Doyon Foundation celebrated our fall 2014 recipients at a scholarship award ceremony held in Fairbanks on September 5. More than $214,000 in competitive and basic scholarships were awarded to 239 students this fall.DF Award Ceremony

The ceremony also provided the opportunity to recognize the donors whose support make our scholarships possible. Donors are listed on the Doyon Foundation website at

Approximately 50 Foundation staff, board members, students and supporters were in attendance, including Geri Simon, senior vice president of administration at Doyon, Limited; Chris Simon, rural education coordinator and Doyon, Limited board member; Wally Carlo, Doyon, Limited board member; Joshua Peter, Foundation board member; Evon Peter, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) vice chancellor for Rural, Community and Native Education; and Annette Frieberger, UAF Rural Student Services director.

Diloola Erikson, our 2014 natural resources competitive scholarship recipient, gave the keynote address, speaking about her experiences as a student at UAF, where she is pursuing her bachelor’s of science in mechanical engineering.

Scholarship recipients in attendance had the opportunity to introduce themselves during the ceremony, which concluded with mingling and refreshments.


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58,693 + 5,750 + 124 + 50 + 28 = 64,645. That’s the number of reasons Doyon Foundation has to be thankful for this year’s Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic, held June 13 and 14 at Chena Bend Golf Course in Fairbanks.

A total of $58,693 was raised at the event, which is the Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser. Proceeds from the classic support the Morris Thompson Scholarship Fund, an endowed fund benefitting Alaska Native, higher education students studying business management and leadership. This year’s proceeds were just slightly lower than last year’s total of $59,515.

Funds were also raised for the Foundation’s health competitive scholarship fund, which was established in 2011 with the support of a Rasmuson Foundation matching grant, plus the donations of numerous corporate and individual sponsors. Tanana Chiefs Conference presented a $5,000 donation at this year’s classic and challenged participants to contribute toward it as well. An additional $750 was raised for the health scholarship fund, for a total of $5,750.

The Foundation saw an increase in the number of golfers this year, with 124 players hitting the greens in support of scholarships. The first place team was comprised of Lane Keator, Howard Thies, Gene Carlson and Don Castle. See the full list of winners here.

The Foundation was honored that U.S. Congressman Don Young attended the 2012 golf classic. In addition to playing in the tournament, the honorary event host also spoke at the Calcutta on Thursday evening.

The event would not be possible without the generosity of the 50 sponsors, who contributed everything from significant financial donations to door prizes. A special thank you to this year’s Doctorate Level sponsors, the Doyon Family of Companies, KeyBank and Key Equipment Finance, and Master’s Level sponsor Premier Earthwork. See a full list of sponsors here.

The dedicated group of volunteers was also key to the event’s success; 28 individuals donated their time in support of this year’s classic. View a list of volunteers here. They were honored at a volunteer appreciation lunch on Friday, August 3. More than a dozen door prizes were given out. Volunteer Mariah Pitka went home with 40,000 Alaska Airlines miles donated by Doyon, Limited; Geri Simon won a one-year pass to the University of Alaska Museum of the North; and Lori MacCafferty received an overnight stay at the River’s Edge Resort.

The golf classic, established in 2000, is held in memory of the late Morris Thompson, who served as the president/CEO of Doyon, Limited from 1985 until his passing in 2000. Read more about the classic here.

Maguire pic


Jennifer Maguire is a Doyon Foundation alumna, as well as a current student. She earned her bachelor’s of arts degree in English with double minors in applied business and Alaska Native studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in 2004.  She is currently enrolled in the MBA program at the UAF School of Management and will complete her master’s of business administration in December 2013.

Jennifer shared that she has experienced setbacks throughout the years, but many turned out to be positive.

“About two years ago I reached a plateau in my career and realized that I needed to go back to school in order to increase my earning power. I have a daughter who will be starting college in about a year and as a single mother, I knew I needed to earn more money in order to help her pay for school. I decided to pursue a graduate degree and now I have three more classes until I earn my MBA! Sometimes when one door closes, another one opens,” Jennifer says.

