The Richard (Yogi) Crowe Scholarship Fund has been established as a perpetual endowment, created to provide supplemental funding for graduate students who are enrolled members of The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The Fund offers contributors the unique opportunity to honor the late Mr. Crowe by supporting students who will be tomorrow’s leaders.
The Eastern Band needs educated leaders. Only 5% of the 14,639 members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have bachelor’s degrees. Only 1.5% have attained a master’s degree or doctorate. The average year of school for all tribal members is 9.0. The national average is 12.1. With drop-out rates that are twice the national average, the percentage of enrolled members of The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians who complete college is alarming. The Tribe needs professional: lawyers, doctors, qualified administrative officials and computer specialist. Other funding sources for graduate school often provide only for tuition and books; however, living expenses, travel to and from school, child care, etc. is not covered. With some assistance from the Yogi Crowe Memorial Scholarship Fund, more Cherokee people will be determined by their educational capabilities. Many of the enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are now working in professional positions in Cherokee. Several hold key positions in government. They are making a difference.