February 2019

The Law Office of Gary L. Stapp is pleased to Give Back to the community by offering Alaska students scholarship opportunities for 2019.
Click HERE to view the scholarships and to apply.

The 2019 Shelly Szepanski Memorial Flight Scholarship will run January 21, 2019 – April 11, 2019. Applications must be submitted no later than 5 pm AKST.

Shelly was born in Minneapolis on February 4, 1967, and lived in Juneau, Anchorage, McGrath and Fairbanks for most of her 41 years. She was a wildlife biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game in Fairbanks. A true Alaskan adventuress, she loved being outdoors, hunting, fishing and especially flying.

The Shelly Szepanski Memorial Flight Training Scholarship, a fund of The Alaska Community Foundation, will provide an award of up to $5,000 to help qualified applicants earn their private or commercial/instrument ratings, including a float rating.


  • Female
  • Enrolled in a science-related degree program (preference for wildlife biology or natural resources).
  • Passed FAA written flight test and medical exam.
  • Pursuit of flying as a part of science-related career goals.
  • Preference will be given to students who are enrolled in the University of Alaska system and demonstrate financial need.
  • Prior year awardees are eligible to reapply.


  • Complete the online application for the Shelly Szepanski Scholarship
  • Essay. Upload an essay that is approximately 1,000 words. Describe your background, your educational and professional goals, how flying is relevant to these goals, and your specific qualifications for this scholarship.
  • Letters of recommendation. Upload two letters of recommendation.
  • Resume. Upload resume and/or summary of work experience, activities, personal interests or community service participation.
  • Transcripts. Upload official transcripts from all relevant institutions. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted.
  • Upload a copy of FAA written exam results and current FAA medical certificate.
  • Statement of Financial Need. Upload a document that details the specific costs of your education and flight training. Include other sources of support, income, expenses and any mitigating circumstances regarding your financial need.

Award Conditions:

The scholarship award is intended to be used to support the completion of your private pilot’s license. After your private pilot’s license is completed, any remaining funds may be used toward commercial and/or instrument ratings. Should this be the case, you must submit the following to ACF:

  • A report upon completion of your private license, including the total cost incurred.
  • Goals toward additional ratings and the name of the flight school you plan to attend to attain these ratings.

IMPORTANT: Successful applicants must submit the name and address of their flight school to ACF through the online system before their award can be disbursed. If we do not receive the above information by June 30, 2019, the scholarship may not be awarded. Please contact ACF if you cannot send in the information by this date.

Contact The Alaska Community Foundation with questions: grants@alaskacf.org or 907-334-6700


ANTHC (Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium) is seeking to hire a part-time intern to support the Rural Energy Program and the National Tribal Water Center. This year-round position is 20 hours per week. Interested applicants can review the job description here. Please share this great opportunity with your iluqs (family and friends in Yup’ik) and through social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).


The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) helps students move forward in their educational journeys by providing a wide range of programs and scholarship opportunities. AISES scholarships help students acquire skills and training that will help them meet the unique STEM needs of our communities. We highly encourage you to apply for all the scholarships you are eligible for! To apply, you must be an AISES member.

Beginning in the 2017-18 Academic Year, AISES student members will have easy access to other scholarships for American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and Indigenous peoples of Canada through the Online Scholarship Application Information System (OASIS) provided by Indigenous Education, Inc. In OASIS, students will complete a General Application Profile that can be finished, revised and submitted year-round and that will automatically match students only with the scholarship opportunities they are eligible for, and those that are open and available to receive. Creating a General Application Profile is the first step to completing other scholarship applications that you qualify for.

Click HERE for a list of available scholarships.

For more information on AISES Scholarships and Internships please contact Brianna Hall at bhall@aises.org. 720-552-6123, Ext. 119.


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Each year, GVEA awards eight (8) scholarships:

  • The first seven are awarded in the spring, which correlates to the timing of GVEA’s Annual Members’ Meeting.
    • This application period is typically open from November 1 through March 1 (approximately).
      • Application Window is Now Open!! Follow links provided below to learn more and access the required forms. Deadline to submit an application packet is Friday, March 1, 2019.
  • The eighth scholarship is for the Career & Technical Education Scholarship and is awarded in late summer.
    • This application period is typically open from April 1 through July 31 and forms will be available during that timeframe.

