November 2012


Are you wondering what happens now that you’ve applied for the spring 2013 scholarship at Doyon Foundation? Here are a few things we will be doing in the coming month to ensure you get your award before the next semester!

  • Our scholarship program manager will manually enter information from paper applications into our online database.
  • Staff will continue to check off items received in the mail.
  • Once all information from paper applications has been entered, an Excel spreadsheet containing spring 2013 application information is downloaded and staff will begin pulling files and processing each application.
    • Processing includes making sure all required information has been received by the deadline and checking it off on your student account at www.doyonfoundation.com.
    • Students who received a fall 2012 scholarship are not required to submit transcripts until final fall grades are posted. The deadline to submit unofficial transcripts is Friday, December 28. Note that our transcript requirement has changed. Read about recent scholarship policy changes here.
  • When application processing is complete, scholarships will be distributed. This is usually done in late December or early January.
    • We will not distribute the award until required transcripts containing final fall grades are received.
    • University of Alaska Fairbanks scholarship funds are wired.
    • All other scholarships funds will be distributed as a check made out to the student and university. Students are required to sign the check once it is received by the university financial aid office.

What can I do to help make sure I receive my award in a timely manner?

  • If you have any changes to your application between now and the beginning of the spring 2013 semester NOTIFY OUR OFFICE IMMEDIATLY. Changes may include a status change, university change, or you decide not to attend,
    • If you notify us of changes after the check is cut and sent, you will have to wait for the check to be returned to our office before we reissue the award, which can take weeks.
  • Please check your online student account at www.doyonfoundation.com before calling our office! Check this often as we may leave you a comment as we are processing applications.

We hope this helps you understand our processes a little better. Good luck with your upcoming finals!

The Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute, created by former US Senator Byron Dorgan with $1 million from his excess campaign funds, is dedicated to improving the lives of Native American youth. The Center is aimed at bringing greater national attention to the issues facing Native youth through communication, policy development and advocacy. To shine a spotlight on inspirational stories and promote hope in Indian Country, the Center invites you to get involved in our newest program – Champions for Change.

The Champions for Change (CFC) program, a spinoff of a White House Initiative, recognizes and encourages inspirational Native American youth (ages 14 to 24) working in their tribal or urban Indian communities to promote hope and make a positive impact. Champions can include individuals who initiate programs, events, or other efforts to improve the lives of fellow Native youth and Indian Country as a whole.

For more information visit their website at http://cnay.org/Champions_for_Change.html.

The LEAD Summer Business Institute is a dynamic summer program open to Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian high school students in their junior year (during the 2012-2013 academic year). Students spend 3-4 weeks on a college campus learning about careers in business and finance. Students also participate in field trips to amusement parks and sporting events in addition to taking finance, business, accounting, and marketing classes with world-renowned professors. Participating schools include Dartmouth College, Duke University, Stanford University, and University of Pennsylvania. Find more information about the program and application by visiting the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) website.

Tuition and Scholarships: The cost of the program is $1,250 plus round trip airfare. Significant full and partial scholarships are available through NAFOA. Last year, 98% of students received financial aid.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2013

If you know of anyone looking for a part-time position please pass this opportunity along. This position will provide many benefits in terms of research and experience.

ANTHC is going to be implementing a research project called NATIVE It’s Your Game soon that involves working with middle-school students and guiding them through an online health curriculum. To implement the program we need Site Coordinators who live in Fairbanks. The position is a temporary, part-time position that pays $14/hour, beginning this month until the end of the project, estimated end date is April or May of 2013. The project would also provide paid research training and experience. The work would be split between working from home and working with the students either at the after-school program sites (Interior Aleutian Campus). No degree is require, nor a specific major, but preference is given to those students interested in research or majoring in Health Sciences, behavioral health, or education.

Attached is the flyer and application for the position and how to apply. If you have anyone in mind that you could forward this to or somewhere to post it, it would be greatly appreciated.

Or the application can be downloaded at: http://www.iknowmine.org/for-youth/iyg.

