A Hog Fry, in honor of Michaela Renee Mouse, will take place beginning at 3 p.m., Saturday, July 1, in the meeting room of the Delaware County Library, 439 South 9th, Jay.

The event is designed to honor Michaela, who is the Fifth Annual Rosa Lee Mouse Keener Memorial Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year, and celebrate and honor the memory of Rosa Lee Mouse Keener (no relation to Michaela).

Michaela was picked to receive the scholarship for a variety of reasons including her essay on the topic of “Why my Native American culture and community are important to me and who has served as a role model or mentor to me for preserving these traditions and culture in my life.”

Michaela mentioned her grandpa, Wayne Mouse as her role model and mentor who has taught her how important it is to keep the Cherokee traditions and culture alive so that the Cherokee do not disappear.

In her essay, Michaela also shared,

“I live in the heart of Cherokee Nation and would not want it any other way. I love my fellow Cherokee people and everything they do to support me and help me achieve all my hopes and dreams. Cherokee Nation does everything they can to help and I greatly appreciate it. The culture is a great thing…Learning to play the games my grandparents have played and cook the same traditional meals is something I love to be a part of…the dancing is amazing and something everyone should witness in their lifetime. I also love nothing more than sitting around a fire and listening to my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins stories of the culture of the Cherokee Tribe."

Michaela plans to attend the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond this fall to pursue a master’s degree in speech pathology. She hopes to become a speech language pathologist, with a dream of returning home to serve as an elementary speech pathologist within the Jay Public Schools.

The scholarship was established by the family of Rosa Lee Mouse Keener to honor the family’s matriarch who considered her faith, family and her Native American heritage important parts of her life.

As a full-blood Cherokee, Rosa Lee Mouse Keener was a daughter, sibling, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and friend, who loved, supported, taught and served her family, friends and community during her 86 years of life (Jan. 16, 1926 to July 2, 2012).

This scholarship is awarded to individuals who have been influenced and shared the same sort of bond with a family member or close friend that Rosa Lee’s family shared with her.

The scholarship is open to Jay High School seniors and awarded to the recipient the weekend before July 2nd of each year.

For more information, persons interested may contact Griffin Mouse at gmouse227@gmail.com to receive the scholarship application information. (KMHM)