Doyon Foundation News


Doyon Foundation made 327 students very happy last week when we awarded $401,895 in scholarships for the spring 2017 semester!award-reception-2015-086-2

The scholarships included 177 basic full-time scholarships of $1,200 each, 81 basic part-time scholarships of $800 each, and 69 competitive scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $9,000 each.

The next scholarship application deadline is coming up on Wednesday, March 15. Students planning to attend school during the summer 2017 semester are encouraged to apply for a basic scholarship. Basic scholarships range from $800 for part-time students to $1,200 for full-time students.

Learn more and apply for a scholarship on our website. Or for more information, contact Maurine McGinty, scholarship program manager, at mcgintym@doyon.com or 907.459.2049.

Linguistics Consultant and Content Creators Sought

Doyon Foundation is pleased to announce a call for a linguistics consultant as well as content creators for the Doyon Languages Online project. RFQs (request for qualifications) for both positions are posted at www.doyonfoundation.com. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by March 6, 2017 (note the deadline has been extended from February 20).

The Doyon Languages Online project, funded with a three-year, $900,000 grant from the Administration for Native Americans, aims 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.

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, please see the linguistics consultant RFQ and content creator RFQ, both available at www.doyonfoundation.com. Interested applicants should apply online by March 6.

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.

NEW! Part-time credit requirement lowered to three credits

Going to school this summer? Wednesday, March 15 is the deadline to apply for a Doyon Foundation basic scholarship for the summer 2017 semester! Don’t miss out on an $800 scholarship for part-time students or $1,200 scholarship for full-time students.

Please note that we recently lowered our part-time credit requirement from six credits to three credits. This change will allow more students to qualify for a basic scholarship!

Are you eligible for a Doyon Foundation scholarship? Take this quick quiz:

If you answered “yes,” then be sure to apply for a basic scholarship for the summer 2017 semester by March 15! Here’s how:

  • Complete the online application.
  • Provide proof of academic enrollment.
  • Submit your most recent official transcripts if this is your first term in academic year 2016 – 2017. (If you have already submitted your official transcript for 2016 – 2017, you can send in unofficial transcripts.)

Remember that our basic scholarships are now awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to get your application in early.

Need computer access? You are welcome to come to the Foundation office at the Doyon Industrial Facility, 615 Bidwell Ave., Suite 101 in Fairbanks. Our staff is happy to answer any questions or provide any help you may need during the application process.

For more information, check out our website www.doyonfoundation.com or contact Maurine McGinty, scholarship program manager, at mcgintym@doyon.com or 907.459.2049.

You are invited to the Doyon Foundation spring student dinner on Friday, February 10 at 5:30 p.m. The festivities take place in the Doyon Industrial Facility cafeteria located at 615 Bidwell Avenue in Fairbanks.

Here are five great reasons to mark your calendar to attend:

  • Delicious dinner!
  • Valentine’s Day-themed crafts!
  • Door prizes, including one round-trip ticket with Ravn Alaska!
  • Meet and greet with the Doyon Foundation board members!
  • It’s fun and it’s free!

Planning to attend? Please RSVP to Sommer Stickman at stickmans@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.

Alumni, if you would like to bring a dish to share, please mention what you are bringing in your RSVP.

noahNoah Lovell, born in Fairbanks, Alaska, is the son of Sallie and Patrick Lovell, and the grandson of Lillian J. Evans and Joseph W. Burns. He is currently enrolled as a freshman at the University of Alaska Fairbanks pursuing a degree in business administration with a minor in Japanese.

Since the age of 15, Noah has worked as a Native tour guide on the Riverboat Discovery, where he shares how Alaska Natives have lived for generations. Noah, who is Japanese and Alaska Native, says he has always had an interest in cultures, particularly his own. He has been able to experience both cultures, growing up in Alaska and traveling to Japan on a summer exchange in high school.

Noah also enjoys stories from his father about his youth and his grandmother about their indigenous heritage. “I love going to different cultural events, listening to elders sing and dance, as well as being active in the festivities myself,” he says. “Surrounding yourself in a community of strong people is the best thing for anyone, and I’m happy our Alaska Native community is as strong as it is.”

As a Doyon Foundation fall 2016 Competitive Committee Choice scholarship recipient, Noah says, “The Foundation has helped me financially to further my education and has been instrumental with connecting me with others in the community. It’s shown me that there are groups and organizations that can help Native students achieve their goals.”

Choosing a major has been one of the biggest challenges Noah has faced in college so far. “College catapults you into the workforce and picking the right major that suits you and your interests is very important,” he says, adding that he overcame this challenge by reviewing his options and personal strengths before picking a field that was right for him. “I chose business because it’s a strong field and allows people to understand the business side of the world around us as well as enabling me to possibly start my own business.”

