October 2015

Earlier this month, at the annual National Indian Education Association convention, Education Northwest launched a program providing scholarship support for Native educators. The Steven R. Nelson Native Educator Scholarship Program seeks to increase the number of Alaska Native, American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander students who pursue graduate degrees that will qualify them for careers in education policy, leadership, technical assistance, or research in the Northwest region. You can learn more about the scholarship in this official announcement.


The Rural Alaska Community Environmental Job Training, (RACEJT) program is pleased to announce they will be conducting its 5th year of training to rural Alaska residents in 2016 in Anchorage. Included is an announcement, flyers for outreach and the application packet.

There are 18 seats available and the application process is competitive. Contact April Reed-McCoy, MS, RACEJT, Program Manager, Rural Alaska Community Environmental Job Training program at Tel: (907) 277-211, Cell: (907) 717-4754 or email at areed@zendergroup.org.

2016 Application Pkt FINAL.pdf

RACEJT announcement 2016 FINAL.pdf

RACEJT flyer FY2016 employer version.pdf

RACEJT flyer FY2016 FINAL.pdf

Have you checked out the Doyon Foundation October Native Word of the Month?
Vadzaih Zhrii = October
Neeyaakee = Sunrise
Juk van neeyaakee gwiizhik hakeesha’aii. = I woke this morning while the sun was rising.

1s hakeesha’aii – I awaken
2s hakeena’aii – You awaken
3s hakee’aii – He/She awaken

1p hakeeree’aii – We awaken
2p hakeekhwa’aii – You all awaken
3p hakeegee’aii – They awaken

To hear an audio recording of this month’s word, click here. Have a translation in another language? Share it with us on Facebook! Want to see previous words of the month? Click here.
Thank you to Allan Hayton for providing this month’s translation!

For full details visit:


applications are due 1/11/16

2016 Cohort Timeline

· October 7 Application period opens

· October 29 Informational webinar at 5:00pm ET / 2:00pm PT

· January 11 Applications due

· February – March Interviews conducted nationally; positions offered on rolling basis

· March – April Project assignments announced

· June 4 Training begins in Olympic National Park

· June 13 Assignments begin

· August 19 Assignments end

For more information, contact npsbpi.

Deadline: January 11, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

PST Award: $2,500 for college students (number of awards varies per year)     $2,000 for graduating senior high school students

Purpose: The Truman D. Picard Scholarship Program is dedicated to the support of Native American students pursuing a higher education in Natural Resources.

See more at http://www.itcnet.org/about_us/scholarships.html.

The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2016 competition.

  • Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply.
  • Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
  • College students are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.
  • Male and female students compete separately.

The 2016 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Applications for the 2016 contest are available to download after September 1, 2015. The application must be submitted to the Elks Lodge nearest to the applicant’s home by December 4, 2015.

Click HERE for more information and to apply.


MS shouldn’t stand in the way of an education. This is why the National MS Society’s scholarship program exists — to help highly qualified students who have been diagnosed with MS or who have a parent with MS achieve their dreams of going to college.

The Society established its scholarship program in 2003 and the program continues to grow both in terms of support and scholarships awarded. In its first year of operation the program awarded 36 scholarships for a total of $68,000; in 2015 over $1 million was awarded to 834 scholars.

Support for the scholarship program comes from foundations, chapter donors, our own employee giving program and other sources. Learn how you can help us support future scholars.

Scholarship Program Information
Application, details, timelines, guidelines and resources.

Poet Bob Holman arrived in Juneau, Alaska September 16, the first stop on a month-long tour of Alaska to raise awareness of the importance of language revitalization. When his trek across Alaska concluded October 18, Holman had visited Juneau, Kotzebue, Barrow, Arctic Village, Fort Yukon, Fairbanks, Homer, Kodiak and Anchorage.

Poetry slam at Effie Kokrine Charter School

Poetry slam at Effie Kokrine Charter School

On his many stops he screened his documentary film “Language Matters.” The film was shot around the world, focusing on language revitalization efforts in Australia, Wales and Hawaii. It is a moving and hopeful document of a familiar history among endangered languages. Screenings in the Interior were held in Arctic Village, Fort Yukon and at Schaible Auditorium at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) on October 1.

