March 2019

The fall deadline for TCC Adult Vocational Training and Higher Education scholarships is rapidly approaching. See the below flyer for details.
Scholarship Deadline.pdf

Alaska Native Language Archive (ANLA) is hosting an open house on Thursday, March 28 from 4:30pm-6:30pm in the Rasmuson Library (Level 2).

This event is an organized evening of tours and exhibitions featuring highlights of the Alaska Native Language Archive collections.

There will be short sessions teaching people how to access materials from the Alaska Native Language Archive from home.

Visitors will be invited to examine pre-selected materials, mingle, and learn about work done based on archival materials.

Light snacks will be served. For more information, email


The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) has launched Native Knowledge 360°, a national education initiative to promote improved teaching and learning about American Indians. To support this work, NMAI is looking for dynamic educators for the Teacher-in-Residence (TIR) Program.

The TIR will be in Washington, DC for eight weeks between the months of June and August. All applications are due by Friday, April 5, 2019.

Please check the CoP Calendar for more details.


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The CIRI Foundation Education Resources handbook contains information from selecting a school to finding an internship. It also includes hundreds of scholarship opportunities across many disciplines- the focus is on Native students, so you do not need to be affiliated with CIRI to benefit from this book.

Click HERE to download your copy now!


GCI to award $100,000 in scholarships to Alaska students

50 Alaska students will each receive a $2,000 scholarship for 2019-20 academic year

ANCHORAGE, AlaskaAs part of its effort to help cultivate Alaska’s next generation of leaders, GCI has committed $100,000 to the next round of its statewide scholarship program. Fifty students will each receive a $2,000 scholarship for the 2019-20 academic year. Funds from the GCI Scholarship Program can be used for tuition and books.

Over the past 20 years, GCI has awarded over $6 million in scholarship funds to hundreds of Alaska students attending accredited colleges and vocational/trade schools.

“Whether through universities or vocational schools, the continuing education of Alaska’s workforce is not only crucial for the future of GCI, but Alaska as a whole,” said Joe Wahl, GCI Chief Human Resources Officer. “Through this scholarship program, we hope more Alaskan students can get access to more educational opportunities, so the state can retain a competitive workforce that allows industry to grow and the economy to thrive.”

The GCI scholarship application includes information about the student’s academic and work history, a short essay question, and a brief questionnaire to be filled out by the student’s high school or college counselor or advisor, an instructor, or a work supervisor.

The application period opens Feb. 7, 2019. Applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. AKST on April 11, 2019.

GCI is committed to giving back to the communities we serve. Over the past 5 years, GCI has donated more than $10 million in cash, products, scholarships and grants to Alaska organizations. GCI also provides employees with 16 hours of paid leave to volunteer with local organizations. In 2018, more than 660 GCI employees volunteered nearly 8,200 hours.

For more information about the GCI Scholarship Program, visit

Apply HERE.

About GCI
GCI provides data, wireless, video, voice and managed services to consumer and business customers throughout Alaska and nationwide. Headquartered in Alaska, GCI has delivered services for nearly 40 years to some of the most remote communities and in some of the most challenging conditions in North America. Learn more about GCIat GCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of GCI Liberty, Inc. (Nasdaq: GLIBA, GLIBP). Learn more about GCI Liberty at

The Office of Trust Services is pleased to announce that they are recruiting for several Pathways internship positions working across various natural resources management programs nation-wide, including for minerals and energy and climate adaptation science. Students will also receive opportunities to raise their awareness of traditional ecological knowledge education and land-management practices in use today by Tribes.

Students can intern with the BIA, Tribe or a Tribal related program.

Click Here to view the Student Trainee (Rangeland) GS-0499-3/4 position


Please visit the below website for more information on the BIA’s OTS Pathways Internship Program at:

You are invited to view the BIA OTS Pathways Internship Program Student Alumni Handbook for 2015, 2016 and 2017

Hosting student interns

If you are interested in hosting a Pathways intern, please complete and return a Host Office Intern Request Form (also on our website) and you will be contacted.

Contact if you have any questions regarding the BIA OTS Pathways Internship Program.

AIGC offers more than 20 scholarships and fellowships that fund undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees.

See a list of scholarships currently available HERE.

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Support Doyon Foundation when you apply for your PFD by March 31 

Alaskans have the very unique opportunity to support the nonprofits and causes they care about by making a Pick. Click. Give. pledge when they complete their PFD applications. The application deadline for the 2019 PFD is nearly here – applications are due Sunday, March 31. If you’ve already applied for your PFD, it is easy to log back in to your account and add a Pick. Click. Give. pledge.

