The “Bill Rabbit Legacy Art Scholarship” was created in 2012 by Traci Rabbit to honor her late father William “Bill” Rabbit, an internationally known artist who passed away April 9, 2012, at the age of 65, due to Agent Orange. It is available to Cherokee Nation or United Keetowah Band citizens living within the Cherokee Nation’s 14-county jurisdiction, who have a 3.0 grade point average, are or will be attending a four-year university as a full-time student and are or will be actively pursuing a degree in art or art education. There is no blood quantum requirement and is open to students interested in studying art forms such as painting, sculpture, pottery, drawing, jewelry and carvings. The $1000 scholarship is renewable up to five years.
“My Dad truly loved what he did. His artistic ability was a gift from God and he enjoyed sharing this gift. Thru this scholarship, our family wants to keep the legacy that he began by paying it forward to a future Cherokee Artist.”
Fundraising for this scholarship continues year around and is mostly funded thru a silent auction held every year at the Cherokee Art Market in Tulsa, OK at the Hard Rock Casino. 100% of the proceeds from the auction go to the Cherokee Nation Foundation, who manages and distributes the funds. Monetary donations can also be made directly to the Cherokee Nation Foundation, which are tax deductible. If you decide to donate please specify the funds go directly to the Bill Rabbit Legacy Art Scholarship. With the help of your donations and other artist donating their work for the auction, this scholarship will continue to help future generations.