September 2010

Attached is notice of the Interior Education Summit that will be held November 17-18, 2010 in Fairbanks. For further information, contact Nellie K Schaeffer, IATC Program Assistant II, Tanana Chiefs Conference, Education Dept, 122 First Ave., Suite 600, Fairbanks, AK 99701, (907) 452-8251 Ext 3482, (907) 459-3840 Fax, 1-800-478-6822 or 1-800-770-8251 Out of Alaska or via email


Today is the last day to apply for the 2011 Doyon Management Training (DMT). Applications are being accepted online. Please go to to read more on and apply for the training program.

The Doyon Management Training (DMT) program has recently been changed from a 2-year program to an intensive 8-month program. The curriculum has been changed to include a greater emphasis on improving the management skills of participants while still receiving the benefit of the self-improvement and leadership trainings. The program begins with a 3-day class during October 15, 16 and 17, 2010. From November 2010 to April 2011, the class meets on the second Friday and Saturday of each month. The class finishes with trainings and a graduation on May 13, 14 and 15, 2011. Also new to the program is an option for education credit. Nine credit hours are available through the University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College. The current cost per credit hour is $25.

Selection Criteria

A selection committee reviews applications and essays in order to identify highly qualified candidates who meet the following criteria:

· Doyon shareholder

· Interest in and commitment to the program

· Work in a management or management track position and/or leadership position in community

· Complete application packet

For any questions on the DMT program, please call Julie Biddle, VP Shareholder Relations at 888-478-4755 ext. 2045 or email at

The Gates Millennium Scholar Program Announces 2011 Scholarship Application is Now Available!!

The 2011 Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) scholarship application is now available. GMS will select 1,000 talented students to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. We provide Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.

Our program is more than a scholarship—it’s an opportunity to change your life! Putting in the effort now to apply can be a worthwhile experience for super special students like you!

Students are eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship if they:

  • Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American
  • Are a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or have earned a GED
  • Will enroll for the first time at a U.S. located, accredited college or university in the fall of 2011 as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student (with the exception of students pursuing a high school diploma while concurrently enrolled). First-time college enrollees can also be GED recipients.
  • Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities
  • Meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria
  • Have completed and submitted all three required forms: the student’s application (Nominee Personal Information Form), an evaluation of the student’s academic record (Nominator Form) and an evaluation of the student’s community service and leadership activities (Recommender Form) by the deadline

The deadline for all submission is January 10, 2011 at 11:59p.m. EST.

To apply: or call 1-877-690-4677 Toll Free.

Gates Millennium Scholars Program

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS), established in 1999, was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential by:

  • Reducing financial barriers for African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students with high academic and leadership promise who have significant financial need;
  • Increasing the representation of these target groups in the disciplines of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and the sciences, where these groups are severely underrepresented;
  • Developing a diversified cadre of future leaders for America by facilitating successful completion of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees; and
  • Providing seamless support from undergraduate through doctoral programs, for students selected as Gates Millennium Scholars entering target disciplines.

The GMS Scholarship Award Provides:

  • Support for the cost of education by covering unmet need and self-help aid;
  • Renewable awards for Gates Millennium Scholars maintaining satisfactory academic progress;
  • Graduate school funding for continuing Gates Millennium Scholars in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science;
  • Leadership development programs with distinctive personal, academic and professional growth opportunities.

Program Accomplishment:

  • Funded more than 13,000 Gates Millennium Scholars since the inception of the program
  • Obtained a 79.9% graduation rate in five years*
  • Supported Gates Millennium Scholars enrolled in more than 1,500 colleges and universities
  • Supported Gates Millennium Scholars representing 50 states and five outlying areas
  • Graduated over 5,000 Gates Millennium Scholars since the program’s inception
  • Five year retention rate of 87.7%*

RurAL CAP is recruiting for our 2011 BIRCH (Building Initiatives in Rural Community Health) and RAVEN (Rural Alaska Village Environmental Network) AmeriCorps teams. To learn more about these programs and to download the application and forms, go to or call 1-800-478-7227 and ask for Charlie Ess at ext. 7355 (RAVEN) or Margaret David at ext. 7361 (BIRCH).

AmeriCorps Members are recruited locally and work to address your community’s needs. Past projects have included: beach clean-ups, health fairs, recycling, community gardens, tobacco prevention, cultural activities, and youth groups. Get things done in your community!

The program year begins January 16, 2011 and requires a commitment to one year of service. Members receive living stipends, an education award, childcare benefits, on the job training, and much more. If you know someone who is a self-starter looking to make a difference, contact RurAL CAP today!

