Scholarship Program

2018 Scholarship Winners

Kohlton Harding


Having lived at Cherokee Home for 5 years, Kohlton has immersed himself wholeheartedly into the community of Cherokee and church of Christ. He became a member of the Junior Volunteer Fire Dept. and has assisted with many wild fires and emergency calls. He is a willing servant having participated in mission trips to the Navaho reservation and Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort. He graduated 3rd in his class and was actively involved in football, basketball, 4-H, FFA, NHS, and UIL. He, with Crista, placed 5th in state in UIL CX Debate. He has been recognized all 4 years of high school by the San Saba Rotary club for his outstanding academic achievements. 

He will be attending the University of North Texas in Denton, TX where he plans to obtain a degree in engineering. He too has overcome many challenges in his life and his determination for success will surely drive him to achieve his goals.  

Crista Paik


A Christian, driven young lady despite the challenges she has been dealt. Having lived at Cherokee Home over 2 years, she has excelled academically graduating Salutatorian of her high school class. She advanced to State competition in UIL CX Debate her last two years and placed 5th in state. She participated and earned many awards in track, basketball, cross country, FFA, UIL, National Honor Society and even organized a fundraiser to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. She is active in her community and readily volunteers for to help with community projects. 

She will be attending Harding University in Searcy, AR to obtain a degree in business. She is an amazing young lady whose heart, personality, and humble attitude inspire those she’s around. She has overcome many obstacles in her life to be where she is and undoubtedly will continue to work hard to accomplish her goals in life.  

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