Cherokee Nation College Resources serves college, concurrent students

BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
08/28/2018 12:30 PM
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Students take time to learn about colleges, universities and vocational schools on Nov. 14 during the Cherokee Nation’s College and Career Night at Sequoyah School’s “The Place Where They Play” gymnasium in Tahlequah. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation’s College Resources continues to provide scholarships to concurrent, undergraduate and graduate students to help them continue their educational endeavors.

College Resources serves 147 high schools in the jurisdiction and surrounding counties. In the 2017-18 school yea, 4,325 undergraduate and graduates students and 417 concurrent students received financial aid.

“We’re primarily focused toward high school juniors and seniors and then the current students that we have trying to keep them in school and trying to make sure they meet the deadlines,” Jennifer Pigeon, CN Education Services’ fiscal management and administration manager, said.

College Resources provides concurrent enrollment scholarships, high school valedictorian and salutatorian scholarships, undergraduate scholarships, graduate scholarships and financial assistance for directed studies.

Concurrent students who are high school juniors receive financial aid for tuition, books and fees for up to six hours of general education courses. Seniors only receive financial aid for books and fees due to a state waiver that pays for tuition.

Senior valedictorians and salutatorians receive a one-time scholarship upon graduating high school. Valedictorians receive up to $1,000 and salutatorians receive up to $750.

Undergraduate and graduate students receive up to $2,000 per semester.

“Once they’re accepted, undergrads are required to maintain a 2.0, concurrent a 2.5, and our graduates just need to remain in good standing with the college that they’re in,” Pigeon said.

She said to renew their scholarships students must turn in their grades and community service hours. One hour of community service is required for every $100 received.

Pigeon said students taking part in directed studies are limited to a University of Oklahoma rate of an equivalent degree meaning. For example, if a student is studying to become a doctor, dentist, or lawyer and do not choose to attend OU, College Resources will pay up to whatever OU’s rate would charge by paying for the tuition, books, fees, any required equipment and a housing stipend.

CN citizens and citizens of federally recognized tribes are eligible to receive College Resources financial aid. However, federally recognized tribal citizens besides CN citizens are only awarded if they qualify for the federal Pell grant known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. The award varies based on the number of applicants.

College Resources also provides a computer lab at the W.W. Keeler Complex equipped with six computer stations, printers and scanners to help students with the application process, and College Resources staff also participate in college and career fairs such the tribe’s College and Career Night to promote scholarship opportunities to students.

Information, applications and deadlines for the 2019-20 school year can be found at www.cherokee.org/Services/Education/College-Resources or by calling 1-800-256-0671, ext. 5465 or emailing collegeresources@cherokee.org.
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ᏓᎵᏆ – ᏣᎵᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᏂᎬᏫᏍᏓ ᎠᏂᎯᎵ ᏓᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬ ᏗᏂᏍᏆᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏂᏍᏆᏛ ᎠᏂᎯᎵᏒ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ.

ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᏍᎪᎯᏥᏈ ᎾᎩᏍᎪᎯ ᎦᎵᏉᎩ ᎢᏯᏂ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏓᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎢᎬᎾᏕᏂ ᎠᎴ ᎾᎥ ᎢᏳᎾᏓᎵ ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ. ᏔᎵ ᎢᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᎦᎵᏆᏚ ᎠᎴ ᏁᎳᏚ ᏥᏚᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ ᏅᎩ ᎢᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏗᏂᏍᏆᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏂᏍᏆᏛ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᎴ ᏅᎩᏥᏍᏈ ᎦᎵᏆᏚ ᎢᏯᏂ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏕᎨᏥᏁᎴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ.

“ᎾᏉ ᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏌᏚᏏᏁ ᎠᎴ ᏔᎵᏚᏏᏁ ᏗᏂᏂᏙᎯ ᎾᏃ ᎠᏂᏐ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎣᏣᏁᎶᏗ ᏂᎬᏂᎯᎴᏍᏗ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ ᎾᏃ ᎪᏪᎳ ᎠᎬᏱ ᏧᏂᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ ᎠᏏ ᎣᏂᎢ ᏄᏟᎢᎶᏢᎾ ᎨᏒᎢ”, ᎠᏗ Jennifer Pigeon, ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎸᎯᏙᎯ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎩ ᏄᎬᏩᏳᏌᏕᎩ. ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᏓᏅᏛᏅᎢᏍᏓᏁᎰ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏧᏂᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ, ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᏫᏓᏤᏢ ᎢᏳᏛᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏔᎵᏁ ᏧᎾᏑᏰᏛ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏂᏍᏆᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏂᏍᏆᏛᎢ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏓᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᎲᎢ.

ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏌᏚᏏᏁ ᏗᏂᏂᏙ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏕᎨᏥᏁᎰ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ, ᏗᎪᏪᎵᏃ ᏙᎨᏥᏩᏎᎰ ᏑᏓᎵ ᎢᏧᏟᎶᏛ ᎤᏩᏥ ᎢᎫᏪᏅᏗ ᎢᎪᎯᏛ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ. ᏔᎵᏚᏏᏁᏃ ᏗᏂᏂᏙᎯ ᏗᎪᏪᎢᏊ ᎢᎦ ᎢᎦᏛᏊᏃ ᏕᎨᏥᏚᎬ ᎠᎾᏈᏱᎰᎢ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᏍᎬᏃ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᏈᏱᏍᎪ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ.

