May 2016

The George W. and Mary A. Jones Scholarship is available for associate, bachelor, and graduate degree seeking students who have returned or are planning to return “back to school” after a period of 5 or more years away.  There will be one $1000 scholarship for the 2016-2017 school year.

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The Osher Reentry Scholarship  is available for bachelor degree seeking students who have returned or are planning to return “back to school” after a period of 5 or more years away.  This scholarship will be a tuition waiver of up to $5000 for the 2016-2017 school year for at least 12 students.

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Accenture American Indian Scholarship Fund

Accepting Applications for  AY 2016-2017 Deadline Extended until  June 6, 2016!

Accenture is one of the world’s leading professional services companies, with capabilitiesin strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. They help organizations maximize performance and achieve vision. Accenture develops and implements technology solutions to improve their clients’ productivity and efficiency.  Ultimately, Accenture enables their clients to become high-performance businesses and governments.

The Accenture American Indian Scholarship Fund was established to provide resources and build personal and lasting relationships with students who will become the future leaders in the American Indian communities and, possibly, with Accenture.  Recipients of this scholarship may have access to internship, mentorships and career planning programs, through their affiliation with Accenture and AIGC.  The scholarship selects the very brightest American Indian and Alaska Native incoming freshman (undergraduate) students.  The Accenture scholarship program is sponsored and funded by Accenture and administered by the American Indian Graduate Center.

To be eligible for the scholarship you must:

  • Be an enrolled member of a U.S. federally-recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group;
  • Be seeking a degree and career in fields of study including: various engineering, computer science, operations management, management, finance, marketing and other business-oriented fields;
  • Be entering a U.S. accredited college or university as a full-time, degree seeking college Undergraduate Freshmen. High School transcript must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater, on a 4.0 scale, at the end of the seventh semester and
  • Demonstrate character, personal merit and commitment to the American Indian community, locally and/or nationally. Merit is demonstrated through leadership in school, civic and extracurricular activities, academic achievement and motivation to serve and succeed.

Accenture offers scholarship recipients internships, mentorships and career opportunities.

 Requirements: All information and documentation must be received by June 6, 2016.

  1. Complete an online application
  2. Upload unofficial high school transcripts (current transcripts are necessary for selection of scholars).
  3. upload copy of your College Admissions Letter
  4. Select two references. You should notify your references that they will immediately receive an email from It is important to have their correct email address:
    1. A. Academic Reference: Someone who can attest to your academic record and abilities
    2. B. Community Reference: Someone who can attest to your community engagement.
  5. Submit an AIGC Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC). This form must be completed by your Tribal Enrollment Office to verify your tribal enrollment
  6. Financial Need Form (FNF) due separately on July 15, 2016

For questions, please call or email:

American Indian Graduate Center

3701 San Mateo Blvd NE Suite 200 | Albuquerque NM 87110

Phone: 505.881.4584 | Toll Free: 1-800-628-1920

To Apply TODAY click the link below. 

First Alaskan Institute Elders & Youth Conference will be hosted in Fairbanks this year on October 17-19, 2016.




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GOTNV is a nonpartisan effort between Doyon, Limited, Fairbanks Native Association, Tanana Chiefs Conference and community volunteers to engage Alaska Natives, shareholders and tribal members in voter participation during the election. To volunteer for GOTNV or for more information on voter registration and the upcoming election, please email

Click HERE for more information.

The National Indian Education Association (NIEA) is coming to hear from you on July 25th at the Civic Center in Pioneer Park (Alaska Land). Please check out the flyer that is attached and help spread the word. The day starts at 8am with registration and will go until 3pm. Not only will you be able to weigh into what you want to see NIEA move forward with, but you will also hear updates on the Every Student Succeeds Act, and professional development ideas to take back with you. This is a unique opportunity that Alaska has to weigh into this national organization. If you want to learn about NIEA and some of what they have advocated for, helped with, and work on for the past 47 years please check out They have a brand new website that’s fantastic!

