Doyon Foundation News


4E43AF6E-80C9-4DD9-B4CB-55ED6C13A31AToday we are excited to announce the winners of the drawing as part of our 2020 language revitalization interest survey, in partnership with Tanana Chiefs Conference. We were so happy that we had over 1,000 respondents. Baasee’ to everyone who shared their thoughts on how we can work together to lift up our languages in the Doyon region.

We randomly selected six winners of $50 gift cards and three winners  of $100 gift cards using the website, Wheel of Names. Congratulations to our $100 winners:

  • Stephanie Blue
  • Christine Erhart
  • Carra Geary

And our $50 winners:

  • Samantha J Quinn
  • Kelly Lincoln
  • Charles Wulf
  • Janet Wallace
  • Natalee Smoke
  • Allison Huntington

We will be sharing the results from the survey shortly, so please keep an eye on our blog, website and social media channels. Thank you again to everyone who participated!

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Doyon Foundation scholarships help me share diversity within health care-related discussions”

We’d like to introduce you to one of our amazing Morris Thompson competitive scholarship recipients: Hannah Bagot. Even though we are unable to hold the Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic scholarship fundraiser this year, we still want to highlight our 2019 – 2020 Morris Thompson students and honor their hard work and achievements.

A graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Hannah Bagot is the daughter of Michael and Helen Bagot. Hannah is completing a master’s degree in health care administration and graduating in May 2021. Her hometown is Pleasanton, California. 

Hannah Bagot recalls searching out college programs to find one that matched her goals. It’s a path familiar to lots of students on their way to a rewarding career.

“I explored other majors in health care but they never seemed to be the right fit,” Hannah said, adding that obstacles like these can feel like failure.

“But through volunteering, working and internships, I eventually came to find the right profession for me,” she said. Hannah has volunteered at hospitals in North Carolina and in Utah, where she worked with a physical fitness program for children with special needs.

“My biggest piece of advice for other students is to take opportunities and try new things even if they’re not in your scope of interest or field of study. Everything can be a learning experience,” she said.

“You never know where you will pick up new skills, meet new people, or discover new passions. Try not to compare yourself with others.”

Scholarships from Doyon Foundation have helped Hannah attend schools to gain professional and academic skills for success in health care. “Doyon Foundation has made it possible for me to pursue a graduate degree in a field I’m passionate about,” she said. “Doyon Foundation scholarships have given me the opportunity to share diversity within health care-related discussions.”

Hannah’s plans include a summer internship in the strategy department of Atrium Health, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based nonprofit with hospitals and medical clinics in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Her long-term goals after graduation involve seeking an administrative fellowship and work in a health care organization.

Named in honor of the late Morris Thompson, former president and CEO of Doyon, Limited, the Morris Thompson Scholarship, awarded by Doyon Foundation, has helped more than 200 students forward their education. The annual Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic raises money for this competitive scholarship fund. While the event itself is not happening this year, we still welcome your support! You may make a secure online donation on our website or mail a check to Doyon Foundation, 615 Bidwell Ave., Suite 101, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701. To direct your donation to the Morris Thompson scholarship fund, simply note “Morris Thompson scholarship fund” in the notes section of the online form or on the memo line of your check. Thank you for supporting our students!

 

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I’m forever grateful for help I’m receiving from Doyon Foundation. Baasee!”

We’d like to introduce you to one of our amazing Morris Thompson competitive scholarship recipients: Angeli Kristovich. Even though we are unable to hold the Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic scholarship fundraiser this year, we still want to highlight our 2019 – 2020 Morris Thompson students and honor their hard work and achievements.

Angeli Kristovich is the daughter of Carol Endresen of Fairbanks and the late Richard Kristovich of Ketchikan. Her paternal grandparents are Patrick and Jeannie Kristovich of Washington; her maternal grandparents are Angeline Evans of Koyukuk and Carl Noble of Fairbanks.

Angeli attends the University of Alaska Anchorage-Mat-Su campus where she’s pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in property management and real estate. She anticipates graduating in 2023. Angeli is from a family of Ketchikan fishermen.

Doyon Foundation: Congratulations on being awarded a Morris Thompson competitive scholarship. How did life prepare you for this moment?

