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DF_18_Student Dinner Promotion_blogWant to learn how to budget as a college student? Interested in a career in finance? Come learn from some financial experts and Doyon Foundation alumni who have been in your shoes at our upcoming Student $ucce$$ Dinner in Fairbanks! All Doyon Foundation students, alumni, family, friends and other supporters are welcome to attend this free event.

Thursday, February 22

5:30 p.m.

University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Rural Student Services Gathering Room

RSVP by Wednesday, February 21

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The evening will feature a presentation, titled Taxes and Financial Planning for College Students, by Doyon Foundation accountant, Kelly Ward, CPA. Kelly, who is the co-owner of the certified public accounting firm Robinson & Ward, will discuss common tax situations for college students, financial planning opportunities and the importance of budgeting.

We’ll also hear from three Foundation alumni, who will share about their educational journey and career experiences. Joining us are:

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Bruce Miller. Bruce graduated with a bachelor’s degree in geography and a minor in economics in 1991. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Business Administration with an HR focus in 1992. Bruce, who has worked at Doyon, Limited for nearly 26 years, is currently the senior risk management analyst for the corporation.

 

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Abigail Riggs, CPA. Abigail graduated from UAF in 2010 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting. The following year, she graduated with an MBA with an emphasis in capital markets. She became a certified public accountant in 2014, and currently serves as the finance manager at Doyon, Limited.

 

JulieJulie Biddle. Julie is Gwich’in/Navajo, originally from Fort Yukon. She received her bachelor’s degree in business economics from UC Santa Barbara and her MBA with an emphasis in capital markets from UAF. She worked for Doyon, Limited for 20 years, starting in an entry-level communications position before being promoted to vice president of shareholder services. After receiving her MBA, Julie worked for Doyon as a financial analyst. She recently began work for the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments, a consortium of 10 tribal governments in the Yukon Flats, overseeing the Native American Career and Technical Education Program. She is also a member of the grants management and compliance team.

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.

 

Doyon Foundation Students!

Are you a Doyon Foundation graduate with an English or other writing-focused major?  Doyon, Limited has a position for you!

As Board Administrator, the employee will provide support for board meetings, proofread and prepare board meeting materials, serve as the recording secretary and provide confidential administrative assistance within the Legal Department.

Click HERE for more information or to apply.

The 2018 Pick. Click. Give. campaign kicks off Monday, January 1, with the opening of the Alaska PFD application period. We encourage you to consider Pick. Click. Giving to Doyon Foundation when completing your PFD application. The PFD application period runs January 1 – March 31, 2018. Alaskans can apply online at www.pfd.alaska.gov.

student with checkFunds from Pick. Click. Give. directly benefit the Foundation’s student scholarships and support programs, as well as the efforts of our language revitalization program.

Last year, 57 donors contributed $3,975 to support Foundation scholarships. While we are very grateful for all support, last year’s Pick. Click. Give. total was a significant decrease from previous years.

Since the Foundation was established in 1989, we have awarded more than $6 million in scholarships to thousands of high school, vocational and college students pursuing their educational goals and striving to achieve their life dreams. Many of these students have shared that they simply would not have been able to attend college without the support of the Foundation. Yet with that support, they have gone on to become doctors, lawyers, teachers and leaders in our communities, setting positive examples for future generations of students to follow.
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But the support of the Foundation is more than just financial. Homesick students far from family have found comfort in the support of Foundation staff and alumni, and at events designed to celebrate and connect students and Foundation supporters. We also strive to help students develop a deeper connection with and pride in their rich Native culture.
Elder and youth recording Native language translationsIn addition to scholarships, the Foundation also places emphasis on celebrating and revitalizing Native culture. Through our language revitalization program, and Doyon Languages Online project, we are currently developing hundreds of online language-learning lessons for nine of the 10 Doyon region languages.

For more information on Doyon Foundation, contact foundation@doyon.com or 907-459-2048, or visit www.doyonfoundation.com. For more information on Pick. Click. Give., visit www.pickclickgive.org.
 

A Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient who graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2016, Raymond Kangas is the son of Irene and Gary Kangas of Fairbanks. His paternal grandparents are Nora and Al Kangas of Ruby; his maternal grandparents are Martha and Franklin Dayton of Koyukuk.

Raymond KangasWhen Raymond Kangas looks back on his college years, he has a hard time counting up all the people who helped him get where he is today. A mechanical engineer since 2016 with Anchorage-based Doyon Anvil, Raymond received Doyon Foundation scholarships while earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Classes in fluid mechanics and arctic engineering were key – along with a work ethic instilled in him since childhood and fish camp days with his family on the Yukon River.

