Education Services

918-453-5000 ext. 5286
17675 S. Muskogee Ave Tahlequah, OK 74464

Trail of Tears Awards for Excellence

The ᏣᎳᎩ Trail of Tears Awards for Excellence was created by the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council in 1987. It is designed to recognize outstanding graduating 8th and 12th grade Cherokee students and encourage them in the areas of academics, art, citizenship, civic organizations, Cherokee cultural activities, fine arts, school clubs and organizations, team sports, STEM and agricultural science. In addition to a certificate of recognition, students receive a merit-based monetary award based on verified awards and recognitions received with their submitted application packet.

All students awarded will have their names printed in the Cherokee Phoenix. Applications go out to school districts within the Cherokee Nation around the beginning of each year and are due March 1.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Cherokee Nation citizen
  • 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 unweighted scale
  • Reside in the Cherokee Nation 14-county reservation area
  • Be in the 8th or 12th grade
  • Applications available in January and due by March 1
  • Applications must be received in Education Services by the deadline March 1, to be considered.