Councilor conducts annual scholarship workshop
Dist. 5 Tribal Councilor Cara Cowan Watts speaks at her annual scholarship workshop on Jan. 12 in Claremore, Okla. More than 200 students and parents listened to information about finding and applying for scholarships besides Cherokee Nation scholarships. TESINA JACKSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
CLAREMORE, Okla. – For several years, Dist. 5 Tribal Councilor Cara Cowan Watts has hosted workshops to inform students about where to find and apply for scholarships other than those from the Cherokee Nation. On Jan. 12, more than 200 students and parents attended her 2013 workshop.
She, along with Cherokee Nation Foundation Executive Director Kimberlie Gilliland, provided information on classes to take in grades eighth through 12th to prepare students for college, entrance exams, finding scholarships, managing scholarship applications, networking, best social media practices, building a resume’ for success, recommendation letters, choosing career paths and filing for financial aid.
“The cost of college is rising and not everyone applies for the Cherokee Nation grant or can qualify for the tribal monies,” Cowan Watts said. “If folks simply Google, they will find an amazing amount of resources to pay for college without going into student loan debt, if they have focused on doing their job as a student in school. Tribal higher education grants should not be a student’s only source of income for school.”
One item that stuck out for United Keetoowah Band citizen Brionna Badoni, 16, was to be cautious of posts on the social network Facebook because future employers or scholarship distributors may look at the page.
“It’s really interesting. I didn’t get to come last year. We’ve wanted to come for the last couple of years but we’ve made a point to come this year because she’s getting older,” said Donna Badoni, Brionna’s mother.
Brionna, of Owasso, said she plans to attend the University of Oklahoma after high school.
Gilliland focused on financial aid and the Free Application For Federal Student Aid process, college admissions process and college prep opportunities in general and as provided by the CNF.
“I hope students will obtain more scholarship and grant monies for college, so they may focus on their studies rather than worrying about student loans, bursar bills or working while going to school,” Cowan Watts said.
The free seminar also included a student panel that answered questions and provide first-hand experiences and lessons learned from the scholarship search and college application process. The students represented the University of Oklahoma, Bacone College, Northeastern State University and the University of Arkansas.
Cowan Watts said while attending Oklahoma State University she chaired the American Indian Science and Engineering Society scholarship committee and discovered she had a passion for helping others find resources.
“After graduating from college, I started doing the presentation when asked by organizations and student groups,” she said. “The demand has been high every year for the information I share during the workshop, so I have continued to update and add new topics to the workshop as technology changes. I love sharing with our students and helping them be successful. Others helped me during high school and college, so I am passing it on as I was taught.”
Parents and students also gathered information from booths set up by Bacone, the University of Arkansas, Cherokee Nation Businesses, CN Career Services, CNF, League of Women Voters of the CN, Cherokee Phoenix and Dist. 5 Tribal Councilors Buel Anglen and Lee Keener.
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ᎦᎴᎼ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᎢᎸᏍᎩ ᎾᏕᏘᏯ, ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎯᏍᎩ ᏗᎦᎳᏫᎦ Cara Cowan Watts ᎤᏍᏆᎸᎡᎳ ᎠᏂᏃᎮᏍᎪ ᏧᏂᏃᎯᏎᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏂᏩᏛᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏃᏪᎶᏗ ᎤᏂᏁᏍᏙᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎤᏣᏘᎾ ᎾᏃ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᏒᎢ. Ꮎ ᎤᏃᎸᏔᎾ ᏔᎳᏚᏏᏁ, ᏳᎪᏓᏊ ᎾᏃ ᏔᎵᏧᏈ ᏯᏂ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎾᏓᎦᏴᎵᎨ ᎤᏁᏙᎸ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏍᏆᎸᎡᎲ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏦᎦᏚ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬᎢ.
ᎾᏍᎩ, ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎦᎫᏍᏓᎥ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒ ᎧᏁᏥᏙ Kimberlie Gilliland, ᎤᏁᏝᏅ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎤᏅᏙᏗ ᏧᏁᎵᏁ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎳᏚᏏᏁ ᎢᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᏂᏙ ᏗᏛᏅᎢᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏭᎾᎴᏅᏗ, ᏭᏂᏴᏍᏗ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎵᏰᏍᎬ, ᎤᏂᏩᏛᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏕᎳ, ᎢᏗᎬᏗ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᏂᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗᎢ, ᏓᏏᎳᏕᏫᏒ ᎢᏳᏅᏗ, ᎤᎾᏓᏟᏌᎲ ᎻᏗᎠ ᎠᎦᏔᎯ, ᎤᏃᏢᏗ ᎠᏍᏓᏩᏕᎩ ᏄᏛᏁᎸᎢ, ᎪᏪᎵ ᏧᏃᏪᎳᏅ ᎤᏃᎮᏍᎩ, ᎤᏒᏰᏍᏗ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏂᏛᏛᏁᎵᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏂᏢᏗ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ.
“ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎵᎬᏩᎸᏍᎬ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎵᏌᎳᏗ ᎠᎴ Ꮭ ᎾᏂᎥ ᏧᏂᏢᏅ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵᎢ ᏱᏚᏂᎩᏐ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Cowan Watts. “ᎢᏳᏃ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎫᎦᎵ ᏱᎾᏅᏁ, ᏯᏂᏩᏔ ᎤᏍᏆᏂᎪᏓ ᎢᎦ ᏚᏙᏢᏒ ᎬᏩᎾᏈᏴᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ ᎾᏃ ᏧᎾᏙᏟᏍᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎨᏥᏚᏗᎢ, ᎢᏳᏃ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏔᏅᎯ ᏱᎩ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ. ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᎦᎸᎳᏛ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏗᎾᏓᏁᎯ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᏒ Ꮭ ᎠᏎ ᎤᏩᏌ ᏳᏙᏢ ᏧᏂᎩᏍᎩ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ.”
“ᏌᏊ ᎢᏳᏓᎴ ᎤᏕᎶᎰᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎩᏚᏩᎩ ᎨᎳ Brionna Badoni, ᏓᎳᏚ ᏳᏕᏘᏴᏓ, ᎤᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᏳᏍᏓ ᎪᏪᎵᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎾᏂᎥ ᎠᏏᎳᏛ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ Facebook ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏫᏗᎦᏛ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏗᏂᏅᏍᎩ ᎡᎵᏊ ᏯᏂᎪᏩᏘ.
“ᏙᎯᏳ ᎤᏍᏆᏂᎪᏓ. Ꮭ ᏯᏇᏙᎴ ᎡᏘ ᏥᎨᏒ. ᎣᎩᎾᏚᎵᏍᎬ ᎣᎩᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᏔᎵ ᎾᏕᏘᏯ ᎬᏩᎴᏅᏓ ᎠᏎᏃ ᎯᎠ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗ ᏓᏲᎩᏁᏅᏒ ᎾᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎢᏴ ᎢᏳᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᎭ,” ᎤᏛᏅ Donna Badoni, Ꮎ Brionna’s ᎤᏥᎢ.
Brionna, ᎾᏍᎩ Owasso ᎡᎯ, ᎤᏛᏅ ᏕᎫᎪᏗᏍᎬ ᏧᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ University ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏓᏍᏆᏛ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.
Gilliland ᎤᎦᏎᏍᏙ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏕᎸ ᏧᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏎᏊ ᎠᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏂᎬᎾᏛ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᎠᎢᏒ, ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏴᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎢᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᏠᏅᏓᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏁᎳᏅᎢ CNF.
“ᎤᏚᎩ ᎠᏋᎭ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᎤᎪᏛ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᎠᏕᎳ, ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏃ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᏖᎸᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏕᎳ, bursar ᏕᎬᏥᏚᎬ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᏛᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Cowan Watts.
ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏎᏊ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏅᏁᏗ ᎤᎾᏬᎯᎸᏴᎡᏗ ᏗᏛᏛᎲᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏁᎶᏗ ᎤᏂᎦᏙᎲᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᏂᏲᎲ ᎠᎴ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᏂᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ ᎠᎢᏒᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏄᏅᏁᎸ University of Oklahoma, Bacone College, Northeastern State University ᎠᎴ University of Arkansas.
Cowan Watts ᎤᏛᏅ ᏥᏓᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ University State University ᎤᎵᏍᏚᏟᏅ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ Science ᎠᎴ Engineering Society ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏂᎧᎻᏗ ᎠᏂᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏕᎶᎰᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎸᏉᏛ ᏧᏍᏕᎸᎯᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᎤᏂᏩᏛᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ.
“ᎣᏂᏃ ᏧᏚᏍᏆᏛ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ, ᎠᏆᎴᏅᎲ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏂᎬᏁᎵᏙᎲ ᏱᎩᏃᎯᏎᎵ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏚᎾᏓᏈᎬᎢ,” ᎤᏛᏅᎢ. “ᎢᎦ ᎤᏚᎵᏗ ᎯᎠ ᏂᏓᏕᏘᏴᎯᏒ ᎯᎠ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᏥᏥᏃᎮᏍᎪᎢ ᎾᎿ ᏱᏗᎦᏠᏏ, ᏂᎪᎯᎸᏃ ᎠᎩᏲᎭ ᎢᏤᎢ ᏄᏓᎴ ᎾᏝᎬ ᎤᎾᏅᎪᏨ ᎬᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗ ᏃᏊ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ. ᎠᎩᎸᏉᏓ ᎠᎩᏃᎮᏗ ᎦᏥᏃᎯᏎᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎦᏥᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎢᏳᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᏗ. ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᎬᎩᏍᏕᎸᎭ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏥᏕᎦᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏴ ᎾᏍᏊ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎦᏥᏰᏲᎲᏍᎪ ᎾᎿ ᎥᏇᏲᏅᎢ.”
ᏧᎾᏓᎦᏴᎵᎨ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎠᏂᏟᏏᏍᎪ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏚᏂᎾᎣ Bacone, University of Arkansas, Cherokee Nation Businesses, CN Career Services, CNF, League of ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᎠᏂᏁᎦ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ, ᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᎴᎯᏌᏅ ᎠᎴ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ 5 ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᏗᏂᎳᏫᎦ Buel Anglen ᎠᎴ Lee Keener.