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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 by Monday, May 6.

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.

Also, be sure to mark your calendar for our 2019 graduate reception on Friday, May 10! Watch for more info coming soon.

The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education currently needs 73 volunteers to participate in college & career panels for the Kids2College program – a partnership activity with the University of Alaska College Savings Plan. In addition to standard volunteer recruitment, we also seek panelists with connections to living/working in rural Alaska for virtual panels connecting with rural schools from our Anchorage office.

In addition to a few remaining Anchorage schools, we have panels scheduled for schools from the following regions: Aleut, Calista, Doyon, and NANA.

Would you or someone you know be interested in and available to help inspire young Alaskans with college and career stories?

Sign Up TODAY: https://surveymonkey.com/r/K2C_VolunteerCareerPanel (This online link includes the most up to date availabilities.)

Talk with 5th & 6th grade students about your own educational and career experiences as part of a 3-5 person career panel. We provide volunteers with guiding questions and tips and ask panelists to speak for 5-10 minutes to the class, then be available for Q&A at the end of the panel. Early dates and schools are listed below. Total time commitment is 1 hour, 15min.

Check out our 5-minute video & Career Panel Toolbox at: www.acpe.alaska.gov/Kids2College.

Volunteers will not be responsible for speaking during the entire block of time. Please sign up online and help inspire Anchorage youth today! Spread the word and share with your friends & colleagues!

Help Inspire Young Alaskans to pursue higher education!

Volunteer Shifts in Anchorage & *Virtual Panels at ACPE for rural schools*

DATE TIME SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Tues., Mar. 19 12:45pm – 2:00pm Sand Point
*virtual panel at ACPE*
4
Wed., Mar. 20 9:15am – 11:30am Chester Valley Elementary
1751 Patterson Dr.
1
Wed., Mar. 20 1:00pm – 2:15pm Chester Valley Elementary
1751 Patterson Dr.
3
Thurs., Mar. 21 1:15pm – 2:30pm Talkeetna Elementary
*virtual panel at ACPE*
1
Fri., Mar. 22 1:45pm – 3:00pm Creekside Park Elementary
7500 E. 6th Ave.
5
Mon., Mar. 25 1:25pm – 2:00pm Alaska Gateway Schools
(Dot Lake, Tanacross, Tetlin, Northway)
*virtual panel at ACPE*
4
Wed., Mar. 27 9:45am – 11:00am Fairview Elementary
1327 Nelchina St.
2
Mon., Apr. 1 1:15pm – 2:30pm Ruby
*virtual panel at ACPE*
4
Tues., Apr. 2 8:45am – 10:00am Tuluksak
*virtual panel at ACPE*
5
Wed., Apr. 3 9:45am – 11:00am Nunapitchuk
*virtual panel at ACPE*
5
Wed., Apr. 3 1:45pm – 3:00pm Tok
*virtual panel at ACPE*
5
Tues., Apr. 9 9:15am – 10:30am Bowman Elementary
11700 Gregory Dr.
5
Wed., Apr. 10 1:15pm – 2:30pm Atmautluak
*virtual panel at ACPE*
4
Thurs., Apr. 11 9:15am – 11:30am Chevak School
*virtual panel at ACPE*
5-10
Tues., Apr. 16 8:45am – 10:00am Akiuk
*virtual panel at ACPE*
5
Wed., Apr. 17 9:45am – 11:00am Akula
*virtual panel at ACPE*
5
Wed., Apr. 17 1:45pm – 3:00pm Takotna
*virtual panel at ACPE*
1
Fri., Apr. 19 9:25am – 11:45am Petersburg
*virtual panel at ACPE*
1
Fri., Apr. 19 12:45 – 2:00pm Akiak School
*virtual panel at ACPE*
1
Fri., Apr. 19 2:15pm – 3:30pm Kobuk
*virtual panel at ACPE*
3
Fri., Apr. 26 1:45pm – 3:00pm Kuspuk River Schools
(Chuathbaluk, Stony River, Sleetmute, Crooked Creek)
*virtual panel at ACPE*
5
TBD TBD Deering
*virtual panel at ACPE*
5
TBD TBD Quinhagak
*virtual panel at ACPE*
5

Thank you in advance for your assistance!

Shelly Morgan, K-12 Specialist

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
800 East Dimond Blvd., Ste. 200
Anchorage, AK 99515
907-269-7972 wk
800-441-2962 toll free (Option 4)
907-269-7991 fax
907-301-3448 cell

shelly.morgan
https://www.acpe.alaska.gov
http://65by2025.org
https://www.facebook.com/followacpe/
https://www.facebook.com/iknowicanak/

Promoting access to and success in education and career training beyond high school.

 

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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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THE STUDENT DINNER, SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, IN ANCHORAGE, HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO THE EARTHQUAKE. OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH EVERYONE AFFECTED BY THE QUAKE. 

Join Doyon Foundation for a student dinner in Anchorage on Saturday, December 1! The evening begins at 5 p.m. in Room 106 at the Gorsuch Commons at the University of Alaska Anchorage. If you please to attend, please RSVP here.

We’ll have delicious food as well as a holiday-themed beadwork craft activity and door prizes!

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.

A special thank you to Foundation alumni for organizing this special event for our Anchorage-area students. We look forward to seeing you!

