April 2014

Have you graduated recently? Or do you expect to graduate soon? If so, we want to know! Students who have or will graduate during the 2013 – 2014 academic year are invited to complete our graduate information form. High school, college and vocational students are all encouraged to reply.

We’ll use the information you provide in a special graduate edition of our e-newsletter, which will be distributed in May 2014. View our 2013 graduate yearbook here. Participating students will also be honored at our 2014 graduate reception, to be held in May.

To be included, please complete and submit the online form by Monday, April 28, 2014.

Doyon Foundation is pleased to welcome Sheila Dawn Vent as the new administrative assistant. Sheila, a Doyon, Limited shareholder, is the daughter of Eddie Vent of Huslia and Dorothy Beetus Vent of Hughes.

The Doyon Foundation alumna graduated in 2003 from Collin College with a bachelor’s of arts in visual communication, specializing in graphic design. She is the current owner of nVent Design, and previously worked as a legislative aide for Sen. Albert Kookesh, and was a liaison for the First Alaskans 2007 Elders & Youth Conference.

“I hope to contribute what I can to an already impressive nonprofit organization,” Sheila said about joining Doyon Foundation.

Sheila is the mother of two “wonderful children,” 13-year-old stepson Davante Nelson and 12-year-old daughter Ariana Vent. In her free time, Sheila is involved with her children’s schools and community fundraisers. She also enjoys spending time with her family including her partner Vincent Nelson, snow machining, climbing mountains, and traveling to places such as Denali Park, Arctic Man, and Seward for the Fourth of July.

Sheila can be reached at the Foundation at 907.459.2048 or vents@doyon.com.


North Pole High School has a great list of scholarships on their webpage.  Click below to see what is available:


The Native Education Forum (NEF), held at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, is a five day summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors. Students will gain university classroom experience, earn one academic credit, research issues critical to Native American/Indigenous communities, and get valuable assistance from professionals in the university application process. To be eligible for NEF, you must be finishing your sophomore or junior year in high school, have a cumulative 2.8 GPA or higher, interested in Native American/Indigenous issues, and be a leader in your school, family or community activities.

Required application documents include:

  • A completed application form
  • 2 essay answers
  • Your official high school transcript
  • One letter of recommendation from a high school counselor, teacher or community leader

Application Deadline:

Send your completed application and required documents to the Office of Admissions, Colorado University, 1062 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062, no later than Friday, April 18.

*Please request to have your official high school transcript and one letter of recommendation sent to:

Susan Lucero

Office of Admissions, Colorado State University

1062 Campus Delivery

Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

 CoachUP is the nation’s leading private coaching company that connects athletes with private coaches across the country. The CoachUP scholarship is awarding a $2,000 scholarship plus a $500 CoachUP gift certificate to three outstanding student-athletes. Applicants must be a senior in high school with plans to attend college in the fall, or applicants must be a college student with at least one year left of college.

Deadline to submit is May 6, 2014.

Required application documents include:

  • A completed application form
  • One reference letter
  • A 500 word essay
  • One-minute video

The application and more information about the CoachUP scholarship can be at the following link: http://scholarship.coachup.com/?utm_source=scholarship&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=edu_contacts

Summer Arctic Field Ecology Course

Are you interested in learning more about Alaska’s arctic? Here is an exciting Summer Sessions opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students interested in Arctic environmental change.

During this 16-day field excursion to Alaska’s North Slope from June 6-21, 2014 students will learn about Arctic vegetation, soils, landforms, permafrost, geology, wildlife and land-use along the incredible transect from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay, which traverses boreal forest, alpine, and Arctic biomes. Plant species and vegetation will be studied in the context of environmental gradients and methods for vegetation sampling and description will be taught.

Students will undertake an independent research project of their choosing.

Ten days will be spent camping at different locations along the route. We will also stay at Toolik Field Station, a world-renowned Arctic research station.

