Cherokee Nation Foundation Establishes $200K in Scholarship Opportunities

Published October 28, 2017

Endowments made possible through “Leave a Legacy” matching campaign

TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation Foundation is celebrating the successful completion of its “Leave a Legacy” matching campaign, creating more than $200,000 in new scholarship opportunities for Cherokee students.

The campaign was launched in 2016, allocating $100,000 to match gifts ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 on a first-come, first-served basis.

Two recent endowments helped CNF achieve their fundraising goals.

“The matching campaign has been a huge success, and we can’t thank everyone enough for the support and encouragement along the way,” said Janice Randall, executive director for Cherokee Nation Foundation. “Our board of directors, Chief Baker and many council members played a huge role in helping us spread the word about this opportunity, and we are so happy to see so many people take part in creating opportunities for Cherokee students.”

The Peruzzi Family Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Faye Fogleman Kircher, a longtime educator from Locust Grove. The scholarship will support a student living within the Cherokee Nation’s tribal jurisdiction who is enrolled full time at a four-year, post-secondary institution.

The Beauchamp family of Fayetteville, Arkansas, established their fund to honor the legacy of Alan Beauchamp. The parameters of this scholarship are yet to be determined.

At a Sept. 26 meeting, the CNF board voted unanimously to continue matching qualifying donations beyond the $100,000, as funds allow.

“We know that there is no greater investment we can make than in the education of our youth, but the simple truth is that we can’t do it alone,” said Tonya Rozell, CNF board president. “By extending the matching program, we hope to find new partners interested in honoring a legacy and creating new opportunities for Cherokee students. We are certainly more effective when we work together and combine our resources.”

Anyone interested in establishing an endowment is encouraged to contact Janice Randall at (918) 207-0950 or

Find out about scholarship opportunities and apply online at starting Nov. 1.

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