Sequoyah Schools senior Logan Francis’s hard work and dedication has paid off. He was awarded the Silas Hunt Scholarship, one of the University of Arkansas’ most prestigious awards.
The 18-year-old Logan will get up to $5,000 a year to go toward tuition, fees and on-campus housing at UArk.
“I chose U of A because I really like the school,” Logan said. “The people I’ve met there have been very nice to me.”
Francis also earned the Army ROTC scholarship to help with college expenses. His family estimates the total value of his scholarship earnings at more than $72,000, according to a Cherokee Nation press release.
According to the UArk website, the Silas Hunt Scholarship is “awarded to students from underrepresented communities who have demonstrated outstanding academic leadership qualities and potential.”
Logan certainly fits this description—he is the president of his senior class, a member of the cross-country team and is one of 12 students selected from across the state to serve on the Oklahoma Fit Kids Coalition Youth Advisory Council. He is also in the top 10 percent of his class and is enrolled in the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, which according to its website is a two-year public residential high school created and funded by the Oklahoma legislature.
“I am very proud of this cohort of students,” said David Gearhart, chancellor for University of Arkansas. “They are definitely capable, and they tie ability to a desire to make a difference. I have no doubt they will.”
Logan, of Tahlequah, is the son of Dion and Shannon Francis, and is a member of the Creek and Caddo tribes. He plans to start college in the fall and study journalism or communications.