Guest instructors will discuss Arctic ecology and landscape features in greater detail at key points along the travel route.

The cost of meals, lodging and travel between the field sites is included in the course fee. Students will need to bring all-weather clothing including winter jackets and rubber boots, a warm sleeping bag, and a tent.

To register, please visit: www.uaf.edu/summer/registration

Scholarships are available.

For further information, please see: www.uaf.edu/summer/arcticveg

The Summer Bridge Program is for high school students who are interested in art. Program participants will stay at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, NM for three weeks during the summer to engage their creative side and brush up on math and English skills. The theme for the program is “Water, the Source of Life.” Water has physical, emotional, metaphorical, and spiritual meanings important to humankind, with special meanings for tribal peoples everywhere. The impact of climate change, water pollution, water scarcity, and water as commodity will all be explored. Students and faculty will explore water through multiple lenses: cultural, academic, creative, health, and environment. They will gain deeper understanding and greater respect for our interrelationship with this life source. Application Deadline is April 25, 2014.

IAIA Application, Fees & Required Documents:

Questions can be directed to Nena Martinez Anaya: 505-424-2331 or nanaya@iaia.edu

Registration is now open for the 2014 Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic, and there are many ways to get involved as a golfer, sponsor or volunteer. For details, view the 2014 brochure here on the Doyon Foundation website. To register as a player or sponsor, click here or download the hard-copy form on the Foundation website. Space is limited and will fill quickly, so register today!Image

Doyon Foundation will host the 14th Annual Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic, Tee up for our Future, on Thursday and Friday, June 12 and 13 in Fairbanks, Alaska. Last year’s golf classic raised a record-setting $115,600 and drew 120 golfers, 150+ sponsors and more than two dozen volunteers, who all came together to benefit the Morris Thompson Scholarship Fund, an endowed fund that provides scholarships to support the efforts of hard-working Alaska Native students.

The Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic was established in 2000 by Doyon Foundation in honor of the late Morris Thompson, who served as the president/CEO of Doyon, Limited from 1985 until his passing in 2000. The annual event is held each year in mid-June. Proceeds from the classic support the Morris Thompson Scholarship Fund, an endowed fund benefitting Alaska Native, higher education students studying business management and leadership.

For more information, email admin@doyon.com or call 907.459.2098. We look forward to seeing you on the green!

The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) is accepting applications for the 16th National Native American Youth Initiative (NNAYI), which will be held on the George Washington University campus in Washington D.C., June 21 – 29, 2014. American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) high school students, ages 16 – 18, who have an interest in the health field and/or biomedical research are encouraged to apply.

Selected high school students will receive a scholarship that will cover airfare, lodging, and most meals during the NNAYI program. NNAYI’s curriculum is strategically designed to prepare high school students for admission to college and professional schools, as well as for careers in health and biomedical research.

To fill out the online student application to be considered for the 2014 NNAYI program, please click HERE.


Stay tuned to the AAIP Twitter feed and the AAIP website: glankford with any questions.

Do you know a student interested in a summer internship? Both the Alaska Department of Natural Resources and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game have internship programs.

Are you looking for a way to give back? Would you like to be part of a process that helps students reach their academic goals, achieve their dreams, and succeed in life? If so, consider serving on the Doyon Foundation competitive scholarship review committee.

There are three open seats on the scholarship review committee, and candidates must be Doyon, Limited shareholders. Interested candidates should submit a résumé and letter of interest outlining why they’d like to serve by Friday, May 2, 2014. The Doyon Foundation board of directors will select the members at their next regularly scheduled meeting in Fairbanks.

For details on candidate qualifications and responsibilities, please visit the Doyon Foundation website. For additional information or to submit a résumé and letter of interest, please contact the Doyon Foundation at 907.459.2048 or foundation@doyon.com.

Alaska Works Partnership is providing an overview of the construction trades and how they integrate on the job for middle school students.  Click link below to see a flyer with more details.