Recruitment Postcard 2011 2.pdf

04 BIRCH Member Service Description 2011.doc

03 RAVEN Member Service Description 2011.doc

Financial Assistance for Alaska Native & American Indian nursing students

Located within the School of Nursing at the University of Alaska Anchorage, RRANN’s purpose is to increase the number of Alaska Natives and American Indians graduating with an Associate of Applied Science or Baccalaureate of Science Degree from UAA. In 1996, Alaska Native/American Indians made up only 1.5% of the nursing workforce in Alaska, contrast to their being 16% of the population – confirming the fact that Alaska Native/American Indians are substantially unrepresentated in Alaska’s workforce. Although there is still a nation-wide shortage of nurses working in hospitals and clinics, the shortage is near crisis in Alaska and especially in the rural and more remote communities.

Financial Assistance Requirements:
· Must provide copy of CIB
· Pre-Majors must complete pre-qualifying semester
· Must complete monthly requirements to qualify for stipend
· Stipend Ranges from $200 -$300 a month

For an application or if you have questions, contact Robin Frank, Student Success Advisor, UAF Community and Technical College, 604 Barnette Street,, phone (907) 455-2871, toll-free (877) 882-8827 or via email

For more information visit or see the flyer listed below.


Northern Industrial Training has been awarded a Federal grant through the US Department of Education Alaska Native Adult Education Program. NIT is currently offering the following class: Pipefitting Level I and Level II. This is an 8-Week commitment – only those who can commit to this training should apply.

Training dates: October 25 – December 17, 2010

Application deadline: October 19, 2010

This program requires the following:
Alaska Drivers License or State issued ID
Department of Transportation (DOT) Physical
Social Security card
Letter of Recommendation (from current Employer, Past Employer or Tribal Council)
Complete Work History or Resume
Must be 18 years of age or older
Must be Alaska Native – CIB or BIA card required as proof

The DOT physical and FMCSA/Drug test are not covered under the grant. These costs are the applicant’s responsibility and should be done once they have been accepted into the program. All applicants must have basic math and reading skills – GED or High School Diploma preferred for this program. post)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Michele L. Bennett, Director of Admissions, Direct: (907) 761-6704, Main: (907) 357-6400, Fax: (907) 357-6430, or email at

Pipefitting Flyer.pdf

Pipefitting Application – October 2010.pdf

**Announcement: College Horizons 2011 – Student Applications Available for Download in October!**

Dear Students, Parents and Counselors,

College Horizons is excited to kick-off their fall recruitment season and would like to invite current 10th and 11th grade American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students to apply to our CH 2011 summer program! College Horizons is a pre-college program where 90 students work with 60 college admissions officers, college counselors, essay specialists, and other educators in a six-day “crash course” focused on helping students navigate the college application process.

This coming summer, College Horizons will offer 2 programs with the possibility of a third. We are proud to partner with and be hosted by:

••Colorado State University (Ft. Collins, CO): June 12-June 17, 2011 (Sun-Fri)

••University of Rochester (Rochester, NY); June 26-July 1, 2011 (Sun-Fri)

••Possible Third Site – TBD, Mid-October.

The application and information on applicant eligibility is provided at: The application will be available by mid-October. The deadline for application submission is February 14, 2011. Please note that new this year, there is only one deadline instead of two. Since programs tend to fill up quickly, it is highly recommended to postmark applications by the deadline. However, late applications will be accepted as space remains available and will only be reviewed after those that arrived on time. Finally, as a reminder, College Horizons has significant financial aid available (covering tuition and airfare) for students who qualify, last year they awarded $55,000 in financial aid!

Each year, 99% of College Horizons participants go on to college; 95% typically attend four-year institutions and a third of our participants matriculate into highly selective institutions. Moreover, 85% of our alumni graduate from college within five years!

Help us get the word out on the CH 2011 programs and forward this email on to any students, parents or educators whom may be interested. Please see the attached flyer for a brief description of our program and please feel free contact us if you have any questions!

For more information contact Carmen Lopez, Executive Director, EdM (Navajo), Christine Suina, Program Coordinator (Cochiti Pueblo), or Hillary Abe, Recruitment Coordinator (Mandan/Hidatsa) at College & Graduate Horizons, PO Box 1262, Pena Blanca, NM 87041, Main Office: 505-401-3854 or visit the website at


Applications Available: Mid-October 2010

Deadline to Apply: Postmarked by February 14, 2011 (NEW: Only ONE Deadline to Apply)

***CH2011 at Colorado State University, June 12-17, 2011

***CH2011 at University of Rochester, June 26-July 1, 2011

CH Poster 2011 v.09-01-10.pdf

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