Doyon Foundation Scholarships


Born in Fairbanks and raised in Hughes, Tanya Kaquatosh is the daughter of Barbara and the late Norman Bifelt Beatus of Hughes. Tanya’s maternal grandparents are Johnson and the late Bertha Moses of Allakaket, and her paternal grandparents are Sophie and Henry Beatus of Hughes.Tanya K headshot

A graduate of Stanford University and Arizona State University, Tanya Kaquatosh was named regulatory affairs director for Doyon Utilities in 2015, a position she accepted after joining the Fairbanks-based company in 2012. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford in 2003 and a master’s degree in business administration from Arizona State in 2013.

Tanya received Doyon Foundation’s basic scholarship as well as the Morris Thompson scholarship, a competitive award honoring the late Alaska Native leader and former chief executive of Doyon, Limited. Tanya credits the Foundation for help throughout her college career.

“The staff was always supportive and accommodating,” she recalls. “Doyon Foundation helped me advance my education not only with financial support but with encouragement. My affiliation with Doyon has allowed me to grow my educational and professional network.”

Tanya’s professional life is a lesson in steady advances. After earning her undergraduate degree, she went to work at Stanford in the financial aid office, where students seek help to fund their college education. She also worked as a barista in the Bay Area before moving to Fairbanks where she was employed from 2006 to 2008 as the cultural program coordinator at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center. Tanya developed the vision for Alaska Native cultural programming at the center, which opened in Fairbanks in 2008. The center upholds Morris Thompson’s legacy by promoting improved understanding between Alaska Native and non-Native communities.

In 2008, Tanya was named executive assistant to the president of Doyon, Limited – a job she held until joining Doyon Utilities in 2012 as a financial specialist. Her promotion in 2015 to regulatory affairs director involves her in utility rate filings, revenue requirements and other tariff matters.

Her undergraduate years taught her the value of asking for help.

“Oftentimes we don’t ask even though there are many good people who are willing and able to assist with tutoring, mentoring, encouragement, or informal and formal counseling,” Tanya says.

Her top tip for students is to take care of their mental and physical well-being. For instance, while earning her master’s degree Tanya worked full time and attended to life as a wife and mother. But she says that period seemed more balanced than her undergraduate days: “The stresses of schoolwork were much more manageable because I took better care of myself.”

Her focus today includes family life with her husband, Steve Kaquatosh, and children, 10-year-old Skye and stepdaughter Kaytona, 15. Tanya enjoys reading, exercise, travel and volunteering in school-based civic projects, such as We The People and Kids Voting. “I love supporting our youth and education,” says Tanya. She also has volunteered with the Alaska Native Education Parent Advisory Committee, a group within the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.

In addition to pursuing her career with Doyon Utilities, Tanya’s goals include learning to speak Denaakk’e (Koyukon). Tanya, who is both Koyukon Athabascan and Inupiaq Eskimo, was named Aluqsi after her great-great grandmother, Ida Beatus, who was Koyukon.

“She was given the name Aluqsi by the Inupiaq people,” Tanya recalls. In English the name translates as “warm person.”

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The PFD deadline is coming up this Saturday, March 31, and we’re asking Doyon Foundation supporters to help us finish strong!

Last year, 57 donors contributed $3,975 to support Foundation scholarships. So far this year, we have $3,325 in pledges from 35 donors. Will you help us match last year’s total by Pick. Click. Giving this week?

It’s easy to make a pledge when you fill out your PFD application at www.pfd.alaska.gov. Already applied for your PFD? Not a problem. Simply log back into www.pfd.alaska.gov and click “add a Pick. Click. Give. pledge.”

If you’ve already pledged, THANK YOU! You can still help by spreading the word – send an email, tell a friend, or share this post on social media (please tag us @DoyonFoundation).

The dollars you share with the Foundation go directly to our scholarship program, which help our students make their dreams a reality.

Want to learn more about the Foundation and our scholarships? Visit us at www.doyonfoundation.com! Thank you for your support!

