January 2017


Travel changes you. You change the world.

At HI USA, we think travel should be as much about making a difference in the world as it is about seeing it. That’s why we’ve created Explore the World Travel Scholarships. Recipients receive $2,000 to help finance their international trip that includes an educational or service component.

Last year, we awarded 81 scholarships to young people across the U.S. so they could go learn Arabic in Jordan, volunteer in India and Vietnam, teach math in the Dominican Republic, or board a plane for the very first time to study abroad in Europe. Winners of our 2016 scholarships have returned home from their travels with a profound sense of intercultural appreciation, and a renewed dedication to spreading the word about travel and tolerance at home.

In 2017, we’ll be giving out 98 scholarships to would-be travelers around the country, aged 18-30, who need a little extra help along the way.

If you have a trip in mind to stimulate your personal growth or give back to others, APPLY TODAY for a 2017 Explore the World Travel Scholarship.

Click HERE for more information or to apply.

The Alaska Summer Research Academy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will accept applications from Feb. 1 to April 15 for its middle and high school programs.

The academy will be held each day from July 10-21, 2017. Students accepted into the summer program will spend two weeks with a small group and two instructors exploring a topic in science, engineering, math or technology. The program is offered through the UAF College of Natural Science and Mathematics.

Click HERE for more information.

The Alaska Air Carriers Association (AACA) invites you to participate in the 2017 AACA Convention and Tradeshow, February 21-23, at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage. The Convention schedule and registration is available on our website at http://www.alaskaaircarriers.org/2017-events.html.

The AACA Annual tradeshow is scheduled from 4-7pm, February 21-23 in the Hotel Captain Cook ballroom and is free to attend. During the tradeshow AACA will be hosting the first annual Aviation Education Gathering where Alaskan Aviation Groups will participate in the trade show and offer information to the public on scholarships, education programs, and work opportunities. The target age for this is high school and older.

Attached is the event poster and if you have any questions, please call Jane Dale, Director, at 907.277.0071.

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noahNoah Lovell, born in Fairbanks, Alaska, is the son of Sallie and Patrick Lovell, and the grandson of Lillian J. Evans and Joseph W. Burns. He is currently enrolled as a freshman at the University of Alaska Fairbanks pursuing a degree in business administration with a minor in Japanese.

Since the age of 15, Noah has worked as a Native tour guide on the Riverboat Discovery, where he shares how Alaska Natives have lived for generations. Noah, who is Japanese and Alaska Native, says he has always had an interest in cultures, particularly his own. He has been able to experience both cultures, growing up in Alaska and traveling to Japan on a summer exchange in high school.

Noah also enjoys stories from his father about his youth and his grandmother about their indigenous heritage. “I love going to different cultural events, listening to elders sing and dance, as well as being active in the festivities myself,” he says. “Surrounding yourself in a community of strong people is the best thing for anyone, and I’m happy our Alaska Native community is as strong as it is.”

As a Doyon Foundation fall 2016 Competitive Committee Choice scholarship recipient, Noah says, “The Foundation has helped me financially to further my education and has been instrumental with connecting me with others in the community. It’s shown me that there are groups and organizations that can help Native students achieve their goals.”

Choosing a major has been one of the biggest challenges Noah has faced in college so far. “College catapults you into the workforce and picking the right major that suits you and your interests is very important,” he says, adding that he overcame this challenge by reviewing his options and personal strengths before picking a field that was right for him. “I chose business because it’s a strong field and allows people to understand the business side of the world around us as well as enabling me to possibly start my own business.”

Speaking to his fellow students, Noah says, “Realize that success is for everyone, and never forget where you came from. Wherever you go in life, always take with you a strong work ethic, dedication towards your goals, and a willingness to learn new things.”

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Help Doyon Foundation support students like Noah – Pick. Click. Give. to Doyon Foundation when you fill out your 2017 PFD application!

Doyon Foundation congratulates the Doyon, Limited shareholders who were included on the Dean’s and Chancellor’s Lists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks for the fall 2016 semester!

