CNF establishes $200K for scholarships

BY STAFF REPORTS
11/07/2017 12:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation Foundation recently completed its “Leave a Legacy” matching campaign, which created more than $200,000 in new scholarship opportunities for Cherokee students.

The campaign, launched in 2016, allocated $100,000 to match gifts ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 on a first-come, first-served basis. Two recent endowments helped CNF achieve its fundraising goal.

“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 Peruzzi Family Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Faye Fogleman Kircher, a longtime educator from Locust Grove. The scholarship will support a student living within the Cherokee Nation’s jurisdiction who is enrolled full time at a four-year, post-secondary institution.

The Beauchamp family of Fayetteville, Arkansas, established its fund to honor the legacy of Alan Beauchamp. The parameters of this scholarship are to be determined.

At a Sept. 26 meeting, the CNF board voted unanimously to continue matching qualifying donations beyond the $100,000, as funds allow.

“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.”

Anyone interested in establishing an endowment is encouraged to call Randall at (918) 207-0950 or email jr@cherokeenationfoundation.org. For more information on scholarship opportunities or to apply online, visit www.cherokeenationfoundation.org.

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