TAHLEQUAH, OK – The Cherokee Nation Foundation (CNF) is accepting scholarship applications for the 2022-23 academic year. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31, 2022.
This year includes new scholarships made possible through CNF’s donor matching program, with expanded opportunities offered for at-large citizens and students pursuing study in the medical field, education, agriculture and computer sciences.
“Creating opportunities for our people to get an education and pursue their dream has always been a core value for the Cherokee Nation,” said Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. “We are proud of the creative work the staff at Cherokee Nation Foundation has put into developing more scholarships for Cherokees. These are the kind of educational opportunities that can transform lives for the better. I am particularly proud of the efforts of Cherokee Nation Foundation to create more opportunities for Cherokees both on the reservation and those living at large.”
Cherokee Nation Foundation offers three types of scholarships: private, tribal and institutionally based. Once students create an online profile, they have instant access to a one-stop shop for all CNF scholarships. The system also provides students with notifications about upcoming scholarship opportunities and deadlines. Applications are evaluated based on academic performance as well as community and cultural involvement.
“We continue to be blessed by the generous giving of our fellow Cherokees and that of our communities, neighbors and friends,” said Janice Randall, Executive Director for CNF. “Through our Leave a Legacy matching program, we have established opportunities that will help Cherokee youth identify, pursue and achieve their academic ambitions today and their future career goals. We encourage students to set up an account online and explore what’s available.”
Last year, the foundation awarded nearly $228,000 to 20 graduating high school students and 69 university students. Students are eligible to receive CNF awards in addition to opportunities provided through the Cherokee Nation College Resource Center.