August 4, 2017
Endowment reaches more than $30,000 through CNF matching program
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Sequoyah High School Alumni Association recently created a new scholarship opportunity for Cherokee students with the Cherokee Nation Foundation. The $15,475 donation was matched through the foundation’s “Leave a Legacy” program and now totals more than $30,000.
“We learned about the foundation’s matching program and couldn’t resist the opportunity to double our dollars and make a lasting impact on future generations of Sequoyah graduates,” said Dewayne Marshall, president of the Sequoyah High School Alumni Association. “We know that scholarships can sometimes be the deciding factor on whether or not a student goes to college and hope that our endowment will help bridge that gap. It’s important for them to know that there are alumni that care about them and support their pursuit of higher education, and hopefully, they return one day and do the same for others following in their footsteps.”
The endowment will support one $1,500 scholarship each year to a graduating senior from Sequoyah High School to attend the university of their choice. The scholarship is payable to the university and can be applied to tuition, books, fees, housing or other education-related expenses.
“It is a great thing to impact the life of a student, and we are thrilled to have another donor join us in our mission to support Cherokee students,” said Janice Randall, executive director of the Cherokee Nation Foundation. “We are thankful for the support we have received from our board of directors and Cherokee Nation administration and hope others will take advantage of this opportunity while it lasts.”
The Cherokee Nation Foundation launched the “Leave a Legacy” matching program in 2016, allocating $100,000 to match gifts ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 on a first-come, first-served basis.
The matching program has received multiple donations, the first made by Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker to honor the legacy of his grandmother, Audie Baker, who was a longtime Cherokee County educator.