  • Denae Benson
  • Ethan Cadzow
  • Christina Edwin
  • Julia Fisher-Salmon
  • Linda Folger
  • Sarah Henzie
  • Kyle Jones
  • Patricia Kriska
  • Jolie Murray
  • Jamie Desrochers
  • Selina Sam

Keep up the good work and best of luck during the spring semester!

If you made the Dean’s or Chancellor’s list at a school other than UAF, please let us know! Contact us at foundation@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.

If you are planning to attend school this summer, remember to submit your basic scholarship application by March 15. Find more information at www.doyonfoundation.com, or contact us at foundation@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.

Join the Mother Language Meme Challenge by creating a humorous or reflective internet meme in your native tongue. Starting today and running through February 21st, you are invited to take part in this fun online campaign to commemorate International Mother Language Day.

International Mother Language Day was founded to promote and celebrate linguistic and cultural diversity around the world, with a special emphasis on indigenous, minority, heritage, and endangered languages. With the help of digital tools and the internet, there is now a unique space for expression and connecting with others also working to revitalize their mother tongue.

Co-organized by Rising Voices and our friends at the Living Tongues Institute, First Peoples’ Cultural Council, Indigenous Tweets, Endangered Languages Project, First Languages Australia, and the Digital Language Diversity Project, as well as a number of global partners, the Mother Language Meme Challenge invites you to put your creativity and passion for languages to work by creating a meme in your mother language.

Click here for more information about the Mother Language Meme Challenge!

SCA’s NPS Academy: Alaska is an innovative, experiential learning program designed to introduce undergraduate and graduate students, ages 18-35, from under-represented communities to career opportunities with the National Park Service.

“To enhance professional and organizational excellence in the next century, the National Park Service must recruit and retain a workforce that reflects the diversity of the nation.” —A Call to Action, 2013

Interns attend a week-long orientation over spring break and serve in 12-week summer internships tailored to various NPS career tracks. Summer internships are available in a variety of fields, including visitor services, education, resource management – and many more!

Benefits:

  • Total package of up to $3,260 that includes: travel allowance, weekly living allowance, and housing
  • Eligible for AmeriCorps Education Award
  • Assigned NPS mentor
  • Hands-on experience
  • Additional career preparation and ongoing support
  • Internship hours will count toward Public Land Corps hiring authority eligibility.

Elgibility:

  • US citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Alaska Residents, Alaskans living outside of Alaska, or students in Alaska
  • 18-35 years old (preference given to currently enrolled students)
  • Available for spring break orientation and summer internship
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check
  • All majors and levels of outdoor experience welcome

How to Apply:

  • Complete an Internship/Corps Application online at thesca.org
  • Contact Jeff Chen at jchen@thesca.org or call/text 907-717-8414 for more details or an application fee waiver.

AISES is excited to announce that the 2017 Leadership Summit will be held in Chandler, Arizona April 27-29 at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino.

The Leadership Summit is aimed at providing Native higher education students and AISES professionals with in-depth professional development workshops and networking opportunities. The major focus of the Leadership Summit is to build the skill and aptitude levels of AISES members in the realm of professional and career development- to better prepare them to attain and excel at jobs and careers in STEM fields.
Multiple sessions will engage participants while also offering networking opportunities. The summit also fosters the matching of STEM professionals with STEM students for mentoring.

For more information on registration, hotel and ground transportation, please visit: http://summit.aises.org

Aubrielle Champagne, of Tok, Alaska, is the daughter of Karla and Shawn Champagne, and the granddaughter of Ted Charles and Darlene Summar, and Ray and Linda Champagne.

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Help us support more students like Aubrielle. Pick. Click. Give. to Doyon Foundation!

The Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient has been playing hockey since she was 5 years old. Then, during her freshman year of high school, everything changed. Aubrielle was diagnosed with Chiari malformation, a condition in which brain tissue extends into your spinal canal. She underwent five brain surgeries, contracted meningitis – and almost died. When she recovered, her doctors told her she should never play hockey again.