In 2011, Jennifer received the competitive Morris Thompson business scholarship, which “really helped me pay for my first year of graduate school. If I didn’t get that scholarship, I would ha

ve dropped my classes. I am very grateful for that scholarship, which has helped me get where I am today,” she says.

When asked for her advice for current students, Jennifer says, “Go to every class. You don’t have to be Einstein to succeed in school. If you simply go to every class and do the work to the best of your ability, you will succeed!”

Jennifer has served the people of Interior Alaska for more than 20 years through her work at various Native organizations in Fairbanks. She was promoted to CEO of the Interior Regional Housing Authority (IRHA) in September 2012, after working in grants and compliance at IRHA since July 2011. Prior to that, she worked in the legal department at Doyon, Limited and is a graduate of the Doyon Management Training program. Other work experience includes human resources intern and recruiter at Doyon, and grant writer at Tanana Chiefs Conference.

Jennifer is also active in the community. She served as a Doyon Foundation board member from 2005-2008, and currently serves as a mentor “big sister” in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. In her spare time, she enjoys golfing and spending time with my family.

Jennifer is originally from Allakaket and has lived all over Alaska, as her parents were teachers. She is the daughter of Cora and the late Bob Maguire, and the granddaughter of Johnson and the late Bertha Moses of Allakaket and the late Hugh and Irene Maguire of Lake Chelan, Wash. She has a younger sister, Gail; a younger brother, Jeremy; and a 16-year-old daughter, Navonne.


2013 All Native American High School Academic Team

The AIGC All Native American High School Academic Team (ANAHSAT) honors 10 American Indian and Alaska Native high school seniors each year. High school seniors with outstanding academic achievements, leadership in school, civic and extracurricular activities and motivation to serve and succeed should apply.

To be considered for the AIGC ANAHSAT, an applicant must:

• Be an enrolled member of a United States federally recognized American Indian or Alaska Native group or be able to verify ¼ descent from such;

• Have sustained an outstanding academic record based on the rigor available to them;

• Have proven leadership and demonstrated community service activities;

• Be enrolling at an accredited college or university as a full time degree seeking undergraduate student in the 2013 Fall term; and

• Be a high school senior at time of application.

The deadline is March 16, 2013. To apply online, click here. You may also visit the AIGC website at To enter the Online Application System, click the APPLY NOW button found in various places on the AIGC website.

All inquiries regarding this program should be directed to

Please see the attached information about the nomination process for the 2013 Kay L. Thomas Pathfinder Award. Please contact Cathy Brooks at with any questions.

Kay Award Flier.pdf


AISES is holding a potluck on Thursday at 1pm in the UAF Rural Student Services Gathering room to celebrate the newly named AISES Scholarship for Sue McHenry. See flyer below for details.

The Dennis Demmert award provides an opportunity for students to nominate a person whom they feel has positively affected their academic efforts at UAF. 2012 marks the 18th year the RSS students and staff will recognize individuals at UAF whose efforts demonstrate UAF’s goal of being the educational center for Alaska Natives. During the 1994 Native Summit at UAF, Dennis Demmert recommended that something be done to recognize individuals whose actions have proved their support. The name was changed from RSS Appreciation and Recognition Award to the Dennis Demmert Appreciation and Recognition Award in honor of the many years of service that Dennis has given for the betterment of the Alaska Native community.

To nominate someone, please fill out a form (can be picked up at RSS) and then submit your nomination to RSS by 5:00PM Friday, April 20th. You may also fax your nomination to (907) 474-6619 or submit by email to the following address: fyrss.

Please understand that because this award is offered through Rural Student Services, the RSS staff cannot be considered as award recipients!

Recipients of this award will be recognized at a reception in their honor at the RSS Gathering Room on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm.

