Scholarship awards climb as CNF announces honorees for 2023-24 academic year

More than $428K is awarded to Cherokee students.

TAHLEQUAH – Cherokee Nation Foundation announced May 3 its scholarship recipients for the 2023-24 academic year, boasting another increase in support for students living off the Cherokee Nation Reservation.

With support from the tribe and private donors, the nonprofit organization is awarding more than $428,000 to 73 high school graduates and 40 current university students.

“With each new donation and endowment our list of competitive awards continues to grow, and with it the impact we make on Cherokee youth,” Janice Randall, executive director of CNF, said. “We want to express our deepest appreciation to Chief Hoskin and Deputy Chief Warner who have made every effort to increase the number of awards every year, including during the pandemic, and to our loyal donors and volunteers who help make these scholarships possible. We could not do this without the time, energy and resources you bring in support of our mission to help Cherokee youth reach their full potential.”

CNF offers three types of scholarships: private, tribal and institutionally based. The competitive awards are separate from the funds available through the tribe’s college resource center. All applications are evaluated on academic achievement, community and cultural involvement and future plans to serve the Cherokee people.

This year Cherokee Nation Foundation will award more at-large scholarships than ever in its history.

“Our outreach efforts to at-large communities are paying off and more students are aware of the support Cherokee Nation has for students pursuing higher education. As that awareness continues to grow, so does demand, and I couldn’t be prouder of our efforts to support these students and their dreams of higher education,” said Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. “Cherokee students are full of promise and are motivated to succeed. They have worked hard to earn this support and know they will make us proud.” 

Cherokee Nation’s higher education program, which operates separately from the foundation, also had a record setting academic year for at-large scholarship, supporting more than 1,000 students.

For a list of the 2023-24 scholarship recipients and awards, visit

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