Instead, Aubrielle worked hard toward gaining full mobility and getting back on the ice. She exceeded expectations and today is a goalie on the hockey team at the University of Wisconsin Superior (UWS), where she is working toward her bachelor’s degree in biology.

“I am working hard to fight the pain Chiari has brought me and I continue to get mentally and physically stronger. If it wasn’t for God’s miracles, I wouldn’t be alive today and I am thankful. Even though the pain never ends, I fight for the game I love,” she says, adding that giving up has never been an option, and that when she can no longer play she will coach. “Hockey has opened my mind to new possibilities and I am forever grateful.”

While school and hockey are central in Aubrielle’s life, she also finds time for other activities. In the summer, she volunteers for Hockey Ministries International to help coach their youth hockey players in Alaska. This past summer she was also a biology volunteer at Tetlin Wildlife Refuge. She also enjoys photography.

After everything she has experienced and overcome, Aubrielle says she has much to be grateful for, including Doyon Foundation’s support. “Doyon Foundation helped me achieve my dreams as a student athlete. Without Doyon Foundation, I wouldn’t be here,” she says. “I also would like to thank anyone who has helped me throughout the years, and my friends and family for showing me love and compassion and teaching me to never lose hope.”

Speaking from experience, Aubrielle now encourages others to have hope. “Believe in yourself and no matter what, don’t give up on your dreams,” she says.

pcg-logo-fb-profileHelp Doyon Foundation support students like Aubrielle – Pick. Click. Give. to Doyon Foundation when you fill out your 2017 PFD application!

 

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Pick. Click. Give. When You Complete Your 2017 PFD Application

df-pcg-meme-for-facebookLast year, 29,543 Alaskans pledged $3.19 million in Pick. Click. Give. donations – including the 70 donors who contributed $5,375 to Doyon Foundation! If you’d like to support the Foundation’s work this year, please consider making a Pick. Click. Give. pledge when you complete your 2017 PFD application. The application period is open now through March 31.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our Pick. Click. Givers, whose contributions support our general scholarship fund. As student Joseph Bifelt says, “With your help, anything is possible!”

Last year’s Pick. Click. Give. pledges compare favorably to 2015, when 75 Alaskans gave $5,375 to the Foundation.

With the support of donors like these, we are able to provide scholarships and offer cultural opportunities to students who are pursuing their educational, career and life goals. During the 2015 – 2016 academic year, the Foundation awarded 578 scholarships totaling $684,633.

For more information on Doyon Foundation and opportunities to support students, please contact us at 907.459.2048 or foundation@doyon.com.

Thank You to Our 2016 Pick. Click. Give. Donors!

Amber Allen

Barbara Beatus

Aaron Brees

Alana Brown

Patricia Brown

Xavier Brown

Cullen Carlo

Kimberly Carlo

Teyah Clark

Peter Demientieff

Tiana Demientieff

Stacey Demoski

Eta-Starr Edwardsen

Ralph Elook

Mavor Englishoe

Evelyn Esmailka

Diane Evans-Sommer

Bentley Foster

Collin Foster

Laura Fox

Monica Garcia

Eric Girard

Rania Girard

Carol Greenway

Allan Hayton

Sharon Hildebrand

Dewey Hoffman

Laverne Huntington

Cole Isaacson

Cruz Isaacson

Anthony Mallott

Jamie Marunde

Fredrick Matheson

Doris Miller

Craig Mishler

Calvin Moses

Paul Mountain

Sarah Obed

Susan Paskvan

Terri Paul-Smoke

Austyn Pedebone

Sunny Pedebone

Evon Peter

Melinda Peter

Mariah Pitka – Jenkins

Sonta Roach

Erin Rose

Mary Sam

Aaron Schutt

Breanna Semaken

Geraldine Simon

Natasha Singh

Caleb Smoke

Jesse Smoke

Larissa Sommer

Leann Sommer

Dena Sommer-Pedebone

Allen Todd

Ashley Wallace

 

