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, 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 again 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.
I am currently completing my Master’s in Social Work degree from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work with a focus on Social and Economic Development in Indian Country. It is a personal goal that I will be able utilize my education to give back to the Cherokee community, in addition to being a contributor to the fund for future scholars. I am currently in the process of setting up and internship for next summer. 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 M. Williams