For more information, please contact Carol Murphrey, 474-6616.

Doyon Foundation’s 2011 scholarship award ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, September 8 at 2 p.m. at the Doyon, Limited Chiefs Court at 1 Doyon Place in Fairbanks, Alaska. All Foundation students, alumni, family members, friends and supporters are invited to attend.

The ceremony will recognize the 379 students who are receiving Foundation scholarships for the fall 2011 semester. The Foundation will award a total of $305,400 in scholarships, up from the $294,500 that was awarded last fall.

The fall 2011 awards include $800 basic scholarships for full-time students, $400 basic scholarships for part-time students, and competitive scholarships that range from $3,000 to $7,000. (Note that competitive scholarship recipients receive half of their funding in the fall semester and the remaining half in the spring semester.)

Among this year’s competitive scholarships is a new award, made possible with a grant from the Rasmuson Foundation and donations from corporate, individual and alumni donors. More than $20,000 was raised this summer for the new competitive scholarship for Foundation students who are studying health, which was the number one field of study in 2009 – 2010, and is one of the fastest-growing fields both across the state and nation. The first $5,000 award will be presented at the upcoming scholarship award ceremony.

Also included in the 2011 competitive scholarship line-up are four awards partially funded with donations made to the Foundation in memory of Lu Young, a Doyon, Limited shareholder and the wife of Congressman Don Young. The Foundation received donations of more than $7,000 in Mrs. Young’s memory following her passing in 2009. That, combined with additional contributions previously made by the Young family, funded the majority of the Foundation’s 2011 education, indigenous studies, liberal arts and committee’s choice competitive scholarships.

Mrs. Young, a Gwich’in Athabascan from Fort Yukon, was the daughter of John Fredson, and was the third of 10 children in the family. Mrs. Young met her future husband in Fort Yukon, where she was a bookkeeper and he was working as an elementary school teacher. Throughout her husband’s congressional career, Mrs. Young was a strong supporter of his work. Mrs. Young was known for her support of Alaskans and ensuring that Alaskans were treated as royalty when in Washington, D.C. visiting the congressman. During their 46 years of marriage, the couple had two daughters – Dawn and Joni – and 14 grandchildren. Mrs. Young passed away August 2, 2009 at her home in Great Falls, Va. at the age of 67.

For more information on Doyon Foundation scholarships or the upcoming scholarship award ceremony, please visit or contact Tonya Garnett, scholarship program manager, at 907.459.2049 or

The State of Alaska does outreach and early awareness to promote higher education. They are currently recruiting students who will be in 6-8th grade this upcoming school year to profile in their middle school newspaper highlighting students from around the state with their college and career aspirations. They need more students from the Interior to include in their Fall 2011 edition of the newspaper! They just need a brief questionnaire from students, a good quality photo, and a parent permission form (all attached) for submission to the paper, which is distributed statewide. Here is a link to a previous edition of the paper to give you an idea of what the layout is: They need all materials back no later than August 1st, but the sooner the better!

Feel free to contact Helena with any questions.

Helena Jacobs

Community & Outreach Liaison

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education

phone 907.269.7973 | fax 907.269.7991

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

Call for What’s Your Story 2011_2012.doc

WYS Middle School Questionnaire 2011.pdf

2011 Youth Model Release.pdf

AVTEC is glad to announce a new (IT) Information Technology class called the (VIA) Village Internet Agent. The VIA program is a grant Funded program which provides free tuition, books and supplies for the qualified student. Attached, is the information regarding the class.

If you have any questions please contact Allen at the information listed below:

Allen M Sagoonick

Information Technology Department VIA Insturctor

AVTEC – Alaska’s Institute of Technology

Seward Alaska



AVTEC VIA Program Description.docx

AVTEC VIA Program FAQ.pdf

The following article is reprinted courtesy of the Gana-A’Yoo, Limited newsletter. To view the full newsletter, visit . Article submitted by Kayli Hildebrand.

