2014 Chickasaw Foundation Annual Newsletter

Spring 2015 Chickasaw Foundation Scholarship Application

2015 Holisso Fellowship Application

Welcome to Chickasaw Foundation

The Chickasaw Foundation offers a variety of scholarships. Each year our application is offered in early spring and lists available scholarships along with their criteria and amount. Scholarship funding begins with each fall semester and is dependent upon the availability of funding. Scholarship awards shall be made payable directly to the students' designated college or university.

Requirements and amounts for each funding source may change during the course of a school year.

All scholarship applications must be delivered or postmarked by the stated deadline date to be considered for funding.

The Chickasaw Foundation provides educational assistance for students who demonstrate excellence in academics, community service, dedication to Native America and a commitment to learning. Deadline to apply is May 30, 2014. Applicants will be notified by mid-July if they are selected to receive the scholarship.


Pontotoc Pursuit

The Chickasaw Foundation and the Chickasaw Cycling Club co-hosted the Pontotoc Pursuit bicycle ride on Oct. 18, 2014 in Ada, Okla. Registered cyclists received a t-shirt, participation medal and bag of goodies from various vendors and supporters of the Pursuit.

The festivities began at 1300 Cradduck Road (where the former K-Mart was located) in Ada. Riders had a choice of four routes – eight-mile, 30-mile, 45-mile and 64-mile treks.

A young Chickasaw woman, Sierra Welch, who rode a bicycle from Austin to Anchorage under emotionally difficult circumstances provided motivation for riders of the Pontotoc Pursuit. Sierra, who embodies the Chickasaw trait of service to others, was a recent participant of the Texas 4000 ride to raise money to fight cancer. She learned – just days into the trip – her boyfriend’s grandmother succumbed to breast cancer. She considered ending the ride, attending the funeral and being a shoulder to lean on for her boyfriend, Drew Herbort. However, she received unyielding support from the Herbort family to carry on. Her original goal was to raise $4,500. She eventually raise $5102, as well as receiving contributions totaling more than $ 608,000 from June to August. The University of Texas senior joined efforts Oct. 18 at the Pontotoc Pursuit to raise funds for the Chickasaw Foundation, a nonprofit organization which awards scholarships to Chickasaw students.

Seventy-seven cyclists registered for the fun and were treated to free hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches and pizza after their rides.

Mr. Wayne King, of Ada, Okla., was the grand prize winner of a Specialized cross trail bicycle from Apex Bicycles of Ada.


The Chickasaw Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that was founded in 1971.  The Foundation seeks to preserve, promote and protect Chickasaw culture and development in a wide range of areas, from historic preservation to healthcare.

Please visit our offices at 110 West 12th Street in Ada, Oklahoma. You may also contact us by calling (580) 421-9030 or email us at ChickasawFoundation@chickasaw.net.

As you consider your contributions for this year, please remember the Chickasaw Foundation in your giving plans. Your giving helps us to provide additional opportunities for Chickasaw citizens and local communities.

Our mission is to promote the general welfare and culture of the Chickasaw people by supporting educational, health, historical and community activities and program.