February 2018

FebHere is your February Native Word of the Month in Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in)! Hai’ (thank you) to our translator, Allan Hayton.

February = Veegwaadhat

Shidrii = My heart

Shidrii zhit gwiintł’oo shoo ihłii. = My heart is very happy.

Listen to an audio recording of the translation: 

At Doyon Foundation, our efforts go further than providing financial support to our students. We also want to show support by recognizing their achievements and hard work, and providing them with encouragement to keep on pursuing their goals.

With this in mind, last fall we surprised our 2017 – 2018 competitive scholarship recipients with durable and attractive backpacks embroidered with our logo and “Doyon Foundation scholar.” The backpacks were accompanied by a notecard signed by the Foundation board members stating, “We are very proud of your accomplishments and can’t wait to see how far you will go in the future. We’re sending you this backpack to help you along your educational journey. Carry it with pride and always remember we believe in you!”

After receiving the backpacks, we received a number of photos and thank you notes from our competitive scholarship recipients. We are pleased to share those with you here.

ClaireClaire DeMartino
Delta State University
Bachelor of Science
Pre-Physical Therapy

Dear Doyon Foundation,

I just received the backpack, thank you so much, it will be great for this upcoming semester! Thank you also for all the wonderful support, it’s greatly appreciated!
~Claire DeMartino

CheyenneCheyenne Swanger
Citizens School of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

To all at The Doyon Foundation,

I received your wonderful gift of the Doyon Foundation backpack today. I appreciate the fact that I am thought of and will certainly put it to good use.

Thank you so much,
~Cheyenne Swanger

JanelleJanelle Solbos
Idaho State University
Doctor of Pharmacy

Thank You,
~Janelle Solbos



Brittany Woods-Orrison
Menlo College
Bachelor of Arts


Thank you so much for my backpack, it is so functional and can hold a surprising amount. It came at a perfect time too, right before I was putting money together to buy a new bag. Instead, that money went to books.

Enaa baaseee,
~Angniq (Brittany) Woods-Orrison

HayleyHayley Michel
Colorado State University
Bachelor of Science
Nutritional Sciences and Biology

Thanks again for the backpack. I can’t wait to use it at Colorado State University.


JulianJulian Thibedeau
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Rural Human Services

The 2018-19 Education Resources Handbook published by The CIRI Foundation is now available!  Inside, you will find information on scholarships, grants, internships, and employment opportunities. You’ll also find plenty of advice for getting into college and tips for academic success!




University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Liberal Arts Center for Cross-Cultural Studies Indigenous Studies announces a public defense:

Polly Hyslop

Candidate for Doctor of Philosophy

Circle Peacemaking in Kake, Alaska

A case study of Indigenous Planning and Dispute Systems Design

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 @ 10 am

Design Theater (ELIF 401)


Flyer- Polly Hyslop Defense 022018.pdf

DF_18_Student Dinner Promotion_blogWant to learn how to budget as a college student? Interested in a career in finance? Come learn from some financial experts and Doyon Foundation alumni who have been in your shoes at our upcoming Student $ucce$$ Dinner in Fairbanks! All Doyon Foundation students, alumni, family, friends and other supporters are welcome to attend this free event.

Thursday, February 22

5:30 p.m.

University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Rural Student Services Gathering Room

RSVP by Wednesday, February 21


The evening will feature a presentation, titled Taxes and Financial Planning for College Students, by Doyon Foundation accountant, Kelly Ward, CPA. Kelly, who is the co-owner of the certified public accounting firm Robinson & Ward, will discuss common tax situations for college students, financial planning opportunities and the importance of budgeting.

We’ll also hear from three Foundation alumni, who will share about their educational journey and career experiences. Joining us are:


Bruce Miller. Bruce graduated with a bachelor’s degree in geography and a minor in economics in 1991. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Business Administration with an HR focus in 1992. Bruce, who has worked at Doyon, Limited for nearly 26 years, is currently the senior risk management analyst for the corporation.


