December 2013


Doyon Foundation will be closed Wednesday, January 1, 2014 in observance of the New Year’s holiday.  Offices will reopen Thursday, January 2, 2014.  Have a safe and happy new year!

There is still time to make a tax-deductible gift to Doyon Foundation in 2013 – and make a big difference in the lives of students in 2014! By making a contribution, you will join a special group of donors – our Nee Ts’ee Neeyh donors. Nee Ts’ee Neeyh means “we all give or help” in Koyukon Athabascan. Nee Ts’ee Neeyh donations benefit our general scholarship fund, which awards basic scholarships to full-time and part-time higher education students.

Learn more about our Nee Ts’ee Neeyh giving program, or make your secure online donation by midnight tonight!
Thank you, and Happy New Year from all of us at Doyon Foundation!

Have you ever considered a career in law enforcement? Doyon Foundation is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity available to all Alaska Native students wishing to attend the spring 2014 Law Enforcement Academy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College. The next academy will be held February 17 – May 16, 2014 in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Three $6,800 scholarships, generously funded by the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company Alaska Native Program, are available. All Alaska Native students are eligible to apply. Applications must be received by Friday, January 3, 2014.

For more information on the academy, visit www.tvc.uaf.edu/programs/lawacad/. To apply for a scholarship, visit the Foundation website to download the application. For more information, contact Doyon Foundation at 907.459.2048, 1.800.478.4755 or foundation@doyon.com.

Language revitalization program proposals will be accepted for the 2014 Doyon Language Revitalization grants until Friday, January 31, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. The purpose of the program is to promote and teach interior Alaska Native languages through learning programs developed by the applicants. For more information and the application, please go here.

Please note: This grant is not administered by Doyon Foundation.  Contact Colita Fiorenzi at Doyon, Limited by email: fiorenzic@doyon.com or phone: 1.888.478.4755, extension 2016 or 907.459.2016 for more information.

Dear Students,

This is a reminder to students who received a Fall 2013 Doyon Foundation scholarship and applied for the Spring 2014 scholarship.  If you completed your scholarship application by the deadline and were a fall 2013 scholarship recipient, it is required that you submit your unofficial transcripts showing final fall grades by Friday, December 27, 2013.  You can email them to foundation@doyon.com or send them to Doyon Foundation, 615 Bidwell Avenue, Suite 101, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701.

Please note that if you are not a returning student (did not receive a fall 2013 scholarship), you were required to submit official transcripts by November 15, 2013.   Transcripts that are unofficial or received after this date from non-returning students will not be accepted.

For more information, see Doyon Foundation’s scholarship application guidelines at www.doyonfoundation.com or contact Maurine Isaacson, Scholarship Program Manager at isaacsonm@doyon.com or (907) 459-2048.  Happy Holidays!

Seeing students learn and grow and eventually transform into leaders who touch lives and lead positive change is one of the remarkable things about being involved with Doyon Foundation.

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Dewey, college graduation photo, June 2009

Foundation alumnus Dewey Kk’ołeyo Hoffman is an excellent example of the power of a scholarship. Dewey graduated high school in Anchorage through GILA City Schools and APU Early Honors Program simultaneously in 2004.

He completed his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College in 2009, with lots of encouragement and inspiration from his family – including his parents and two older sisters who finished college ahead of him. He also received support from the Native Americans at Dartmouth student group, professors and Doyon Foundation, which awarded Dewey numerous scholarships during his education.

“Although I wanted to quit many times, seeing who had gone ahead of me and what encouragement and insights I might be able to pass on to others kept me going,” Dewey shared.

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Dewey, November 2013

Today, Dewey is finding lots of ways to pass on the things he’s learned. He is coaching his 8th grade nephew as he prepares to enter a post secondary degree of his choice. Dewey serves as the development manager at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, supporting its mission to preserve and strengthen all Alaska Native traditions, languages and art. And he is seeking a master’s degree in education, focusing on teaching and learning, and promoting education policies and reforms that will create more opportunities for Alaska Native language instructors.

“When you donate to the Doyon Foundation, you are not only supporting the current and upcoming generation of Alaska Native leadership that will directly steer us into the future, but the state of Alaska as a whole,” Dewey said.

Dewey is Koyukon and Swiss-American originally from Ruby, and is the son of Dee Olin and David Hoffman. His mom was born to the late Lillian and Fred Olin of Kokrines and Ruby, and was adopted by John and Lorraine Honea of Ruby and seasonal camps. His father’s family comes from a farming community near Bozeman, Montana, where his ancestors from Switzerland and the UK settled.Image

If you would like to help pass on the power of a scholarship, please consider supporting Doyon Foundation with a 2014 Pick. Click. Give. contribution. Starting January 1, you can Pick. Click. Give. to the Foundation when you apply for your 2014 PFD at www.pfd.alaska.gov.

UAA will be offering two courses this Spring 2014 semester covering traditional values and the Modern Native Corporation. Attached are two flyers with the course descriptions. 

