April 2018


The 2018 Della Keats HS Summer 4-week program dates are confirmed:  7/15/18 to 8/10/18

The Della Keats Health Sciences Summer Program is a program offered to high school students in Alaska through the University of Alaska WWAMI School of Medical Education. The goal of the Della Keats Program is to foster, affirm, and encourage high school students’ interest in the medical professions by allowing them to explore health-care careers and to obtain a valuable introduction to college life.

Watch the You Tube video from 2009 Della Keats

Current high school juniors and seniors in Alaska who meet one or more of the following criteria are eligible to apply for the program:

  • Come from an ethnic minority background
  • Live in rural Alaska (off the road system)
  • Be a first-generation American
  • Be the first in his/her family to go to college
  • Speak English as a second language, and/or
  • Be economically disadvantaged

Housing/Tuition-There is no cost to participants in the program and dormitory housing is provided at no charge. A small stipend is provided to help cover food and miscellaneous expenses of participating in this program.

Apply to the 2018 Della Keats Health Sciences & Summer Research Programs.

Click HERE for more information.

For incoming American Indian and Alaska Native MSW students who plan to work in Native communities, the Kathryn M. Buder

Charitable Foundation offers a select number of full scholarships.

These scholarships provide tuition, monthly stipends, professional development opportunities, and books for two years of full-time study at the Brown School.

Upon graduation, Buder scholarship recipients commit to at least two years of professional service in Indian Country.

See below link for more information.

BuderBrochure_2018.pdf

Here is a link to the newest Alaska Native Language Revitalization Digest. This issue includes a guest op-ed, information on upcoming language programs, and updates on the legislative Resolution about the linguistic emergency declaration!

Alaska Language Revitalization Digest 4.26.18.pdf

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Join us for our 2018 Graduate Reception THIS FRIDAY, May 4 to celebrate the Doyon Foundation Class of 2018! The event takes place this Friday at 2 p.m. at the Doyon Industrial Facility at 701 Bidwell Avenue in Fairbanks.

This is our opportunity celebrate the hard work and incredible accomplishments of our students who are at the end of one important journey and getting ready to start on the next. We’ll have inspiring addresses from our student and alumni speakers, recognize our graduates, and enjoy refreshments.

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Larissa Sommer, alumni speaker

This year, we are excited to welcome Larissa Sommer as our alumni speaker, and Kk’odohdaatlno Christina Edwin as our graduate speaker.

Larissa received her bachelor’s degree in communication, with a minor in journalism, from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in 2005. She then returned to school and obtained her master’s degree in environmental sciences and policy from Northern Arizona University in 2010. Today, she is the news director for KRFF 89.1 Voice of Denali here in Fairbanks.

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Kk’odohdaatlno Christina Edwin, graduate speaker

Christina is graduating from UAF this spring with her bachelor’s degree in rural development and a minor in Yup’ik.

High school and college students who are graduating during the 2017 – 2018 academic year are encouraged to attend, along with their friends, families, teachers and other Foundation supporters.

Join us at our annual graduate reception to give them some well-deserved kudos and say conGRADulations!

If you plan to join us, please RSVP with your name and the number of people attending to tindalln@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.

Don’t miss our popular annual graduate yearbook! Our 2018 yearbook will be coming out this spring – like us on Facebook, subscribe to our blog, or sign up for our emails to receive yours! 

 

Fairbanks Native Association has an exciting opportunity for students entering the 9th grade in the fall, through students who are graduating this year. It is a Native Youth Leadership Training May 21-23, 2018.

Attached is the flyer, application, and agenda. Please print the application out and have the student return it to the Alaska Native Education (ANE) tutor if they would like to attend, or you can email it to ANE Secretary Robin Titus at robin.titus@k12northstar.org.

FNA NYL Flyer (1).pdf
Registration Form NWI.docx
FNA Agenda May 2018.docx

Students! Are you interested in an internship this year?  There are great opportunities at Doyon, Limited for students this summer!  Click on the below links to find out more and to apply!

