Chenoa Turtle (Cherokee Nation)

April Student of the Month

Scholarship: Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund
School: Oklahoma State University
Degree: Biology and Physiology Pre-Med
GPA: 3.7

Community Service

  • Cherokee National Holiday – Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition
  • Cherokee National Holiday – Cherokee National Holiday Powwow
  • TLX – Small Group Leader
  • Our Daily Bread 
  • Cherokee Nation TYC 
  • Student Volunteer Center 
  • City of Stillwater – Stillwater Trash-Off with AMSA
  • TLX – Small Group Leader
  • Native American Student Association
  • PLC – President’s Celebration of Leadership 
  • Into the Streets – RISE

Chenoa is from Park Hill, Oklahoma, and is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She is a sophomore at Oklahoma State University pursuing a double degree in Biology and Physiology with a concentration in Pre-Medical Sciences. After completing her undergraduate studies, she plans to attend medical school to pursue her career goal of becoming an orthopedist.

Chenoa is a three-year member of the Oklahoma Indian Student Honor Society and a two-year member of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council, where she most recently served as Vice President. At Oklahoma State University, she is involved in the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), Native American Student Association (NASA), President’s Leadership Council (PLC), Red Pantry Committee (RPC), Inclusion Leadership Program (ILP), College of Arts and Sciences Student Ambassador, an Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Scholar (OK-LSAMP), and an Honors College Student.

She also had the opportunity to Study Abroad in France with partnerships from the Division of Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Global Studies as a Retention Initiative for Student Excellence Program Scholar (RISE). She is currently a facilitator for the 2023 PLC cohort, Marketing Subcommittee Chair for RPC, and NASA’s event/fundraising chair. Chenoa is also involved in undergraduate research with the College of Veterinary Sciences Physiology Department. Chenoa was also recently elected as the next NASA President for the 2024-2025 academic year. She also works as a Community Mentor (CM) for the Department of Housing and Residential Life and part-time in the Center for Sovereign Nations as a student leader. She was also recently named one of Oklahoma State University’s Top 20 Freshmen Women.

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