December 2009

RAHI, the Rural Alaska Honors Institute, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is a six-week, summer, college preparatory bridge program for Alaska Native and rural high school juniors and seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or close), who are interested in attending college. RAHI is a statewide competitive program; if you are chosen, all expenses are paid including travel to the program.

Dates for the program are: June 1 – July 15, 2010. Application deadline is: March 31, 2010. For more information and application, see

See attached job description for temporary job openings – perfect for students, retirees or others with flexible schedules. The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center has an immediate need for Temporary (90 days beginning January 25, 2010), Part-Time Visitor Services Assistants.

Anchorage Museum – Visitor Services Specialist.docx

Attached are the available positions at Association of Village Council Presidents. The application is attached for your convenience. For more information, contact Lema Pete, HR Coordinator, AVCP, P.O. Box 219, Bethel, AK, 99559, 907-543-7307, Direct 907-543-7329, or via email

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Doyon Foundation student Amy Gustafson and her 3-year-old son, Noah.

Doyon Foundation student Amy Gustafson is certainly a long way from her hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska. Gustafson is currently attending Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in European studies. She expects to graduate next month and plans to do an internship before beginning a master’s program in European studies in October 2010.

“After I attain my master’s degree, I hope to go on to work with an embassy or government organization. As I speak four languages and am open to learning another, the location of my future employment is unimportant. I am open to the United States or Germany,” Gustafson said.

As a single mother away from her family and studying in a foreign country, Gustafson has faced her share of challenges while pursuing her education.

“I have had to overcome many stereotypes about single mothers in college – people thinking I would not complete my studies or that I don’t take university seriously,” Gustafson said.

With her upcoming graduation, several internship opportunities on the horizon, and plans to attain a master’s degree, Gustafson has proven those stereotypes wrong. She credits this success to hard work and determination.

“I think that being determined is two-thirds of the work; just keeping your goals clear helps you recognize all and any problems that arise,” she said.

In addition to her busy academic life, Gustafson is also a dedicated mother to her 3-year-old son, Noah; tutors other students in English; does English-German translations; and attends church. She also stays in touch with her family on the other side of the world.

“I love and miss my big family in America,” said Gustafson, who is the daughter of Jon A. Gustafson and Mary Long, the step-daughter of Vern Long, and the granddaughter of Gus Gustafson, and Cliff and Joyce Burglin.

This is a friendly transcript reminder for all returning fall and winter Doyon Foundation students. Please remember to order your FINAL fall or winter 2009 grades to be sent to Doyon Foundation if you plan to receive spring 2010 funding. For more information contact Doyon Foundation at or 907-459-2048. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

The Association of American Indian Physicians will select AI/AN high school students, ages 16 – 18, to attend the National Native American Youth Initiative (NNAYI) program to be held June 19 – 27, 2010 in Washington, D.C. AI/AN students planning to enter health careers are eligible to apply. Students are selected on the basis of scholastic achievement, demonstrated interest in the fields of health sciences or biomedical research, leadership skills, and personal attributes. The NNAYI scholarship pays for airfare, lodging, and most meals.

The deadline is April 16, 2010. For more information contact Lucinda Myers, M.S.W., NNAYI Program Director at (405) 946-7072, or via e-mail atlmyers.


Doyon Foundation will host an open house on Friday, February 5, 2010 from 3 – 6 p.m. at their new offices at 714 4th Ave., Suite 302B in Fairbanks, Alaska.

All Doyon Foundation students, alumni, family, friends, donors, sponsors and other supporters are invited to attend. During the event, attendees can tour the new office; find out about scholarship programs, the alumni association and other Foundation efforts; and learn about volunteer, donor and sponsorship opportunities.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Foundation at 907.459.2048 or foundation.

WWAMI is the acronym for Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. These states formed a consortium and developed a medical school. The main medical school is located in Washington State. WWAMI is Alaska’s medical school and is located on the University of Alaska, Anchorage campus where students can, if they choose, complete three of their four years towards a medical degree.

Each year the WWAMI program conducts medical and bioresearch summer institutes for motivated high school juniors and seniors from underrepresented ethnic minorities and underserved student groups. The WWAMI Program also has opportunities for undergraduates. It is a WWAMI goal that primary recruitment is from rural Alaskan communities.

For more information, contact Rene Contreras, Ed.D., Pathways Coordinator, WWAMI Biomedical Program, University of Alaska, Anchorage, ENGR 331, 3211 Providence Dr., Anchorage, Alaska, 99058, 907786-1019 or visit

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The Association of Village Council Presidents is seeking a Full time Higher Education Program student in good standing. Familiar with a the financial aid process and student services available at UAA. Ability to work with others and maintain a sensitivity to program students and their needs. Must be self-motivated. Member of AVCP higher education compact tribe.

