McSpadden awarded Cherokee Association Scholarship

From left to right, 2018 Rogers County Cherokee Association (RCCA) President Dr. Cara Cowan Watts, RCCA RSU Scholarship recipient Morgan McSpadden of Big Cabin, and Dr. Maynard Phillips who is Vice President for Development for RSU.

Rogers County Cherokee Association (RCCA) provides at least one annual scholarship to a local Cherokee Nation citizen who is a student at Rogers State University (RSU) from the interest earned on the principal.

Morgan McSpadden, the daughter of Ken and Anna Marie McSpadden, is a medical/molecular biology major from Big Cabin was selected as the 2018 RCCA RSU Scholarship recipient. Morgan McSpadden received a $500 scholarship for tuition, fees, and books in 2018. Morgan is a Cherokee Nation citizen and an active member of RCCA.

Eligibility for this award is based on Cherokee Tribal citizenship, county residency and enrollment at RSU.

“I chose RSU because I had heard of their tremendous science programs. I feel very blessed and honored to have been chosen for the RCCA Scholarship Endowment,” McSpadden said.

RCCA 2018 President and past Cherokee Council member Cara Cowan Watts, who remains an active proponent of expanding and supporting educational opportunities for Cherokee students, said, “It is a privilege for our Rogers County Cherokee Association (RCCA) to assist our local Cherokee students in furthering their education. Partnering with the RSU Foundation has been a pleasure. RCCA has traditionally supported the RSU Native American Student Association (NASA), so the endowed annual scholarships are a natural extension of our work with local students.”

RCCA was established in 2003 to serve the greater Rogers County Cherokee community. The RCCA Scholarship Endowment was established at the Rogers State University Foundation in 2009 under the leadership of then RCCA President and former Cherokee Councilor Lee Keener. Earnings from the endowment provide annual scholarship funding. For more information on how to apply for the scholarship, email

To donate to the RCCA RSU Endowed Scholarship for local Cherokee students or learn more about applying, contact the Office of Development & RSU Foundation at Rogers State University, 1701 West Will Rogers Boulevard, Claremore, OK 74017 or call 918-343-8357.