When you Pick. Click. Give. to Doyon Foundation, you are supporting not one, but two important areas: scholarships for students, as well as efforts to revitalize the endangered Alaska Native languages of the Doyon region.

Since 1989, Doyon Foundation has been providing educational, career and cultural opportunities to enhance the identity and quality of life for Doyon shareholders. At last count, we have awarded more than $10.6 million in scholarships to thousands of students! Last year alone, we awarded $820,870 to 412 students pursuing traditional four-year degrees, as well as certificates, associate degrees, graduate studies and vocational training. Visit our blog to read profiles featuring students who have benefitted from our generous Pick. Click. Give. donors.

In addition to our robust scholarship program, we have undertaken a leadership role in the revitalization of the Doyon region languages. Of the 20 Alaska Native languages, 10 of them are based in the Doyon region – and are all endangered. Through our language revitalization program and Doyon Languages Online project, we are working with language speakers and interested learners to ensure that our Native languages survive and thrive for future generations.

Last year, 52 donors contributed a total of $3,200 to Doyon Foundation. Help us exceed this amount by making your Pick. Click. Give. pledge today! Remember – the deadline to apply for your 2019 PFD is March 31, and if you’ve already applied, it’s not too late to add a Pick. Click. Give. gift!

You can learn more about Doyon Foundation and our work on our website or blog, or by contacting us at 907.459.2048 or


All of us here at Doyon Foundation had a wonderful time at the 2019 Doyon, Limited annual meeting, which took place on March 15 in Fairbanks. A big thank you to everyone who stopped by our table to meet our staff members, play our language game Gen Gonee (“What’s this?” in Denaakk’e), and pick up swag, like our beautiful bandana featuring “I am learning our language” in the 10 Native languages of the Doyon region! We also distributed Foundation information, including our 2018 annual report, and updated scholarship resource handbook and scholarship brochure. If you didn’t get a copy of these materials, you can find them on our website.

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During the annual meeting, our executive director, Doris Miller, gave a presentation to attendees on the current activities of the Foundation, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year! During the presentation, she introduced Foundation board and staff members, and discussed how the Foundation is “remembering the past, inspiring the future” through our scholarship program and language revitalization efforts.

When discussing scholarships, Doris encouraged Native organizations to work together in advocating for continued funding for our local education systems, from Head Start to higher education institutions, which are in jeopardy of losing a significant amount of state funding. She also introduced our new scholarship program manager, Jenna Sommer, and reminded students of upcoming scholarship application deadlines.

During the language section of the presentation, Doris honored all of the “language champions” who are working with the Foundation to not only preserve the languages of our ancestors, but also share these languages with our youth and inspire them to carry our languages forward for future generations. She shared that, after years of hard work, the Foundation and its partners launched the first series of Doyon Languages Online lessons, as well as online versions of Hän language lessons originally developed by the late Isaac Juneby in the early 1990s.

The presentation opened with a short video featuring Foundation scholarship recipients, and closed with a video that was included in the launch of the Doyon Languages Online lessons.

We thank Doyon, Limited for allowing us the opportunity to present at the meeting, and we are grateful for the time we got to spend with our fellow shareholders!

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Apply now for competitive and basic scholarships for fall 2019


At Doyon Foundation, we are gearing up for our biggest scholarship deadline of the year – Wednesday, May 15 is the deadline to apply for basic scholarships for fall 2019 and competitive scholarships for the 2019 – 2020 academic year.

If you are planning to attend school this coming year, be sure to mark your calendar and start working on your application for:

  • Competitive scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $9,000
  • $1,200 basic scholarships for full-time students (12 or more credits, or 9 or more credits for graduate students)
  • $800 basic scholarships for part-time students (3 to 11 credits, or 2 to 8 credits for graduate students)

Wondering about the difference between the scholarships? Competitive scholarships are awarded through a competitive review process, while basic scholarships are awarded to all students who meet the eligibility guidelines and submit a completed application by the appropriate deadline. (Also, our basic scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to get your application in early!) Note that you don’t have to fill out separate applications for competitive and basic awards.

Before you apply, make sure you meet the eligibility guidelines, which state that applicants 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

Get all the details on scholarship eligibility and application requirements by reviewing our scholarship resource handbook.