“My family gave me stability, with my parents being the anchors,” he says. Inspiring professors and study group friends helped. And he says, “Thanks to the Doyon Foundation scholarship program, (Doyon, Limited) annual dividends, and overall encouragement to see shareholders progress, the Doyon family certainly has played a role in seeing Athabascans succeed in competitive occupations.

Raymond, 24, is one of numerous classroom-to-career professionals who benefit from Doyon Foundation college scholarships before going on to employment with Doyon, Limited companies. It’s a trend that advances Doyon’s core values because in addition to knowledge, skills and talent, shareholders apply traditional values as they collaborate with clients worldwide.

“Creating a means for shareholders to potentially work for Doyon improves their economic well-being,” says Terry Caetano, president and general manager of Doyon Anvil. “It’s also a key part of the mission on which the company was founded.”

With offices in California, Montana and Washington state, Doyon Anvil is a multi-discipline engineering and design firm offering process safety/risk management; project management; and construction coordination support services. Doyon Anvil projects include upstream oil production, including North Slope expertise; pipeline and terminal work throughout Alaska, the Rocky Mountain region and Pacific Northwest; and power generation in Alaska, Canada and the Pacific Northwest.

Terry says that in addition to seeking out smart, motivated people, what he values in new hires is a desire to solve complex problems and keep learning. “That’s what I saw in Raymond,” Terry says.

Doyon Anvil is Raymond’s first engineering job out of college, and among things he enjoys is the chance to work on a variety projects requiring different skills. For instance, a typical workday may involve a facility where new piping is needed; Raymond’s role includes working with piping designers to prepare a complete work package – from checking compliance with specifications and reviewing drawings to putting together a material requisition to purchase components. If needed, he also completes a stress analysis on the design.

Raymond advises college students seeking to join professional ranks at Doyon subsidiaries to stay focused in the early stages of their education.

“Being awarded scholarships and getting selected for a job position are some of the things that are out of your control,” he says. “What you can control is the effort you put into your education. The first step in any career is being qualified.”

Are you a former Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient working today in the Doyon, Limited Family of Companies? We’d like to feature your story! Please send email to foundation@doyon.com and we’ll be in touch. Thanks!

Doyon Foundation is pleased to announce a new scholarship fund, the Mary Jane and Hugh Fate, Jr. Leadership Fund, established by their daughter, Jennifer Fate. Jennifer, a member of both the Doyon, Limited and Doyon Foundation boards, created the fund to honor Mary Jane and Hugh’s accomplishments for the betterment of the Doyon people.

IMG_2992-001“There are many kinds of leadership. There’s community leadership, business leadership, educational leadership and the kind of leadership that stands up and says difficult truths out loud,” Jennifer said. “This fund is in honor of my parents, Mary Jane and Bud Fate. In their 65-year love story, they lived all of these types of leadership.”

“This fund celebrates those who strive to make our community a better place and our people, a stronger and healthier people,” Jennifer added. “It’s a fund that also recognizes the importance of those who bring leadership to healing past traumas, stopping current abuses and reshaping lives.”

Mary Jane’s life has been a positive example of leadership and involvement in her Alaska Native community. Overcoming adversity at a young age, Mary Jane understood the significance of cultural support and community involvement. Through practicing her Athabascan subsistence traditions, through embracing leadership, and with the resilient support of her husband, Hugh, Mary Jane became one of the most inspirational and motivating Alaska Native leaders of her generation.

Both Mary Jane and Hugh dedicated their lives to the betterment of the Alaska Native and Doyon region people. They were co-founders of the Fairbanks Native Association, mentored many Alaska Natives and Doyon region peoples, and provided dental health services throughout rural interior villages, traveling by small plane to villages where no dental services existed. Mary Jane served as the first female co-chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives, president of Baan O Yeel Kon Village Corporation, and on numerous other boards and commissions.

“We are grateful for the example set by Mary Jane and Hugh Fate, Jr., and we are grateful for Jennifer’s generosity in establishing this scholarship, which will make it possible for future Alaska Native leaders to get the education they need to carry the torch forward into the next generation,” said Doris Miller, Doyon Foundation executive director.

