Students must visit www.cherokeenation.academicworks.com and create an account to complete the general scholarship application, which closes Jan. 31. Once completed, the system will match students to individual scholarships for which they are eligible to apply.
The general application takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete and will require students to have their Certificate Degree of Indian Blood cards, copies of their most recent transcripts and contact information for personal references.
Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis and selected recipients will be announced in April.
More than 15 scholarships are available, with some being tailored to a specific field of study such as pottery, business, engineering or psychology. Some scholarships are also specific to the institution in which a student is enrolled such as Oklahoma State University, Rogers State University and the University of Tulsa.
Each scholarship has specific requirements, including meeting a minimum grade-point-average and location of residence. The Bill Rabbit Legacy Art Scholarship is also open to Cherokee Nation and United Keetoowah Band citizens alike. Students are encouraged to review all requirements before submitting their applications.
CNF scholarships are not income-based, Whitney Dittman, Cherokee Nation Businesses public relations specialist, said. This means students will not have to produce income statements or documents relating to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA when completing their applications.
CNF officials announced on Oct. 27 that the organization has raised more than $200,000 in scholarship opportunities due to its “Leave a Legacy” matching campaign.
“The matching campaign has been a huge success, and we can’t thank everyone enough for the support and encouragement along the way,” CNF Executive Director Janice Randall said. “Our board of directors, (Principal) Chief (Bill John) Baker and many council members played a huge role in helping us spread the word about this opportunity, and we are so happy to see so many people take part in creating opportunities for Cherokee students.”
The announcement follows a Sept. 26 meeting in which CNF board members voted to continue matching qualifying donations beyond $100,000, as funding allows.
“We know that there is no greater investment we can make than in the education of our youth, but the simple truth is that we can’t do it alone,” Tonya Rozell, CNF board president, said. “By extending the matching program, we hope to find new partners interested in honoring a legacy and creating new opportunities for Cherokee students. We are certainly more effective when we work together and combine our resources.”
CNF scholarships differ from the undergraduate and graduate scholarships offered by the tribe’s College Resource Center, which require students to complete one community service hour for every $100 received. The application for that scholarship opens Feb. 1 and can be completed at www.scholarships.cherokee.org.
For more information on CNF scholarships, visit www.cherokeenationfoundation.org or call 918-207-0950.
ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎱᎹ. – ᏃᏊ ᎠᎴ ᏥᏛᏟᎢᎶᏟ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᎪᏍᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᎪᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏲᎯ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᎪᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎸᏍᎩ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᏔᏲᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ ᎠᏓᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᏅᏓᏕᏆ ᎢᎬᏱᎢ.
ᏗᎾᏕᎶᎪᏍᎩ ᎠᏎ ᎤᏂᎪᎵᏱᏗ www.cherokeenation.academicworks.com ᎠᎴ ᎤᏃᏢᏗ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎢᏳᏅᏁᎯ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏗᏍᏗ ᏂᎦᎥ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᏗᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ, ᎾᎿ ᎠᎵᏍᏚᎲᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᎤᏃᎸᏔᏂ ᏦᏍᎪ ᏆᏊᎯᏁᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏳᏂᏍᏆᏓ, ᎾᎿ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᎤᏠᏯ ᏱᎾᏛᎦ ᏱᏓᎲᏏ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏏᏴᏫᎭ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎬᏩᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᎢᎦ ᎨᏒᎢ.
ᏂᎦᎥ ᏗᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ ᏍᎩᎦᏚ ᎠᎴ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᎢᏳᏔᏬᏍᏔᏅ ᏓᏟᎢᎵᏙᎲ ᎠᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᎳᎢ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎢᎦ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᎨᏒ ᎠᏆᏂᏲᏍᏗ, ᏚᎾᏕᎶᏆᎥᏃ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎬᏟᏃᎮᏙᏗᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎬᏩᏂᏃᎮᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏳᎾᏚᎵᎥ.
ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᏗᎨᏥᏁᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏴ ᎠᏟᎢᎵᏒ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎾᏑᏱᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏁᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎾᏄᏁᎰ ᎧᏬᏂ ᎧᎸᎢ.
ᎤᎪᏓᏃ ᎾᏃ ᏍᎩᎦᏚ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᏚᏂᎾᎣᎢ, ᎢᎦᏓᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏓᏤᏟᏓ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ ᏯᏛᎾ ᎦᏓᎫᎫ ᏧᏃᏢᏗᎢ, ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ, ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎠᏃᏢᏅᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᎿᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ. ᎢᎦᏓᏃ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎪᎥ ᎾᎿ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᎿ ᏚᏃᏪᎸ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᏛᎾ Oklahoma State University, Rogers State university ᎠᎴ ᎾᎿ University of Tulsa.
