Published On: Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015

LETTER: Thank you to Yogi Crowe Scholarship Fund


I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation to the Board of Directors, the President, and all of the donors of the Yogi Crowe Scholarship Foundation for their dedication, hard work, and generosity towards higher learning, and their commitment to making a difference within the Cherokee community.  Education, especially higher education within the United States, is not only expensive, but not necessarily an option for many people.  Therefore, I am deeply grateful for being chosen as a recipient for this grant because it allows me to have an increased focus upon my studies, without the worry of financial stability.

I would also like to thank the Board of Directors for trusting me with this opportunity, especially since most of you have not met me yet.  However, I plan on changing that very soon.  It is my promise to you that I will continue to push myself, to learn as much as I can, to be a scholar that honors the memory of Richard Yogi Crowe, and to represent this endowment organization positively.

It is a personal goal that after the completion of my master’s degree in social work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, I will be able to utilize my education to become involved and to give back to the Cherokee community in addition to being a contributor to the Fund for future scholars.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my family, both in and outside of Cherokee, for their continued love, encouragement and support.

With much appreciation,

Shayna Williams

EBCI tribal member and MSW graduate student