July 2014

University of Alaska System News Releases

“Come Home to Alaska” waives nonresident tuition surcharge at UA

For Immediate Release

Monday, July 28, 2014

The University of Alaska System has a new program in place aimed at enticing Lower 48 students with family ties in Alaska to head north.

“Come Home to Alaska” waives the nonresident surcharge for students with parents or grandparents currently living in the state. This means a substantial savings to an out-of-state student—over $13,000 for 30 undergraduate credits a year.

The program will start with the fall 2014 semester. Associate Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services Saichi Oba called the program “innovative.”

“The idea is to incentivize potential students with ties to Alaska who are living outside the state to come back home. Resident UA tuition is incredibly affordable compared to tuition at most other public colleges and universities in the Lower 48,” Oba said. “Our campuses offer exciting, hands-on, quality programs in the most spectacular state in the country—Alaska. Adventurous souls who come north, jump in and embrace all that UA has to offer will have an amazing experience.”

UA President Pat Gamble approved the waiver for the next two academic years to test its success. Students admitted under the program will continue to receive the waiver so long as they are continuously enrolled and qualify.

“Come Home to Alaska demonstrates our commitment to grow enrollment while maintaining quality and affordability. Educating students in Alaska is good for Alaska’s future, as graduates tends to remain in state and get jobs,” Oba said.


For more information, call Kate Ripley, UA Public Affairs, at 907-450-8102 or klripley@alaska.edu.

Please see the below information about an upcoming job fair at Doyon, Limited.

White House Internship Program

The internship affords students, recent graduates, and veterans an opportunity to gain professional experience and develop leadership skills. The program is designed to be hands-on to strengthen understanding of the Executive Office and prepare students for public service careers.

The program is available to current undergraduate or graduate students, undergraduate and graduate students who have graduated within the last two years, and veterans who have served on active duty within the last two years. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

This internship is unpaid; interns will need to fund their own transportation, housing, meals, and other associated costs.

The deadline to apply for the spring 2015 semester internship is September 7, 2014.

Applications must be submitted online and must include two essays, a current resume, and two letters of recommendation. Click here to view all the requirements and to start the application.

Visit the program’s FAQ webpage for more information about this exciting opportunity.

Want to be part of the team that helps shareholders realize their dreams? Doyon Foundation is currently seeking applicants for our administrative assistant job opening, a full-time, Fairbanks-based position.

This employee works closely with the executive director, provides administrative duties and board support that enables the Foundation to operate efficiently. Our administrative assistant also works with the Foundation team to support the language revitalization program, scholarship programs, community relations and fund development.

Learn more and apply on the Doyon, LImited website!


University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) students who are returning or who have returned to further their education after a minimum five-year gap in attendance at any college or university are eligible for the following two scholarships:


To qualify for this scholarship, a student must:

  1. Be admitted to a UAF bachelor’s degree program at the start of the fall 2014 semester
  2. Be pursuing a first bachelor’s degree
  3. Enroll at least half-time (6 credits) for the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters (may not be enrolled exclusively in online courses)
  4. Demonstrate academic promise and a commitment to obtaining their degree
  5. Return to or have returned to postsecondary education after a cumulative time away of 5 or more years (That is, you must have some previous college credits that are five or more years old, from any college or university. You must also have had gaps in your education that totaled at least five years, then have returned or plan to return to at least half-time enrollment.)
  6. Anticipate participation in the workforce for a significant period of time after graduation

Preference for this scholarship will be given to eligible students who:

  1. Are between 25 and 50 years old at the start of the fall 2014 semester
  2. Are returning Osher Reentry Scholars who have reapplied
  3. Are newly returning students

Award Amount: This scholarship will be a tuition waiver of up to $5,000 for at least 10 students and possibly several alternates for the 2014-15 school year.

Application Procedure: Write a 400 to 600 word essay on your inspiration to return to school. Submit the essay along with the rest of the Osher Scholarship application available online at tinyurl.com/1415Osher

Deadline: For priority consideration, apply by 5pm Friday, August 15, 2014


To qualify for this scholarship, a student must:

  1. Be admitted to a University of Alaska Fairbanks degree program at the start of the fall 2014 semester
  2. Enroll at least half-time (6 credits) for the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters
  3. Return to or have returned to postsecondary education after a cumulative time away of five or more years (That is, you must have some previous college credits that are five or more years old, from any college or university. You must also have had gaps in your education that totaled at least 5 years, then have returned or plan to return to at least half time enrollment.)

Award Amount: $1,000 for the 2014/2015 school year

Application Procedure: Write a 400 to 600 word essay on family, financial or personal adversity resulting in a challenge to attend a higher educational institution. Submit the essay along with the rest of the George W. and Mary A. Jones Scholarship application available online at tinyurl.com/1415Jones.

Deadline: For priority consideration, apply by 5 P.M. Friday, August 15, 2014

Apply for the September Doyon Universal Services Facilities Training Program at www.doyon.com today! The deadline is August 18. Any questions can be directed to the DUS shareholder outreach department at 1-888-478-1300 or aloysiusl@doyonuniversal.com.


