CNF announces its scholars for 2019-20 academic year

BY STAFF REPORTS
04/02/2019 02:30 PM
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation Foundation recently announced scholarship recipients for the 2019-20 academic school year. CNF is awarding $233,250 to 40 high school graduates and 61 university students.

“We couldn’t be more proud to be awarding a record amount of scholarship dollars this year,” CNF Executive Director Janice Randall said. “Thanks to our donors, we are supporting more students than ever before and are creating new opportunities that will help these students achieve academic success.”

Included in the awards are the first round of scholarship recipients for new endowments created through CNF’s Leave a Legacy endowment matching program, such as the Senior Master Sergeant Texie C. Taylor, USAF Memorial Scholarship; Charles Alan Beauchamp Scholarship; and Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club Scholarship.

“In addition to this being the largest amount of scholarships ever awarded, we are also celebrating the graduation of the largest class of Cherokee scholars,” Randall said. “These students sign up in eighth grade and commit to being elite students by taking on additional classes, maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA and attending CNF programs such as the ACT Prep Camp and the Cherokee College Prep Institute. In return, each Cherokee scholar is awarded $1,000 per semester for up to four years, as long as they maintain eligibility.”

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

In Adair County, scholarship recipients are Aubrey Brown, Sequoyah High School, James R. Upton Memorial Award; Myklynn Deason, Stilwell High School, District 6 & 8 Carl Albert John Lance Kelley Memorial Scholarship; Shyla Nakedhead, Stilwell High School, Harold “Jiggs” Phillips Scholarship; Christian Smith, Sequoyah High School, Sequoyah High School Alumni Association Scholarship; and Dakota St. Pierre, University of Oklahoma, Senior Master Sergeant Texie C. Taylor, USAF Memorial Scholarship.

In Cherokee County, scholarship recipients are Addison Backwater, Sequoyah High School, Sequoyah High School Alumni Association Scholarship; Jacob Denne, University of Oklahoma, Cherokee Nation Businesses Scholarship; Emerald GoingSnake, Sequoyah High School, James R. Upton Memorial Award; Cole Goodnight, Tahlequah High School, Cherokee Scholars; Clint Kelley, Oklahoma State University, Cherokee Nation Businesses Scholarship; Samantha Lane, Sequoyah High School, Sequoyah High School Alumni Association Scholarship; Jillian Rose, Sequoyah High School, Cherokee Scholars; Kaitlyn Wofford, Sequoyah High School, James R. Upton Memorial Award; and Ethan Winn, Sequoyah High School, Cherokee Scholars.

In Craig County, Ty Earp, of Quapaw High School, received a Cherokee Scholars award.

In Mayes County, scholarship recipients are Dylan Luper, Oklahoma State University, HP Engineering Inc. Scholarship; Saige Martin, Pryor High School, Peruzzi Family Scholarship; and Remington Ward, Locust Grove High School, Cherokee Scholars.

In Muskogee County, Levi Gassaway, of Hilldale High School, earned a Cherokee Scholars award.

In Rogers County, scholarship recipients are Cyler Ayers, Verdigris High School, Cherokee Scholars; Grace Brasfield, Claremore High School, Cherokee Scholars; Kelsey Bart, Rogers State University, Brent & Janees Taylor, RSU Business Scholarship; Bryson Brown, Claremore High School, Cherokee Scholars; Tristin Hampton, Claremore High School, Cherokee Scholars; Dezi McGee, Oologah High School, Cherokee Scholars; Dillon Nadal, Verdigris High School, Cherokee Scholars; Chloe Thorsen, Owasso High School, Cherokee Scholars; Hunter Thorsen, Owasso High School, Cherokee Scholars; and Tori Wood, Claremore Sequoyah High School, Cherokee Scholars and University of Tulsa/CNF Scholarship.

In Sequoyah County, scholarship recipients are Haley Flute, Muldrow High School, Cherokee Scholars; Alyssa Hale, Vian High School, CNF Scholarship; Michelle Hughes, Northeastern State University, Audie Baker Memorial Scholarship; Alyssa Jones, Muldrow High School, Cherokee Scholars; and Mikeesha Watts, Vian High School, Cherokee Scholars and District 6 & 8 Carl Albert John Lance Kelley Memorial Scholarship.

In Tulsa County, scholarship recipients are Cheyenne Blackwood, University of Tulsa, Charles Alan Beauchamp Scholarship; Riley Sugg, Edison Preparatory High School, Cherokee Scholars; and Rachael Driver, University of Oklahoma, Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club Scholarship.
In Wagoner County, Katherine Sharp, of Broken Arrow High School, earned the Oklahoma State University/CNF Scholarship.

Scholarship recipients from outside the tribe’s jurisdiction are Audrey Allard, Carl Albert High School, At-Large Tribal Council Award; Abigail Boatmun, Durant High School, At-Large Tribal Council Award; Carter Bowen, Medford High School, At-Large Tribal Council Award; Carly Clark, Edmond Memorial High School, At-Large Tribal Council Award; Madison Duehning, Guthrie High School, At-Large Tribal Council Award; Emilee Lemon, Byng High School, At-Large Tribal Council Award; Alec Lignitz, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cherokee Nation Businesses Scholarship; Nicholas Osborne, Cardinal Gibbons High School, Cherokee Scholars; Alycia Stodden, Olympic College, Susan B. Agnew Leoser Scholarship; Cade Weatherton, Arkoma High School, Cherokee Scholars; Tarin Stephens, University of Oklahoma, Kenneth Comer Memorial Scholarship; Bradley Isbell, University of Missouri Columbia, Cherokee Nation Businesses Scholarship; and Kalen Sixkiller, Norman North High School, At-Large Tribal Council Award.

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