Accounting Intern – Doyon, Limited – Fairbanks

Administrative Intern – Doyon, Limited – Fairbanks

Communications Intern – Doyon, Limited – Fairbanks

Construction Management Intern – Doyon Remote Facilities & Services – Anchorage

GIS Intern – Doyon Utilities – Anchorage

Human Resources Intern – Doyon, Limited – Fairbanks

Land & Resources Intern – Doyon, Limited – Fairbanks

You can also email HR@doyon.com if you have questions.

We had such a great time at the Doyon, Limited annual meeting this year. It was wonderful to meet and visit with so many of you who stopped by our table, and we appreciated the opportunity to present to you during the annual meeting. We took lots of photos – check them out on Facebook and be sure to tag yourself!

During our presentation, our executive director, Doris Miller, and language revitalization program director, Allan Hayton, shared about the two primary focus areas here at the Foundation – scholarships and language revitalization.

We were excited to announce that we distributed almost $1 million dollars in scholarships last year alone! And so far this year, we have awarded nearly 300 scholarships totaling more than $377,000.

We also reminded everyone planning to attend school this fall to mark their calendar for our fall scholarship application deadline coming up on May 15. This is the deadline to apply for competitive scholarships for the 2018 – 2019 academic year and basic scholarships for the fall semester. Applicants will apply using our brand new online scholarship application system, which offers a more streamlined, user-friendly experience for both our students and staff.

A reminder that our scholarships are not just for students pursuing traditional four-year degrees at a college or university. Funding is also available for Doyon shareholders who want to pursue vocational training. Vocational students are eligible for basic and competitive scholarships, as well as our short-term vocational scholarship, which pays the cost of the course or training, up to $1,000.

We also highlighted two brand new scholarships at the Foundation … the Marissa Flannery and Aaron Schutt Legal Scholarship Fund, and the Mary Jane and Hugh Fate, Jr. Leadership Fund. Doyon President and CEO Aaron Schutt and his wife, Marissa Flannery, partnered with Doyon, Limited last year to establish the endowment for a new competitive scholarship for aspiring young lawyers. Jennifer Fate, a member of the Foundation board of directors, established the Mary Jane and Hugh Fate, Jr. Leadership Fund to honor her parents’ accomplishments for the betterment of the Doyon people.

Since so many shareholders gather at the annual meeting, we took the opportunity to invite our alumni – which includes any previous Foundation scholarship recipients – to connect with us. We’d love to hear where you are and what you are doing, and continue to stay in touch with you. Foundation alumni can contact us at 907.459.2048 or foundation@doyon.com.

Allan then shared about all the exciting activities taking place in the area of language revitalization, including Doyon Languages Online, which is an online language-learning platform for Doyon region languages. We are currently working on creating lessons for nine of the 10 Doyon region languages. Access to the lessons will be free and available to all interested learners.

Interested language learners can soon get a preview of Doyon Languages Online, as we are getting ready to launch a series of Hän language lessons by the late Isaac Juneby. Keep an eye on our website, blog, email and Facebook for updates on these lessons.

Allan reminded interested organizations to get their applications in for the Our Language grants, which provide funding to communities or organizations that wish to undertake a project to revitalize their Native language. Last year, eight proposals were funded up to $5,000. This year, we will award grants of up to $8,000. The deadline to submit a proposal was March 26, and we will be announcing this year’s recipients early this summer.

With a program growing as quickly as the language revitalization program, it is important to have a plan for the future. Allan updated everyone at the annual meeting on a recent strategic planning session that explored developing long-term strategies, identifying concrete steps for language revitalization, and inspiring new grassroots efforts for our region.

Doris closed the presentation with “thank yous” in each of the Doyon region languages, showing appreciation to our many supporters, including Doyon, Limited, the Foundation staff, board and volunteers, Nee Ts’ee Neyh and Pick. Click. Give. donors, Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic golfers and sponsors, and all of our language teachers, learners and supporters.

In addition to our presentation, we staffed a table at the annual meeting, where we had a video showing Doyon Languages Online activities, a language-learning demonstration, a language map, and nametags that read “Hello, my name is …” in each of the Doyon region languages.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by! We look forward to seeing you all again next year, and hope you will stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Visiting our website

Subscribing to our blog

Signing up to receive emails

Following us on Facebook

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