June 2011

Doyon Foundation alumna Lisa John Paul just may be the next “Ice Road Trucker.”

Originally from Shageluk, and currently living in Anchorage, John Paul graduated from Northern Industrial Training in July 2010 with a Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). She joined the National Guard in August, and will soon be leaving for 16 weeks of training in Missouri. After she completes her training, she plans to work as a truck driver.

“I will be training to be a truck driver for 10 weeks and since I already have my Class A CDL, I am that much further ahead. I am thankful that Doyon helped me to pay for my training and obtain my CDL,” John Paul said. “I love driving big trucks and look forward to a rewarding and exciting career.”

John Paul said her biggest challenge was making the transition from “a stay-at-home mommy to a working mommy. It is the hardest sacrifice I have had to make in my life. I believe that you need to follow your heart and dreams and that is what I hope to instill in my children’s heart and soul. If I can accomplish my dreams for myself and my family, then I believe my children will understand my decision one day. So, when it’s their turn to jump and fly, they won’t hesitate.”

“I would like to say to everyone that it is never too late to make a change in your lives,” John Paul said. “I have been through a lot in the past 10 years and have learned a lot from my mistakes and my accomplishments. I have fallen so many times, at times I thought I would never be able to get back up. I have learned that no matter how hard it is, you must get up because everyone must fall sometimes. The harder you fall, the stronger and better balanced you are the next time. Always have faith in yourselves and Jesus, and never give up on your dreams.”

John Paul is the daughter of Sarah A. Hatzis, Steve Hatzis and Arnold Painter, and the granddaughter of Sarah and Eluska John, Sr. and Mona and Arthur Painter.

RIM Architects is actively recruiting for an Accounting Manager / Controller and Payroll / General Ledger Accountant. For more information contact Penny Winchester, PHR, Senior Executive Assistant, HR Consulting, 645 G Street, Suite 400, Anchorage AK, 99501, 907.258.7777 ph, 907.279.8195 fx or visit their website at www.rimarchitects.com.

Payroll_General Ledger Accountant_110627.pdf

Accounting Mgr _ Controller_110627.pdf

Sobermiut Reviving Our Spirit Inc. will be offering a 3 week Summer Intensive focusing on traditional Alaska Native Games! Participants will teach and support one another to achieve their goals. Several athletes will use this opportunity to prepare for the WEIO competition in Fairbanks, AK at the end of July 2011.

See the flyer for details! Please share it with your friends! We invite you and your family/friends to join us to practice the amazing traditional Alaska Native games! For more information contact Sheila Randazzo, AK Native Summer Intensive Coordinator, Sobermiut Reviving Our Spirit Inc., phone 229-8724.


Congratulations to the class of 2011! Meet this year’s graduates in the 2011 edition of the Doyon Foundation graduate yearbook, now available on our website. Are you a 2011 graduate who would like to submit your graduation information? Or do you have a correction to the information in the yearbook? Please send updates to foundation@doyon.com or call 907.459.2048.

The Neal O. Thorpe Memorial Scholarship awards successful applicants $7,500 per year for up to five years who attend one of the eligible universities listed below. The scholarship will be paid directly to the applicant’s university to cover education expenses.


§ Applicant must be an Alaska resident

§ Applicant must be a graduate of a high school or equivalent program located in Alaska

§ Applicant must be the first in their immediate family to pursue a post-secondary degree

§ Applicant must be enrolled in one of the eligible universities

Application Process:

The scholarship application must be completed through The Alaska Community Foundation’s (ACF) online application system. The online application can be access through http://www.alaskacf.org on the Scholarship page. Please contact ACF with any questions about the online application system or scholarship program at info@alaskacf.org or 907-334-6700.

Eligible Universities:

Alaska Christian College, Soldotna, AK

Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, AK

Concordia University, Portland, OR

Corban College, Salem, OR

George Fox University, Newberg, OR

Montana Bible College, Bozeman, MT

Multnomah University, Portland, OR

Northwest Nazarene, Nampa, ID

Northwest University, Kirkland, WA

Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA

Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA

Trinity Lutheran College, Everett, WA

University of Portland, Portland, OR

Warner Pacific College, Portland, OR

Whitworth University, Spokane, WA

The Neal Thorpe Memorial Scholarship guidelines.pdf

Business week scholarships available for Alaska Native high school students

by Staff Report / newsroom@newsminer.com Fairbanks Daily News Miner

06.20.11 – 11:03 pm

FAIRBANKS — Alaska Native high school students can apply to attend the upcoming Alaska Business Week program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks from July 31 to Aug. 6.

The Alyeska Pipeline Service Company is offering the scholarships for students who apply for the program. The scholarships will cover tuition, including room, board, materials and fees.

“We believe this program is an opportunity for high school students to discover their leadership potential while …

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A link to the 2011 Special Summer Edition Alaska Native Education Newsletter can be found below!


Spirit of Youth is seeking a Program Assistant who will provide administrative support, program promotion and planning assistance while serving as a supportive, caring adult in the lives of youth.

