64_DF_2018 Yearbook Link Promotion_blog

Each year we commemorate the achievements of Doyon Foundation students who have achieved their educational goals in our annual Graduate Yearbook. We are excited to announce that our 2018 Graduate Yearbook is now available – and in a brand new, more interactive format! Check it out here. (Have corrections or additions? Please submit to foundation@doyon.com.)

We celebrated the achievements of these grads at our 2018 graduate reception. See photos on Facebook. This annual event is our opportunity celebrate the hard work and incredible accomplishments of our students who are at the end of one important journey and getting ready to start on the next.

This year we celebrated a total of 51 Doyon Foundation graduates: 17 high school graduates, four obtained a certificate, eight got their associates degree, 20 received a bachelor’s degree, one completed a master’s degree, and one received their PhD!

At the reception, we heard from two inspiring speakers: alumni speaker Larissa Sommer, and graduate speaker Christina Edwin. If you missed the event, you can still check out their addresses on our YouTube channel.

ConGRADulations to our 2018 grads!

When you call Doyon Foundation, you may notice a new voice at the other end of the phone – our new administrative assistant, Flo Grant! Flo joined the Foundation team earlier this summer and we are thrilled to welcome her.Flo

“I wanted to work here at the Foundation because it focuses on two very important social needs of our people, which is education and language revitalization,” shared Flo, who was born and raised in Tanana, Alaska. She is the daughter of Adele Grant and the late Gary Albert, and the granddaughter of the late Richard and Regina Grant, and Jacob Starr and Mary Albert.

A Doyon, Limited shareholder and Foundation student, Flo is working toward a degree in tribal management and a certificate in applied business. She plans on graduating in May 2019. Before joining the Foundation, Flo served as the executive assistant to Uqaqti Consulting LLC’s president/owner and Doyon shareholder Joy Huntington.

When she’s not helping things run smoothly at the Foundation, Flo enjoys spending time with her family, taking road trips to Tanana, walking at Creamers Field, sewing beads, learning from other master beadwork artists, and being a part of the Tanana Traditional Dancers.

 

66_Spring Scholarship Reminder Promotion_v1_Blog

It seems like the fall semester just began, but it’s already time to start thinking about spring! The application period for spring 2019 Doyon Foundation scholarships is now open. Applications must be received by Thursday, November 15 at 5 p.m. Remember that our basic scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so get your application in early!

Part-time students are eligible to receive an $800 basic scholarship and full-time students can receive $1,200 basic scholarships. To be considered part-time, students must be enrolled in 3 to 11 credits (or 2 to 8 credits for graduate students). Full-time students are those enrolled in 12 or more credits (9 or more credits for graduate students).

Applications are accepted through our online scholarship portal, available on our website. First time using the new system? See our step-by-step instructions on how to create a new account. Questions on the application process? Check out our tutorial on how to apply for a scholarship.

To be eligible for a Doyon Foundation scholarship, you must:

  • Be enrolled to Doyon, Limited or be the child of an original enrollee
  • Be accepted to an accredited college, university, technical or vocational school
  • Meet our minimum GPA requirements
  • Be enrolled in the required minimum number of credits

There are several items you will need to submit when applying for a basic scholarship, including:

It is very important to log in to your student account before the scholarship application deadline to check that you have submitted all the required materials. (Put a reminder on your calendar now!)

One thing we always get lots of questions about is transcripts. Do I need to submit them? Do they need to be official or unofficial? What is the deadline? Here’s what you need to know about transcripts:

  • Official transcripts only need to be submitted once per academic year (which runs August through July).
  • If you’re a “new” student (in order words, you didn’t receive a fall 2018 scholarship), then you need to submit official transcripts by the November 15 deadline.
  • If you’re a “returning” student (meaning you received a fall 2018 scholarship), you can submit unofficial transcripts. We know you won’t have transcripts for the fall semester by November 15, so the deadline for you to submit them is December 21.

We encourage you to review our scholarship resource handbook for all the details on transcripts, eligibility and application requirements. You are also welcome to give us a call or send us an email anytime – we are here to help!

Need computer access to complete the online application? Come by the Foundation office at the Doyon Industrial Facility, 615 Bidwell Ave., Suite 101 in Fairbanks.

Remember – the deadline to apply for a spring 2019 basic scholarship is Thursday, November 15! If you have questions, contact us at foundation@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.

Please find attached the newest Alaska Native language revitalization digest.

Alaska Language Revitalization Digest 9.14.18.pdf

DF_41_OpenPosition Promotion_blog

Doyon Foundation is seeking a scholarship program manager! If you have strong organizational skills, love working with people, and want to play a hands-on role in helping students achieve their dreams, this could be the perfect fit for you.