Ready to apply? Get started at our online scholarship application portal. If you have applied previously, simply log in using the same email address and password. If you are a first-time applicant, you will need to create a new account. Need help? See our step-by-step account creation instructions or view our detailed application instructions.

Once you are logged in, select “apply” and 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 to obtain one.

If you are in the Fairbanks area and 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.

DF_95_General Transcripts Infographic_v1We 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 or summer 2019 scholarship), then you need to submit official transcripts by the May 15 deadline.
  • If you’re a “returning” student (meaning you received a fall 2018 or spring or summer 2019 scholarship), you can submit unofficial transcripts. We know you won’t have transcripts for the spring semester by May 15, so the deadline for you to submit them is August 21, 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!)

Questions? We’re here to help! Contact our new scholarship program manager, Jenna Sommer, at or 907.459.2049.


JennaWe are excited to introduce you to our new scholarship program manager, Jenna Sommer! Jenna started her new position in spring 2019, and you will be seeing her name in your inbox, hearing her voice on the phone, and seeing her friendly face at upcoming events.

While the scholarship program manager position is new for Jenna, she is not new to Doyon Foundation. In fact, Jenna has been our data entry technician since 2015, so she is already very familiar with the Foundation staff, students and processes.

“I enjoy working with students and helping them achieve their educational goals,” she said. “I want to help our students succeed!”

Jenna was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. She is the daughter of Diane Evans-Sommer of Galena, Alaska, and Fred Sommer of Nulato, Alaska. She is the granddaughter of Dorothy Sommer and the late Fred Sommer, Sr., both from Nulato, Alaska, and Lilly and Alfred Evans from Galena, Alaska. Jenna has one daughter, age 12.

Jenna holds an associate of applied science degree in medical assisting, a healthcare reimbursement certificate, and a medical/dental reception certificate from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She looks forward to starting classes toward her bachelor’s degree this fall.

Jenna is a Doyon, Limited shareholder and a past Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient. Prior to Doyon Foundation, she worked for Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center as a care coordinator for nearly six years.

Outside of work, Jenna enjoys organizing, traveling with family, reading mysteries and horror, activities with her daughter, and walking.

If you have any questions or need assistance with Foundation scholarships, please contact Jenna at 907.459.2049 or


March 18, 2019

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

RSS Gathering Room

Oscar and Sophie Alexie: Visiting Elder Professors

VEP-Welcome Reception Flyer – 2019.pdf

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Did you graduate this year? Or are you expecting to graduate in academic year 2018 – 2019? If so, tell us all about it so we can help you celebrate!

We are asking all Doyon Foundation students who are graduating during the 2018 – 2019 school year to complete a short graduate information request form. THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, MAY 24.

We’ll feature the information you share in our popular annual graduate yearbook! Check out the 2018 graduate yearbook on our website.

This is our opportunity to celebrate all of your hard work and accomplishments! So please take a few moments now to fill out our graduate questionnaire.

Thank you and congratulations!

This exclusive summer program is for anyone, at any experience level, interested in gaining meaningful skills to become more confident and competent in the outdoors. The program will immerse you in a variety of outdoor opportunities within the great state of Alaska. In a five-week format, you will earn an assortment of valuable outdoor credentials, at least five college credits, and skills from a group of experienced Alaska guides and instructors.

Ideally, students will complete this summer program and then, through the help of UAF recreation professionals, work within the Alaska outdoor recreation industry while completing their Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Business (BSRB) degree at UAF. This summer program can act as a starting point for students pursuing the BSRB; however, it is not limited to only BSRB degree-seeking students – anyone is welcome! This program is limited to only 10 available spots each summer, so don’t hesitate to reserve yours!

Students will learn valuable skills, including…

Outdoor leadership skills

Backcountry decision making and risk management

Rock climbing

Backcountry safety

Swiftwater boating

Program Dates

July 9 – August 9, 2019


$5,000 – Includes lodging, meal plan, supplies, and all tuition and course fees


Limited to 10 students

Participants must be at least 18 years old

For complete information and registration instructions, download the flyer.

For questions or more information, contact Peggy Keiper at or (907) 474-5905.

The Center for Native American Youth, in partnership with Columbia University’s Summer Immersion Program for High School Students, offers one full-tuition, residential scholarship for a Native student to attend a 3-week pre-college program during summer 2019 in New York City.

The CNAY-Columbia scholarship covers the cost of housing, tuition, weekday meals, coursework materials, and other required student services. The estimated value of the scholarship is over $10,000.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2019 11:59 PM EST.

Click HERE for more information or to apply.

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