April 2011

Scholarships for students in the Anchorage area in the field of Education!  CITC’s Tribal Scholarships and Grants Program is now accepting applications for the Mellen Shea Memorial Scholarship.

Mellen Shea Memorial Scholarship (MSM)

Eligibility: Alaska Native & Native Americans. Reside in the anchorage area. Enrolled in or admitted to a postsecondary undergraduate education degree program. Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale, and Aspiring to be a teacher.

Purpose: To provide financial assistance for students who are pursuing a postsecondary undergraduate education for Associates or Bachelors degree program.

Amount: $2,000 maximum based per year.

Duration: Must re-apply each deadline.

Deadline: May 1.


Mellen Shea Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Mellen Shea Memorial Scholarship was established in 2006 to honor the memory of Mary Ellen “Mellen” Shea. Mary Ellen “Mellen” Shea was a passionate educator. She spent her professional life as a classroom teacher, an academic counselor, an athletic coach, and a mentor and friend to countless youth in Anchorage. Mellen devoted the last six years of her life to inspiring and empowering Alaska Native and American Indian students through CITC’s educational services, where she was respected, admired, and loved by CITC students and staff alike.

Mellen was an enthusiastic and accomplished mountaineer, skijorer, and dog musher. She climbed Denali, finished the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, and made six additional trips to Nome as part of the Serum Run with famed explorer Colonel Norman Vaughan. Mellen embraced and embodied a true spirit of determination; she had tremendous initiative, courage, and heart. She was known for her bright smile, her cheerful disposition, her inquisitive mind, and her irrepressible spirit.

This scholarship fund was developed to provide financial assistance to Alaska Native and American Indian students who are pursuing a postsecondary degree in Education, aspiring to be teachers. Scholarship award selection criteria are based upon timely submission of a complete applicant form, as well as the quality and sincerity of the written essay.

Please contact Kathy H. Wright, Scholarship Counselor, Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc. (CITC), ETSD Dept, 3rd Floor, 3600 San Jeronimo Drive, Anchorage, Alaska 99508, Office Hours: Monday – Friday from 8:00 – 5:00, 907.793.3578 Direct, 877.985.5900 Toll-Free, 907.793.3378 Alaska’s People Receptionist Main, or 907.793.3589 Scholarship Fax for more information.

www.citci.org | http://www.citci.com/opportunities/growing-graduates

Here is a flyer for a basketball tourney in July in Fairbanks promoting Suicide Prevention Awareness in Interior Alaska with all the profits being donated to start a fund to help develop communication networks. These communication networks will be focused on the people of Interior Alaska and involve talking circles, hotlines, weekly events in indivdual communities and monthly events during the winter months to address the mass depression that arises from lack of work, addictions, etc. If you want to be a part of this new movement to help better our communities or help with the tournament please feel free to contact Lance Hornsby @ (907) 347-8735 or email snipedawgpikuni@yahoo.com.

1st Annual Midnight Sun Powwow Men Flyer.odt

1st Annual Midnight Sun Basketball Tournament Benefit for Suicide.pdf

Graduation is a big accomplishment and Doyon Foundation would like to honor your achievements! The deadline to respond with graduation information is May 4th!

Attention high school or college students who are graduating during the 2010 – 2011 academic year! Doyon Foundation wants to hear from you! The Foundation is compiling a list of current graduates, who will be recognized at our graduation reception, as well as highlighted in a special issue of the Foundation e-newsletter.

Graduates are invited to provide the following information:

What is your full name?

Where are you from?

What school are you graduating from?

What degree are you receiving (certificate, associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, etc.), and in what field (business, education, engineering, etc.)?

What are your plans for after graduation?

How has Doyon Foundation assisted you in pursuit of your educational goals?

What are the names of your parents, and maternal and paternal grandparents?

Do you have a digital photo of yourself (If so, please email to us)?

Please e-mail the above information and photo to Tonya Garnett, Scholarship Program Manager, at garnettt. You may also contact her at 907.459.2049.

A five day Barista Training will be held July 11-15, 2011. Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) will once again offer this five day course for $500 and only the first 10 paid students will secure a slot. Payment must be received in full to secure the slot. The classes will be conducted each day from 9 AM to 5 PM with an hour for lunch. For more information, contact Wes Kerlin, Coho Cup Manager, Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc., Office: 907-793-3119, Cell: 907-351-8910, or WKerlin@citci.org.

