July 24, 2013
Cherokee Nation, RSU Partnership to Cover Virtually All College Costs for Qualified Students
A new partnership between Rogers State University and the Cherokee Nation will provide significant scholarships that will cover essentially all college costs for qualified applicants.
When coupled with free federal student aid, the Cherokee Promise Scholarship Program will cover nearly 100 percent of tuition, fees, room and board for up to 24 tribal citizens each year. As a result, participating students will be able to attend college and earn their degree virtually debt free, officials said.
"Rogers State has a long history of cooperation and collaboration with the Cherokee Nation," said RSU President Dr. Larry Rice. "We are honored to be able to extend that partnership by providing education opportunities to qualifying Cherokee students."
The Cherokee Promise program aims to create a cohesive, living-learning community among the scholarship recipients by providing housing for them together in RSU's student apartments, along with special programing provided by RSU Residential Life staff and an academic advisor who is familiar with their needs. The Cherokee Nation College Resource Center will also provide mentorship for the students.
"We are committed to expanding opportunities for Cherokee people and the partnership with Rogers State University will allow more citizens to get a quality education," said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. "For both traditional students and people returning to school, the Cherokee Promise Scholarship will provide a unique avenue for pursuing a college degree."
In addition to meeting academic benchmarks, scholarship recipients will be expected to complete a number of courses offered at RSU that focus on Cherokee history and culture, including Cherokee language classes.
To apply for the scholarship one must be a Cherokee Nation citizen, live within the 14-county jurisdictional area, meet income guidelines, be accepted to RSU and be admitted to a bachelor's degree program.
Promise Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis through the Cherokee Nation College Resource Center.
To fill out an application visit, https://scholarships.cherokee.org/ For more information, call the CRC at 918-453-5000, ext. 5465.