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.

2017 AACA Convention Poster (002a).pdf

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.”


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!


  • 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.


  • 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.

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