Cherokee Nation gives $20,000 to Cherokee Nation Foundation At-Large Tribal Council Scholarship

October 23, 2018

(L to R) Cherokee Nation Foundation Director Janice Randall, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Tribal Councilor Wanda Hatfield, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Tribal Councilor Mary Baker Shaw.(L to R) Cherokee Nation Foundation Director Janice Randall, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Tribal Councilor Wanda Hatfield, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Tribal Councilor Mary Baker Shaw.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation officials recently presented a $20,000 check to the Cherokee Nation Foundation to fund the foundation’s 2018-19 At-Large Tribal Council Scholarship.

“The At-Large Tribal Council Scholarship is an important way that we can show our support for the education of our Cherokee Nation citizens who live outside the tribe’s service area,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “We certainly commend the leadership of our at-large Tribal Councilors and the Cherokee Nation Foundation for helping students living outside the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction achieve their dreams of college.”

At-large Tribal Councilors allocate funds for the scholarships from the tribe’s charitable contributions budget. At-large Tribal Councilors Mary Baker Shaw and Wanda Hatfield were both on hand to present the donation along with other tribal leaders.

"I think it's fabulous we now have a scholarship available for our at-large college students. This will open doors for youth who may not have had a scholarship opportunity,” Hatfield said. “Wado to Janice Randall, and I appreciate all her hard work."

The at-large contribution funds a one-year college scholarship for students who reside outside the tribe’s education service area, maintain a 3.0 GPA and are enrolled in a four-year, postsecondary institution.

“Right now only 7 percent of American Indians between the ages of 25 and 29 hold a college degree. College is an investment as well as a commitment, and all of our citizens should have access to resources, traveling workshops and seminars, regardless of where they live,” Shaw said. “Our foundation and at-large organizations are trying to help keep college within reach for every student, regardless of where they live and we must keep moving in that direction.”

Cherokee Nation citizens who reside outside the tribe’s education service area may also be eligible for scholarship opportunities through the Cherokee Nation College Resource Department. For more information, visit http://webtest2.cherokee.org/Services/Education/College-Resources.

For more information about Cherokee Nation Foundation, call 918- 207-0950 or visit https://cherokeenationfoundation.org/.