This very important position is responsible for the development and management of our scholarship programs and other selected projects. The scholarship program manager also assists with outreach and Alaska Native education issues supported by the Foundation’s mission.

This full-time position is based in Fairbanks at the Foundation office.

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in education, business, organizational or nonprofit management or other appropriate area of study, or four years of work-related experience.

Please view the job description for more information on essential functions, requirements, qualifications, working environment, physical demands, and preference statement.

Interested applicants should create a Talent Bank profile and complete the online job application on the Doyon, Limited website.

DF_41_OpenPosition Promotion_blog

We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity to join the Doyon Foundation team and be involved with our rapidly growing language revitalization program! We are currently seeking applicants for a brand-new position – our language revitalization administrative assistant.

The application deadline has been EXTENDED to Friday, September 21 at 5 p.m.

The language revitalization administrative assistant will work closely with our language revitalization director, providing administrative duties and support for our language revitalization program, including the Doyon Languages Online (DLO) project. This position will also work with the Foundation team to support scholarship programs, community relations and fund development. This is a full-time position based at our office in Fairbanks.

Applicants should be high school graduates (or equivalent), have a minimum of one year of admin assistant experience, be able to operate Microsoft Office programs and type at least 45 words per minute, have a valid driver’s license, and access to a registered and insured vehicle.

Please view the job description for more information on essential functions, knowledge, skills and abilities, qualifications, working environment, physical demands, preference statement and reasonable accommodation.

Interested applicants should create a Talent Bank profile and complete the online job application on the Doyon, Limited website. The position closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 21.

65_Board Candidate Promotion_v1_blog

Doyon Foundation is currently seeking candidates for two open seats on its board of directors. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 26, 2018, at 5 p.m. One open position is for a three-year term, expiring in 2021. The second seat has a remainder term of two years, expiring in 2020.

Qualifications

Candidates seeking election to the Doyon Foundation board must be:

  • A Doyon shareholder
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Knowledgeable about private foundation management and higher education
  • Familiar with the Foundation’s vision, goals, mission and purpose
  • Committed to carrying out the duties of a board member, which include:
    • Attending quarterly board meetings
    • Serving on two board committees
    • Completing work outside of meetings
    • Representing the Foundation at various events
    • Speaking on behalf of the Foundation at events, if asked
    • Note that some board work is conducted remotely, and computer and online access is strongly encouraged

Doyon Foundation is specifically interested in candidates with nonprofit board and fundraising experience. Additionally, candidates residing in a rural community within the Doyon region are especially encouraged to apply.

Important Notice

Please note that, under federal laws governing private foundations, family members of Doyon Foundation board members are NOT eligible to receive a Doyon Foundation basic or competitive scholarship during their term on the board. Family members are defined as the board members’ spouse, ancestors, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the spouses of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Current Doyon Foundation scholarship recipients are also not eligible to serve on the board.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The duties of a Doyon Foundation board member include:

  • Contribute skills that help the Foundation make progress on planning
  • Consistently work toward and produce results related to the Foundation’s strategic focus areas, which include providing consistent measurable results, diversifying and growing revenue streams, increasing shareholder educational opportunities, enhancing operations, and revitalizing languages and traditional Native values
  • Define and oversee the mission of the Foundation and keep it relevant to the needs of Doyon shareholders and their descendants
  • Approve programs/services and monitor their effectiveness
  • Provide strategic guidance to the Foundation and its executive director
  • Ensure financial solvency and help raise resources
  • Select, support and evaluate the executive director
  • Ensure continuous board improvement
  • Attend quarterly meetings in Fairbanks, Alaska, as well as any special meetings called
  • Serve on two board committees and possibly chair one committee, which include finance/investment, development/fundraising, language revitalization/culture, and governance
  • Participate in at least one board training event each year
  • Demonstrate willingness to take on other duties and assignments, as needed
  • Represent and, if asked, speak on behalf of Doyon Foundation at various events

Application Instructions/Deadline

Applications are accepted using an online form. The form does not take long to fill out and candidates are able to upload resumes and/or other materials.

Candidates may also download and print a hard copy form to complete and mail to Doyon Foundation, 615 Bidwell Avenue, Suite 101, Fairbanks, Alaska, 99701. Mailing instructions are provided on the form.

Please note that candidates are required to submit an updated resume along with their completed application.

It is highly recommended that candidates familiarize themselves with the Foundation and its work by reviewing the Foundation’s website, blog and Facebook page prior to submitting an application.

The deadline to apply is Friday, October 26, 2018, at 5 p.m.

For more information, please visit doyonfoundation.com or contact Doris Miller, Doyon Foundation executive director, at 907.459.2048 or millerd@doyon.com.