FINAL_site_coordinator_flyer.pdf

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Know someone looking for a spring internship? There’s still a little time left to apply for the Foreign Policy Initiative’s spring 2013 internship program. Click through for more details: http://www.foreignpolicyi.org/Employment

Seniors – the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program Summer Bridge deadline is fast approaching! This is a great opportunity to work a paid internship, earn college Math credit, and scholarships. The deadline is Dec. 7th, 2012. Apply today at http://www.ansep.net/summer-bridge-component.html.

Have you applied for University of Alaska Fairbanks scholarships yet? The application is open until Feb 15, 2013 on UAOnline. Apply for hundreds of scholarships with one application. Don’t delay, apply today! Visit this link for more information: http://www.uaf.edu/finaid/scholarships.

Doyon/ARAMARK will soon recruit for dedicated, talented, goal-oriented individuals to work the 2013 summer season in Denali National Park and Preserve! A complete job listing and online applications will be available on December 1 at www.summerdenalijobs.com. You can also learn more at the Doyon/ARAMARK job fairs:

• Friday, December 7 from 1 – 3 p.m. in the Doyon board room at 1 Doyon Place in Fairbanks.
• Thursday, December 13 from 1 – 3 p.m. at ARAMARK’s offices at 241 N C Street in Anchorage.

Come see what it’s like to live and work in one of Alaska’s premier tourist destinations!

Doyon Foundation will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving on November 22-23, 2012. We will resume our normal business hours Monday, Nov. 26th. We hope you all have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Doyon Foundation is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity available to all Alaska Native students wishing to attend the Spring 2013 Law Enforcement Academy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College. Two $7,500 scholarships are available and were generously funded by the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company Alaska Native Program. The next academy will be held February 11 – May 10, 2013 in Fairbanks, Alaska. For more information on the academy, visit: http://www.tvc.uaf.edu/programs/lawacad/.

To apply for a scholarship, click here to download the application. All applications must be RECEIVED by Friday, January 4, 2013. For more information, contact Doyon Foundation at 907-459-2048, 1-800-478-4755 or email foundation@doyon.com.

Attention Recruiters!

The Spring issue of The American Indian Graduate Magazine will highlight Federal and Tribal Government Careers and Internships!

Are you looking for talented American Indian and Alaska Native college graduates to recruit?

AIGC is currently seeking advertisers for our Spring 2013 publication, which will highlight careers and internships in Federal and Tribal government. It will include articles and advertisements from Federal and Tribal government – informing readers of career options, application processes, experiences, benefits and opportunities.

The magazine will also contain stories from AIGC alumni and other individuals, who hold government jobs and internships.

This is an excellent opportunity to reach American Indian educational institutions, programs and professionals, high school counselors, graduate schools, colleges, universities, tribal colleges and tribal, federal and state education programs. We boast a targeted readership of over 16,000 individuals and organizations. The American Indian Graduate is also distributed to our AIGC alumni, Gates Millennium Scholars and AIGC Fellows.

Click on the magazine above to view the current issue. Please contact linda@aigcs.org to discuss this beneficial opportunity!

Marketing and Public Relations Grads,

Here is an exciting opportunity for you. Fairbanks Montessori School is starting a major capital campaign ($1.5 – 2 mil) for Phase III of a large building renovation (Phases I & II are complete). They are currently advertising for a Capital Campaign Manager and the job description is attached. For more information contact Robert Weeden, Executive Director, Fairbanks Montessori School @ Robert@fairbanksmontessori.org.

JD – Cap Camp Mgr sb.docx

Due to the rapidly decreasing number of fluent speakers, Native languages within the Doyon region are not being passed on quickly enough to ensure their survival, creating an urgent need to promote and foster language opportunities for non-speakers.

“In 5 to 10 years, language extinction is possible,” said Wesley Roberts Dalton, former vice president of the Doyon Foundation board of directors and former chair of the Foundation’s language revitalization committee.

To address this critical issue, Doyon Foundation is launching the Language Revitalization Program, a comprehensive, region-wide program to capture, preserve, share and perpetuate Athabascan languages.

Doyon Foundation’s language revitalization committee has been working on this goal for almost four years.  A 10-year strategic plan and program proposal were developed, and the committee is now working on a business plan. The committee also researched many different language-learning software and technology options before selecting the Byki language-learning program, offered by Transparent Language, which has helped millions of individuals learn new languages and is used by more than 12,000 schools and universities, including top government language schools.