IF INTERESTED, PLEASE CONTACT: John Owens, EET&CC Director at 800.478.7481 or direct 907.543.7481. Steven Aluska, Higher Ed. Spec. at 907.543.7484

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UAF Interior Aleutians Campus is recruiting for a Program Manager for the transportation tribal technical assistance center (TTAC). The position would be located in Fairbanks.

Classification: Administrative Professional 2
Working Title: TTAC Program Manager
Department: F-IC Director Office
PCN: 924304
Posting Number: 0059049

For more information go to

The Urban Institute Summer Academy for Public Policy Analysis and Research is a unique and challenging program of skills-building, career development, and mentoring for minority undergraduates interested in careers in public policy research.

The year-long fellowship begins with an intensive eight-week summer program. Our summer program gives students between their junior and senior year of college the skills and exposure crucial to obtaining highly competitive entry positions in the field. After students successfully complete the summer program, we follow up with continued mentoring, research conference opportunities, job and graduate school counseling, and research paper publication during their final year of college.

The application deadline is March 5, 2010. For more information on how to apply, go to

The Alaska Small Business and Development Center provides workshops and seminars on many indispensable topics, from creating a business plan to mastering profits (and everything in between). Workshops are typically held in our five hub locations: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Soldotna and Wasilla. See the upcoming workshops available in your area. ( ARRA TAX CREDIT) $2500,,id=205674,00.html
National Indian Education Assoc.
Catching the Dream
American Indian college Fund Cooperate Scholars
Presbyterian Church
Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (“CIRI”) / The CIRI Foundation
Association of American Indian Physicians
The Alaska Community Foundation
American Association of University Women Education Foundation
Office of Postsecondary Education
College Answer
Scholarships 101
The College Board’s Fund Finder
Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund
Win a college Scholarship
Guaranteed Scholarships
Actuarial Scholarships for Minority Students
Methodist Scholarships
Intel Science Talent Search
College Board Scholarship Search
Federal Scholarships & Aid Gateways

Three $7200 Law Enforcement Academy Scholarships Available!

Doyon Foundation is pleased to announce three $7,200 scholarships available to Alaska Native students wishing to attend the Spring 2010 Law Enforcement Academy at University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Tanana Valley Campus. The scholarships, which are open to all Alaska Natives, are generously funded by the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company Alaska Native Program. The next academy will be held February 15 through May 14, 2010 in Fairbanks, Alaska. For more information on the academy, go to:

To apply, download and complete the application located at All applications must be received or postmarked by Friday, January 15, 2010.

For more information, call 907-459-2049, 1-800-478-4755, extension 2049 or email at

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Federal Student Aid has updated several of their publications. Please see the attached for full information and about ordering quantities of these publications through

The publications are also available over the Internet:

· College Preparation Checklist – accessible at How to prepare academically and financially for college through “to do” lists aimed at elementary and secondary school students and their parents as well as adult students

· Funding Education Beyond High School – accessible at Comprehensive details about federal student aid programs

· Federal Student Aid at a Glance (4 pages) – basic overview of aid and application process (

· Your Federal Student Loans – basic federal loan and debt management information (

· 2010-11 FAFSA on the Web Worksheet – Preview some of the FAFSA questions (

· Do You Need Money for College – tips for filling out the FAFSA (

· 2010-11 Completing the FAFSA – Detailed instructions for every FAFSA question (

· Bookmark – Quick reference for Federal Student Aid Website and Phone Number (

· My Future, My Way: How to Go, How to Pay – College and career awareness for middle school (

· – How education creates more opportunities, how to make it a reality, and why it’s easier than you think. Includes stories from students who succeeded despite negative peer pressure, lack of family support, and financial barriers.

· 2010-11 Counselors and Mentors Handbook – Introduction to federal student aid, details about application process (

· Free Items –

o We Have a Bright Future poster for those who work with American Indians, Alaska Natives, or Native Hawaiians. Request via cindy.cameron. See a sample at

o Fact Sheets explaining federal aid programs and procedures, anti-fraud advice, and inspirational materials – download at

Audio and Braille resources are also available via the “Answering Students’ Questions” section of

Remember, students interested in job training can use their federal student aid at certain postsecondary vocational institutions. The school will be able to tell you if your federal aid can be used there. You and those with whom you work may also be interested in the broad array of information about career planning and career education available at

Please feel free to share this e-mail with principals, teachers, counselors, mentors, and others who can use it to help students of any age to prepare for and afford college or job training.

Federal Student Aid Publications.pdf

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