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Each year we commemorate the achievements of Doyon Foundation students who have achieved their educational goals in our annual Graduate Yearbook. We are excited to announce that our 2018 Graduate Yearbook is now available – and in a brand new, more interactive format! Check it out here. (Have corrections or additions? Please submit to foundation@doyon.com.)

We celebrated the achievements of these grads at our 2018 graduate reception. See photos on Facebook. This annual event 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.

This year we celebrated a total of 51 Doyon Foundation graduates: 17 high school graduates, four obtained a certificate, eight got their associates degree, 20 received a bachelor’s degree, one completed a master’s degree, and one received their PhD!

At the reception, we heard from two inspiring speakers: alumni speaker Larissa Sommer, and graduate speaker Christina Edwin. If you missed the event, you can still check out their addresses on our YouTube channel.

ConGRADulations to our 2018 grads!

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Mark your calendar and plan to join us for the Doyon Foundation 2018 scholarship award ceremony! The event will take place Friday, September 7 at 2 p.m. in Fairbanks at the Doyon Industrial Facility building, 701 Bidwell Avenue, Suite 400, off South Cushman Street.

At the event, we will announce and celebrate our 2018 full-time and part-time scholarship recipients, as well as our 2018 – 2019 competitive scholarship recipients. We’ll also hear from Foundation staff, a student speaker and one of our alumni.

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2018 student speaker, Ryan McCarty

We are pleased to announce our student and alumni speakers! This year’s student speaker is Ryan McCarty, a freshman at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he is working toward an associate degree in process technology.

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2018 alumna speaker, Diloola Erickson

Our 2018 alumna speaker is Diloola Erickson. Diloola graduated in May 2018 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with dual bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and rural development, with a concentration in small business and rural community planning. Diloola recently joined the Foundation as our Doyon Languages Online II project manager!

Students, family, friends, teachers, donors and other supporters are invited and encouraged to attend. We hope to see you there!

Doyon Foundation student Shawna Hildebrand attends the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS), where she’s earning a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in rural development. Her parents are Edith and Darell Hildebrand of Nulato. Shawna’s maternal grandparents are the late Eleanor and Hughey Kriska of Koyukuk, and her paternal grandparents are Edith and Victor Nicholas of Nulato.

When she’s not in school, Shawna enjoys fishing and processing fish, among other cultural activities. Her hometown is Nulato. Shawna graduates in December 2018.

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Doyon Foundation:
Keeping up with your courses became a significant obstacle this year. Can you say more about that?

Shawna Hildebrand: The biggest challenge this year has been the ability to do school work. I know that sounds bad, but during the fall semester I had surgery on my elbow, making it impossible to type for about two months. Even with a cast on.

I’m especially thankful for my professors – who were understanding of my grammatical mistakes – and assistive technology that permitted me to get all my homework done while I was healing. I definitely came to appreciate Doyon Foundation scholarships that allowed me to obtain the technology I needed to do my schoolwork and take part in class.

Doyon Foundation: That willingness to persevere sounds a lot like your advice to other students.

Shawna: The most important thing is to remember that you can do anything you set your mind to. That’s such a cliché, but it’s true.

Take the time to do your schoolwork and find a schedule that works for you. Don’t take your professors for granted either; they’re there to help you succeed and will work with you on assignments you are having difficulty with. The biggest thing is you need to be sure you’re going to school for something you love.

Doyon Foundation: You’ve experienced that first-hand.

Shawna: I put off deciding on a master’s program for five years because I couldn’t commit entirely to a master’s in counseling. I spent time looking at various degree programs and ultimately decided on the Master of Public Administration (MPA) at UAS after talking to some family.

The program intrigued me and fell in line with what I wanted to do with my career. I decided to jump feet first and here I am, less than two years later, about to graduate with my MPA in rural development.

Doyon Foundation: The degree seems to combine your professional work, your volunteer efforts and your long-term goals.

Shawna: I’m currently learning the world of self-governance at Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC), where I’m employed as a self-governance operations coordinator. I’ve always said I would go to college and return to serve our people in whatever capacity they need me to.

Working full time and going to school full time haven’t left a lot of room for other activities, but I do volunteer as a committee co-chair at the Alaska Statewide Violence and Injury Prevention Partnership (ASVIPP).

ASVIPP is dedicated to reducing injury-related morbidity and mortality by providing leadership and expertise in the preparation, implementation, coordination and periodic review of injury prevention efforts.

I became involved because of my work in injury prevention and suicide prevention with TCC, and through partnerships with Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. While my past work experience involved prevention, I find myself moving more toward assisting tribes in their self-determination efforts.

Doyon Foundation: You’ve earned Doyon Foundation scholarships since your undergraduate years. What has the Foundation’s help meant to you?

Shawna: I graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology, and Doyon Foundation funded a large part of my degree. When I applied to UAS as a graduate student, Doyon Foundation again awarded me a scholarship, making student loans less of a burden. I appreciate these scholarships for helping offset the cost of my education.

Named in honor of the late Morris Thompson, former president and CEO of Doyon, Limited, the Morris Thompson Scholarship, awarded by Doyon Foundation, has helped more than 200 students earn college degrees. 

The annual Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic raises money for this competitive scholarship fund. This year’s golf classic takes place June 21 and 22 in Fairbanks. To learn about opportunities to support the event as a sponsor or volunteer, visit the Foundation website for details. 

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