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is accepting applications for Fall 2011 student internships in his Fairbanks, Anchorage, Juneau and Washington, DC offices.  Interns work in a variety of areas supporting Sen. Begich’s staff including researching Alaska issues, working with legislative staff on congressional issues, helping with constituent cases and inquiries and attending meetings and briefings.  Interns are college-age. The goal is to have students work regular office hours, but accommodations can be made to work with class schedules.
Interns are offered a small stipend for their service. The application period ends Wednesday, July 20th.
Go to www.begich.senate.gov, use the pull down menu under “Services for Alaskans” and click “Internship Applications” to submit:
• online application
• cover letter
• writing sample
• resume
For further information contact internships or call (202) 224-3004 or Mr. Tom Moyer, Director of Sen. Begich’s Fairbanks Office, tom_moyer or phone: 456-0261.

Senator Begich Internships 2011.pdf

Inuit Circumpolar Council-Alaska is currently seeking a detail oriented, highly organized and experienced Traditional Knowledge/Science Advisor. The position is located in Anchorage, Alaska and the annual salary is D.O.E.


The position will work to implement the objectives under the Traditional Knowledge/Science Development Project, including but not limited to:

  • Conduct assessment, identify and prioritize research activities for the organization and work with the other ICC offices to find areas of collaboration with existing activities and projects.
  • Develop a research plan for a comprehensive baseline assessment and analysis of the Arctic food chain in the Alaskan Inuit regions.
  • Develop and work with leadership to implement a plan for meaningful engagement in research work occurring in the Arctic Council and other research forums of interest to Alaskan Inuit.
  • Review and monitor Arctic Council research activities and projects, (with focus on the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) and Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) working groups and issues related to climate change, marine shipping, commercial fishing and offshore oil and gas development) and advise ICC Alaska leadership on current research activities.
  • Engage with partners such as Oceana on mapping projects and coordinate with similar research activities occurring in the Alaska Inuit regions.
  • Work with the grant writer to develop funding plan for research activities and assist grant writer in researching and writing grants to carry out implementation plan.
  • Promote the use of traditional knowledge in scientific research.
  • Conduct an analysis and monitor international, federal and state regulations, policies and statuses related to the Arctic research agenda and in particular in Alaska.
  • Provide quarterly progress reports to ICC Alaska.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.


  • Master’s degree related to traditional knowledge/science field is preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or a minimum of 5 years of experience related to work in the traditional knowledge /science field.
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.) skills
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to maintain a courteous and professional demeanor with member and affiliate organizations. Excellent writing skills are required.
  • Ability to learn, work independently, organize and prioritize work.
  • Problem solving abilities with high attention to detail and accuracy a must.
  • Experience with Inuit or Alaska Native non-profit organizations preferred.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, three references and a writing sample. Writing sample must be relevant to the position. Please submit all materials by fax to 907-274-3861 or by e-mail to icc. You can also mail or drop off materials to the ICC-Alaska office at 3000 C Street Suite N201, Anchorage, AK. The closing date for recruitment is May 13, 2011 at 5 p.m.

Tribal College Special Scholarships

Partnerships with corporate and private donors have introduced a category of special scholarships that are being offered to American Indian students attending mainstream universities and tribal colleges for American Indian students pursuing undergrad, graduate and professional degrees. These scholarships are administered by the Fund and are generally based upon merit or demonstrated financial need.

The American Indian College Fund has recently converted to a complete online application. You are only required complete one application to apply for all scholarships you are interested in. You may click on the button below to first create an account in our database, then you must log in, complete a short survey and proceed to completing all fields on your online scholarship application.

If you are attending a mainstream university pursuing a undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree, only complete a special scholarship application.

If you are a tribal college student, you may complete both general and special scholarship applications. General scholarships are only for tribal college students.

Please be sure to upload all required documents on the check list. Once you have uploaded all required documents, a submit button will appear on your screen. You must proceed to click on the submit button to complete your application.

You will receive an automatic email notification that we have received your application. Deadline to submit a complete application is May 31, 2011. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Award and denial notices will be mailed out to all applicants by September 2011 to the address listed on the application. Good luck!

For more information on the special scholarship program, please contact Susie Mitchell at 800-776-3863 or visit the website here.

Now Accepting Applications!