Photo courtesy of Emma Hildebrand

I was raised in Northway by my parents Bernard and Emma Hildebrand.  Northway is a small village of less than 300 people, where I lived until I graduated from High School.  My dad is originally from Nulato and my mother’s relatives are from McGrath and Anchorage.  I enjoyed learning about our Athabascan culture by attending potlatches and through Native singing & dancing. I took a Native language class growing up and enjoyed being around our elders and adults who spoke it.

Northway will always be my home.  Growing up there was some challenges and I realizing not many people from home attended college or moved away. I decided early on that I was not going to stay in the village; I wanted to make a difference in life and to show my parents that I can succeed. I received a full scholarship for being at the top of my class and I now attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

My first day of college was very scary.  I didn’t know anyone at all, but as days and weeks went by, I saw people I knew and I also met new friends.  I chose UAF to get a degree in mechanical engineering.  Why, you ask? Because my dad works for Alyeska Pipeline and I see that he makes a good living and I too want to be successful.  I also would like to have a great job that will allow me to care for my family when I am older, just as my dad did. I may not be the best at math or English, but I know I will do my best in college to show my parents I can succeed in life.

Growing up, I have done many extracurricular activities including basketball, where we made it to state twice and I was also a big sister volunteer.  I have held many jobs to stay busy growing up including a grocery store clerk, babysitting and working at Fast Eddy’s in Tok.  I now work at the Interior-Aleutians Campus as a facilitator. This job allows me to work regularly with college students.  It is a great working experience.  When I complete college, I plan to succeed far in life.  I know that UAF is the perfect place for me because it is close to all my family and friends.  The teachers and students are great and I am looking forward to a little fun while at college.

Wherever you go in life take some chances, get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself.  Good Luck.

During the recent move, Doyon Foundation experienced some technical difficulties with its phone and voice mail system. The difficulties coincided with the April 15 fall scholarship application deadline, delaying responses to messages left by many students.

To provide these students with the opportunity to apply for scholarships, the Foundation is extending the fall scholarship application deadline to Monday, May 9, 2011. Hard copy applications are due to the Foundation office at 615 Bidwell, Suite 101, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701 by 5 p.m. on May 9. Online applications are due by midnight on May 9.

The technical issues are in the process of being resolved. In the meantime, students are encouraged to email the Foundation or call Foundation staff members directly. Doris Miller, executive director, may be reached at or 907.459.2050, Tonya Garnett may be reached at or 907.459.2049, and Whitney Demientieff may be reached at or 907.459.2048.

Good morning and Happy Wednesday!

UAF Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning is offering Tuition Awards, Earn and Learn, Scholarships, and Sweet Summer Deal including 28% off dorm housing. Click on the link below to access the information. I have

attached the information in PDF and Word format to this e-mail.

Questions? Contact the Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning office at

TOLL FREE: 866-404-7021 or (907) 474-7021.

Check the following website where you will find all the financial assistance for summer.

Robin L. Frank
Student Success Advisor
UAF Community and Technical College
604 Barnette Street
phone (907) 455-2871
toll-free (877) 882-8827

evening flyer 20110315A-1.pdf

Apply for the SWEET Summer Deal.docx





2011 Daaga’ Awards

Doyon, Limited is now accepting proposals for the 2011 Daaga’ Awards. Proposals are due by Monday, April 25, 2011 at 5 p.m. Interior Native communities and individual shareholders are eligible to apply. To download the application, here.

Starting in 2011, the award amount has been raised from $1,500 to $3,000 per person/group. The application guidelines have also been revised. View the application for more information.

Awards are limited, and may be granted up to $3,000 per funding period. Depending on the number of proposals received and the need, the selected proposals may not always be funded for the full amount requested. For this reason, Daaga’ should be considered a supplement to the project funding. Daaga’ was created to be a start-up resource; therefore, priority will be given to new proposals.

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