Doyon Foundation News


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Today marks the 30th anniversary of Doyon Foundation! Over the coming year, we will be celebrating our 30 years of providing educational, career and cultural opportunities to enhance the identity and quality of life for Doyon shareholders.

Join us in commemorating this milestone by sharing a story, photo or video about how the Foundation has touched your life on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Instagram. Be sure to tag #DF30 so we can see it!

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The 2019 report is in, and we give our thanks to the 51 Alaskans who donated to Doyon Foundation through Pick. Click. Give. this year. The $3,475 in donations was up slightly from last year, and we – and our students – are very grateful for your support. See a list of our 2019 donors on our website.

These donations go directly to our general scholarship fund, which provides basic scholarships ranging from $800 for part-time students to $1,200 for full-time students. These scholarships support not only students pursuing traditional four-year degrees, but also certificates, associate degrees and vocational training. We invite you to visit our blog to read profiles featuring students who have benefitted from your generosity!

Mark your calendar – the 2020 Pick. Click. Give. season begins January 1, with the opening of the Alaska PFD application period! It’s simple and easy to make a pledge when completing your PFD application – and it makes a big difference for our students.

Pick. Click. Give. is just one way you can show your support of Doyon Foundation. Other options include:

However you show your support, know that you are helping us work toward our mission to provide educational, career and cultural opportunities to enhance the identity and quality of life for Doyon shareholders. Thank you for your support!

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Doyon Foundation will be closed Thursday and Friday to celebrate the holiday with our families and friends. We give thanks for all of our students, volunteers, language teachers and learners, staff, board members, donors and other supporters. We wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!

59_DF_FB_AutoGraphic_512x512Doyon Foundation held its board of directors election at its annual membership meeting on November 15 in Fairbanks. At that time, the board also voted to increase the number of board seats from seven to nine.

“As a small, private foundation, we rely on our volunteer board and committees to help us provide services and work toward our mission,” said Doris Miller, Foundation executive director. “Expanding the board means we have more talented people bringing their skills to the table.”

Sonta Hamilton Roach and LaVerne Demientieff were re-elected to the board, and newly elected board members include Jennifer Adams, Matthew Calhoun and Mariah Pitka-Jenkins.

These members join Jennifer Fate, Marie Cleaver, LaVerne Huntington and Aaron Roth on the Foundation board.

The Foundation extends its deep gratitude to exiting board member, Lanien Livingston, who has served on the Foundation board as president for the past seven years.

“We are very grateful for Lanien’s service on our board. Her leadership, ideas and dedication have helped grow the Foundation over the past seven years. With her support, we have expanded our scholarship program to serve even more students at a higher level, and are launching a groundbreaking online language revitalization project. We thank her, we will miss her, and we wish her the very best,” Miller said.

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Winter may be on its way, but it’s already time to start thinking about spring – spring scholarships, that is! The application period for spring 2020 Doyon Foundation scholarships is now open. Applications must be received by Friday, November 15, 2019, at 5 p.m. Remember that our basic scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so get your application in early!

(Did you know that we also award advanced college credit scholarships up to $400 to high school students, as well as short-term vocational scholarships up to $1,000? Applications for these are accepted year-round and funded on a first-come, first-served basis! Check out our scholarship resource handbook to learn more.)

Applications are accepted through our online scholarship portal, available on our website. First time using the new system? See our step-by-step instructions on how to create a new account. Questions on the application process? Check out our tutorial on how to apply for a scholarship.

To be eligible for a Doyon Foundation scholarship, you must:

  • Be enrolled to Doyon, Limited or be the child of an original enrollee
  • Be accepted to an accredited college, university, technical or vocational school
  • Meet our minimum GPA requirements
  • Be enrolled in the required minimum number of credits

Part-time students are eligible to receive an $800 basic scholarship and full-time students can receive $1,200 basic scholarships. Check out our scholarship resource handbook for all the details.

There are several items you will need to submit when applying for a basic scholarship, including:

One thing we always get lots of questions about is transcripts. Do I need to submit them? Do they need to be official or unofficial? What is the deadline? Here’s what you need to know about transcripts:

  • Official transcripts only need to be submitted once per academic year (which runs August through July).
  • If you’re a “new” student (in order words, you didn’t receive a fall 2019 scholarship), then you need to submit official transcripts by the November 15 deadline.
  • If you’re a “returning” student (meaning you received a fall 2019 scholarship), you can submit unofficial transcripts. We know you won’t have transcripts for the fall semester by November 15, so the deadline for you to submit them is December 21.

DF_95_General Transcripts Infographic_v1.jpgIt is very important to log in to your student account before the scholarship application deadline to check that you have submitted all the required materials. (Put a reminder on your calendar now!)

We also encourage you to review our scholarship resource handbook for all the details on transcripts, eligibility and application requirements. You are also welcome to contact us anytime – we are here to help!