Spirit of Youth is dedicated to creating, promoting and recognizing youth involvement in communities across Alaska. Spirit of Youth began in 1997 as a media-based project to address the growing negative image of teenagers. Since then, thousands of positive stories about Alaskan youth have been shared through television, radio and local newspapers. Nominations are made by anyone wishing to recognize a hard-working, inspiring young person or group of teens. Each year, Spirit of Youth receives up to 200 nominations from over 50 Alaska communities. The nomination process culminates in a celebratory dinner honoring the 22 individuals and groups who ultimately receive the top honors in their respective award categories.

Spirit of Youth Program Assistant.pdf

The 11th annual Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic takes place tomorrow and Friday, June 16 and 17, at Chena Bend Golf Course on Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks. The Doyon Foundation offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for the tournament. Check back next week for photos and results from this exciting event, which benefits our Morris Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund!


The rural college has arranged to have the Willie and Elizabeth Hensley event web streamed online so anyone not able to attend in person (or from outside Fairbanks) can watch and listen online.

The July 7th evening event hosted by the Rural Alaska Honors Institute will feature Willie Hensley and his daughter Elizabeth to talk about the history of ANCSA and its current legacy in the young leaders today.

See the updated attached flyer.

Hensley Flyer.pdf

First Alaskans Institute, a statewide Alaska Native 501(c)(3) non-profit, is accepting applications for the Leadership Manager job position.

The Leadership Manager will:

  • oversee the development operation of the First Alaskans Institute Leadership initiative
  • Summer Internship Program
  • Public Policy Fellowship;
  • Elders & Youth Conference

work with the FAI President/CEO to create and seek new opportunities to achieve the initiatives goal of developing the next generation of Alaska Native leadership The successful candidate will provide the professional skills necessary for all facets of this position and will possess good interpersonal and communication skills. Experience working within the Alaska Native community and higher education required; see job description for details.

To apply send a letter of interest, resume, brief writing sample and three (3) letters of reference to: First Alaskans Institute, 606 E Street Ste. 200, Anchorage, AK 99501, e-mail to info@firstalaskans.org, or fax to (907) 677-1780. Only complete application packets will be reviewed. Open until filled.

FAI Leadership Manager.pdf

The American Indian Graduate Center, Inc. announces the availability of fellowships and loans for service to American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate students. To find out more information and eligibility requirements about various programs, visit http://www.aigc.com/02scholarships/scholarships.htm.

A total of 85 Doyon Foundation students graduated from college, a vocational program or high school this spring. Foundation staff, board members, alumni, students and special guests gathered to celebrate their accomplishments at a graduation reception held on May 12 in Fairbanks. See the graduation reception album on Facebook for photos from the event.

The reception opened with a welcome by Doris Miller, the Foundation’s executive director, who shared highlights from the Foundation’s past year. Audience members also heard comments from alumni speaker Joy Huntington, graduate speaker Jessie Bergman-David, and Robin Renfroe, vice president of human resources and shareholder relations at Doyon, Limited. The reception concluded with recognition of the 2011 graduates and introductions by the 11 graduates in attendance.

Several graduates expressed their heartfelt gratitude with Doyon Foundation donors.

“Thank you for making it possible for me to get my degree in applied business. Class of 2011 rocks!” said graduate Violet Huntington.

“Your contributions helped me achieve my goals. Thank you!” said Geoffrey Bacon, who received a bachelor’s of arts in industrial and labor relations at Cornell University.

This year, Doyon Foundation staff also assisted with the distribution of red sashes to University of Alaska Fairbanks graduates. The sashes, made by the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Alaska Native Education, signify graduating Alaska Native and Native American students, and celebrate both their academic accomplishments and heritage.

For more information on the 2011 graduates, watch for the special graduate edition of the Doyon Foundation e-newsletter, which will be distributed later this month.

The State of Alaska does outreach and early awareness to promote higher education. They are currently recruiting students who will be in 6-8th grade this upcoming school year to profile in their middle school newspaper highlighting students from around the state with their college and career aspirations. They need more students from the Interior to include in their Fall 2011 edition of the newspaper! They just need a brief questionnaire from students, a good quality photo, and a parent permission form (all attached) for submission to the paper, which is distributed statewide. Here is a link to a previous edition of the paper to give you an idea of what the layout is: http://akadvantage.alaska.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=NORRd2SjXNY%3d&tabid=154&mid=572. They need all materials back no later than August 1st, but the sooner the better!

Feel free to contact Helena with any questions.

Helena Jacobs

Community & Outreach Liaison

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education

phone 907.269.7973 | fax 907.269.7991


Promoting access to and success in education and career training beyond high school.

Call for What’s Your Story 2011_2012.doc

WYS Middle School Questionnaire 2011.pdf

2011 Youth Model Release.pdf

AVTEC is glad to announce a new (IT) Information Technology class called the (VIA) Village Internet Agent. The VIA program is a grant Funded program which provides free tuition, books and supplies for the qualified student. Attached, is the information regarding the class.


If you have any questions please contact Allen at the information listed below:

Allen M Sagoonick

Information Technology Department VIA Insturctor

AVTEC – Alaska’s Institute of Technology

Seward Alaska




AVTEC VIA Program Description.docx

AVTEC VIA Program FAQ.pdf

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