TAHLEQUAH — The Cherokee Nation has a web portal to help its citizens search for college scholarships.
Students who sign up can use the portal, driven by AcademicWorks scholarship management software, to simplify the process of researching and applying for scholarships offered by the Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Nation Foundation or other entities. Gregg Simmons, the Cherokee Nation’s college resources manager, said the new service provides transparency and convenience to those who use it.
“So far, the students seem to like it. It’s one portal that people can use to not only apply for scholarships here and at the foundation, but also use it as a search tool for other aid opportunities out there,” Simmons said.
“Basically, what it’s going to do is allow the students access to their account at any time. They don’t have to work with our 8 to 5 schedule here. They will be able to see that their application is complete, when we have reviewed it, when an offer has been made and that the check is in the mail.”
The new online service streamlines the scholarship application process and saves students’ time by eliminating redundancies.
“Once they apply, when it comes time for the next year, they don’t have to fill out a whole new application,” Simmons said. “They just update everything that needs to be updated. It should really speed things up.”
The Cherokee Nation College Resource Center makes the online service available to those students who have limited computer access.
“If someone needs help, if they need access to the technology, we have it here in our office,” Simmons said. “Also, we’re available to go out to communities and schools. In fact, we’ve got a couple of schools that have asked us to come out and help.”
For more information, call (918) 453-5465 or email collegeresoures
To enroll in the Cherokee Nation scholarship web portal, visit https://cherokeenation.academicworks.com/.