Doyon Foundation and the Alaska Native Language Center supported Holman’s visit to the Interior, where he also conducted poetry slam workshops and performances at Effie Kokrine Charter School and Golden Heart Academy at Fairbanks Youth Facility. While in Fairbanks he visited Diiginjik K’yaa Ch’at’oh, a new Gwich’in language immersion nest for children begun by a group of parents wanting their children to speak their ancestral language. Holman also sat in with the Takudh Singers as they practiced to hold a Takudh Holy Communion service in Fort Yukon. Holman documented his journey around Alaska on Facebook, and posted podcasts, including one from Arctic Village.

Bob Holman with Golden Heart Academy instructors Mike Shay & Nicole O’Donnell

Bob Holman with Golden Heart Academy instructors Mike Shay & Nicole O’Donnell



Gwich’in instructor Joel Tritt with class

We hope that Holman will return in the near future to film a sequel of “Language Matters,” in which the story of Alaska Native language revitalization can be shared. Holman was especially impressed with the fact that all 20 Alaska Native languages, including Eyak (which no one currently speaks), have been made official languages of Alaska. The story of how this legislation was passed is as compelling a story as any from around the world, and it should be known by people far and wide.

We wish Holman well on his continued journey. “Gwiinzii adak’aantii jya’ ts’a’ niiyut kwaa neenarahaan’yaa. Take good care friend, and we will see you again soon.” – Allan Hayton

Poems composed by students of Golden Heart Academy at Fairbanks Youth Facility.

No Man’s Land

When we got close enough

we could see the

tree line of No Man’s Land

almost in a straight line.

Remembering the old stories

my grandma told me.

Smelling the fresh caribou

as we got closer,

me and my brother and my

girlfriend started

walking up the mountains towards

the caribou. We all

stopped and fixed us some

lunch sitting on the

soft tundra grounds of the arctic,

picking berries, waiting to

gain our strength back from our

rough 3 mile hike up the

mountains of the No Man’s Land. We

pitched our tent, picking

them fresh ripe blueberries,

waiting for our parents

to bring us fuel as we ran out of

Waiting to go home, we finally

started on our 20

miles back home to our soft

beds with a sled load

of fresh caribou meat for

my mother.



Join us for food, friends, laughter, community, encouragement and prizes at the Doyon Foundation fall student dinner! IMG_4749 final

This free event takes place:

Tuesday, October 27

5:30 p.m.

Doyon Industrial Facility cafeteria, in the Alyeska Building

615 Bidwell Ave. in Fairbanks, Alaska

Students, alumni and other supporters are welcome to attend! Alumni, please consider bringing a dish to share or donating a door prize item.

RSVP today at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ebo9btkyc6913578&oseq&c&ch.

Seeking 27 more volunteers to help inspire young Alaskans to pursue higher education by volunteering a few hours this fall with the I Know I Can program – a partnership activity with the University of Alaska College Savings Plan.

If you’ve thought about volunteering and haven’t signed up, now is the time!  Please also consider sharing this message with your friends and co-workers!

Volunteers will visit second grade classrooms, read the I Know I Can storybook with students and do a fun activity with the class, where students draw pictures of what they want to be when they grow up onto postcards which will be mailed back to them in 2 years. Total time commitment is 1-1.5 hrs plus a brown bag training orientation Wed. Oct 28 at 12pm. (If you can volunteer but are unavailable for the training, please let me know and we will work something out.)

Volunteer Shifts Currently Available in Anchorage & JBER**

Thurs., Nov. 5 9:15am-10:30am Susitna Elementary 7 volunteers
Tues., Nov. 10 9:45am-11:00am Mt. View Elementary 3 volunteers
Wed., Nov. 11 10:15am-11:30am Creekside Park Elementary 3 volunteers
Thurs., Nov. 12 9:15am-10:30am Sand Lake Elementary 3 volunteers
Fri., Nov. 13 9:15am-11:00am Orion Elementary** 1 volunteers
Tues., Nov. 17 8:45am-10:00am Muldoon Elementary 2 volunteers
Wed., Nov. 18 10:15am-11:30am Wonder Park Elementary 6 volunteers
Wed., Nov. 18 12:45pm-2:00pm Tudor Elementary 1 volunteers
Mon., Nov. 23 12:45pm-2:00pm Spring Hill Elementary 1 volunteers

I Know I Can
is a partnership activity of the University of Alaska College Savings Plan and Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education. This program needs volunteers like you!

