CNF awards $210K in scholarships for 2018-19 academic year

BY STAFF REPORTS
03/28/2018 12:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation Foundation announced on March 21 that it awarded $210,000 in scholarships to 29 high school graduates and 59 current university students for the 2018-19 academic year.

“We received a record number of applications this year and are thrilled to have the opportunity to support these students as they pursue their dreams of higher education,” CNF Executive Director Janice Randall said. “Thanks to our loyal donors and support from Cherokee Nation administration and Tribal Council, we continue to advance our mission to provide educational opportunities to Cherokee students so that they can reach their full potential.”

Applications were evaluated based on academic achievement, community and culture involvement and future plans to serve the Cherokee people. Scholarship recipients are:

• Morgan Grooms, Westville High School, Harold “Jiggs” Phillips Scholarship,

• Aspen Ford, Sequoyah High School, James R. Upton Memorial Award,

• Mackenzie Hackworth, Sequoyah High School, Cherokee Scholars,

• Ryan Hembree, Tahlequah High School, Cherokee Scholars,

• Katelyn Morton, Sequoyah High School, Sequoyah High School Alumni Scholarship,

• Sara Ryals, Northeastern State University, Cherokee Nation Businesses Scholarship,

• Garrett Tune, Sequoyah High School, James R. Upton Memorial Award,

• Abby James, Salina High School, Cherokee Scholars,

• Autumn Sinor, Chouteau- Mazie High School, Bill Rabbit Legacy Art Scholarship,

• Jeffrey Collier, Oklahoma Union High School, Perruzi Family Scholarship,

• Natalie Evans, Claremore High School, Cherokee Scholars,

• Lilly Hall, Inola High School, University of Tulsa/Cherokee Nation Foundation Scholarship,

• Riley Jensen, Claremore High School, Cherokee Scholars,

• Jackson Meisinger, Claremore High School, Cherokee Scholars,

• Kelcey Nees, Claremore High School, Cherokee Scholars,

• Laurel Reynolds, Claremore High School, Cherokee Scholars,

• Sequoyah Sandoval, Rogers State University, Brent and Janees Taylor RSU Business Scholarship,

• Caleb Armer, Muldrow High School, Cherokee Scholars,

• Erin Crawford, Carl Albert State College, Carl Albert State College Scholarship,

• Cade Floyd, Muldrow High School, Cherokee Scholars,

• Cassidy Floyd, Roland High School, Cherokee Scholars,

• Michelle Hughes, Northeastern State University, Audie Baker Memorial Scholarship,

• Emily Johnson, Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics, Cherokee Scholars,

• Seth Sifuentes, Muldrow High School, Cherokee Scholars,

• Marshall Berry, Jenks High School, Cherokee Scholars,

• Wallis Hatch, Jenks High School, Cherokee Scholars,

• Dante McCoy, Northeastern State University, Kenneth Comer Scholarship,

• Kaci Alvarado, Amarillo High School, Susan B. Agnew Leoser Scholarship,

• Nathan Auffet, Dundy Co. Statton High School, Oklahoma State University/Cherokee Nation Foundation Scholarship,

• Deanna DeValve, Oconomowoc High School, Cherokee Scholars,

• Jacey Hall, Home School, At-Large Tribal Council Award,

• Morgan Matthews, Farmington High School, At-Large Tribal Council Award,

• Kylee Osburn, Deer Creek High School, At-Large Tribal Council Award, Cherokee Scholars,

• Julia Sharum, Trinity High School, At-Large Tribal Council Award,

• Sean Sikora, Edison Preparatory School, At-Large Tribal Council Award, Cherokee Scholars,

• Christopher Taylor, Missouri State University, Cherokee Nation Businesses Scholarship, and

• Cole Walker, Middle Park High School, At-Large Tribal Council Award.

Included in the awards are the first round of scholarship recipients benefiting from the organization’s Leave a Legacy endowment matching program. CNF launched the initiative in 2016 to create opportunities for Cherokee youth and achieved its campaign goal in October 2017. With support from its board of directors, CNF is continuing to match qualifying donations as funds allow.

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