Doyon Foundation Events


We had such a great time at the Doyon, Limited annual meeting this year. It was wonderful to meet and visit with so many of you who stopped by our table, and we appreciated the opportunity to present to you during the annual meeting. We took lots of photos – check them out on Facebook and be sure to tag yourself!

During our presentation, our executive director, Doris Miller, and language revitalization program director, Allan Hayton, shared about the two primary focus areas here at the Foundation – scholarships and language revitalization.

We were excited to announce that we distributed almost $1 million dollars in scholarships last year alone! And so far this year, we have awarded nearly 300 scholarships totaling more than $377,000.

We also reminded everyone planning to attend school this fall to mark their calendar for our fall scholarship application deadline coming up on May 15. This is the deadline to apply for competitive scholarships for the 2018 – 2019 academic year and basic scholarships for the fall semester. Applicants will apply using our brand new online scholarship application system, which offers a more streamlined, user-friendly experience for both our students and staff.

A reminder that our scholarships are not just for students pursuing traditional four-year degrees at a college or university. Funding is also available for Doyon shareholders who want to pursue vocational training. Vocational students are eligible for basic and competitive scholarships, as well as our short-term vocational scholarship, which pays the cost of the course or training, up to $1,000.

We also highlighted two brand new scholarships at the Foundation … the Marissa Flannery and Aaron Schutt Legal Scholarship Fund, and the Mary Jane and Hugh Fate, Jr. Leadership Fund. Doyon President and CEO Aaron Schutt and his wife, Marissa Flannery, partnered with Doyon, Limited last year to establish the endowment for a new competitive scholarship for aspiring young lawyers. Jennifer Fate, a member of the Foundation board of directors, established the Mary Jane and Hugh Fate, Jr. Leadership Fund to honor her parents’ accomplishments for the betterment of the Doyon people.

Since so many shareholders gather at the annual meeting, we took the opportunity to invite our alumni – which includes any previous Foundation scholarship recipients – to connect with us. We’d love to hear where you are and what you are doing, and continue to stay in touch with you. Foundation alumni can contact us at 907.459.2048 or foundation@doyon.com.

Allan then shared about all the exciting activities taking place in the area of language revitalization, including Doyon Languages Online, which is an online language-learning platform for Doyon region languages. We are currently working on creating lessons for nine of the 10 Doyon region languages. Access to the lessons will be free and available to all interested learners.

Interested language learners can soon get a preview of Doyon Languages Online, as we are getting ready to launch a series of Hän language lessons by the late Isaac Juneby. Keep an eye on our website, blog, email and Facebook for updates on these lessons.

Allan reminded interested organizations to get their applications in for the Our Language grants, which provide funding to communities or organizations that wish to undertake a project to revitalize their Native language. Last year, eight proposals were funded up to $5,000. This year, we will award grants of up to $8,000. The deadline to submit a proposal was March 26, and we will be announcing this year’s recipients early this summer.

With a program growing as quickly as the language revitalization program, it is important to have a plan for the future. Allan updated everyone at the annual meeting on a recent strategic planning session that explored developing long-term strategies, identifying concrete steps for language revitalization, and inspiring new grassroots efforts for our region.

Doris closed the presentation with “thank yous” in each of the Doyon region languages, showing appreciation to our many supporters, including Doyon, Limited, the Foundation staff, board and volunteers, Nee Ts’ee Neyh and Pick. Click. Give. donors, Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic golfers and sponsors, and all of our language teachers, learners and supporters.

In addition to our presentation, we staffed a table at the annual meeting, where we had a video showing Doyon Languages Online activities, a language-learning demonstration, a language map, and nametags that read “Hello, my name is …” in each of the Doyon region languages.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by! We look forward to seeing you all again next year, and hope you will stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Visiting our website

Subscribing to our blog

Signing up to receive emails

Following us on Facebook

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 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.

 

Join us for the Doyon Foundation fall 2017 student dinner! We will have food (including moose soup!), door prizes, and Native language demonstrations and activities. Students, alumni, family, friends and supporters are all welcome to attend this free event.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

5:30 p.m.

Doyon Industrial Facility

615 Bidwell Ave. in Fairbanks

If you are a Foundation alumni, please let us know if you can bring a dish to share and/or a door prize to donate.

The event is FREE but please RSVP at http://conta.cc/2A5BMif.

Celebrate by sharing your language!

 

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Today is Indigenous Peoples Day, and Doyon Foundation invites you to celebrate by sharing YOUR language!

Earlier this summer, Gov. Bill Walker signed legislation recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day in Alaska. The law establishes Alaska as the second state in the nation to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday of October, replacing Columbus Day.

Join in the celebration by finding the “happy Indigenous Peoples Day” translation in your language below and sharing it on social media. Be sure to tag @DoyonFoundation and your language!

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Holikachuk#BenhtiKokhut’anaKenaga’

#DegXinag

#Denaakk’e

#Dinak’i

#DinjiiZhuhK’yaa

#Hän

#Holikachuk

#DihthâadXt’eenLlinAanďěg’

#Née’aaneegn’

#DoyonLanguages

October 17 at Elders & Youth Conference

 

Planning to be at AFN? If so, don’t miss Doyon Foundation’s “Taking Language Revitalization Online – Using GIFs to Get the Word Out” workshop during the First Alaskans Institute Elders & Youth Conference on Tuesday, October 17 at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. We are currently on the schedule for 3:45 p.m., but please check the daily schedule for current details on time and location.

edzooThe workshop will introduce Doyon Languages Online (DLO), a project to create and publish introductory language lessons for Native languages of the Doyon region. FAI summer intern, Diloola Erickson, will share her experience creating media content for DLO using Native GIFs. During the workshop, we will create a GIF live with youth participants’ ideas and Elders’ leadership. We will also brainstorm other forms of social media that could be used to get people excited and engaged with language revitalization.

This fun workshop is ideal for anyone interested in social media, language revitalization, youth engagement, and those with a good sense of humor. We hope you’ll join us!

Learn more about Doyon Foundation and Doyon Languages Online on our website, www.doyonfoundation.com, or contact Allan Hayton at haytona@doyon.com or 907.459.2162.

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