Doyon shareholders studying health care, mental health care, business or any profession that contributes to the greater Alaska Native business, cultural or social community will be eligible for the new scholarship. Funds may be used for college, graduate school, post-secondary education, vocational or certificate programs. Preference will be given to students overcoming adversity or intending to enter a profession that contributes to the social or economic well-being of the Alaska Native community.

The first scholarship from the fund will be a basic scholarship awarded in spring 2018. The deadline for the spring 2018 scholarships has passed. A competitive scholarship will also be awarded in academic year 2018 – 2019. The next competitive scholarship application deadline is Tuesday, May 15, 2018, for scholarships for the 2018 – 2019 academic year.

“Please encourage Doyon shareholders working on a degree or vocation in business, education, mental health and health, substance abuse counseling, or spiritual and cultural training to apply for this scholarship. And thank you to the many leaders out there. Anaa Basee’,” Jennifer said.

Contributions from other donors to the Mary Jane and Hugh Fate, Jr. Leadership Fund are welcome. Secure online donations may be made on the Foundation website; be sure to note “Fate leadership scholarship” in the “special instructions” box. Donations may also be made by mailing a check to Doyon Foundation at 615 Bidwell Ave., Suite 101, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701. Please note “Fate leadership scholarship” in the memo line.

For more information about Doyon Foundation, scholarship eligibility and application instructions, or opportunities to support students, please visit www.doyonfoundation.com or contact 907.459.2048 or foundation@doyon.com.

Doyon Foundation wishes all of our fall 2017 scholarship recipients a very happy holiday season, and all the best in the coming school year.

We celebrated the 298 recipients at our 2017 fall scholarship award ceremony, held in September in Fairbanks. See photos from the event on our Facebook page.

At the ceremony, we awarded a total of $387,800 in scholarships. The fall 2017 awards included 36 competitive scholarships, 74 basic part-time scholarships, and 188 basic full-time scholarships.

The ceremony opened with a traditional prayer by Allan Hayton, the Foundation’s language revitalization program director. Foundation executive director, Doris Miller, then welcomed guests and introduced the alumna speaker, Tanya Kaquatosh, and student speaker, Julian Thibedeau.

Kaquatosh is a graduate of Arizona State University with a master’s in finance and international business, and Thibedeau is a freshman at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he is in the rural human services program. Watch videos of the alumna and student speakers on our YouTube channel.

Maurine McGinty, the Foundation’s scholarship program manager, then introduced the fall 2017 scholarship recipients. Those in attendance had the opportunity to address the audience and share about themselves, their educational goals, and their appreciation for the support of the Foundation and its donors.

Doyon Foundation scholarships are available to Doyon, Limited shareholders or children of original enrollees who are accepted to an accredited school and who meet minimum GPA and credit requirements. The next scholarship application deadline is Thursday, March 15 for basic scholarships for the summer 2018 semester.

For more information, visit www.doyonfoundation.com or contact foundation@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.

Academic Year 2017 – 2018 Competitive Scholarship Recipients

Jarynn Cunningham, Arctic Information Technology

Cassandra Dahl, Science Undergraduate

Howard Darling, Committee Choice-Graduate

Claire Demartino, Science Undergraduate

Levi Dewilde, Liberal Arts Undergraduate

Christina Edwin, Natural Resources Undergraduate

Karlie Ennes, Committee Choice-Undergraduate

Jasmine Gilpin, Morris Thompson Committee Choice

Shawna Hildebrand, Morris Thompson Graduate

Bryn Hjelm, Health Undergraduate

Natilly Hovda, Education Undergraduate

Jacy Hutchinson, Morris Thompson Doctorate

Mariah Jackson, Health Undergraduate

Nicole James, Committee Choice Undergraduate

Francesca Kamkahpak, Criminal Justice

Brittany Lloyd, Education Graduate

Jayne Martin, Sunnyboy Committee Choice

Brianna McCarthy, Science Undergraduate

Hayley Michel, Science Undergraduate

Rhiannon Nanalook, Committee Choice Undergraduate

Buddy North, Education Doctorate

Joshua Olin, Committee Choice Undergraduate

Chantal Paradis, Vocational

Theodora Puryear, Committee Choice Undergraduate

Selina Sam, Morris Thompson Graduate

Darren Silas, Engineering Undergraduate

Aleisha Singh, Indigenous Studies Undergraduate

Janelle Solbos, Health Doctorate

Alisa Stevens, Committee Choice Undergraduate

Cheyenne Swanger, Morris Thompson Undergraduate Sophomore

Julian Thibedeau, Morris Thompson Undergraduate

Delaney White, Engineering Undergraduate

Marissa Williams, Liberal Arts Graduate

Deven Woods, Engineering Undergraduate

Justin Woods, Morris Thompson Committee Choice

Brittany Woods-Orrison, Liberal Arts Undergraduate

 

