STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Emma Kincade
STILLWATER, Okla. – Cherokee Nation citizen Emma Kincade, 21, a junior at Oklahoma State University, was recently awarded a Udall Scholarship, which is for undergraduate sophomores and juniors interested in Native American issues such as health care or tribal policy.
Kincade said the scholarship awards up to $7,000 to up to 60 students yearly, and receiving it means a “great deal” to her.
“It means a great deal to me because of the values that the Udall Foundation emphasizes, being leadership, family, community, and those are three things that not only are important to me but are important to my family,” she said. “It means a great deal to me to be able to honor them through academics as well as honor fellow members of my tribe.”
Kincade said she is working toward her communication sciences and disorders degree and upon graduation she hopes to obtain a master’s degree.
“I’ve been really interested in working in Native issues. I want to be an occupational therapist, which means I will need to continue on to my master’s,” she said. “I’m hoping to go to Washington University in St. Louis, but I still haven’t decided.”
After obtaining her master’s degree, Kincade said she would “love” to work for the tribe.
“I’d love to come back and work for Cherokee Nation. My father (Thomas Kincade) works there as a pediatrician,” she said. “If I don’t work for Cherokee Nation, definitely somewhere that’s medically underserved would be my next route.”
While attending OSU, Kincade said one of her “favorite” things she does is work at the Center for Sovereign Nations.
“That is a center on campus that connects students back to their tribal communities and also to academic opportunities on campus,” she said. “We have a threefold mission and it’s sovereignty, students, partnerships. It’s really taught me a lot about myself and how to stay connected to two things that are really important to me, which is school and my tribe.”A Student Spotlight features Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band or Eastern Band students whether they are in grades kindergarten through 12 or higher education, excelling in school or doing something extraordinary. To recommend a student, email firstname.lastname@example.org.