Need computer access to complete the online application? Come by the Foundation office at the Doyon Industrial Facility, 615 Bidwell Ave., Suite 101 in Fairbanks.

Remember – the deadline to apply for a spring 2020 basic scholarship is Friday November 15, 2019! If you have questions, contact us at foundation@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.

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Doyon Foundation is currently seeking candidates for three open seats on its board of directors. The seats are for three-year terms, expiring in 2022. The deadline to apply is Monday, October 28, at 5 p.m.

Qualifications

Candidates seeking election to the Doyon Foundation board must be:

  • A Doyon, Limited shareholder
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Knowledgeable about private foundation management and higher education
  • Familiar with the Foundation’s vision, goals, mission and purpose
  • Committed to carrying out the duties of a board member, which include:
    • Attending quarterly board meetings
    • Serving on two board committees
    • Completing work outside of meetings
    • Representing the Foundation at various events
    • Speaking on behalf of the Foundation at events, if asked
    • Note that some board work is conducted remotely, and computer and online access is strongly encouraged

Doyon Foundation is specifically interested in candidates with nonprofit board and fundraising experience. Additionally, candidates residing in a rural community within the Doyon region are especially encouraged to apply.

Important Notice

Please note that, under federal laws governing private foundations, family members of Doyon Foundation board members are NOT eligible to receive a Doyon Foundation basic or competitive scholarship during their term on the board. Family members are defined as the board members’ spouse, ancestors, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the spouses of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Current Doyon Foundation scholarship recipients are also not eligible to serve on the board.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The duties of a Doyon Foundation board member include:

  • Contribute skills that help the Foundation make progress on planning.
  • Consistently work toward and produce results related to the Foundation’s strategic focus areas, which include providing consistent measurable results, diversifying and growing revenue streams, increasing shareholder educational opportunities, enhancing operations, and revitalizing languages and traditional Native values.
  • Define and oversee the mission of the Foundation and keep it relevant to the needs of Doyon shareholders and their descendants.
  • Approve programs/services and monitor their effectiveness.
  • Provide strategic guidance to the Foundation and its executive director.
  • Ensure financial solvency and help raise resources.
  • Select, support and evaluate the executive director.
  • Ensure continuous board improvement.
  • Attend quarterly meetings in Fairbanks, Alaska, as well as any special meetings called.
  • Serve on two board committees and possibly chair one committee, which include finance/investment, development/fundraising, language revitalization/culture, and governance.
  • Participate in at least one board training event each year.
  • Demonstrate willingness to take on other duties and assignments, as needed.
  • Represent and, if asked, speak on behalf of Doyon Foundation at various events.

Application Instructions/Deadline

Applications are accepted using an online form. The form does not take long to fill out and candidates are able to upload resumes and/or other materials.

Candidates may also download and print a hard-copy form to complete and mail to Doyon Foundation, 615 Bidwell Avenue, Suite 101, Fairbanks, Alaska, 99701. Mailing instructions are provided on the form.

Please note that candidates are required to submit an updated resume along with their completed application.

It is highly recommended that candidates familiarize themselves with the Foundation and its work by reviewing the Foundation’s website, blog and social media channels prior to submitting an application. All of these links are available at doyonfoundation.com.

The deadline to apply is Monday, October 28, 2019, at 5 p.m.

For more information, please visit doyonfoundation.com or contact Doris Miller, Doyon Foundation executive director, at 907.459.2048 or millerd@doyon.com.

 

DF_41_OpenPosition Promotion_FBIt’s an exciting time here at Doyon Foundation, with our vibrant scholarship program supporting hundreds of students in their academic journey, and our language revitalization program, which has picked up incredible momentum, launching our first four Doyon Languages Online courses this summer!

There are currently two exciting ways to join the Foundation team: as our new data entry clerk or Doyon Languages Online project manager. We are currently recruiting for both of these open positions, and invite all interested applicants to review the job descriptions and apply online.

Our Doyon Languages Online project manager position is perfect for someone who is passionate about the revitalization of Native languages. This person will be responsible for the coordination and completion of the Doyon Languages Online project, which we launched earlier this summer with the roll-out of the first four online language-learning courses in HolikachukGwich’inDenaakk’e and Benhti Kenaga’.  This is a full-time position with funding secured through September 30, 2020, although future grant opportunities may be secured to extend the position. Applications will be accepted online until the position is filled.

We are also seeking a data entry clerk, who will be responsible for entering student scholarship information into our database, and assisting our scholarship program manager with scholarship program duties. Applicants should be high school graduates or equivalent. This is a full-time position in our Fairbanks office.

Interested applicants are encouraged to review the job descriptions and requirements, and apply online at www.doyon.com. Know someone who may be qualified and interested? Help us spread the word!

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