The Richard (Yogi) Crowe Memorial Scholarship Fund offers contributors the unique opportunity to honor the late Mr. Crowe by supporting students who will be tomorrow’s leaders.

 The Fund has been established as a perpetual endowment and plans are to contribute raising money to meet the increasing costs of higher education. The Fund is incorporated under the laws of North Carolina as a non-profit, tax exempt corporation . All gifts are deductible. Accountability statements will be sent annually upon request. As of December 2021, 114 enrolled members have been assisted for a total of $390,001. Many of the students are now working in Cherokee in professional positions in the schools, service agencies and tribal programs.

The IRS Form 990 is available upon request. IRS Form 990 is for tax-exempt organizations, nonexempt charitable trusts, and section 527 political organizations, they file this form to provide the IRS with the information required by section 6033.

AmazonSmile and Yogi Crowe Memorial Scholarship Fund

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices and convenient shopping features as on  The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to charitable organizations selected by customers.  Each quarter the AmazonSmile Foundation makes donations to eligible charitable organizations by electronic funds transfer.

The Richard (Yogi) Crowe Memorial Scholarship Fund is now registered with AmazonSmile as an eligible charitable organization.    When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization.   If you select the Richard Yogi Crowe Memorial Scholarship Fund as a charitable organization, the Scholarship Fund will receive a donation of 0.5% of the purchase price.  If you usually shop on, the Board of Directors of the Yogi Crowe Memorial Scholarship Fund encourages you to shop on AmazonSmile by going to and selecting our organization.

For more info, contact Mary Herr at 828-497-9498 or Jan Smith at 828-507-1519.

Gifts that Keep on Giving

Memorials are the way of paying the lasting tribute to special friends and loved ones at their death or honoring them for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries or holidays. Material gifts and flowers are appreciated but often forgotten. Memorials or donations to the Yogi Crowe Memorial Scholarship Fund are ways of paying a lasting tribute to your special friends and loved ones. All memorials are placed in the endowment fund and the earnings are used to assist enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians working on graduate and post-graduate degrees. It is the gift that keeps on giving.

When there is a death in your family, request that the obituary include that memorials be made to the Richard (Yogi) Crowe Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 892, Cherokee, NC 28719. Contributions may also be made to the Yogi Crowe Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of friends or loved ones for their birthday or Christmas – a unique gift! An acknowledgment of each memorial gift is sent to the family of the person in whose name the gift is made so be sure to include their name and address. No amount is mentioned unless requested. Contributors will also receive an acknowledgment indicating the amount of their gift, which is tax deductible.

Want an easy way to donate to the scholarship fund?
We have now added PayPal as an easy way to donate! 
Click below to make your donation via PayPal.

Use bill pay through our bank!
Bill pay is free, even postage is free.
You could make a one-time donation or a recurring donation.
Just send to:
Richard (Yogi) Crowe Scholarship Fund
PO Box 892
Cherokee, NC 28719
Thank you so much!!!