Take Wing is looking for youth-oriented camp staff for the upcoming summer campus immersion in Anchorage (and Soldotna), July 21st – August 3rd, 2016.

There are job descriptions and an employment application which can also be found on the Humanities Forum website.





Washington, DC, May 25, 2016 –– The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY), a policy program at the Aspen Institute, is now accepting nominations and applications for its Champions for Change leadership development program. Champions for Change, inspired by a White House initiative, is an annual youth recognition program that shines a spotlight on positive stories in Indian Country, promotes hope among Native American youth, and develops young tribal, state, and national leaders.

“Being recognized as a Champion for Change connected me with other Native youth leaders across tribal nations,” said Vanessa Goodthunder, 2016 Champion for Change. “My connection to the Center for Native American Youth and their network continues to help me develop my leadership efforts.”

CNAY is now soliciting both nominations and applications directly from Native youth and community members. Tribal leaders, teachers, coaches, school administrators, parents, Native youth and others can nominate a young Native leader (ages 14-22) who is making a positive impact in their tribal or urban Indian community. CNAY will contact the nominee and invite them to submit a full application. Youth can also submit the Champions for Change application on their own without a nomination. Candidates must complete their application by November 15, 2016.

CNAY will announce the 2017 Champions class this December and will bring them to Washington, DC in February 2017 for a series of events with tribal leaders, policymakers, and other key stakeholders to be recognized for their leadership efforts. Past Champions have met with Cabinet Secretaries, Supreme Court Justices, members of Congress, and White House staff, among others. Following their recognition, Champions will take part in a year-long leadership development curriculum, where they’ll be exposed to new opportunities to advocate for Native youth.

“The Champions for Change program not only recognizes Native youth doing critical work in their communities, but these young people help other Native youth across the country drive a new narrative–one that focuses on the strength and resilience of our youth,” said Erik Stegman, executive director of CNAY. “We invite tribal leaders, teachers, peers, and others to identify positive youth-led work and nominate those youth for our program, so that we can lift up those youth and their incredible stories.”

Center for Native American Youth is dedicated to improving the health, safety and overall well-being of Native American youth through communication, policy development and advocacy. Founded by former US Senator Byron Dorgan in February 2011, CNAY is a policy program within the Aspen Institute, headquartered in Washington, DC. For more information, visit

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit


Mellen Shea Scholarship

Eligible applicants must be enrolled in an education degree program (2-year or 4-year only), aspiring to be a teacher, be residing in the Anchorage area, and have a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Applications are due to TCF by June 1, 2016.

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2016 Alaska AHEC Behavioral Health Summer Camps

There will be three camps held this summer located at three different locations in Alaska. Students will be placed in camps based on availability, region and vacancies.

Barrow: June 12-18
Fairbanks: July 18-22
Anchorage: August 1-5

These camps are designed for students ages 15-21 to explore career pathways in the field of behavioral health. Students will earn 1 college credit and learn about key topics in behavioral health including abuse, neglect, wellness strategies, addiction, grief, stress, therapeutic practices, and mental health while discovering career paths. Students will explore careers including behavioral health aides, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and other positions within the field of behavioral health and human services.

For more information click here or contact

Are you planning to submit an application for a Doyon Foundation scholarship for the fall 2016 semester? Don’t delay – the application deadline is this Monday, May 16 at 5 p.m.!

If you are attending college or vocational school this fall, you won’t want to miss out on this opportunity. We’ll award competitive scholarships, which range from $5,000 to $9,000, as well as basic scholarships, which are $800 for part-time students and $1,200 for full-time students!

Competitive scholarships are awarded through a competitive review process, while basic scholarships are awarded to all students who meet the eligibility guidelines and submit a completed application by the appropriate deadline (first-come, first-served basis).

Are you eligible? Scholarship applicants must:

Remember – scholarship applications are only accepted online! Visit our website to learn more.

