October 2012

The First Alaskans Institute invites you, your friends, family and community members – all of our fellow Alaskans, from all cultures and backgrounds – to take this 5 minute anonymous survey by October 31, 2012 regarding your perspective and experience with race issues and racism in Alaska.

This survey is an important tool in helping us to understand the issue of racism, and its impact on policies that affect our lives and relationships with one another. This will help to inform the work we have done – and continue to do – within our Alaska Native Dialogues on Racial Equity project.

All survey responses are completely anonymous – your honesty and courage in responding to these difficult questions will help shape our understanding of this critical issue in our community.

Each respondent has an opportunity to enter a drawing for a First Alaskans Institute hoodie or sweatshirt upon completion of the survey (all survey responses are kept separate from drawing entries) – one entry per survey participant.

Please help us gather as many survey responses as possible by sharing this opportunity with your networks before October 21, 2012 when the survey closes! The more responses we receive, the greater our understanding will be.

Quyanaq, Gunalchèesh, Haw.aa, Thank You for your time and consideration!

For more information about First Alaskans Institute and the Alaska Native Dialogues on Racial Equity project, please visit our website: www.firstalaskans.org.

We are pleased to announce that Northern Industrial Training has received a grant from US Dept. of Education, Alaska Native Education Program, to provide Health Safety and Environmental Training (HSET) and Roustabout Training. Attached you will find program descriptions and participant applications along with contact information for NIT. Please note the first HSET program begins November 12, 2012 and the Roustabout program begins January 2013.

Participants must be Alaska Native, a minimum of 18 years of age, and complete a drug screen. Additional eligibility requirements such as a physical for the roustabout program are contained in the grant application. Thank you for your support and we look forward to working with your company to provide career training for Alaska Native’s.

Please contact Benjamin Manley or Scott Shoemaker with program and participant eligibility questions.

Scott Shoemaker

Northern Industrial Training

1740 N. Terrilou Court Palmer, Alaska 99645

Direct: 907-761-6704

Main: 907-357-6400

Toll Free: 888-367-6482

Fax: 907-357-6430

USDOE Grant Application-HSET 2012 1.pdf

USDOE Grant Application-Roustabout 2012.pdf

USDOE HSET 2012-2013 Announcement.pdf

USDOE Roustabout 2012-2013 Announcement2.pdf

Help AIGCS select the next class of Gates Millennium Scholars!

Do you know a high school senior* who:

  • Is American Indian – Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American or African American
  • Will be a degree-seeking freshman, who will be entering an accredited college or university as full-time student in Fall 2013 (with the exception of students pursuing a high school diploma while concurrently enrolled). *First-time college enrollees can also be GED recipients)
  • Has a cumulative GPA of 3.3, on a 4.0 scale (unweighted), at the time of nomination
  • Has demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities and
  • Will meet the criteria for Federal Pell Grant eligibility

If you are a high school administrator, educator, tribal member or community leader, please help AIGC Scholars, by being a nominator or recommender for the Gates Millennium Scholarship. Get together with your students and apply online at gmsp.org, or visit aigcs.org for more information and to inquire about bringing a Gates Millennium Scholarship representative to your school or community!

One of the things we at the Doyon Foundation enjoy most is hearing from our alumni. So we were extremely pleased to hear from Foundation alumnus Aaron Peters earlier this year.

Aaron, who is originally from Ruby, Alaska, is now living in Surprise, Ariz., where he’s working as an HIV case manager with the Phoenix Indian Medical Center – Center of Excellence program.

Aaron was prepared for his career at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in nursing science in 2008.

“While I was attending college, full time, I was the sole contributor to my finances. Doyon Foundation provided much-needed scholarship funds to assist in the high cost of tuition, books and living expenses. It was a great relief to be able to focus on studies and not worry about finances,” he says. “Doyon Foundation has contributed to the successful completion of my degree program, and I will forever be thankful for their generosity.”

Getting his degree wasn’t always easy, and Aaron shared about some of the challenges he faced along the way.

“For a person who grew up in the village, the biggest challenge was having to complete one academic year of prerequisites before I could actually take classes that counted toward my degree. In regard to college preparedness, there was no preparation at the high school level,” he says.

“Prioritizing time between socializing, work schedule, classes and studying can be tough, especially when it comes to making time for studying,” he adds.

But despite the challenges, Aaron reached his goal. In fact, he eventually hopes to go on to attain a graduate degree in the psychology/medical field.

“Obtaining a college degree is not as challenging when you are prepared (financially and academically), and ensuring that you are committed to make a lot of time for studying. Researching and applying for scholarships is very important. Surrounding yourself with other students who make studying a priority is very important,” advises Aaron, who is the son of Mary “Peggy” Peters, and grandson of Paul Peters and Mary Pitka Peters, all of Ruby, Alaska.

Aaron, all of us at the Foundation are extremely proud of your accomplishments. Thank you for sharing your story with us!

If you are a Doyon Foundation student or alumni and would like to be featured in an upcoming profile, please complete our short questionnaire at http://fs8.formsite.com/doyonfoundation/StudentProfile/index.html.

*Doyon Foundation will be visiting Rural Student Services*

UAF Students,
Do you have questions about Doyon Foundation Scholarship Program or the upcoming Spring 2013 semester deadline? Maurine Isaacson, Scholarship Program Manager, will be at UAF’s Rural Student Services on November 6th and 7th from 9-4pm. A computer will be available to assist students in setting up a student account to apply for the Spring 2013 scholarship. She will also have other exciting information available and snacks so please stop by!