Doyon Foundation is pleased to welcome Nathan Feemster, who was hired in December as the Doyon Languages Online project manager. In this role, Feemster is responsible for the coordination, implementation and evaluation of the Doyon Languages Online project.nathan-for-web

The Doyon Languages Online project is a partnership with 7000 Languages, a nonprofit that supports endangered language learning partially through software donated by Transparent Language. Funded with a three-year, $900,000 grant from the Administration for Native Americans, the project aims to create a total of 280 introductory online lessons for five of the endangered Doyon languages: Holikachuk, Denaakk’e, Benhti Kenaga’, Hän, and Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa. Ultimately, the Foundation aims to create online courses for all of the Doyon region languages.

Originally from Seward, Alaska, Feemster has a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). He previously worked as a substitute teacher for the Anchorage School District, and was a production assistant for the University of Alaska Museum of the North.

Feemster was inspired to apply for the job at Doyon Foundation by Ruth Ridley, whom he met while pursuing his undergraduate degree at UAF. “Her nearly 50-year endeavor to help create a place for the Hän language in the future inspired me to apply to Doyon Foundation,” Feemster shared. “Through my work with Doyon Foundation, I hope to support her dream and the dreams of the many who work with the Athabaskan Dene languages. I am humbled to be working on the Doyon Online Languages project and I look forward to the many learning opportunities it offers.”

Outside of work, Feemster enjoys helping his community and is an active volunteer. “I’ve done everything from planting plots for the Stone Soup Community Gardens, to training cats at the animal shelter in my home town,” he said.

A self-described “lifelong learner,” Feemster said he fills his spare time with learning opportunities or projects, which most recently include a bed frame and epublishing a small “chose your own adventure” book.

For more information on Doyon Foundation and the Doyon Languages Online project, visit www.doyonfoundation.com.

The 10 ancestral languages of the Doyon region are all severely to critically endangered, and will be lost within the span of a few generations if no action is taken. To support the revitalization of Interior Alaska’s Native languages, Doyon Foundation will award a total of six grants of up to $5,000 each. The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, February 24, 2017, at 5 p.m. Applications are available on the Foundation website. grant-flyer-jpeg

Doyon region tribal governments/tribal councils/communities; not-for-profit Alaska Native organizations, societies and community groups; and Alaska Native cultural, educational and recreational organizations/centers are eligible to apply for an Our Language grant.

Grant proposals must include a project description and timeline; plan for language documentation; project budget; completed community language survey; letter of support from village council or tribal office; and community language plan (optional).

Doyon, Limited originally established the language grant program in 2012. The grants are now being administered by the Doyon Foundation language revitalization program, which was created in 2009.

“We were very happy with the 2016 projects that were awarded, and look forward to this year’s round of proposals. These awards are essential to building momentum for language revitalization in our Doyon region communities” said Allan Hayton, director of the language revitalization program. “Our board and staff are committed to ensuring that current and future generations of Athabascan people have the opportunity to hear, to learn, and to speak the language of our ancestors.”

The endangered languages of the Doyon region include Benhti Kenaga’ (Lower Tanana), Deg Xinag, Denaakk’e (Koyukon), Denak’i (Upper Kuskokwim), Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in), Hän, Holikachuk, Tanacross, Née’aaneegn’ (Upper Tanana), and Inupiaq.

An application packet, with complete details and instructions, is available on the Doyon Foundation website. Additional information is also available by contacting Sommer Stickman, Doyon Foundation administrative assistant, at stickmans@doyon.com or 907-459-2048.

$10,000 in scholarships up for grabs. Video submissions are open until January 15th – don’t miss out on your chance to win! Your voice counts. Open to ALL high school and college students in the state of Alaska!

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AISES is seeking applicants for the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) internship program.  The 10-week internship program provides students with applied work experience and an opportunity to explore career options. The internship will begin in June and end in August 2017.  The application deadline for the BPA Internship is February 28, 2017.

For more information go to http://www.aises.org/news/bonneville-power-administration-summer-internships.

 

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