October 2014

Doyon Foundation welcomes Katie Sommer, our new administrative assistant. Katie, of Fairbanks, is the daughter of Joyce and Earl Sommer, and the granddaughter of Jean and George Jenkins, and Dorothy and Fred Sommer. She is the sister of Kristie Sommer, Terrance Sommer and Earl N. Sommer, and mother of Kaylynn O’Brien. Katie Sommer

Katie, a Doyon, Limited shareholder, is a 2008 graduate of Nenana City Public School. She completed one year of her electrical apprenticeship through AVTEC, and is a level 1 and 2 certified pipefitter through NIT.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Katie worked as a sales associate with Prospector Outfitters, and was an electrician apprentice with IRHA.

“I thought (joining Doyon Foundation) would be a great work experience,” Katie said about her new role. “I’m looking forward to learning a lot more about the company and being able to be a part of helping students get a higher education.”

Festival of Native Arts is having the annual logo contest. The theme this year is Connecting as One. The logo contest winner will be awarded public use of his/her artwork on Festival shirts, programs, advertisements etc. The winner will also receive one UAF undergraduate credit. This is a good opportunity for seniors or juniors planning to attend UAF, to have one credit be paid for. This is also a great opportunity for students planning to become artists! Feel free to share with anyone who may be interested.

First Alaskans Institute is pleased to announce that we are now recruiting, and accepting applications for Public Policy Fellows. Please find an attached application for our 2015 Public Policy Fellowship. Please share this incredible opportunity with family, friends, colleagues, and anyone who may be interested. The fellowship is 14 weeks in length, from January 12th to April 19th. The fellowship will begin with an orientation in Anchorage, and travel to Juneau to work in the Alaska State Legislature. A housing stipend, bi-weekly pay, and a round trip ticket to and from Juneau is included. Please visit our website for more information: http://www.firstalaskans.org.



RAHI, the Rural Alaska Honors Institute, is a competitive, six-week, summer, statewide, college-preparatory residential bridge academy on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. RAHI is for Alaska Native and rural high school juniors and seniors, with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Students take classes that will earn 7-11 college credits. Courses include: writing, study skills/leadership, library science, Alaska Native dance or karate, and a choice of biochemistry, math, business management, education, or process technology. See www.uaf.edu/rahi for more information and to apply online.

Deadline to apply is: March 1, 2015

Program dates: May 26 – July 10, 2015

Call: 907-474-5876 for more information.

RAHI 2015 flyer .pdf

RAHI brochure 2015.pdf

Fairbanks Native Association

605 Hughes Ave, Suite 100

Fairbanks, AK 99701

Website: www.fairbanksnative.org

‘Like’ us on Facebook for information on events and programs! www.facebook.com/Fairbanks.Native

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Doyon Foundation celebrated our fall 2014 recipients at a scholarship award ceremony held in Fairbanks on September 5. More than $214,000 in competitive and basic scholarships were awarded to 239 students this fall.DF Award Ceremony

The ceremony also provided the opportunity to recognize the donors whose support make our scholarships possible. Donors are listed on the Doyon Foundation website at http://www.doyonfoundation.com.

Approximately 50 Foundation staff, board members, students and supporters were in attendance, including Geri Simon, senior vice president of administration at Doyon, Limited; Chris Simon, rural education coordinator and Doyon, Limited board member; Wally Carlo, Doyon, Limited board member; Joshua Peter, Foundation board member; Evon Peter, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) vice chancellor for Rural, Community and Native Education; and Annette Frieberger, UAF Rural Student Services director.

Diloola Erikson, our 2014 natural resources competitive scholarship recipient, gave the keynote address, speaking about her experiences as a student at UAF, where she is pursuing her bachelor’s of science in mechanical engineering.

Scholarship recipients in attendance had the opportunity to introduce themselves during the ceremony, which concluded with mingling and refreshments.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. The Summer 2015 CLS application is now available!

You may download a PDF copy of the 2015 application at:


The CLS Program is part of an effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

For information about the CLS Program, please visit www.clscholarship.org

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The American Indian/Alaska Native Employees Association (AIANEA) is offering two scholarships to AI/AN students pursuing a degree in the natural resources field. The scholarship amount varies between $150 and $500. Recipients will also receive a one-year AIANEA Student Membership.


  • Applicant must be attending (or planning to attend) an accredited college or university

  • Must be enrolled (or planning to be enrolled) in a course directly related to a natural resources field

  • Must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher

Application Materials

  • Access the scholarship application form here: http://goo.gl/nn10YL

  • Enclose a copy of the most recent grade transcript or, if this is your first semester, include a letter from each instructor stating present grade average in the course.

  • A photo and short biography, including your plans for the future.

Application Deadline: October 26, 2014

Doyon Foundation continues to seek candidates for three open seats on our board of directors. The open positions are for three-year terms expiring in 2017. The deadline to apply is Monday, October 20 by 5 p.m. A PDF of the application is available on our website, or candidates may apply online here.

If you love to build relationships, share your enthusiasm for a cause, and impact the resources available to a nonprofit, this board seat may be right for you! To be eligible, candidates must be:

  • A Doyon shareholder.
  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Knowledgeable about private foundation management and higher education.
  • Familiar with the Foundation’s strategic plan, long-term vision and goals, and mission and purpose.
  • Committed to spending up to 200 volunteer hours a year carrying out the duties of a board member.

We are specifically interested in candidates experienced in nonprofit boards, fundraising, financial management, endowment fund investing, culture and language revitalization, and Alaska Native education.

More details on candidate qualifications and board member responsibilities are available on our website. Candidates are encouraged to complete the application online, here. You can also download, complete and return the application, available on our website. A reminder that the application deadline is Monday, October 20 at 5 p.m.

For more information, please visit www.doyonfoundation.com or contact Doris Miller, Doyon Foundation executive director, at 907.459.2048 or millerd@doyon.com.