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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