Angeli Kristovich: I dropped out of high school at 15 and earned my GED. It was scary to find myself in back in class as a non-traditional student who had been out of high school for 15 years. It was hard getting back into school at first, but I learned there are many outlets and resources to help.

Studying hard is key and being involved on campus is important too. As I made more friends and used the tutoring center, the campus felt more like a home away from home rather than a scary place full of people who are smarter than me.

DF: That will sound familiar to lots of students who find their first semester at college pretty intimidating.

AK: My first semester was scary! I would go to the library and try to study but, needless to say, it was super overwhelming. So I’d check Facebook and other social media and end up spending time on my phone when I should’ve been studying.

I was able — luckily — to realize this trap. I ended up deleting all of my social media profiles. Since then I have felt freer! My decision might sound extreme, but for me it felt great. I have more time to study and I’m focusing on what I need to be focusing on.

DF: You’re involved in campus life to help concentrate on schoolwork and navigate college life in general?

AK: Yes. Volunteering and school work keep me very busy. I’m student government president at the Mat-Su campus and I’m vice president of the Alaska Native Cultures Club. I write for the Mat-Su Monitor, the student-run newspaper that’s distributed throughout the Mat-Su Valley.

When I’m not volunteering or involved with school stuff, I spend time with my husband and family. I stay very busy and out of trouble.

DF: Scholarship recipients like you nearly always mention specific things that would have been hurdles without Doyon Foundation help. Anything come to mind?

AK: I want to say thank you to all the donors who make Doyon Foundation scholarships possible. Without your help, my life as a full-time student would have been much harder. The Morris Thompson scholarship helped me with money to buy books and pay for gas to get back and forth to school.

I know my Grandma Angeline Evans is looking down on me and so proud that I’m finally putting all the wisdom she taught me into practice. Getting an education will open a lot of doors in my life. I’m forever grateful for all the help that I’m receiving from Doyon Foundation. Baasee!

DF: What’s on the horizon for you?

AK: I’m a wife and full-time student. After graduation, I want to be a real estate agent to help low-income families get into their dream home.

Named in honor of the late Morris Thompson, former president and CEO of Doyon, Limited, the Morris Thompson Scholarship, awarded by Doyon Foundation, has helped more than 200 students forward their education. The annual Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic raises money for this competitive scholarship fund. While the event itself is not happening this year, we still welcome your support! You may make a secure online donation on our website or mail a check to Doyon Foundation, 615 Bidwell Ave., Suite 101, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701. To direct your donation to the Morris Thompson scholarship fund, simply note “Morris Thompson scholarship fund” in the notes section of the online form or on the memo line of your check. Thank you for supporting our students!

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Doyon Foundation is looking for a new administrative assistant for our office in Fairbanks. If you are interested in being part of a dedicated team working to support students and revitalize Doyon region languages, we encourage you to learn more and apply today. The position closes June 3.

Our administrative assistant works closely with the Foundation executive director, handles administrative duties and provides support to our board of directors. This position also works with the Foundation team to support our language revitalization program, scholarship program, community relations and fund development.

A typical day may include answering the phone, greeting visitors, scheduling meetings, arranging travel, taking meeting minutes, creating documents, filing, handling mail, and assisting other team members as needed.

To apply, you’ll need to be a high school graduate or equivalent, have three years office experience, be able to type 45 WPM and use Microsoft Office programs, and have a valid driver’s license and access to a registered, insured vehicle.

If you are interested in our administrative assistant position, please view the job description and apply online by June 3. And if you know someone who may be interested, please help spread the word!

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To give our students additional time during this challenging period, we have extended the Doyon Foundation fall scholarship deadline until Monday, June 1 at 11:59 p.m. This is the new deadline to apply for basic and competitive scholarships for the fall 2020 semester.

For the fall 2020 semester, we will be awarding:

  • Competitive scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $9,000 (see our website for details on the wide range of competitive awards!)
  • $1,200 basic scholarships for full-time students (undergraduates taking 12 or more credits, or 9 or more credits for graduate students)
  • $800 basic scholarships for part-time students (undergraduates taking 3 to 11 credits, or 2 to 8 credits for graduate students)

A reminder that competitive scholarships are awarded through a competitive review process, while basic scholarships are awarded to all students who meet the eligibility guidelines and submit a completed application by the appropriate deadline. Also, our basic scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Note that you don’t have to fill out separate applications for competitive and basic awards.

