The Bill Taylor Scholarship is intended for students pursuing a degree in Business Administration or a business-related area. Applicants must be either EBCI tribal members or members of their immediate families. Applications and guidelines are available at the Tribal Education and Training Office and must be returned by June 1 to Frela Beck, 854 Big Cove Road, Cherokee, NC 28719.
The Bill Taylor Scholarship was established by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino to pay tribute to William R. Taylor.
Jerry Egelus, former Harrah’s Cherokee Casino General Manager, said at the time of establishing the scholarship, “It’s an honor to establish a scholarship in Bill Taylor’s name. Bill played a pivotal role in bringing new revenues, new jobs and new opportunities for Tribal members through his work in establishing gaming on the reservation.”
The scholarship is administered as a permanent endowment of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Community Foundation, one of 60 affliliates of the statewide North Carolina Community Foundation. Currently, the local Foundation holds 11 ednowment funds, four of which are scholarship or award programs for higher education.
To find out more information about the Bill Taylor Scholarship or the Eastern Band of Cherokee Community Foundations, call Frela Beck, Scholarship Committee Chairperson at497-3671 or Sue LeLievre, NCCF Western Associate at 1-800-210-9532.
The 2010 recipients were: Lorraine Owle, Kristina Hyatt and Paula Brown Wojkowski. Paula graduated from the University of Tennessee in December 2010, with a Master’s of Business degree.
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