TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The future is bright for Cherokee students pursuing higher education as Cherokee Nation Foundation awards more than $409,000 in scholarships for the 2024-2025 academic year.

New legislation authored by Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner added nearly $100,000 in merit scholarships this year alone. The Comprehensive Cherokee Nation Education Act of 2024 focused on identifying and celebrating Cherokee students who exemplify leadership qualities and service to the tribe.

“Investing in these young adults is investing in the future of the Cherokee Nation,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. “Through these new merit scholarships, we are identifying the future leaders of our Nation, while easing the financial burden that comes with pursuing higher education. We know that as we continue to invest in our students, they will invest back into our communities with the valuable skills they have learned.”

CNF offers three types of scholarships: private, tribal and institutionally based. The competitive awards are separate from the funds available through the tribe’s college resource center. All applications are evaluated on academic achievement, community and cultural involvement, and future plans to serve the Cherokee people.

“The impact these scholarship dollars will have is truly immeasurable,” said Janice Randall, CNF executive director. “We remain hopeful that these students will achieve their academic goals, develop meaningful careers, and find a way to serve or give back to the tribe. That is why we do what we do each and every day and this is always our favorite part.”

Although the new merit scholarships are named for various Cherokee Nation elected offices, no elected officials were involved in the selection process. 

Recipients of the Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health Scholarship, administered by CNF, will be announced soon alongside the Cherokee Nation Public Health Scholarships.

For a list of new scholarship recipients and awards, please visit www.CherokeeNationFoundation.org