In order to be eligible to apply, 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

Get all the details on scholarship eligibility and application requirements by reviewing our scholarship resource handbook.

To apply, visit our online scholarship application portal. If you are a first-time applicant, you will need to create a new account. If you need help, see our step-by-step account creation instructions or view our detailed application instructions.

Once you are logged in, select “apply” and the system will ask for an access code. If you do not already have an access code, please call 907.459.2048 or email us at foundation@doyon.com to obtain one.

It 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. Note that official transcripts are required for the fall scholarship deadline.

If you have any questions or problems, please contact our scholarship program at foundation@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.

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Anna Clock is a participant in the teacher training through the Doyon Languages Online project. She has formed a learning group with her brother, William, who is using Doyon Languages Online to learn Denaakk’e. They are the grandchildren of Regina Clock of Kaltag. Their parents are Eric Clock of Kaltag and Cindy Clock of Yakima, Washington. Here, Anna shares with us about their experience teaching and learning via distance – Anna at her home in Anchorage, and William working on his tug boat on the Cook Inlet.

Doyon Languages Online, a Doyon Foundation project, is developing online language-learning lessons for the endangered Native languages of the Doyon region. The lessons are available for free to all interested learners. Courses in Holikachuk, Gwich’inDenaakk’e and Benhti Kenaga’ were launched in summer 2019, and the remaining courses will be released this year. Learn more and sign up at www.doyonfoundation.com/dlo.

If you are teaching or learning a language using Doyon Languages Online, we would love to hear your story as well! Please send us photos and tell us about your experience by emailing foundation@doyon.com.

April 20, 2020, story and photos courtesy of Anna Clock

photo 1 - assignmentsWilliam and I video-called through Google Hangouts after the Doyon Languages Online spring teacher training on Monday night. It was our first attempt at distance-learning, and it went well.

When he logged onto his Doyon Languages Online account, he was able to see the class I enrolled him to, and all his assignments.

We agreed that one lesson per week is a good pace. We will meet on Monday nights, and do part of the lesson together. He will try to finish it by Friday. He is a quick learner, so I think he will be successful while still balancing work on his tug boat.

During our call, he was able to screen share, so I could watch him go through Unit 1, Lesson 2. There was some background noise from the engine on his boat, but I could still hear him pretty well. I couldn’t hear the audio from the lesson as he played it, so I asked him to repeat the phrases and I could hear him well. He was picking up the pronunciation good from the audio clips in the lesson.

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I remembered from K’etsoo’s (Susan Paskvan) class that it was helpful to me as a learner when she pointed out what an individual part of a Denaakk’e phrase meant. This helped me remember the whole phrase’s meaning, so I passed this practice down to my brother and it helped him as well.

I was thankful to have a close family member I am comfortable with supporting me in my new teaching endeavor. It took the pressure off, and we had fun.

After going through part of the lesson, we took a break to play “show me.” We used a few of the flash cards K’etsoo shared.

Our whole call lasted for about an hour and went by quick.

 

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Mary Jane Fate was a visionary leader and influential advocate who dedicated her life to creating opportunities for Alaska Native people. Mary Jane’s accomplishments are too numerous to list and include co-founding the Fairbanks Native Association, co-founding the Breast Cancer Detection Center, co-chairing the Alaska Federation of Natives, serving as president and board member of Rampart Village Corporation, Baan O Yeel Kon, and serving on the Alaska Airlines board of directors for 25 years. Mary Jane was one of the original lobbyists for the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which created Alaska Native Corporations and conveyed 40 million acres of land to Alaska Natives.

We at Doyon Foundation are honored to have a scholarship in her name: The Mary Jane and Hugh Fate, Jr. Leadership Fund was established by their daughter, Jennifer Fate, in 2017 to honor her parents’ accomplishments for the betterment of the Doyon people. The scholarship supports students who contribute to the social or economic well-being of the Alaska Native community – following in Mary Jane’s inspiring footsteps. We are pleased that this scholarship will carry forward Mary Jane’s incredible legacy to future generations.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to Mary Jane’s husband, Hugh “Bud” Fate, and her daughter, our board president, Jennifer, as well as all of her family and friends.