Taken from the Doyon, Limited Newsletter:



The Alaska Native Heritage Center will host two one-week Athabascan language learning gatherings in Anchorage August 3 – 8 and August 11 – 16. The gatherings will take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include materials and meals for participants. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis and early registration is encouraged.

The language workshops are funded by Doyon, Limited’s Athabascan language revitalization initiative, allowing the Alaska Native Heritage Center to offer the events for free to individuals committed to learning and practicing the language.

Each gathering will host 30 – 40 language learners and will include games and hands-on activities. The events will utilize various learning style tools such as “Where are your KEYS?” designed to instruct students in an interactive and supportive learning environment. Instructors will teach participants with assistance from attending Elders who willingly offer their time and guidance.

The first gathering, held August 3 – 8, will focus on the Denaakk’e Koyukon Athabascan language, which is mainly spoken along the Koyukuk and middle Yukon River areas of Alaska. Bill and Madeline Williams of Hughes will instruct Denaakk’e language learners.

The second gathering, Dinzhii Zhuh K’yaa Week, will take place August 11 – 16 and will feature the Gwich’in Athabascan language, with instructors Rochelle Adams of Fort Yukon, and Trimble Gilbert and Allan Hayton of Arctic Village facilitating. The Gwich’in Athabascan language is mainly spoken by people in the northeast area of Alaska, as well as in the Northwest and Yukon Territories of Canada.

Learn more about the upcoming gatherings or register by contacting Dewey Kk’oleyoHoffman, Alaska Native Heritage Center development manager, at dhoffman or 907-330-8014. For more information about the Alaska Native Heritage Center, visit www.alaskanative.net.

REGISTER Denaakk’e Week @ ANHC AUG 3-8 2014.pdf

REGISTER Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa Week @ ANHC 11-16 2014.pdf

Check out this month’s issue of Youth Leadership Connection for links to scholarships, internships and other great opportunities for young people.

The Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council published their first report on the Council’s Findings and Recommendations. The report is available online at http://commerce.alaska.gov/dnn/dcra/AKNativeLanguagePreservationAdvisoryCouncil/Publications.aspx.

The Council has worked extremely hard since their appointment in October 2012. For more information contact Connie Irrigoo, Research Analyst III, Alaska Native Language Preservation & Advisory Council, Division of Community & Regional Affairs, Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development, at (907)-269-3646 direct, (907)-269-4539 fax or via email connie.irrigoo@alaska.gov.



Deadline: July 31, 2014

The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) is pleased to announce the limited availability of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) specific graduate-level Loans for Service made available through the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) for the academic year 2014-2015.

The specific purpose of the Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund (SPGSF) program is to provide financial assistance to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and professional degree candidates to promote STEM research in and opportunities for careers with Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) and BIE funded organizations on and off reservation and tribal governments.

Future employment with other federal and state agencies and private entities may be eligible if the organization’s primary mission is assistance and support to tribal communities or individuals. The SPGSF is a loan for service program to be served on a 1 per 1 basis, i.e., one year of funding per one year of service. The maximum amount of an award will be up to $20,000 per year. Actual award amounts and the number of awards will be determined based on the number of funded students at each academic level (master’s, professional and doctoral).

Basic eligibility for the SPGSF include:

• Must be an enrolled member of a United States federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group, or possess ¼ degree federally recognized Indian blood to be verified only through submission of the AIGC Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC). The TEC can be downloaded from the instructions page of the AIGC website.
Must be able to demonstrate financial need through submission of the AIGC Financial Need Form (FNF). The FNF can be downloaded from the instructions page of the AIGC website.

• Must be (or will be) pursuing a master’s or doctorate degree as a full-time degree-seeking student at an accredited graduate school in the United States. Exclusive consideration is paid to degree candidates in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields to be verified through the submission of current transcripts or proof of acceptance to an eligible program;

A complete application packet consists of:

• A fully completed and signed application form submitted electronically via aigcs.org;

• A certificate of tribal eligibility indicating the applicant is an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe or possesses ¼ degree federally recognized Indian blood, and;

• A financial need form prepared by the institution’s financial aid office indicating the applicant has applied for federal financial aid and campus-based aid, and;

• 2 references – one academic and one community, and;

• A 500 word (or less) personal statement. The prompt for the statement is found within the application system, and; Self-reporting of up to 4 most recent paid and unpaid positions, 4 community engagement opportunities and 4 leadership roles, and;

• Submission of a recent transcript and letter of acceptance to an accredited graduate school.

More information, full eligibility requirements and a link to the online application system can be found at www.aigcs.org. The SPGSF application will be available July 1, 2014 and has a full packet deadline of July 31, 2014.

There’s a full time, 9 month faculty position open on UAKJobs for the Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development. The job posting is #006890. This position will be located in the Anchorage DANSRD office. Please apply before the 7/10/2014 review date.

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