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 of Cherokee Indians needs educated leaders. About 10% of the 16,018 members of the Eastern Band have bachelor’s degrees. Only about 2% have attained a master’s degree or doctorate. 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 specialists. Other funding sources for graduate school often provide only for tuition and books; however, living expenses, travel to and from school, child care, etc. are not covered. With assistance from the Yogi Crowe Memorial Scholarship Fund, more Cherokee people will be able to pursue higher education and compete for tribal jobs. Many of the enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians assisted by the Yogi Crowe Memorial Scholarship fund are now working in professional positions in Cherokee. Several hold key positions in government. They are making a difference.