The committee and Foundation staff also developed one- to five-year goals. Some first-year goals include hiring a language revitalization program director, building relationships and collaborating with like-minded partners, securing additional funding, and creating a pilot language learning program, among other tasks.

“The Doyon Foundation program could grow into a multi-million dollar, grant-funded department. That’s been demonstrated by other Native corporations in the state,” Dalton said. “We can become leaders in language revitalization.”

Earlier this year, the Doyon, Limited board of directors approved a resolution and a $150,000 contribution to the Foundation to establish and operate the first year of the program.

“The resolution reaffirms the board’s mission to strengthen our Native way of life and support the Doyon Foundation, which provides educational, career and cultural opportunities to enhance the identity and quality of life for Doyon shareholders,” said Aaron Schutt, Doyon, Limited president and CEO.

“Providing cultural opportunities and a strong demonstration of Native traditional language and culture is at the core of Doyon Foundation’s mission and vision,” said Doris Miller, Foundation executive director. “Doyon’s support of this program will enable us to make significant strides toward the revitalization of our Native languages, which is critical for their survival. We are grateful beyond words for Doyon, Limited’s support.”

The need for the program is clear: According to the Alaska Native Language Center, there are less than 500 speakers of the nine Athabascan languages in the Doyon region. Gwich’in and Koyukon have the most, with 150 speakers. Most of the others have fewer than 30 speakers.

In addition to the declining number of speakers, there are insufficient numbers of qualified Athabascan language teachers, and there is not a solid, region-wide language revitalization effort to provide easily accessible language programs.

But this need is not just about language; it is also about bringing positive change to the people of the Doyon region. Research has shown that the ability to speak one’s language is essential to strong self-identity, self-esteem and the perpetuation of cultural beliefs, values and traditions.

A quote from Victor Nicholas, Doyon, Limited board vice president and Doyon Foundation board member, sums it up. “It’s our language – it’s who we are,” he said.

The development of this program has been a labor of love for the Foundation’s language committee members, including Chair Paul Mountain, Lorraine David, Wesley Roberts Dalton, Teisha Simmons, Patricia Paul, Alan Hayton, Polly E. Hyslop and Susan Paskvan, as well as many others who have volunteered their time.

“These individuals have demonstrated their deep commitment to our people and culture by volunteering countless hours researching the need, similar programs and possible solutions, as well as building relationships and developing a plan for the program. We are deeply grateful for their efforts and look forward to seeing our vision come to life,” Miller said.

Beginning this academic year, our scholarship policies and requirements for official transcripts changed. Below is the wording that is in our new scholarship policies.

Official transcripts must be submitted the first time a student applies for a scholarship EACH academic year, which runs August through July. For example, if the student applies in the fall, he or she must submit official transcripts. If the student reapplies in the spring or summer of that same academic year, unofficial transcripts will be accepted.

Therefore, students applying for the Spring 2013 scholarship who did not receive a Fall 2012 Doyon Foundation scholarship are required to submit official transcripts or a proof of order by the deadline of November 15th, 2012.

Students who received the Fall 2012 Doyon Foundation Scholarship and will be returning in Spring 2013 need to submit unofficial transcripts once your Fall 2012 grades are posted and before December 28, 2012.

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

Be part of an exciting new program while playing a critical role in the survival of Alaska Native languages. Doyon Foundation is seeking a program director for its brand new Language Revitalization Program, a comprehensive, region-wide program to capture, preserve, share and perpetuate Athabascan languages.

Due to the rapidly decreasing number of fluent speakers, Native languages within the Doyon region are not being passed on quickly enough to ensure their survival, creating an urgent need to promote and foster language opportunities for non-speakers.

For the past three years, Doyon Foundation has worked to develop a plan to address this crucial need. With first-year funding in hand, the Foundation is ready to launch this exciting new program, and is looking for an experienced, passionate person to lead this new endeavor.

Want to be involved in ensuring the survival of Interior Alaska’s Native languages? Click here for more information or apply online today!

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