To be eligible for any GVEA scholarship, the applicant (or member of the applicant’s immediate family) must be a member of Golden Valley Electric Association and receive electric power from GVEA at his/her principal residence.

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The application window for the first seven scholarships is now open. The Scholarship Committee will meet in April 2019 and will select the scholarship recipients via a “blind-copy” process. Once the scholarship recipients have been notified, their names will be posted below.  Deadline to submit an application packet is Friday, March 1, 2019.

Click HERE for more information or to apply.

First Alaskans Institute Indigenous Leadership Continuum Staff will be hosting an Info Session at UAA Native Student Services (Rasmuson Hall, Room 108) on Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 12-1:00 pm. Lunch & Door Prizes will be provided (see flyer attached). Shout out to 2006 alumna, Christine White (Tlingit & Haida from Sitka)! She will be sharing her internship experience during this info session.

They will also have an Info Table at the UAF Alaska Native Scholarship & Internship Fair (UAF Wood Center) on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 11 am – 4:00 pm.Following the fair, we will have an Info Table at Festival of Native Arts (see schedule attached) in Fairbanks on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 4-10:00 pm. Door Prizes (aka cool stickers, First Alaskan Magazines, flyers, info, etc.) will be provided at the table. Shout out to 2016 alum, Terrell Jones (Inupiaq from Deering)! He will be helping ILC man our table while sharing his experience as well. Please help me share the attached flyers via social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

SIP Info Session Flyer UAA Native Student Services 2.28.19.pdf

SIP Info Session Flyer UAF Alaska Native Scholarship Internship Fair 3.1.19.pdf

2019 Performance Schedule.pdf

“When speaking, a part of our history comes back to life”


DavidA committed language learner, speaker and student, David Engles is a content creator with Doyon Languages Online, a Doyon Foundation project that is creating online language-learning opportunities for nine of the 10 Alaska Native languages of the Doyon region.

David’s language is Benhti Kenaga’, a Doyon region language traditionally spoken in the vicinity of the Minto Flats and the Tanana Valley, including the region now occupied by the city of Fairbanks. It is one of 10 languages located in the Doyon region.

David’s parents are Celeste Engles and Glenn Alexander of Benhti. He wishes to recognize Betty Engles, Jim and Evelyn “Tudrock” Alexander, and Neal and Geraldine Charlie of Benhti.

David believes that upholding Benhti Kenaga’ as an established form of communication is a responsibility. “Our people created this language,” he says of Benhti Kenaga’. “Our language is a way of expressing ourselves with our unique worldview.”

David is in his junior year at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in linguistics.

Teachers who were instrumental as he learned Benhti Kenaga’ include Evelyn “Tudrock” Alexander, his paternal grandmother whom he calls Sitsu (“my grandmother”). David grew up around Sitsu and recalls that she always spoke to him in Benhti Kenaga’.

“She was so patient with me while teaching,” he says. “Every day we would engage in learning, from identifying animal parts to learning whom you give them to when feeding people.”

Acquiring vocabulary and mastering correct pronunciation in any language may be learned by rote memory; the strategy works, but it’s usually not fun. Tudrock’s method – incorporating lots of singing – made learning a joy.

“We even translated ‘Eight Days a Week’ by the Beatles into Benhti Kenaga’,” David says. And while they were singing, Tudrock was teaching the meaning of Benhti Kenaga’ words as well as how they’re ordered to express thought. Each lesson prepared him for the next. “We had fun,” he says.

As a content creator for Doyon Languages Online, David is part of a project with the goal to promote accurate use of language by teaching everyday terms. An example is learning to choose correct vocabulary for a given context – for instance, when to use “sitsu” (“my grandmother”) and “nitsu” (“your grandmother”).

Doyon Languages Online is in the process of creating introductory-level online lessons for nine of the 10 Doyon region languages. A project of Doyon Foundation, Doyon Languages Online is a partnership with the 7000 Languages, a nonprofit that supports endangered language learning.