Calypso Farm and Ecology Center seeks a full-time experienced Development Director with a July 2011 start date. The Development Director will spearhead the creation of and implementation of the annual funding plan, including maintenance and development new sources of funding from foundations, government grants, local businesses and individuals, events. The Development Director will also lead database management and perform related bookkeeping duties. A new position in the organization, the Development Director will have the opportunity to build the development function. TO APPLY: Full job description attached. Send a cover letter, resume, a writing sample (preferably fundraising related), and 3 references to Laenne at fundcalypso. Applications accepted through April 30; interviews will begin in early to mid May.


During the recent move, Doyon Foundation experienced some technical difficulties with its phone and voice mail system. The difficulties coincided with the April 15 fall scholarship application deadline, delaying responses to messages left by many students.

To provide these students with the opportunity to apply for scholarships, the Foundation is extending the fall scholarship application deadline to Monday, May 9, 2011. Hard copy applications are due to the Foundation office at 615 Bidwell, Suite 101, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701 by 5 p.m. on May 9. Online applications are due by midnight on May 9.

The technical issues are in the process of being resolved. In the meantime, students are encouraged to email the Foundation or call Foundation staff members directly. Doris Miller, executive director, may be reached at millerd@doyon.com or 907.459.2050, Tonya Garnett may be reached at garnettt@doyon.com or 907.459.2049, and Whitney Demientieff may be reached at demientieffw@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.

See attached flyer regarding the upcoming Alaska Native Libraries, Archives and Museums Summit in Anchorage this week!


Executive Intern
Salary: DOE
Open April 1-30, 2011


The purpose of the executive intern position is to provide a mechanism for teaching and mentoring a strong candidate so that the individual will be prepared for a leadership role with the Ahtna Heritage Foundation.




“Determine what you want, pursue it and remain determined. You will succeed. Have people close in your life that support you and your ideas. Treat everyone with respect and kindness; it will be returned.”

This is the advice that Torin Jacobs, one of Doyon Foundation’s 2010 – 2011 Morris Thompson competitive scholarship recipients, shared with his fellow students. Originally of Bethel, Alaska, Jacobs is currently living in Anchorage, where he is attending the University of Alaska Anchorage and expects to graduate in fall 2012.

Jacobs, who is studying business management, is the owner of Jacobs Sound Productions, an Anchorage-based music/audio production company. He plans to use the knowledge he has gained to strengthen and grow his business. In the future, he would also like to establish an educational program for students interested in music production and sound engineering.

Jacobs didn’t always know what he wanted to do. He said his biggest challenge was choosing a major.

“Our Creator found it suitable for me to be fascinated by everything in this world, which presents a major challenge when it comes to choosing a major. Thankfully, I was able to provide myself time to discover my passion and develop my skills and abilities while serving in the Marine Corps. Having done so, I began pursuing a future that involved music and learning how to make an income with something I’m passionate about,” he said.

Financing his education is one challenge that Doyon Foundation has been able to assist Jacobs with. “Doyon Foundation has consistently been a major financial support in my educational endeavors,” he said. “Because of this, I am able to focus more on my education and less on worrying how to pay for it.”

Aside from pursuing his degree, Jacobs said he also plans to continue “my education in my Yup’ik and Inupiaq cultures so that I may teach my children with the best of my knowledge our way of life.” He is also involved as a member of the Native Emerging Leaders Forum in Anchorage, and is a part-time performer with Pamyua under the moniker RiverFlowz.

Jacobs in the son of Blanche Theresa Jacobs from Philadelphia, Penn. and Herbert Raymond Jacobs from Hooper Bay, Alaska. He is the grandson of the late Sarah Andrews and John Davis from Philadelphia, Penn. and the late Mary Alice Jacobs (Menzo) of Hooper Bay and Hultman Jacobs of Shaktoolik, Alaska.

Below is a link to the ANCSA@40 “Women Behind the Act” panel discussion held March 4, 2011 at the UAA campus.


University of Alaska Fairbanks

One (1) $500 scholarship awarded per academic year

applicable for summer session only

See attached for more information.

CACNE scholarship 2011.doc

The Accenture American Indian Scholarship Program is sponsored and funded by Accenture LLP and administered by AIGC. It is open to high school seniors or first year degree seeking freshmen and first year graduate or professional students. The preferred fields of study include: various engineering, computer science, operations management, management, finance, marketing and other business oriented fields. Visit the ACCENTURE page for full details.

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