ᏌᏊᎭ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎠᏛᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏯᏛᏁᎸᎢ ᏯᏛᎾ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏯᏛᏁᎸ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᎿ ᎥᎦᏁᎸᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ Bill Rabbit Legacy Art Scholarship ᎾᎿ ᎠᏍᏚᎢᏐ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᎩᏚᏩᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᎠᏁᎳ ᏧᏠᏯ. ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎪ ᏧᏂᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎬ ᏗᎪᏪᎶᏗ Ꮟ ᏫᏄᏂᏅᏅᎾᏊ.
CNF ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᏂᏁᏓ Ꮭ ᎢᎦ ᎥᎪᏢᏍᎬ ᏯᏎᏍᏗ, Whitney Dittman, ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᏴᏫ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎠᏂᎦᏔᎯ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. ᎯᎠ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎦᏓᎦ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ Ꮭ ᎠᏎ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎢᏳᏅᏗ ᏱᎩ ᎢᎦ ᎠᏃᏢᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎠᏎᏊ ᏗᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏩᏥᏂ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᏍᎿᎵᏍᎩ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ FAFSA ᎾᏍᎩ ᏱᏚᏂᏍᏆᏓ ᏗᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ.
CNF ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏄᏩᏁᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏂᏃᏗ 27 ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬ ᎤᏂᏟᏌᏅ 200,000 ᎾᎿ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏓᏜᏅᏓᏕᎲ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ “ᎯᎯᏯ ᎾᎿ Legacy” ᏧᏠᏯ ᎠᏂᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ.
“ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏠᏯ ᎠᏂᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎦ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸ, ᎠᎴ ᎣᏍᏓᏓᏅᏖᏍᎬ Ꮭ ᎡᎵ ᏱᏂᎦᎣ ᏱᏓᎵᎮᎵᎪ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎨᎩᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᏓᏂᏂᎳᏕᎲ ᎾᏍᏊ,” CNF Executive ᏗᏓᏘᏂᏙ Janice Randall ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎢᎦᏤᎵ ᎠᏓᏅᏖᎵᏙ, (Principal) ᎤᎬᏩᏳᎯ (Bill John) Baker ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᎪᏓ ᏗᏂᎳᏫᎩ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᎭ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎠᏂᏃᎮᎵᏙᎲᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎨᏒ, ᎠᎴ ᎢᎦ ᎣᏣᎵᎮᎵᎦ ᏙᏥᎪᏩᏘᏍᎬ ᎤᏂᎪᏓ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎠᏂᎵᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬ ᎪᏢᏅᎢ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎶᏙᏗ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ.”
ᎾᏍᎩ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᎠᏍᏓᏩᎶᎦ ᏚᎵᏍᏗ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᏑᏓᎵᏁ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ CNF ᎠᎾᏓᏅᏖᎵᏙ ᎠᏂᎾ ᎤᏂᏁᏨ ᏂᎦᏯᎢᏐ ᏧᏠᏯ ᎢᏗᎬᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏔᏅ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎾᏃ 100,000, ᎾᎿ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᎸᏔᏅ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
“ᎣᎦᏅᏔ ᎾᏍᎩ Ꮭ ᎢᎸᏢ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᎸᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎠᎯᏓ ᏚᏳᎪᏛ ᎾᏍᎩ Ꮭ ᎢᎬᏌᏊ ᏱᏂᎨᏓᏛᎦ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Tonya Rozell, CNF ᏗᏄᎪᏔᏂᏙ ᎠᏂᏅ ᏧᏓᏘᎾᎢ. “ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏙᏯᏅᎯᏛ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏠᏯ ᏚᏙᏢᏒ, ᎤᏚᎩ ᎣᎬᎭ ᎣᎩᏩᏛᏗ ᎢᏤ ᎣᎦᎵᎪᏓ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏂᎪᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᎸᏉᏗᏍᎬ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᎪᏢᏗ ᎢᏤ ᎤᏠᏅᏓᏗᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ. ᎤᏚᎯᏳᏃ ᏓᏤᏠ ᎠᎯᏗᎨ ᎨᏐ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏌᏊ ᏱᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎵ ᎠᎴ ᏱᏓᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎢᎩᎲᎢ ᎤᏠᏂᎩᏓ.”
CNF ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᏚᏓᎴᎾᎥ ᎾᏃ ᏧᏂᏁᏓ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏧᏂᏍᏆᏛ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏂᏍᏆᏗᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᎵᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᏰᏟ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏁᏨ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏂᏍᏆᏗᏍᏗ ᏌᏊ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᏌᏊ ᎢᏳᏟᎶᏓ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᎠᏕᎸ ᏓᎩᏍᎬᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎧᎵᏎᏐᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᎬᏩᏟ ᎠᎵᏍᏚᎢ ᎧᎦᎵ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎠᎴ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎠᏍᏆᏗᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ www.scholarships.cherokee.org.
ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ ᏲᏚᎵ ᎾᏍᎩ CNF ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ, visit www.cherokeenationfoundation.org or call 918-207-0950.
– TRANSLATED BY ANNA SIXKILLER