Learning Benhti Kenaga’ is among David’s lifelong goals. His plans include producing short stories presented as children’s books and written in both Benhti Kenaga’ and English. The books are intended for anyone starting to learn Benhti Kenaga’.

“These stories can provide building blocks to a wider vocabulary,” he says. “Being able to express ourselves in our own language is a true reflection of who we are as people.”

As Doyon Foundation continues to grow our language revitalization efforts in the Doyon region, we would like to recognize people who are committed to learning and perpetuating their ancestral language. We are pleased to share some of these “Language Champion” profiles with you. If you know a language champion, please nominate him or her by contacting our language program director at haytona@doyon.com. Language champions may also complete our profile questionnaire here. You may learn more about our language revitalization program on our website.

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This Thursday, February 21 in Fairbanks


Join Doyon Foundation for our spring student dinner in Fairbanks this Thursday, February 21! The event takes place from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Doyon Industrial Facility, 615 Bidwell Ave., in the first floor classroom. If you please to attend, please RSVP here.

Gift Baskets

Join us for delicious food and door prizes!

We’ll have delicious food as well as door prizes, networking and words from our alumni speakers: Selina Sam, as well as our very own language revitalization program director, Allan Hayton!

All Doyon Foundation students, alumni, family, friends and other supporters are welcome to attend this free event. RSVP here.

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 look forward to seeing you!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! To help you celebrate today, we’ve worked with our wonderful team of speakers to share 11 different ways to say “I love you” in the Alaska Native languages of the Doyon region.

  1. Neghw estsen’, Benhti Kokhut’ana Kenaga’ (Lower Tanana)


  1. Ngq’a dist’a, Deg Xinag


  1. Nʉgh estsen’, Denaakk’e (Koyukon, Koyukuk River)


  1. Nekk’aa dest’aa, Denaakk’e (Koyukon, Yukon River)


  1. Naa ihtsįį’, Dihthaad Xt’een Iin Aanděeg’ (Tanacross)


  1. Nughistin’, Dinak’i (Upper Kuskokwim)


  1. Neet’ihthan, Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in)


  1. Nihtsį̀’, Hän


  1. Niq’a dist’a, Holikachuk


  1. Pikpaġigiikpin, Inupiaq


  1. Naa ihtsįį’, Nee’aanèegn’ (Upper Tanana)


Happy Valentine’s Day from Doyon Foundation!

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It may feel like winter will never end, but summer is on its way! If you or someone you know is planning to attend school this summer, be sure to mark your calendar for Doyon Foundation’s summer basic scholarship deadline. Applications must be received by Friday, March 15 at 5 p.m.

Part-time students are eligible to receive an $800 basic scholarship and full-time students can receive a $1,200 basic scholarship. To be considered part-time, students must be enrolled in 3 to 11 credits (or 2 to 8 credits for graduate students). Full-time students are those enrolled in 12 or more credits (9 or more credits for graduate students).

Remember that our basic scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so get your application in early!

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

  • Be enrolled to Doyon, Limited or be the child of an original enrollee
  • Be accepted to an accredited college, university, technical or vocational school
  • Meet our minimum GPA requirements
  • Be enrolled in the required minimum number of credits

Students should apply through our online scholarship portal, available on our website. First time using the new system? See our step-by-step instructions on how to create a new account. Questions on the application process? Check out our tutorial on how to apply for a scholarship.

To apply for a summer basic scholarship, you will need to submit:

  • Basic scholarship online application
  • Proof of academic enrollment (Summer class schedule, plus document showing current degree program and field of study
  • Transcripts (keep reading – more on this below!)

DF_90_Summer Transcripts Infographic_v2We always get a lot of questions about transcripts: Do I need to submit them? Do they need to be official or unofficial? What is the deadline? Here’s what you need to know:

  • Official transcripts only need to be submitted once per academic year (which runs August through July).
  • If you’re a “new” student (in other words, you didn’t receive a fall 2018 or spring 2019 scholarship), then you need to submit official transcripts by the March 15 deadline.
  • If you’re a “returning” student (meaning you received a fall 2018 or spring 2019 scholarship), you can submit unofficial transcripts. We know you won’t have transcripts for the spring semester by March 15, so the deadline for you to submit them is May 10, 2019.