Please make an appointment by calling Rural Student Services at 474-7871 . Walk-ins are also welcome.

Scholarship Program
Doyon Foundation | 615 Bidwell, Suite 101 | Fairbanks | Alaska | 99701
(P) 907.459.2049 | Toll free: 1.888.478.4755, ext. 2049
Website: http://www.doyonfoundation.com
Blog: http://www.doyonfoundationblog.com

“Every Shareholder’s Dream is Realized”
Doyon Foundation’s mission is to provide educational career and cultural opportunities to enhance the identity and quality of life for Doyon Shareholders and their children.

Did you know Doyon Foundation has a resource area for our students? The room contains two computers with internet access, a comfortable reading area and lots of academic resources. Come on by our office at 615 Bidwell Avenue, Suite 101 if you need a quiet place to study, need a computer for school projects or if you would like to see other academic opportunities we have at the office.

We advise students to assure the room is available by calling our office at 907-459-2048 or email at foundation@doyon.com.

Doyon Foundation | 615 Bidwell, Suite 101 | Fairbanks | Alaska | 99701
(P) 907.459.2049 | Toll free: 1.888.478.4755, ext. 2049
Website: http://www.doyonfoundation.com
Blog: http://www.doyonfoundationblog.com

“Every Shareholder’s Dream is Realized”
Doyon Foundation’s mission is to provide educational career and cultural opportunities to enhance the identity and quality of life for Doyon Shareholders and their  children.

First Alaskans Institute is now accepting applications for the 2013 Public Policy Fellowship! This is a great opportunity for fellows to gain hands-on experience in the legislature to learn more about government and public policy issues within Alaska. Attached please find the application, due Friday, November 16, 2012! Please distribute far and wide within your networks! Any questions can be addressed to me at lenajacobs or 907-677.1712.

2013 Public Policy Fellowship Application.docx

See the below flyer for internship opportunities with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game – Internship flyer.pdf

The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education’s (ACPE) 2012-2013 edition of the Going to College in Alaska magazine is now available online! Going to College in Alaska Online contains useful tips to help Alaska’s high school students make educated decisions about postsecondary school options. The online magazine features sections on choosing and applying to colleges and student financial aid as well as information on the Alaska Performance Scholarship and how to apply.

The Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania offers Native American students the Tribal Affairs Fellowship. This fellowship provides multiple FULL-TUITION scholarships with $6,000 per year research assistantships to be awarded to students who commit to promoting the advancement of the Native American population and tribal affairs.
Where is the Application? A separate application is not necessary for a student to be considered for the Tribal Affairs Fellowship. Once you apply for financial aid at Carnegie Mellon University you are automatically considered for any applicable scholarship opportunities, which includes the Tribal Affairs Fellowship. Contact the Office of Financial Aid at Carnegie Mellon University to learn more about this exciting fellowship program.

Fairbanks Youth Advocates is opening an emergency youth shelter to give homeless youth a safe place to sleep at night. This won’t be possible without the love and support of volunteers throughout this great Fairbanks community. We currently need people to commit to one night a month (8:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m.) to volunteer alongside staff. Please join us in this fight to end youth homelessness.

To learn more or to volunteer go to:


FYA Recruiting.doc

The Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI) is a bridging program that assists students in Rural Alaska in making the academic and social transition between high school and college. RAHI is for college-bound students who are willing to work hard and who are dedicated to achieving good academic performance. Specifically, RAHI was organized by the University of Alaska Fairbanks to serve rural and Alaska Native high school honors students.

The 2013 Rural Alaska Honors Institute application is currently available at www.uaf.edu/rahi.

Doyon Foundation is currently seeking candidates for four open seats on its board of directors. Interested candidates may apply online or download and print an application at www.doyonfoundation.com. The application deadline is Friday, November 2. The election will take place at the Foundation’s annual membership meeting on November 10.

The open positions include two seats with three-year terms expiring in 2015, one seat with a two-year term expiring in 2014, and one seat with a one-year term expiring in 2013. (The one- and two-year term seats are due to board member resignations).

To be qualified, a candidate must be a Doyon shareholder aged 18 years or older. Candidates should also be knowledgeable about private foundation management and higher education; be familiar with the Foundation’s strategic plan, long-term vision, goals, mission and purpose; and be committed to spending up to 200 volunteer hours a year carrying out the duties of a board member.

Additional information about qualifications, responsibilities and time commitment is available at www.doyonfoundation.com. For more information, contact Doris Miller, Doyon Foundation’s executive director, at 907.459.2048 or millerd@doyon.com.

This is a reminder that the deadline to apply for the Spring 2013 scholarship is November 15, 2012. Please remember, it is the responsibility of the student to contact Doyon Foundation to ensure his or her file is complete and postmarked by the appropriate deadline. To ensure your application is complete, see Doyon Foundation’s application guidelines here.

Basic scholarships range from $400 for part-time students to $800 for full-time students. To apply, students must submit:
• A complete online application form.
• Proof of academic enrollment.
• Official transcripts.

Remember – All documents need to be submitted or postmarked by November 15, 2012!

**FOR RETURNING STUDENTS (Those who received a Fall 2012 award)
• Submit unofficial transcripts showing final Fall 2012 grades by DECEMBER 28, 2012. Late transcripts will not be accepted, no exceptions.
• A complete online application form.

To apply or for more information, visit http://www.doyonfoundation.com or contact Maurine Isaacson, scholarship program manager, at 907-459-2049 or isaacsonm@doyon.com.

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