News Release

Cherokee Nation Foundation

The Cherokee Nation Foundation announced yesterday scholarship recipients for the 2020-21 academic school year. The nonprofit organization is awarding nearly $228,000 to 20 high school graduates and 69 current university students.

“In the past year these students have faced new challenges, with many families being impacted financially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Janice Randall, executive director for Cherokee Nation Foundation. “These scholarships have become vital in supporting the success of Cherokee students. While the last year has been a difficult time for everyone, we know that these students will rise to the challenge and help contribute to a brighter future for all Cherokees.”

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

New scholarship recipients and awards are as follows:

Adair County

Cole Ritter, Stilwell High School: Harold “Jiggs” Phillips Scholarship

Cherokee County

Chance Chambers, Sequoyah High School: Sequoyah High School Alumni Association Scholarship & James R. Upton Memorial Scholarship

Macey Conner, University of Arkansas: Bill Rabbit Legacy Art Scholarship

Hannah Gaches, Sequoyah High School: Sequoyah High School Alumni Association Scholarship & James R. Upton Memorial Scholarship

Jencee Jarvis, Oklahoma State University: Cherokee Nation Businesses Scholarship

Kate Kelley, Tahlequah High School: Cherokee Scholars & Peruzzi Family Scholarship

Kaylin Littledave, Sequoyah High School: Sequoyah High School Alumni Association Scholarship & James R. Upton Memorial Scholarship

Jessica McKinnis, Sequoyah High School: Sequoyah High School Alumni Association Scholarship & James R. Upton Memorial Scholarship

Chelbie Turtle, Northeastern State University: Cherokee Nation District 3 Fund

Lillie Vann, Northeastern State University: Anna Belle Mitchell Memorial Scholarship

Carson Willis, Fort Gibson High School: Cherokee Scholars & Oklahoma State University/Cherokee Nation Foundation Scholarship

Ryly Ziese, Sequoyah High School: Cherokee Scholars, Sequoyah High School Alumni Association Scholarship & James R. Upton Memorial Scholarship

Mayes County

Carson Draeger, Chelsea High School: Cherokee Scholars

Emily Ward, Locust Grove High School: Gary, Ryan and Agalisiga Helping Hand Scholarship, Cherokee Scholars

Remington Ward, Oklahoma State University: Cherokee Nation Foundation Award

Hadlei Winfield, Adair High School: Cherokee Scholars

Sequoyah County

Madison Walters, Muldrow High School: Cherokee Scholars

Wagoner County

Ben Replogle, Oklahoma Wesleyan University: Cherokee Nation Businesses Scholarship

Weston Cox, University of Tulsa: Cherokee Nation Businesses Scholarship

Washington County

Cole Walker, University of Oklahoma: Senior Master Sergeant Texie C. Taylor, USAF Memorial Scholarship

At-Large District

Elijah Atkins, Kotzebue Middle High School: Cherokee Nation At-Large Award

Kevin Bishop, Bethel High School: Susan B. Agnew Leoser Scholarship

Mattison Clay, Texas A&M University: Cherokee Nation At-Large Award

Jaci Deitrick, Oklahoma State University: Cherokee Nation At-Large Award

Annika Diemont, California Virtual Academy: Cherokee Nation At-Large Award

Allie Glenn, Westmoore High School: Cherokee Nation At-Large Award

Sonia Khan, Haskell Indian Nations University: Cherokee Nation At-Large Award

Lauren Leatham, Cornell University: Cherokee Nation At-Large Award

Jacob Pogue, Cleveland High School: University of Tulsa/Cherokee Nation Foundation Scholarship

Katie Rogers, Durant High School: Cherokee Nation At-Large Award

Sarah Teeman, Stillwater High School: Cherokee Nation At-Large Award

Avery Tilley, Michigan State University: Cherokee Nation At-Large Award

About Cherokee Nation Foundation

The Cherokee Nation Foundation is a nonprofit organization serving the Cherokee Nation, a federally recognized tribe of more than 390,000 citizens. Its mission is to provide educational opportunities to Cherokee students so that they can reach their full potential. The Cherokee Nation Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. For more information, please visit www.CherokeeNationFoundation.org.

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