Speaking to his fellow students, Noah says, “Realize that success is for everyone, and never forget where you came from. Wherever you go in life, always take with you a strong work ethic, dedication towards your goals, and a willingness to learn new things.”

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Help Doyon Foundation support students like Noah – Pick. Click. Give. to Doyon Foundation when you fill out your 2017 PFD application!

Aubrielle Champagne, of Tok, Alaska, is the daughter of Karla and Shawn Champagne, and the granddaughter of Ted Charles and Darlene Summar, and Ray and Linda Champagne.

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The Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient has been playing hockey since she was 5 years old. Then, during her freshman year of high school, everything changed. Aubrielle was diagnosed with Chiari malformation, a condition in which brain tissue extends into your spinal canal. She underwent five brain surgeries, contracted meningitis – and almost died. When she recovered, her doctors told her she should never play hockey again.

Instead, Aubrielle worked hard toward gaining full mobility and getting back on the ice. She exceeded expectations and today is a goalie on the hockey team at the University of Wisconsin Superior (UWS), where she is working toward her bachelor’s degree in biology.

“I am working hard to fight the pain Chiari has brought me and I continue to get mentally and physically stronger. If it wasn’t for God’s miracles, I wouldn’t be alive today and I am thankful. Even though the pain never ends, I fight for the game I love,” she says, adding that giving up has never been an option, and that when she can no longer play she will coach. “Hockey has opened my mind to new possibilities and I am forever grateful.”

While school and hockey are central in Aubrielle’s life, she also finds time for other activities. In the summer, she volunteers for Hockey Ministries International to help coach their youth hockey players in Alaska. This past summer she was also a biology volunteer at Tetlin Wildlife Refuge. She also enjoys photography.

After everything she has experienced and overcome, Aubrielle says she has much to be grateful for, including Doyon Foundation’s support. “Doyon Foundation helped me achieve my dreams as a student athlete. Without Doyon Foundation, I wouldn’t be here,” she says. “I also would like to thank anyone who has helped me throughout the years, and my friends and family for showing me love and compassion and teaching me to never lose hope.”

Speaking from experience, Aubrielle now encourages others to have hope. “Believe in yourself and no matter what, don’t give up on your dreams,” she says.

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Pick. Click. Give. When You Complete Your 2017 PFD Application

df-pcg-meme-for-facebookLast year, 29,543 Alaskans pledged $3.19 million in Pick. Click. Give. donations – including the 70 donors who contributed $5,375 to Doyon Foundation! If you’d like to support the Foundation’s work this year, please consider making a Pick. Click. Give. pledge when you complete your 2017 PFD application. The application period is open now through March 31.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our Pick. Click. Givers, whose contributions support our general scholarship fund. As student Joseph Bifelt says, “With your help, anything is possible!”

Last year’s Pick. Click. Give. pledges compare favorably to 2015, when 75 Alaskans gave $5,375 to the Foundation.

With the support of donors like these, we are able to provide scholarships and offer cultural opportunities to students who are pursuing their educational, career and life goals. During the 2015 – 2016 academic year, the Foundation awarded 578 scholarships totaling $684,633.

For more information on Doyon Foundation and opportunities to support students, please contact us at 907.459.2048 or foundation@doyon.com.

Thank You to Our 2016 Pick. Click. Give. Donors!

Amber Allen

Barbara Beatus

Aaron Brees

Alana Brown

Patricia Brown

Xavier Brown

Cullen Carlo

Kimberly Carlo

Teyah Clark

Peter Demientieff

Tiana Demientieff

Stacey Demoski

Eta-Starr Edwardsen

Ralph Elook

Mavor Englishoe

Evelyn Esmailka

Diane Evans-Sommer

Bentley Foster

Collin Foster

Laura Fox

Monica Garcia

Eric Girard

Rania Girard

Carol Greenway

Allan Hayton

Sharon Hildebrand

Dewey Hoffman

Laverne Huntington

Cole Isaacson

Cruz Isaacson

Anthony Mallott

Jamie Marunde

Fredrick Matheson

Doris Miller

Craig Mishler

Calvin Moses

Paul Mountain

Sarah Obed

Susan Paskvan

Terri Paul-Smoke

Austyn Pedebone

Sunny Pedebone

Evon Peter

Melinda Peter

Mariah Pitka – Jenkins

Sonta Roach

Erin Rose

Mary Sam

Aaron Schutt

Breanna Semaken

Geraldine Simon

Natasha Singh

Caleb Smoke

Jesse Smoke

Larissa Sommer

Leann Sommer

Dena Sommer-Pedebone

Allen Todd

Ashley Wallace

 

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