Fall 2017 Basic Scholarship Recipients

Jennifer Adams

Heather Adkins

William Agnes

Henry Albert

Crystal Alvarado

Joeanna Anderson

Maiya Anderson

Alainna Aparicio

Christian Aparicio

Gabrielle Aparicio

Maria Aparicio

Daphne Attla

Yvonne Attla-Zottola

Hannah Bagot

Amanda Bailey

Christina Bailey

April Baldi

Charles Baldi

Kristina Basford

Chelsea Beach

David Beardslee

Navonne Benally

Kyle Bhatt

Joseph Bifelt

Rebecca Big Joe

Samantha Blake

Savanah Bonfield

Kathryn Brean

Charlotte Brinkman

Greg Brinkman

Stacy Brottem

Lawreen Buresch

Verniel Burk-Turner

Russell Butler

Denise Callahan

Sydney Carlo

Jada Carroll

Jerry Carroll

Kandace Carroll

Aubrielle Champagne

Jessica Charlie

Monica Chase

Jessica Clayton

Julianna Clock

Jordan Craddick

Danni Crombie

Leah David

Elizabeth Dayton

Elvin Dayton

Susan Dayton

Jacob Deater

Cassandra Debauche

Debbie Demientieff

Flora Demientieff

Kaitlynn Demientieff

Kaitlyn Demoski

Rose Demoski

Jaime Desrochers

Lauren Deubler

Meagan Deubler

La’ona Dewilde

Vanessa Dewilde

Debra Dodds

Logan Dugay

Amy Durny

Morrow Duszynski

Sonya Edwards

Peter Egrass

Ashton Ekada

Audrey Ekada

Taniesha Emry

Gladys Erhart

Agatha Erickson

Landon Erickson

Steevie Erickson

Bruce Ervin

Rebecca Ervin

Danielle Esmailka

Christa Eussen

Tatiana Evans-Beals

Paige Farmer

Nicole Fennimore

Julia Fisher-Salmon

Shelby Fisher-Salmon

Linda Folger

Katherine Galang

Derek Gates-Magnuson

Marcus Gho

Alisha Gilbert

Brianna Gilmore

Julia Grant

Bethany Green

Kimberly Greenway

Ariel Grimsley

Daniel Groh

Mikayla Grunin

Jacob Gustafson

Heather Gutierrez

Rebekah Hartman

Melissa Hendrie

Nicholas Hertlein

Alecia Hewett

Bernard Hildebrand

Cameron Hildebrand

Jessica Hildebrand

Rodney Hildebrand

Sharon Hildebrand

Amanda Honaker

Taylor Hood

Dakota Huntington

Kathrin Huntington

Xa’holshiyh Huntington

Alexander Ipalook

Savannah Ivanoff

Jordan Jackovich

Madison Jackson

Ariel James

Charlotte James

Emerald Jenks

Vanessa Jimerson

Trisha Jimmie

Kaycee John

Miles Jones

Keifer Kanayurak

Merreline Kangas

Taylor Kauffman

Bridgette Keener

Lyman Ketcham

Derek Ketzler

Beverly Kokrine

Brittany Kordatzky

Patricia Kriska

Starlene Kriska

Kayleigh Lanphar

Brittney Lenahan

Cory Lepore

Dylan Lloyd

Julie Lloyd

Tahnee Lloyd

Noah Lovell

Sterling Magnuson

Mckenna Makarka

Kristy Malamute

Benny Mancil

Kezia Mandregan

Spencer Mannan

Charlotte Mayo

John Mayo

Devin McCarthy

Adam McGinty

Maurine McGinty

Verla Mckinney

Allison Mclane

Ashley Merica-Nazuruk

Rosemary Messer

Jessica Millard

Cory Miller

Morgan Milstead

John Moeser

Jessie Morgan

Amy Moses

Conrad Moses

Paul Mullenix

Nieca Murphy

Caelin Murray

Jolie Murray

Jadon Nashoanak

Guy Nelson

Alexis Newby

Dustin Newman

Janessa Newman

Thomas Newman

Kimberly Nicholas

Jessica Nicholi

Ashley Nicholia

Victoria Nollner

Vincent Nusunginya

Joseph O’Brien

Robert O’Connell

Mckenna Olanna

Grace Packer

Erin Patsy

Jocelyn Patsy

Victoria Patsy

Maria Pelkola

Lessa Peter

Tamara Pfund

Chrystalina Pharr

Christopher Pitka

Delores Pitka

Stephanie Pitka

Weather Potdevin

Skyla Powers

Alexa Prass

Donald Proksch

Shannon Queen

Michelle Quillin

Brittany Reed

Carolyn Richards

Kayla Ridderbush

Amanda Roberts

Angela Rutman

Alicia Sam

Anthony Sam

Carolyn Sam

Shirley Sam

Ginessa Sams

Corrie Sanders

Annie Sanford

Shyanne Saunders

Cheyenna Schafer

Leona Semaken

Carol Shewfelt

Shawn Shipp

Cheryl Silas

Justeena Silas-Titus

Chanel Simon

Keel Simon

Amber Sims

Leann Smith

Frederick Sommer

Martha Sommer

Jamie Stallings

Brian Stanley

Karl Stevens

Sommer Stickman

Paul Stoner

Maleia Storum

Robert Strick

Brandi Strom

Timothy Studie

Theodora Sutton

Tiana Teter

Barbara Thornton

Triston Titus

Andrea Turner

Jessica Ullrich

Racheal Upton

