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.

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