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Are you a graduate in the Class of 2020? If so, tell us all about it so we can help you celebrate! We’ve extended the response deadline to Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

In these most unusual times, we have to get creative in finding ways to celebrate our grads. We know you have been working hard for your graduation day, and though you may not have your traditional graduation celebration, we still want to honor your hard work and accomplishments.

We are asking all Doyon Foundation students who graduated or are graduating in the 2019 – 2020 school year to complete a short graduate information request form by the new deadline of Wednesday, June 3. We’ll feature the information you share in our 2020 electronic graduate yearbook! Check out the 2019 graduate yearbook on our website.

As an additional way to celebrate our 2020 graduates, we would like to create a special 2020 video featuring our 2020 graduates. In your video, you can briefly share about your future plans, thank those who have helped along the way, or give advice or encouragement to others.

There are two options for submitting your video:

  1. You can upload it when you complete the graduate information request form.
  2. You can also upload it at a later date using our video submission form.

Please make sure your video is horizontal, no more than 30 seconds long and that the file is no larger than 50 MB.

Help us celebrate all of your hard work and accomplishments! Please take a few moments now to fill out our graduate questionnaire and upload your graduate video.

From all of us here at Doyon Foundation, conGRADulations and thank you!

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Candidates sought for competitive scholarship review committee

There are two seats available on the Doyon Foundation competitive scholarship review committee. One reviewer must be from a rural community in the Doyon region. Individuals interested in giving back and helping students achieve their full potential are encouraged to consider serving on this important committee, which reviews, evaluates and scores student competitive scholarship applications. We have extended the application deadline to Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 5 p.m.

To qualify for this position, candidates must:

  • Submit the online application and a current resume.
  • Be a Doyon shareholder.
  • Be age 18 or older.
  • Value and support higher education.
  • Be committed to serve a three-year term.
  • Have an internet-accessible computer with recent version of web browser installed (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera).
  • Attend an orientation in June in Fairbanks, either in person or via teleconference.
  • Spend 30 – 40 hours reviewing, evaluating and scoring all competitive scholarship applications online via the Doyon Foundation website.
  • Attend a one-day meeting in Fairbanks in July/August to award the scholarships.
  • Meet with Doyon Foundation administration to review and recommend competitive scholarship policy changes.

Please note that per IRS regulations, committee members cannot be employees of the Doyon Family of Companies or Doyon Foundation. Board members are also not eligible to serve on the committee. Also note that service on the scholarship review committee is on a voluntary basis.

Interested candidates should complete and submit the online candidate application, as well as a current resume, by Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 5 p.m. The Doyon Foundation board of directors will select the new committee member at their next regularly scheduled meeting in Fairbanks.

For more information, please contact the Doyon Foundation at 907.459.2048 or foundation@doyon.com.

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Planning to submit a proposal for an Our Language grant? Want some tips for developing your proposal? Have questions about the application or granting process? Need to brainstorm ideas for your project?

If so, then join Doyon Foundation for one of two upcoming Our Language grant teleconferences:

  • Thursday, April 23, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. To join by phone, call 1-844-740-1264 (USA toll-free) or +1-415-655-0003 (U.S. toll). You can also join the meeting via WebEx by clicking this link. The meeting number (access code) is 809 063 633, and the meeting password is F7EbGmrUc72.
  • Thursday, April 30, from 4 – 5 p.m. To join by phone, call 1-844-740-1264 (USA toll-free) or +1-415-655-0003 (U.S. Toll). You can also join the meeting via WebEx by clicking this link. The meeting number (access code) is 805 384 167, and the meeting password is MYbMfbhC478.

Not able to attend the teleconference? You’re welcome to call anytime with questions – contact Allan Hayton, language revitalization program director at 907.459.2162 or haytona@doyon.com.

Through the Our Language grant program, the Foundation will award grants of up to $5,000 to fund language revitalization projects. Doyon region tribal governments/tribal councils/communities; nonprofit Alaska Native organizations, societies and community groups; and Alaska Native cultural, educational and recreational organizations/centers are eligible to apply.

A reminder that the Our Language grant proposal deadline has been extended to Friday, May 1, 2020, at 5 p.m. We also extended the final report deadline from September 30 to October 30, 2020. Learn more on our blog, download the application packet in Word here, or download a PDF application packet here.