College is possible – help us continue delivering this important message to Alaska’s children.

Contact Shelly Morgan, K-12 Specialist, Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education at shelly.morgan@alaska.gov for further information.



  • Must be majoring in a business related field
  • Must be a junior, senior or graduate student
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student
  • Must be enrolled at an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education
  • If selected, candidate must be able to attend the NCAIED Scholarship Awards Luncheon

(Expenses including lodging, ground transportation and airfare within the U.S. will be provided by NCAIED)
*Important: If selected a candidate is unable to attend, award will be forfeited.


Scholarships will be presented at the NCAIED Scholarship Awards Luncheon.
November 18th, 2015


Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino
20 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87506

Deadline For Application Submission: October 16, 2015

This message contains information about the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute (JSI).

The Public Policy and International Affairs Program is a not-for-profit organization that has been supporting efforts to increase diversity in public service for over 30 years. Students who are selected for the 2016 Junior Summer Institute Fellowship cohort will study on the campus of one of four participating universities: Carnegie Mellon University, University of California-Berkeley, Princeton University, or University of Michigan.

Interested students must meet the eligibility criteria below, follow the guidelines, and apply by Tuesday, November 1, 2015 11:59 PM (EST).


  • College Juniors
  • Individuals who possess a passion for public service in diverse communities
  • United States citizens or permanent residents.
    • or AB 540 students studying in a U.S. based four-year college or university
    • or International students studying in a U.S. based four-year college or university

Online Application Components

  • General Information
  • 6 Essays
  • Summary of employment history
  • History of volunteer service
  • 4 part personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A copy of the student’s Federal Student Aid Report
  • Transcript
  • Resume

Benefits of Completing a Junior Summer Institute:

  • Minimum of a one-time, $5,000 scholarship at a PPIA graduate school if admitted for a Master’s degree. PPIA Fellows often receive financial offers above and beyond this minimum from their graduate program.
  • Graduate school application fee waivers for programs that are part of our Graduate School Consortium.
  • Access to a network of over 4,000 accomplished alumni.

Click here to complete the application online.

All materials, including your letter of recommendation, must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, November 1st 2015. 

For more information on the PPIA program and applying for a Junior Summer Institute please call: (877) 774-2001 or email Erin Mann at ppia.office@ppiaprogram.org.

Doyon Foundation

Fall Student Dinner

Tuesday, October 27

5:30 p.m.

Doyon Industrial Facility cafeteria, in the Alyeska Building

615 Bidwell Ave., Fairbanks, Alaska
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Apply now for a BLaST Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) award!

The BLaST (Biomedical Learning and Student Training) program enhances capacity for undergraduate biomedical research training and efficacy for engaging students from diverse, especially rural Alaskan, backgrounds in education and training for biomedical research careers. BLaST has an award opportunity for the Spring 2016 for undergraduate students interested in Biomedicine, One Health or Subsistence Health. Students are invited to apply for an award of $3,000 (Spring 2016 semester). Students from any UAF or UAS campus and Ilisagvik College are eligible to apply. The application deadline is November 16, 2015 at midnight.

Details and application materials can be found on the BLaST website http://alaska.edu/blast/ under the “Funding Opportunities” tab at the top of the page.

Undergraduate Proposal Writing Workshops are available and designed to assist undergraduate students. Workshops will be offered on October 29th at IARC 401 and November 4th at IARC 417.
Contact Lori Gildehaus, lagildehaus, in advance, for more information regarding videoconferencing options.

BLaST URE Flyer for Spring 2015 award.pdf

Meet Northern Industrial Training Outreach Coordinators (Patrick Rose and Chris Chappel), or stop by and listen to a presentation from NIT’s dynamic and highly entertaining Kevin Worrell, CSP!

Click HERE for a schedule of presentations.

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