If you need computer access, you are welcome to come to the Foundation office at the Doyon Industrial Facility, 615 Bidwell Ave., Suite 101 in Fairbanks. We are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Have questions or need help? Contact Maurine McGinty, scholarship program manager, at or 907.459.2049.

So you’ve filled out all the basic information on your scholarship application. You’ve ordered your transcripts. You’ve even asked your professor for a letter of recommendation. You can’t put it off any longer – it’s time to write the essay.

For many students, writing an essay is the hardest part of applying for a scholarship. However, it’s also one of the most important. At Doyon Foundation, the competitive scholarship essay is worth 40 points out of a total of 120 possible points.

To help you tackle the challenge, we asked some of our top-scoring scholarship recipients to share their secrets to writing a successful essay.

How do you come up with ideas for your essay?

I think of what I have accomplished in the past year that has been meaningful to me. Everyone has different interests and passions and even little successes deserve to be acknowledged and written about in an essay.”

– Nicole Fennimore, MD student, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Rasmuson Health Doctorate Scholarship Recipient

I don’t think of the essays as essays, I think of them as a glimpse into my life story and life goals.”

– Jessica Ullrich, Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work, Tanana Chiefs Conference Health Scholarship Recipient

“In order to write a competitive scholarship essay, know what you are being asked to write. It is essential to know who you are writing for, be aware of the mission of the organization whose scholarship you are applying for, and align their mission to yours.”

– Christina Edwin, Bachelor’s of Arts in Rural Development, Natural Resources Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient

The most important part of writing a scholarship essay is to be yourself. It is tough to truly represent yourself through essays, they feel so formal and strict. Remember the judges are looking for someone genuine and hardworking. Since you’re applying for a scholarship, you probably already got that part down. All you need to do is tell your story. That alone will make you stand out, because everyone’s story is unique and special in a different way. Even if you feel like your story is the same as everyone else’s, your perspective is unique. Be honest and tell the judges your motivation, inspiration, and why you chose the path that you did. Don’t be afraid to be optimistic, tell the judges how well you do in school, and how hard you work. All in all, relax and tell your story. You are already unique, you don’t need embellishments to set yourself apart.”

– Kaylen Demientieff, Associate’s of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology, Committee’s Choice Scholarship Recipient

What is your process for writing your essay?

“I give myself time to edit and make corrections. So procrastinating until the day it’s due doesn’t work well for me.”

– Jessica Ullrich, Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work, Tanana Chiefs Conference Health Scholarship Recipient

“Allow yourself enough time to brainstorm, create an outline, and revise until you’re satisfied. I like to write in blocks, write a few different times throughout a week-long period. Also, it is highly advisable to seek at least one, even better is two people who can read your essay, at least a week before the due date, to allow enough time for revision.”

– Christina Edwin, Bachelor’s of Arts in Rural Development, Natural Resources Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient

“I divide my thoughts into categories: What am I proud of in terms of my schooling? What impact have I made on my community? Have I taken on any extra-curricular activities, such as volunteering or working? How will I carry my Native culture into my next endeavor? I write the categories as separate paragraphs and then go back and revise the paragraphs a little bit to make them flow together.”

– Nicole Fennimore, MD student, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Rasmuson Health Doctorate Scholarship Recipient

If you hit a roadblock when you are writing, how do you get around it?

When you hit a roadblock writing, because everyone does, take a break. When you come back to the essay you will have a fresh mind and perspective. Never be afraid to ask for help. Your fellow students and teachers have probably written scholarship essays before and will be glad to help you with yours.”

– Kaylen Demientieff, Associate’s of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology, Committee’s Choice Scholarship Recipient

“First, I put the essay away for the rest of the day or maybe even a few days. Coming back to the essay with a fresh mind is often enough to get around the block. If that doesn’t work, I try to remind myself of what experiences have been important to me and try to write from my heart.”

– Nicole Fennimore, MD student, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Rasmuson Health Doctorate Scholarship Recipient

What one piece of advice would you give to students currently working on their essay?

“Most importantly, be yourself, you are an expert of your experiences, share them.”

