Jones Bowman

Jones-Bowman Leadership Award Program

The Jones-Bowman Leadership Award Program was established in 2007 to honor the memories and leadership skills of Principal Chief Leon Jones and Mr. James Bowman as founding members of the Board of Directors of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation.

Our programing is grounded in these traditional core values: Sense of Humor, Sense of Place, Spirituality, Group Harmony, Educating the Children, Honoring the Past, Strong Character

Funding from the Cherokee Preservation Foundation enables each fellow to create individual leadership learning plans, which includes activities such as; special academic enrichment, tutoring, domestic and foreign travel, conferences, cultural exchanges, mentoring, leadership development training, and amazing volunteer opportunities.

Who is Eligible?

  • Enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
  • Students pursuing undergraduate studies and enrolled in at least six credit hours per semester
  • Students with an interest in community service, cultural learning and ethical leadership within the community

Requirements of Fellows:

  • Active Mentorship
  • Group Service Project
  • Complete 40 hours of Community Service
  • Maintain set GPA
  • Attend mandatory events
  • *Fellowship runs June through May 31st


  • Participation in unique leadership opportunities that will develop your skills.
  • Community and culture involvement with opportunity to give back.
  • Meet other students interested in becoming leaders within the Cherokee community.
  • Fund your leadership opportunities with $4,000 in award money.
  • Receive guidance from mentors.


Download the 2023-2024 Application Form Here in PDF Format

Download the 2023-2024 Application Form Here in WORD Format

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