Doyon Foundation News


Candidates sought for Doyon Languages Online II Project Manager

DF_15_Job Post Promotion_BlogDoyon Foundation is seeking a project manager for its Doyon Languages Online II project, which will work to increase the number of people who speak the Doyon region languages of Nee’anděg’ (Tanacross), Née’aaneegn’ (Upper Tanana), Deg Xinag and Denak’i (Upper Kuskokwim). Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, January 17.

The position is currently posted on the Doyon, Limited website, and interested applicants are encouraged to review the job description, which includes the duties and responsibilities, and applicant qualifications. Those interested in the position may also apply online through the Doyon website.

The Foundation received a three-year, $977,423 grant from the U.S. Department of Education – Alaska Native Educational Program for the project, which will create more than 220 online language-learning lessons, train teachers in the use of the technology, and field test the lessons with students.

This project builds on the progress of the existing Doyon Languages Online project, which is already in the process of developing online language-learning lessons for five of the Doyon region languages: Holikachuk, Denaakk’e (Koyukon), Benhti Kenaga’ (Lower Tanana), Hän, and Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in).

The project manager will be responsible for the coordination, implementation and the evaluation of the Doyon Languages Online II project, and will work directly under the Foundation’s language revitalization program director. It is preferred that candidates have a master’s degree in the education field with experience in language teaching, curriculum development or evaluation, and past experience in program design, education planning, and teaching language.

To view the job description and to apply, visit the Doyon, Limited website. For more information on the Foundation’s language revitalization program, visit www.doyonfoundation.com.

 

Foundation Seeks Linguistics Consultants and Content Creators – Apply by January 31

Doyon Foundation is pleased to announce a second call for linguistics consultants and content creators for the Doyon Languages Online project. Interested applicants are encouraged to review the RFQs (request for qualifications) for linguistics consultants and content creators, and apply by January 31, 2018.

The Doyon Languages Online project is working to create 280 introductory online lessons for five of the endangered Doyon region languages: Holikachuk, Denaakk’e, Benhti Kenaga’, Hän, and Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa. Ultimately, Doyon Foundation aims to create online courses for all 10 of the Doyon region languages.

Doyon Languages Online is funded with a three-year, $900,000 grant from the Administration for Native Americans. The project is a partnership with 7000 Languages, a nonprofit that supports endangered language learning partially through software donated by Transparent Language Online.

For more information on the project scope, background, qualifications and selection process, and to access the application, please see the linguistics consultants RFQ and content creators RFQ.

For additional information on Doyon Foundation or the Doyon Languages Online project, visit www.doyonfoundation.com or contact Allan Hayton at haytona@doyon.com or 907.459.2162.

The 2018 Pick. Click. Give. campaign kicks off Monday, January 1, with the opening of the Alaska PFD application period. We encourage you to consider Pick. Click. Giving to Doyon Foundation when completing your PFD application. The PFD application period runs January 1 – March 31, 2018. Alaskans can apply online at www.pfd.alaska.gov.

student with checkFunds from Pick. Click. Give. directly benefit the Foundation’s student scholarships and support programs, as well as the efforts of our language revitalization program.

Last year, 57 donors contributed $3,975 to support Foundation scholarships. While we are very grateful for all support, last year’s Pick. Click. Give. total was a significant decrease from previous years.

Since the Foundation was established in 1989, we have awarded more than $6 million in scholarships to thousands of high school, vocational and college students pursuing their educational goals and striving to achieve their life dreams. Many of these students have shared that they simply would not have been able to attend college without the support of the Foundation. Yet with that support, they have gone on to become doctors, lawyers, teachers and leaders in our communities, setting positive examples for future generations of students to follow.
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But the support of the Foundation is more than just financial. Homesick students far from family have found comfort in the support of Foundation staff and alumni, and at events designed to celebrate and connect students and Foundation supporters. We also strive to help students develop a deeper connection with and pride in their rich Native culture.
Elder and youth recording Native language translationsIn addition to scholarships, the Foundation also places emphasis on celebrating and revitalizing Native culture. Through our language revitalization program, and Doyon Languages Online project, we are currently developing hundreds of online language-learning lessons for nine of the 10 Doyon region languages.

For more information on Doyon Foundation, contact foundation@doyon.com or 907-459-2048, or visit www.doyonfoundation.com. For more information on Pick. Click. Give., visit www.pickclickgive.org.
 

Doyon Foundation is pleased to announce a new scholarship fund, the Mary Jane and Hugh Fate, Jr. Leadership Fund, established by their daughter, Jennifer Fate. Jennifer, a member of both the Doyon, Limited and Doyon Foundation boards, created the fund to honor Mary Jane and Hugh’s accomplishments for the betterment of the Doyon people.

IMG_2992-001“There are many kinds of leadership. There’s community leadership, business leadership, educational leadership and the kind of leadership that stands up and says difficult truths out loud,” Jennifer said. “This fund is in honor of my parents, Mary Jane and Bud Fate. In their 65-year love story, they lived all of these types of leadership.”

“This fund celebrates those who strive to make our community a better place and our people, a stronger and healthier people,” Jennifer added. “It’s a fund that also recognizes the importance of those who bring leadership to healing past traumas, stopping current abuses and reshaping lives.”

Mary Jane’s life has been a positive example of leadership and involvement in her Alaska Native community. Overcoming adversity at a young age, Mary Jane understood the significance of cultural support and community involvement. Through practicing her Athabascan subsistence traditions, through embracing leadership, and with the resilient support of her husband, Hugh, Mary Jane became one of the most inspirational and motivating Alaska Native leaders of her generation.

Both Mary Jane and Hugh dedicated their lives to the betterment of the Alaska Native and Doyon region people. They were co-founders of the Fairbanks Native Association, mentored many Alaska Natives and Doyon region peoples, and provided dental health services throughout rural interior villages, traveling by small plane to villages where no dental services existed. Mary Jane served as the first female co-chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives, president of Baan O Yeel Kon Village Corporation, and on numerous other boards and commissions.

“We are grateful for the example set by Mary Jane and Hugh Fate, Jr., and we are grateful for Jennifer’s generosity in establishing this scholarship, which will make it possible for future Alaska Native leaders to get the education they need to carry the torch forward into the next generation,” said Doris Miller, Doyon Foundation executive director.

Doyon shareholders studying health care, mental health care, business or any profession that contributes to the greater Alaska Native business, cultural or social community will be eligible for the new scholarship. Funds may be used for college, graduate school, post-secondary education, vocational or certificate programs. Preference will be given to students overcoming adversity or intending to enter a profession that contributes to the social or economic well-being of the Alaska Native community.

The first scholarship from the fund will be a basic scholarship awarded in spring 2018. The deadline for the spring 2018 scholarships has passed. A competitive scholarship will also be awarded in academic year 2018 – 2019. The next competitive scholarship application deadline is Tuesday, May 15, 2018, for scholarships for the 2018 – 2019 academic year.

“Please encourage Doyon shareholders working on a degree or vocation in business, education, mental health and health, substance abuse counseling, or spiritual and cultural training to apply for this scholarship. And thank you to the many leaders out there. Anaa Basee’,” Jennifer said.

Contributions from other donors to the Mary Jane and Hugh Fate, Jr. Leadership Fund are welcome. Secure online donations may be made on the Foundation website; be sure to note “Fate leadership 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 “Fate leadership 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.

Doyon Foundation will be closed Monday & Tuesday, December 25-26, 2017 for Christmas.  Happy Holidays!

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.

 

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