Doyon Foundation Students!  

Although our offices close at 5pm, if you already have an online student account you can still apply for a fall 2014 scholarship until 11:59 p.m. tonight (4.15.14).  Just log in at www.doyonfoundation.com!  

Basic scholarships range from $400 for part time students to $800 for full time students and the competitive scholarships range from $2,000-$7,000.

To apply for the basic scholarship, students must submit:

· A complete online application form

· Proof of Academic Enrollment

· Most Recent Official Transcripts

To apply for the competitive scholarship, students must submit:

· A complete online application form

· Proof of Academic Enrollment

· Most Recent Official Transcripts

· Personal Essay

· Two professional letters of recommendation

If you’re a spring 2014 scholarship recipient, all documents excluding your official transcripts need to be postmarked by April 15th. Be sure your official transcripts include spring 2014 grades and are submitted by Friday, May 23rd.

If you’re not a returning student please submit all documents before or have them postmarked by April 15th.

For more information, see Doyon Foundation’s scholarship application guidelines at www.doyonfoundation.com.

Chugach Alaska Services, Inc. is recruiting for 2 intern positions!

Open to all Alaska Native Corporation Shareholders or descendants.

Location: Anchorage

Duration: May 1st, 2014 – November 2014

Work Hours: Part time or full-time depending on candidates availability

Technical Editor

The Technical Editor Intern supports the Environmental Due Diligence report submission process, by ensuring consistency and quality. This position will be either part-time for a full year or full-time for the summer and part of the fall only, depending upon selected student’s availability. This is a great entry-level opportunity for a student studying Environmental Science or another related field.

Project Administrator

The Project Administrator coordinates work within the project controls group and provides daily administrative and program support. This position will be either part-time for a full year or full-time for the summer and part of the fall only, depending upon selected student’s availability. This is a great entry-level opportunity for a student studying Project Controls, Supply Chain Management, Project Management, Construction Management, Accounting, Engineering Management, or another related field.

Minimum Requirements:

• Must be an Alaska Native Corporation shareholder or descendant.
• Preference will be given to students enrolled in UAA’s Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP).
• Must be currently enrolled and maintain full time (12+ credits) student status in a Bachelor degree program with a focus in Project Controls, Supply Chain Management, Project Management, Construction Management, Accounting, Engineering Management, or another related field, and maintain a 2.0 or higher Grade Point Average (GPA).
• Proficient with clerical office practices, procedures, and common office equipment.
• Computer experience with Microsoft Word and Excel.
• Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Good interpersonal skills and ability to work closely in group environments.
• Must be able to multi-task easily, prioritize projects, and meet numerous deadlines with constant interruptions.

Here are the links to apply online!



For questions, please contact Donna Malchoff, Project Manager, Chugach Alaska Services, Inc. at 907-550-4176.

The Alaska Native Oratory Society is a learning community and a series of speaking events that provide opportunities for Alaska Native, Native American and Non-Native university students to develop their oratory skills through participation in five speech categories: Oratory, Dramatic Declamation, Traditional Storytelling, Native Languages, and Poetry/Humor/Music.

This competition will take place April 19, 2014 at UAF, Brooks Building, Gathering Room starting at 11AM.

This competition is sponsored by the UAF Natives For Positive Change club. You can reach NFPC at 907.474.6616 or at https://www.facebook.com/nativesforpositivechange. You can sign-up for the competition at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ojgntofY41rJIoLZXKri4xec9eveLFXpH2Oj2GK6RNs/viewform

Prizes will be as follows:

  • 1st Place-3 credit tuition waiver
  • 2nd Place-2 credit tuition waiver
  • 3rd Place-1 credit tuition waiver

*Note: Tuition waivers are limited to Alaska Native Studies or Rural Development courses.

Please sign up or share this with those you know might be interested!!!

NFPC AKnos 2014-1.pdf

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