Dawn Vallely

Veta Van Hatten

Jazlin Vanderpool

Rona Vent

Larene Villa

Pedro Villa

Ashlynn Walker

Gerad Wholecheese

Tiffany Wicken

Clifton Wiehl

Annie Williams

Janelle Williams

John Williams

Raquel Williams

Sidaadza Williams

Tamara Williams

Mikel Winkelman

Brittany Wintter

Holly Wofford

Colton Wolter

Jacob Wolter

Daniel Woods

Brooke Wright

Alyssa Wulf

Clarissa Zeller

A new competitive scholarship for “aspiring young lawyers” will be available through Doyon Foundation starting in fall 2018. Doyon, Limited President and CEO Aaron Schutt and his wife, Marissa Flannery, announced the establishment of an endowment for the new scholarship during the Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic reception in June. Watch a video of the announcement.

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Both graduates of Stanford Law School, the couple partnered with the Doyon, Limited board to help establish the fund, and have made a five-year commitment to getting the scholarship in place. Schutt presented the first check, in the amount of $10,000, to Doyon Foundation Executive Director Doris Miller at the reception.

“Did you know there is not a single Alaska Native judge in our entire court system? And I’m not sure there ever has been,” Schutt told the audience at the reception. “In our Native community, there is a great need for more Native lawyers, so I am proud to work with the Doyon board on this.”

“I know very well the cost and benefits a legal degree can have for Native students,” said Flannery, who shared that she and her husband each graduated with more than $100,000 in student loan debts. “We’ve never regretted our choice, and we hope that other students will make that choice.”

“We believe our degrees have benefited our communities tremendously,” continued Flannery, a partner at Sonosky and Chambers, a law firm devoted to representing Native American interests. “I hope that other young, aspiring Alaska Native lawyers who receive this scholarship will also go back to work for their communities.”

Establishing the scholarship was also very personally meaningful to Flannery. “When Aaron came to me with this idea, it reminded me of my grandmother. She didn’t graduate from high school, but she always prioritized education. She made sure all eight of her daughters graduated high school, she encouraged them to go on to college and a number of them did.”

“Before I finished law school, she passed away,” Flannery shared. “One of her requests to her daughters was they sell her house and her truck, and put those funds into a scholarship fund. So I am excited about the opportunity to do something similar, to follow in her footsteps and continue to promote education.”

“We are very grateful for the vision and the dedication Aaron, Marissa and the Doyon, Limited board have shown by establishing this scholarship,” Miller said. “It will undoubtedly benefit many students who want to go into this important field, but who need the financial support to do so. Many of our students return to their home communities to work after graduating, so this is an investment with long-term benefits for us all.”

If you would like to join in supporting this new scholarship fund, you may make a secure online donation on the Foundation website; be sure to note “competitive law scholarship” in the “special instructions” box. Donations may also be made by mailing a check to Doyon Foundation at 615 Bidwell Ave., Suite 101, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701. Please note “competitive law scholarship” in the memo line.

For more information about Doyon Foundation, scholarship eligibility and application instructions, or opportunities to support students, please visit www.doyonfoundation.com or contact 907.459.2048 or foundation@doyon.com.

 

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