Business Fields of Study

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.


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 or contact 907.459.2048 or


Below is a class list for Fall 17 and Spring 18 in the Alaska Native Business Management area of study at UAA’s College of Business and Public Policy. For more information contact Sharon Guenther Lind at 907-786-4166 or email at


Join Professor Hensley for spring classes at UAA, where students will explore Alaska and its future, and more.



This course will focus on Alaska and its future. It will address major historical eras that shaped Alaska. These eras will provide a backdrop to understand and meet the challenges of creating policies and practical actions which will shape a livable and dynamic Alaska for future generations.

Exploring Native Corporations – Traditional Values & the Modern Alaska Native Corporation


 This short course will explore the use of the modern corporation and its application to traditional societies in Alaska.  Students will have an opportunity to discuss the corporation in the context of cultures that had little or no experience with business corporations.

For more information, please contact Student Advising @ (907) 786-4100 or email

Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (YES!) offered by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED)

The Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (YES!). YES! is designed for Native high school and college-aged students interested in business and entrepreneurship to hone their skills and learn more about what it takes to become successful in business. There will also be sessions to give attendees an overview of some of the basic topics important to success in the business world. YES! will be interactive, so participants should come prepared to discuss their potential ideas and interests, or simply be ready to ask questions to the people who have “walked the walk” in the world of business.

JULY 11, 2016 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino • Tulsa, OK 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
FREE to qualified applicants

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Native American student who are High School and College-aged
  • Interest in Business
  • If Under 18 Parent or legal Guardian consent to participate


  • Download the application for registration form found HERE
  • Complete the application and submit to:
    • YES! The National Center for American Indian Enterprise
      953 E. Juanita Avenue Mesa, AZ 85204
    • Or, email to
  • NOTE: Incomplete / Unsigned Liability Release Forms will not be accepted.
  • Space is limited, be sure to apply early!




Click here to learn more and get started on your application!

Additionally, you can contact (480) 545-1298 for more information, including answers to questions, instructions and guidelines.

Alaska Permanent Capital Management is committed to giving Alaskan Students real world opportunities. They have started a rotating internship program to correspond with spring, fall and summer semesters.

APCM is actively looking for applicants for this summer. Enclosed are details about the company and the internship, please note the short application period.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Laura Bruce, CFP®, ChFC®, SVP, Director of Client Relations at 907.646.3509.

APCM Internship.pdf


Stanford MBA Future Leaders Program!

The Stanford MBA Future Leaders Program is a three-day residential event that introduces students from diverse backgrounds to an MBA education and post-MBA career opportunities.

Standford MBA Future Leaders are given the opportunity to:

  • Live on campus.
  • Participate in the classroom.
  • Engage in innovation and leadership activities.
  • Gain exposure to the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) and Bay Area communities.

For more information click here.

BA A401 Alaska Native Corporation Business Management CRN 73401. This is a great class for new employees at both Alaska Native organizations and private sector companies doing business in Alaska alike as we cover a range of topics including: Tribes in Alaska their history and purpose, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act – the journey to ANCSA and today’s ANCSA issues, the reservation model compared to the ANCSA model, Alaska Native Corporation (ANC) corporate governance, The Board of Directors, 7(i) sharing, 8(a) government contracting, opening enrollment, village and regional corporations, Alaska Native non-profits and so much more.

Additionally, in this class we highlight some phenomenal speakers who join us throughout the semester and provide current, relevant overviews of these topics. We have had wonderful participation from leaders of these dynamic entities, both for-profit and non-profit Alaska Native organizations.

BA A401 is a 400 level course, and although it has prerequisites, those can be waived for students taking this class out of special interest. Again, a wonderful learning opportunity for new employees. This is also a great overview for those just wanting to learn some of the history of these important topics.

Take a look at our new minor online at UAA’s College of Business and Public Policy. See details on the minor at:

Consider declaring the minor or taking one of the classes as an elective or out of special interest as an Undeclared student.

Fall courses:

  • BA A201 Introduction to Alaska Native Business – CRN 79080 – 1 credit, meets October 30 and November 6 (two consecutive Fridays, all day, lunches provided both days.) This is the first class in the minor and suits Freshman and Sophomore students very well, or those wanting a first time introductory overview of these dynamic organizations.
  • BA A401 Alaska Native Corporation Business Management – CRN 73401 – 3 credit, meets Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. This is a more in-depth of Alaska Native corporations and is perfect for upper-division students or current employees, especially new employees, wanting a closer look at the history and current perspectives of the leaders who formed and currently run these organizations.

BBA students must meet upper-division standing to register for BA A401. Non-BBA students, including non-degree seeking) can have the pre-requisite requirements waived. Contact Sharon Lind with any questions.

Register for BA A201 CRN: 79080 or BA A401 CRN: 73401 in UAONLINE today!

UAA Classes Begin August 24 – Plenty of Time to Register

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about a unique sector of business within Alaska. If you have any questions about these classes or the minor please contact Sharon Lind at sglind.

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