It is very important to log in to your student account before the scholarship application deadline to check that you have submitted all the required materials. (Put a reminder on your calendar now!)

We also encourage you to review our scholarship resource handbook for all the details on transcripts, eligibility and application requirements. You are also welcome to give us a call or send us an email anytime – we are here to help!

Remember – the deadline to apply for a summer 2019 basic scholarship is Friday, March 15! If you have questions, contact us at foundation@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.

The Sequoyah National Research Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is seeking applications from American Indian/Alaska Native students for a paid summer internship. Students receive $2000 stipend and on campus housing. The deadline is March 15. More information can be found here: https://ualr.edu/sequoyah/aianinternship/.



DDI – Doyon Drilling Inc seeking Project Accountant in Anchorage, Alaska.  This position is supervised by the Controller and is responsible for general accounting functions.

Click here for more information or to apply!

ANSEP Acceleration Academy opportunities for current 8th through 11th grades students at www.ANSEP.net.

First Alaskans Institute (FAI) announces our 2019 Summer Internship Program (SIP) to place Alaska Native, Native American, Indigenous and rural undergraduate and graduate students into organizations around Alaska to provide leadership growth, employment experience and cultural exploration. Continuing to build upon 15 years of proven success in developing dynamic and connected Native leaders, this one-of-a-kind experience strengthens the next generation of Indigenous leaders through a unique curriculum harmonizing Native knowledge and history, transferable business skills, and community-based advocacy training while providing hands-on experiential learning in career fields relevant to each intern’s pursuits and employer’s interests. FAI values our partnerships across the state as we seek to ensure meaningful employment opportunities for the individual interns and their employers.

Since 2004 we have placed 342 interns in over 110 different partner organizations in 26 communities across Alaska. FAI will continue to work towards strengthening relationships with current partners and establishing new partners, especially in our villages and hub communities.

To Apply
Employer Partners must be willing to support the growth of an intern by providing feedback and guidance, provide work space for the intern, and be willing to invest in the program by paying a Placement Fee. The application requires submission of information about organization, main contact, summary of work, in addition to:

· Intern Duties & Responsibilities (a bulleted list of duties & responsibilities the intern will execute)

· Intern Work Plan – Template is available for download here.

Application Tip: Prepare the documents listed above a head of time to be most efficient when you apply.

To apply visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019EmployerPartner

Important Program Dates

· Employer Partner Application Due: May 31, 2019

· Employer Partner Orientation Meetings: TBD

· Sliding Scale Placement Fee Due: June 7, 2019

· Intern placement at partner organization: June 10 – August 2, 2019

· Intern Application Due Date: March 15, 2019

· Final Selection of Interns: March 29, 2019

· Intern Mandatory Leadership Development Retreats, 8 am-5 pm: June 3 – 7 & August 5 – 9

· Intern Mandatory Leadership Development Fridays, 1-5 pm: June 21 & 28, July 19

About First Alaskans Institute
First Alaskans Institute helps develop the capacities of Alaska Native people and their communities to meet the social, economic and educational challenges of the future, while fostering positive relationships among all segments of our society. First Alaskans does this through community engagement, information and research, collaboration, and leadership development. First Alaskans is a non-profit charitable organization whose purpose is to advance Alaska Native people.

Our Vision: Progress for the next 10,000 years

Our Mission: True to identity, heritage, and values, Alaska Natives are informed and engaged in leading the decisions that shape the future.

One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing $3.9 million in funding for fellowships and grants to 250 outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2018–19 academic year. Due to the longstanding, generous contributions of AAUW members, a broader community of women continues to gain access to educational and economic opportunities — breaking through barriers so that all women have a fair chance.

Fellowship and grant recipients perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities. Their intellect, dedication, imagination, and effort promise to forge new paths in scholarship, improve the quality of life for all, and tackle the educational and social barriers facing women worldwide. AAUW seeks a diverse applicant pool.

Click HERE to learn more.


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