November 4, 2016
Applications accepted through Jan. 31
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for the 2017-18 academic year. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2017.
The foundation offers three differently funded scholarships: private, tribal and institutionally based. Cherokee Nation endowments are available at the University of Tulsa and Oklahoma State University. Funds are awarded through CNF and availability varies each year.
In addition to existing scholarships, CNF is adding new opportunities created by its donation matching program called “Leave a Legacy,” which launched in February.
The CNF board of directors allocated $100,000 in February to match gifts ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 on a first-come, first-served basis.
Through the initiative, multiple new funds have been established benefiting Cherokee students. Donors worked directly with CNF staff to name their fund and create guidelines on how the scholarships are awarded.
These funds can be established to honor the legacy of a loved one or to benefit students with a particular interest or school choice.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker was the first to secure an endowment and chose to honor his grandmother Audie Baker. The Nix Family Foundation established a fund to honor the legacy of Susan Agnew Loeser.
In addition, Brent and Janees Taylor created a fund to support Cherokee Nation students pursuing a business degree at RSU. There is currently $65,000 remaining to support the matching initiative and all donations are tax-deductible.
To access and apply for these scholarship opportunities and many more, please visit www.cherokeenationfoundation.org/scholarships.