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Doyon Foundation and Tanana Chiefs Conference are actively working on revitalizing the Alaska Native languages of the Interior region. We would like your opinion about language revitalization, information about your knowledge and use of your Native language, and your thoughts on proposed language revitalization strategies. Doyon shareholders and/or tribal members are invited to take our online Interior Alaska Language Revitalization Interest Survey. The last day to participate is Friday, May 8 at 5 p.m.

“The information shared in this survey will help us create new language programs that meet the needs and interests of language learners,” said Allan Hayton, Doyon Foundation’s language revitalization program director.

The survey should take approximately 20 minutes, and the information you share will help us chart a course for preserving and passing on our Interior Alaska Native languages for generations to come.

To show our appreciation for your valuable time, you will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for one of three $100 or six $50 Amazon gift cards at the end of the survey.

“Our Native languages are precious, but they are fragile and need our immediate attention in order to survive and thrive for future generations,” said Doris Miller, Doyon Foundation executive director. “These language revitalization efforts are our lasting legacy. I believe our ancestors are proud of this work to perpetuate our language learning and use.”

To participate, access the online survey here. For more information, contact Allan Hayton at 907.459.2048 or toll-free at 1.888.478.4755 ext. 2048, or Ed Alexander, Tanana Chiefs Conference education director, at 907.452.8251 ext. 3032.

159_Employee-Kim Nicholas_FB-INDoyon Foundation is pleased to welcome Kimberly Nicholas as our Doyon Languages Online project coordinator.

“I am so excited to be working at the Foundation in the language department,” she said. “I grew up in Kaltag and was surrounded by my culture and language as a kid. I am fired up about learning more about Denaakk’e language learning and teaching. I love the idea of empowering our young language learners to take a front seat in our language revitalization efforts. I am happy I get to use my skills to help Doyon Foundation in their language revitalization work.”

Kimberly, a Doyon shareholder originally from Kaltag, currently lives in Fairbanks with her husband Eli Nicholas Sr., and their three children, Sida Bessie, Giana and Eli Jr. She is the daughter of Thelma Saunders and the late Lawrence Saunders Sr., of Kaltag and Nulato, respectively. She is the youngest of seven children; her brothers are Floyd Sr., Lawrence Jr., Kevin, Jason and Shawn Saunders, and her sister is Laura Saunders. She says she is “blessed to have many nieces and nephews to enjoy.” Kimberly’s maternal grandparents are the late Bessie Solomon of Kaltag and the late Charles “Spider” Evans of Rampart. Her paternal grandparents are the late Eugene and Irene Saunders of Kaltag/Nulato.

“My Denaakk’e name is Me’enh Nezoonh. It was given to me by my grandma Mary Rose Agnes during a Native Language gathering here in Fairbanks. It means ‘her spirit is strong and good,’” Kimberly said.

Kimberly earned an associate degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2010 and is currently a senior in the Alaska Native studies program, with a minor in Alaska Native languages. She also received certificates as a Child Development Associate Credential in 2001 and was certified through the State of Alaska as a breastfeeding peer counselor. She recently completed a teacher training with the Indigenous Language Institute.

Kimberly received both competitive and basic scholarships from Doyon Foundation to help fund her college education. “I’m so thankful that this valuable resource is here for us as shareholders. With the Foundation’s support, I was able to focus on my family and my studies and stress less about funding,” she said.

Prior to joining Doyon Foundation, Kimberly was an Alaska Native education tutor with the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, an associate teacher at Fairbanks Native Association Early Head Start, and a summer intern in Doyon, Limited’s administration department, which turned into a full-time admin receptionist position for five years. Most recently, she became a certified breastfeeding peer counselor and worked at the Resource Center for Parents and Children WIC department for two years.

In her free time, Kimberly loves to be outside with her family, going for walks. She loves to bring them to their little dribbler basketball practices and games. She also meets up with a Native singing group with her children a few times a month.

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Apply by May 15 for competitive and basic scholarships for fall 2020

There is a lot of uncertainty in the world right now, but one thing is certain: We will get through this together and we will come out stronger on the other side. In the meantime, many of us are hunkered down at home, weathering the storm. The silver lining is this period of isolation gives us some additional time to think and plan and dream about what we want our lives to look like. If your dream involves education – getting a degree, going back to school, obtaining a higher degree, starting a new career or just learning something new – then we encourage you to apply for a Doyon Foundation scholarship for the fall 2020 semester. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 15 at 11:59 p.m.

