Scholarships for American Indians


Tribes and Nations  - Misc. and Other Minorities


Cherokee Nation Scholarship Program

Cherokee Nation

Attn:  Office of Higher Education

17675 South Muskogee Avenue

P.O. Box 948

Tahlequah, OK 74465

(918) 453 - 5465               Toll-free:  (800) 256 - 0671 (within OK)

Fax:  (918) 458 - 6195




To provide financial assistance for undergraduate study in any state to citizens of the Cherokee Nation who do not qualify for federal Pell Grants.


This program is open to citizens of the Cherokee Nation who do not qualify for Pell Grant funding and are not interested in attending Haskell Indian Nations University (for which separate funding is available).  Applicants must be attending or planning to attend a college or university in any state.  They must be residents of the Cherokee Nation area, defined as those counties within and contiguous to the Cherokee Nation boundaries; tribal citizens living outside the Cherokee Nation area are not eligible.  In the selection process, first preference is given to continuing students who received funding from this program previously.  Second preference is based on academic level (seniors, juniors, sophomores, freshmen, in that order).  Third preference is based on academic performance (GPA, ACT/SAT score, college placement tests, GED score) and financial need.

Financial Data

The stipend is $1,000 per semester.


Up to 8 semesters.

Additional Information

The Cherokee Nation are covers all or part of the following Oklahoma counties: Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Delaware, Mayes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Nowata, Ottawa, Rogers, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner, and Washington.  Contiguous counties include Haskell, Le Flore, Osage, and Pittsburg counties in Oklahoma; Benton, Crawford, and Washington counties in Arkansas; Cherokee, Labette, and Montgomery counties in Kansas; and McDonald County in Missouri.

Number Awarded

Varies each year; nearly 1,600 students receive support from all Cherokee Nation Undergraduate Scholarship programs.


June of each year.