Donor Spotlight

Mr. Patrick Wyers

Chickasaw citizen, Patrick Wyers is a proud supporter of the Chickasaw Foundation. The generosity and support that the Chickasaw Foundation’s has shown to his grandchildren, inspired Mr. Wyers to pay it forward to future students. In 2016, he established the Ruth Oteka Oliphant Wyers Memorial Scholarship in honor of his mother.

Ruth graduated from Oklahoma State University (OSU) and taught in the public school systems for 15 years. Mr. Wyers describes his mother as a wise and determined woman, who would always tell her children, “You must get an education. If you don’t you will be like a tree that never gets leaves.”

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ECCP Champion of the Month

Phyllis Avanzini

Phyllis Avanzini has been contributing to the Chickasaw Foundation Employee Charitable Contribution Plan since 2003.

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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.  Applicants will be notified by mid-July if they are selected to receive the scholarship.  

Chickasaw Foundation Announces Scholarship Openings

The Chickasaw Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of the 2017 Holisso: The Center for Study of Chickasaw History and Culture Fellowship application. The fellowship is for those pursuing a master, doctoral or professional degree as a full-time student at an accredited graduate school in the United States OR preparing an academic paper, book or presentation on Chickasaw history and/or culture; and able to demonstrate a financial need. Applicant must be a registered citizen of the Chickasaw Nation or a registered citizen of another tribe or Alaska village/corporation.

Students who have already received a scholarship from the Chickasaw Foundation for the 2016-2017 academic year are not eligible to apply. Those who did not receive an award from the Chickasaw Foundation are eligible. Application and supporting documentation must be delivered or postmarked by the stated deadline of January 23, 2017 to be considered for funding.


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 2020 Arlington, Suite 4 in Ada, Oklahoma. You may also contact us by calling (580) 421-9030 or email us at

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.