in this region.

This trip will help me to build relationships with my fellow PCS members, the connections I will make in Brazil, and the faculty and staff that I communicate with as well. These relationships I will make and prospective contacts I will encounter will be helpful in my future endeavors. I will learn various skills from them which include service and leadership. With these skills that I bring back, I am able to help my people and improve my community.

In this study abroad experience, offered at the University of Oklahoma, I will not only be representing my school or myself, but I will also be representing my Comanche people. I will do so with the upmost honor and respect, by sharing my own culture with the South American communities that I will encounter. This event will build upon my pre-existing skills of leadership, service, culture, and diversity.

I would like to reach my goal by April 1, 2017.

Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated by myself and my family. Every dollar counts. There are not enough words to express my gratitude for each donation. Your generosity wil not go unnoticed. Thank you in advance!


I was lucky enough to study abroad in Brasil for six weeks in graduate school and I still have fond memories of the experience. In fact I still talk to my Brazilian friends regularly! This is definitely a great life experience and I hope you cherish every moment Kaimera!

For more information on how to donate to her studies, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/a-comanche-girl-studying-in-rio

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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