May 15 is the application deadline for our fall basic and competitive scholarships, which include:

  • Competitive scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $9,000
  • $1,200 basic scholarships for full-time students (undergraduates taking 12 or more credits, or 9 or more credits for graduate students)
  • $800 basic scholarships for part-time students (undergraduates taking 3 to 11 credits, or 2 to 8 credits for graduate students)

Wondering about the difference between the scholarships? Competitive scholarships are awarded through a competitive review process, while basic scholarships are awarded to all students who meet the eligibility guidelines and submit a completed application by the appropriate deadline. (Also, our basic scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to get your application in early!) Note that you don’t have to fill out separate applications for competitive and basic awards.

Before you apply, make sure you meet the eligibility guidelines. Applicants 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

Get all the details on scholarship eligibility and application requirements by reviewing our scholarship resource handbook.

Ready to apply? Get started at our online scholarship application portal. If you are a first-time applicant, you will need to create a new account. Need help? See our step-by-step account creation instructions or view our detailed application instructions.

Once you are logged in, select “apply” and the system will ask for an access code. If you do not already have an access code, please call 907.459.2048 or email us at foundation@doyon.com to obtain one.

We always get a lot of questions about 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:

  • If you DID NOT receive a summer 2020 scholarship, you are requiredto submit your official transcript on or before the deadline of May 15, 202
  • If you DIDreceive a summer 2020 scholarship, your official transcript is due on or before August 28, 2020. This can be uploaded into your student account or emailed to foundation@doyon.com.

It 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!)

Questions? We’re working remotely but still here to help! Contact our scholarship program at foundation@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.

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In light of recent developments in communities across Alaska, the country and the world, Doyon Foundation is extending the application deadline for the 2020 Our Language grants until Friday, May 1, 2020, at 5 p.m. We are also extending the final report deadline from September 30 to October 30, 2020.

We understand many are making preparations to protect families and loved ones, while also facing new challenges of working remotely and finding new ways to stay connected. We hope this deadline extension will allow applicants the additional time they need to develop their project ideas and grant proposals.

We encourage communities to find new ways to work with language revitalization, especially with Elder first language speakers. We must protect our Elders, and find ways to work with them either through telephone, or distance technology platforms like Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, FaceTime or WebEx.

As a reminder, Doyon Foundation will award grants of up to $5,000 to support language revitalization efforts as part of our continuing effort to revitalize the endangered Native languages of the Doyon region. The 10 ancestral languages of the Doyon region are all severely to critically endangered, and will be lost within the span of a few generations if no action is taken.

Doyon region tribal governments/tribal councils/communities; nonprofit Alaska Native organizations, societies and community groups; and Alaska Native cultural, educational and recreational organizations/centers are eligible to apply for an Our Language grant.

Download the application in Word here, or download a PDF application packet hereOr help us spread the word by sharing our updated flyer. For additional information, contact Doyon Foundation’s language revitalization program at 907.459.2048 or foundation@doyon.com. We look forward to seeing your proposals, and are available to discuss your project ideas.

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To protect the health of our staff, students, supporters and the general public, Doyon Foundation staff will be working remotely beginning Thursday, March 19. Foundation business operations will continue as much as possible, and our staff is here to offer support virtually. You may email us or leave a voice mail, and we will get back to you. We will continue virtual operations until it has been determined that it is in the best interests of public health to reopen our office.

Experts tell us the best way we can address the pandemic is to practice social distancing at all times, and self-quarantine if we feel ill or have been exposed to people or places with COVID-19.

And while it is in our best interests to separate ourselves physically from each other, it is also important to remember this: We are all in this together. Not one of us is unaffected by the changes taking place in the world around us. And though we may not be able to be there for each other in person, we are still there for each other.

We at the Foundation are listening to your voice mail. We are at our computer reading your email. We’re connecting with you on social media. We’re here to support you.

Take care of yourselves and your families, and be in touch if we can be of service.

The Doyon Foundation team,

Doris, Diloola, Allan, Dewey, Jennifer, Kaylee, Jenna, Purestyn & Kim

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