– Christina Edwin, Bachelor’s of Arts in Rural Development, Natural Resources Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient

“I let my passion come through in my writing. I truly believe in the work that I do and I want to convey my commitment to helping community, families and children. We all have roles and gifts to share in doing that work. I explain what my path has been and talk about where I’m going.”

– Jessica Ullrich, Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work, Tanana Chiefs Conference Health Scholarship Recipient

“No matter how good the content of your essay you must spell check it and double check your grammar. It is always good to have a friend of family member read through your essay, they may catch something you overlook.”

– Kaylen Demientieff, Associate’s of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology, Committee’s Choice Scholarship Recipient

“Be you. Even if you think that something you have done isn’t worth writing about or if you think that someone else wouldn’t enjoy reading it, it is probably more interesting and amazing than you realize. So, go for it.”

– Nicole Fennimore, MD student, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Rasmuson Health Doctorate Scholarship Recipient

Thank you, Nicole, Jessica, Kaylen and Christina, for your essay-writing advice!

Remember, the application deadline for Doyon Foundation fall 2016 basic and competitive scholarships is coming up Monday, May 16.

If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact Maurine McGinty, our scholarship program manager, at or 907.459.2049. Best of luck to all of our students!

The following AIGC Undergraduate opportunities are open for Academic Year 2016-2017


Wilson-Hooper Veterinary Medicine Assistance Program

Deadline: May 13, 2015

The goal of the Wilson-Hooper Veterinary Assistance Program is to identify and assist young qualified people who love animals and who possess the desire and ability to pursue learning how to care for those animals in the best way possible.


  • Pursuing a degree in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or Veterinary Technology (Associate of Applied Science Degree)
  • Enrolled full-time in a nationally accredited college or university in the U.S.
  • Enrolled or a descendant of a federally-recognized American Indian tribe
  • Maintain a B average
  • Awards are merit-based

All  Applicants  are required to submit a: 

  • Tribal Eligibility Certificate

(TEC) – Form Deadline: May 13, 2016

  • Financial Needs Form

(FNF) – Form Deadline: July 15, 2016

Click here for the application to apply for these AIGC scholarship opportunities.

We are currently looking for candidates interested in serving on the Doyon Foundation competitive scholarship review committee. There is one open seat on the committee, which reviews, evaluates and scores student competitive scholarship applications.

To qualify for this position, you must:

  • Be a Doyon shareholder
  • Be age 18 or older
  • Value and support higher education
  • Be committed to serve a three-year term
  • Have an internet-accessible computer with recent version of web browser installed (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera)
  • Attend an orientation in May/June in Fairbanks, either in person or via teleconference
  • Spend 30 – 40 hours reviewing, evaluating and scoring all competitive scholarship applications online via the Doyon Foundation website
  • Attend a one-day meeting in Fairbanks in June/July to award the scholarships
  • Meet with Doyon Foundation administration to review and recommend competitive scholarship policy changes
  • Please note that per IRS regulations, committee members cannot be employees of the Doyon Family of Companies or Doyon Foundation.

Interested candidates should email a resume and a letter of interest outlining why you’d like to serve to Doris Miller, executive director, at by Wednesday, May 25. The Doyon Foundation board of directors will select the new committee member at their next regularly scheduled meeting in Fairbanks.

Service on the scholarship review committee is on a voluntary basis. If you are interested in giving back and helping students achieve their full potential, we encourage you to consider serving on this important committee!

For more information, please contact the Doyon Foundation at 907.459.2048 or

Are you a Doyon Shareholder graduating this year? Whether it be from college, high school, or even pre-school, come out and celebrate your success! We will be hosting the 2016 Doyon Foundation Graduation Reception this Friday, May 6th at 2:00 PM. There will be exciting graduate and alumni speakers, refreshments, and surprise gifts for all of our wonderful graduates! The reception will be held at 615 Bidwell Avenue in the cafeteria. We hope to see you there!


Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulation Class of 2016!


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