ᏔᎵᏚᏏᏁ ᏌᏚᏏᏁᏃ ᏗᏂᏂᏙᎯ ᏫᏓᏤᏢ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎸ ᎨᎦᏑᏰᏗ ᏱᏚᏂᏍᏆᏗ ᏌᏉ ᎢᏳᏩᎦᏘ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏕᎨᏥᏁᎰᎢ. ᏫᏓᏤᏢ ᎢᏳᏛᏁᎸ ᎠᎦᏑᏰᏗ ᏌᏊ ᎢᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᎢᎦ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏓᏥᏁᎰᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏔᎵᏁᏃ ᏫᏓᏤᏢ ᎢᏳᏛᏁᎸ ᎠᎦᏑᏰᏗ ᎦᎵᏉᎩ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏥᏈᎯᎦᏍᎪᎯ ᏓᏥᏁᎰᎢ. ᏗᏂᏍᏆᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏂᏍᏆᏛ ᏔᎵ ᎢᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏕᎨᏥᏁᎰᎢ ᏑᏓᎵ ᎢᏅᏗ ᎢᏳᏓᎵ. “ᏱᏗᎨᎦᏓᏂᎸᏥᏃ, ᏗᏂᏍᏆᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᏍᎢᏏ 2.0, ᎾᎴᏱᎩ 2.5 ᎤᏂᎾ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ, ᎾᏃ ᏧᏂᏍᏆᏛ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎢᏯᏅᏛᏁᎯ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᎲ ᎢᎽᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎨᏐᎢ ᎤᎿᎾ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᎲᎢ,” ᎠᏗ Pidgeon. ᏱᎤᎾᏚᎵᏃ ᎤᏂᏤᎲᎯᏍᏙᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᏎᎢᏏ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏭᏂᏃᎯᏍᏗ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸ ᏚᎾᏕᎶᏆᎥ ᎠᎴ ᎢᎦ ᎢᏧᏟᎶᏗ ᎤᏩᏥ ᎢᏳᏪᏅᏗ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸᎢ. ᎠᏎᎢᏏ ᏌᏊ ᎢᏳᏟᎶᏏ ᎤᏩᏥ ᎢᏳᏪᏅᏗ ᎢᎪᎯᏗ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᏁᎲᎢ ᎾᎿ ᏍᎪᎯᏥᏈ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏗᎨᏥᏁᎸᎯ ᎨᏒᎢ. Pidgeon ᎯᎠ ᏄᏪᏎ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎨᎦᏈᏰᎡᎯ ᎠᏎᎢᏏ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎻ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏚᏂᎬᏩᎶᏛ ᎤᎾᏈᏗ ᎨᏐ. ᏱᏓᏟᎶᏍᏔᏂ, ᎢᏳᏃ ᎠᎦᎾᎦᏘ ᎢᏳᎵᏙᏗ ᏱᏙᏛᏕᎶᏆᎢ, ᏗᏓᏅᏕᏍᎩ, ᏗᏘᏲᎯ ᎴᏱᎩ, ᏄᏚᎸᎲᎾ ᎣᏳ ᏧᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ, ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᏯᎾᏈᏯ ᎤᏠᏱ ᎣᏳ ᎠᎾᏈᏱᏍᎬ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ, ᏗᎪᏪᎳ, ᏕᎨᏥᏝᏂᏍᎬᏃ, ᎠᎴ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᏅᏓᏂᏓᏍᏗ ᎾᏃ ᏧᎾᏁᎳᏗᏍᏗᎢ.

ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎾᎴᏱᎩ ᏳᏥᏂ ᏧᏬᎯᏓᏅ ᏚᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᎤᏅᏌ ᏓᎬᏩᎾᏈᏗ ᏩᎬᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ. ᎠᏎᏍᎩᏂ, ᏩᏥᏂ ᏧᏬᎯᏓᏅ ᏱᎩ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏁᎳ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᏱᎩ ᎾᏊᏃ ᎪᏪᎳ ᏧᏂᎧᎵᏏᏌᏅ ᏱᎩ ᎾᎿ Pell ᏣᏃᏎᎰᎢ ᎠᏎᏊ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᎴᏱᎩ FAFSA ᎣᏏᏃ ᏱᎨᏥᏰᎸᎾᏁᎳ ᎬᎾ ᏯᎾᏈᏱ. ᎾᏂᎥᏃ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏧᏂᎧᎵᏏᏌᏅ ᏓᏄᎪᏗᏍᎪᎢ ᎢᏯᏂ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎵᏗᎢ. ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᏗ W.W. Keeler ᎤᎾᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎠᎦᏙᎥᎲᏍᏗ ᎠᏍᏆᎾᎪᏗᏍᎩ ᏑᏓᎵ ᎢᎦ ᏚᏂᎭ, ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᏩᏍᏆᏂᎪᏗᏍᎩᏃ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ, ᎠᎴ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᏧᏣᏘᎾ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏓᏁᎡᎰ ᏓᏂᏃᏎᎰ ᎠᏂᏐ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏛᏅᎢᏍᏛ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ. ᎠᏓᏃᎯᏎᏗ, ᎪᏪᎵ ᏗᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ, ᎢᏴᏃ ᎣᏂ ᎢᎦ ᎠᎵᏚᎲᏍᎬᎢ ᎯᎠ 2019-20 ᏚᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎠᎭᏂ ᏗᏩᏛᏗ www.cherokee.org/ᏍᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ/ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ/ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎾᎴᏱᎩ ᏗᏟᏃᎮᏗ 1-800-256-0671, ext. 5465 ᎯᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᎠᎾᎦᎵᏍᎩ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ@ᏣᎳᎩ.org.

– TRANSLATED BY DENNIS SIXKILLER

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