Abigail Riggs portrait

Abigail Riggs, CPA. Abigail graduated from UAF in 2010 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting. The following year, she graduated with an MBA with an emphasis in capital markets. She became a certified public accountant in 2014, and currently serves as the finance manager at Doyon, Limited.


JulieJulie Biddle. Julie is Gwich’in/Navajo, originally from Fort Yukon. She received her bachelor’s degree in business economics from UC Santa Barbara and her MBA with an emphasis in capital markets from UAF. She worked for Doyon, Limited for 20 years, starting in an entry-level communications position before being promoted to vice president of shareholder services. After receiving her MBA, Julie worked for Doyon as a financial analyst. She recently began work for the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments, a consortium of 10 tribal governments in the Yukon Flats, overseeing the Native American Career and Technical Education Program. She is also a member of the grants management and compliance team.

Are you a Foundation alumni? If so, please consider bringing a door prize donation or a dish to share. Let us know what you can bring when you RSVP.


We are now accepting scholarship applications for summer 2018 using our new online scholarship applicationNote that the deadline is Thursday, March 15, 2018. 

DF_16_ScholarshipDeadline Promotion_Blog_v2Basic scholarships available are $800 for part-time students and $1,200 for full-time students. Remember that our basic scholarships are now awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to get your application in early.

To be eligible for a Doyon Foundation scholarship, you must:

If you applied using the previous scholarship portal, you can log in using the same email address and password. If you are a new applicant, you will need to create a new account. Questions? See our step-by-step account creation instructions.

Once you are logged in and you select “apply,” the system will ask for an access code. If you do not already have an access code, please call 907.459.2049 or email us at foundation@doyon.com to obtain one.

Here are some important notes about your scholarship application:

  • If you are a spring 2018 scholarship recipient, you are considered a returning student and your unofficial transcript is due May 18, 2018. You can email the unofficial transcript to foundation@doyon.com.
  • If you are a NEW Doyon Foundation student for the 2017 – 2018 academic year (which runs August 2017 through May 2018) and you did not receive a scholarship for the spring 2018 term, your official transcript is due by the scholarship deadline, March 15, 2018.
  • You will also need to provide proof of academic enrollment as well as a class schedule.

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to review our updated scholarship policies and guidelines for details on scholarship eligibility and application requirements.

We hope that you will find the new online application to be streamlined and user-friendly. However, if you need help, see the step-by-step application instructions here. You can also contact us for assistance at foundation@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.

Also, if you need computer access to complete the online application, you are welcome to come to the Foundation office at the Doyon Industrial Facility, 615 Bidwell Ave., Suite 101 in Fairbanks.

Remember – the deadline to apply for a summer 2018 scholarship is Thursday, March 15! If you have questions, we are here to help – just contact us at foundation@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.


DF_17_GrantApplicationDeadline Promotion_blogThe 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 grants of up to $8,000 to fund language revitalization projects through the Our Language grant program. The deadline to submit a proposal is Monday, March 5, 2018, at 5 p.m. Download the application packet or view the flyer below:

2018 Our Language Grant Application

2018 Our Language Grant Flyer

Doyon region tribal governments/tribal councils/communities; nonprofit 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. Last year, the Foundation awarded eight grants to support projects including community language classes, language app development, language learning through song and dance, curriculum development and summer camp activities. Read more about the 2017 grant recipients on the Foundation blog.

“The 2017 Our Language grant awardees are an outstanding group dedicated to ensuring the ancestral languages of the Doyon region continue on for future generations,” said Allan Hayton, director of the Foundation’s language revitalization program.

The endangered languages of the Doyon region include Nee’aanèegn’ (Upper Tanana), Dihthaad Xt’een Iin Aanděeg’ (Tanacross), Hän, Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in), Dinak’i (Upper Kuskokwim), Denaakk’e (Koyukon), Deg Xinag, Benhti Kokhut’ana Kenaga (Lower Tanana), Holikachuk, and Inupiaq.

An application packet, with complete details and instructions, is available here2018 Our Language Grant Application. Additional information is also available by contacting Niesje Tindall, Doyon Foundation administrative assistant, at 907.459.2048 or tindalln@doyon.com.


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