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

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