If you have any questions you may contact,

Professor William L. Hensley or Janet Burton

(907) 786-4171

anjeb@uaa.alaska.edu

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The Alaska Summer Research Academy’s applications have opened. This is just in time for middle and high school students to check out the new 2014 modules with their families and apply over the break! Go to http://www.uaf.edu/asra/ to find the module descriptions, instructor information, and applications. For more information contact Tiffany DeRuyter, ASRA Program Manager at 907-474-6049 or tlderuyter@alaska.edu.

ASRA flyer 2014.pdf

The Institute of the North is hosting its two-day ANILCA training March 5-6, 2014 at the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center in Anchorage, Alaska. This training will provide a thorough review of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980 (ANILCA) and provide an opportunity to examine and discuss current and controversial ANILCA-related issues with several subject matter experts.

ANILCA impacts daily life in Alaska and, while we know two days is a lot of time out of someone’s work week, it is important to understand how this law came to be, what it means, and how it affects business opportunities, conservation policy, resource development, and public land management.

The training curriculum features a comprehensive review of the ANILCA statute in an easy-to-use format that includes a storehouse of resource materials that relate to this Act. These materials include the Act, ANILCA amendments, other relevant public land laws, CFR regulations that affect the Conservation System Units in Alaska, as well as pertinent documents, background information, and video materials of Sen. Ted Stevens and others involved in ANILCA at, and since, its enactment.

This training is valuable for land and resource managers, planners, academia, as well as community leaders, policy makers, and the interested public. Past participants have come from the private and public sector, as well as research institutions, and environmental organizations. Upon completion of the training, attendees have a greater understanding of this sweeping legislation and the interplay of the various stakeholder interests that have had such an enormous influence on Alaska. Register online at https://www.institutenorth.org/calendar/events/anilca-training

For questions or more information, feel free to contact Karlin Itchoak, Alaska Program Coordinator, me at: kitchoak@institutenorth.org.

ANILCA_Flyer_March_2014.pdf

Spring 2014 UAF Mary Langan Housing Assistance Scholarship – Deadline January 6, 2014

The Mary C. Langan Housing Assistance Scholarship was established to provide scholarships for off-campus housing assistance for students attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The recipient must be attending UAF and living off-campus. Students from all academic majors are eligible, but there is a preference for students majoring in journalism.

Part-time and full-time students are encouraged to apply.  The spring 2014 award amount is up to $2500 for housing expenses only.

Application is available online:

http://tinyurl.com/1314MaryLanganScholarship

Spring 2014 UAF James R. Crook Memorial Fund – Deadline January 10, 2014

The James R. Crook Memorial Fund was created to assist UAF undergraduate and graduate students conducting research in the area of Environmental Health Sciences, in its broadest perspective, who may have either no current funding or only limited funding.  All research methodologies are eligible for consideration, including those in the social & behavioral sciences.  Awards up to $4000 may be made at the discretion of the selection committee.  The award(s) will be disbursed during fee payment for the spring 2014 semester.

More information on how to apply is available here:

https://drive.google.com/a/alaska.edu/file/d/0BzULdYyIMz9GbW9XR0pVNkhwS1k/edit?usp=sharing

Dear Students,

This is a reminder to students who received a Fall 2013 Doyon Foundation scholarship and applied for the Spring 2014 scholarship.  If you completed your scholarship application by the deadline and were a fall 2013 scholarship recipient, it is required that you submit your unofficial transcripts showing final fall grades by Friday, December 27, 2013.  You can email them to foundation@doyon.com or send them to Doyon Foundation, 615 Bidwell Avenue, Suite 101, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701.

Please note that if you are not a returning student (did not receive a fall 2013 scholarship), you were required to submit official transcripts by November 15, 2013.   Transcripts that are unofficial or received after this date from non-returning students will not be accepted.

For more information, see Doyon Foundation’s scholarship application guidelines at www.doyonfoundation.com or contact Maurine Isaacson, Scholarship Program Manager at isaacsonm@doyon.com or (907) 459-2048.  Happy Holidays!

Are you attending our free language revitalization program informational audio-conference tomorrow, Tuesday, December 17 from 11 a.m. – noon? Learn more at www.doyonfoundation.com/static/Language/Training.aspx.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development is offering distance delivery courses for Spring Semester 2014. Please see the attached letter and course flyers.  Distance delivery courses are a great educational resource for traditional and non-traditional students, and for individuals located in rural communities.

Letter for DANSRD Spring 2014 Distance Delivery Couse Flyers

Academic Calendar Spring 2014

The Joint Science Education Project (JSEP) announces a call for applications from U.S. high school students interested in participating in field research in Greenland.

Five high school students from the United States will join peers from Denmark and Greenland to spend three weeks during summer 2014 doing field science in and around Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, and visiting Summit Station, a research base on the Greenland ice sheet. Students and teachers will work alongside scientists on research projects in a wide variety of fields including biology, geology, climatology, chemistry, and engineering.

Students chosen for the U.S. team must be in 10th or 11th grade at the time of application, and they must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

The program is sponsored by NSF’s Division of Polar Programs in collaboration with the Joint Committee.

Application deadline: Friday, 31 January 2014.

More information, including the application, is available at: http://www.arcus.org/jsep.

For questions, please contact:
Lynn Foshee Reed
Einstein Educator Fellow, Division of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation
Email: lreed
Office: (703) 292-8051

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