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If you or someone you know is planning to attend school this fall, then be sure to mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 15. This is the deadline to apply for competitive and basic scholarships for the 2018 – 2019 academic year. We’ll be awarding:

  • Competitive scholarships up to $9,000
  • $1,200 basic scholarships for full-time students
  • $800 basic scholarships for part-time students

What’s 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!)

Wondering if you are eligible? 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

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to review our scholarship policies and guidelines for all the details on scholarship eligibility and application requirements.

Ready to apply? Please note that scholarship applications are only accepted online using our new scholarship application. If you applied using the previous scholarship portal, you can log in using the same email address and password. If you are a new applicant, you will need to create a new account. Questions? See our step-by-step account creation instructions.

Once you are logged in and you select “apply,” the system will ask for an access code. If you do not already have an access code, please call 907.459.2049 or email us at foundation@doyon.com to obtain one.

If you are in the Fairbanks area and need computer access to complete the online application, you are welcome to come to the Foundation office at the Doyon Industrial Facility, 615 Bidwell Ave., Suite 101 in Fairbanks.

Questions? We’re here to help! See the step-by-step application instructions on our website, or contact Maurine McGinty, scholarship program manager, at mcgintym@doyon.com or 907.459.2049.

 

Sierra Evans is the daughter of Glenn and Tami Evans of Manley Hot Springs and Nenana; her grandparents are Thomas and Gwen Evans of Rampart, and Wayne and Marion Taylor of Nenana. Her hometown is Palmer.

SierraSierra earned Doyon Foundation scholarships for four straight years before graduating in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Grand Canyon University (GCU) in Arizona. She’s employed today in Los Angeles as an analyst with the global financial company Willis Tower Watson, and credits the Foundation for scholarship help so that she could go to school in Arizona.

“It isn’t easy to stay motivated to make your dreams a reality when you’re far from home,” she says. “My family was extremely supportive. Doyon Foundation scholarships helped immensely.”

Returning home to Alaska helped too. To earn money to stay in school, Sierra worked three summers in a row at Kantishna Roadhouse, the Denali National Park backcountry lodge operated by Doyon Tourism, a subsidiary of Doyon, Limited.

Her goals include continuing her finance career and enrolling in a master’s program in psychology at GCU. She plans to eventually earn a doctorate and pursue a psychology career.

Sierra says that volunteer and community work are important stepping-stones to rewarding work after college graduation. A four-year member of her university’s business club, she served as president for two years when the GCU club was the largest of its kind in Arizona. Competitions in Atlanta and Washington, D.C., expanded her network, as did working for the chair of the business department at her university.

When she learned that Arizona has among the highest rates of high school dropouts, Sierra presented a talk on the importance of earning a high school diploma and planning for college. Volunteer work also helped distinguish her resume; Sierra earned several awards, including being named among the top 10 future business executives in a nationwide competition.

Job interviews found her ready to answer questions based on real-world experience as a student worker and business club president. “Getting involved in volunteer work and work for GCU was the best decision I made,” she says. “The more involved you are, the more opportunities you have.”

Doyon Foundation is seeking candidates for one open seat on our competitive scholarship review committee. Doyon, Limited shareholders age 18+ who live in a rural village within the Doyon region are eligible to serve. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 27. 

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.

Interested candidates should submit a résumé and a letter of interest outlining why they’d like to serve to Doris Miller, executive director, via email at millerd@doyon.com by Friday, April 27, 2018. The Foundation board of directors will select the new committee member at their next regularly scheduled meeting in Fairbanks.

To qualify for this position, candidates must:

  • Be a Doyon shareholder.
  • Be age 18 or older.
  • Live in a rural village within the Doyon region.
  • 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).

Please note that per IRS regulations, committee members cannot be employees of the Doyon Family of Companies or Doyon Foundation.

Responsibilities of committee members include:

  • Attending an orientation in May/June in Fairbanks, either in person or via teleconference.
  • Spending 30 – 40 hours reviewing, evaluating and scoring all competitive scholarship applications online via the Doyon Foundation website.
  • Attending a one-day meeting in Fairbanks in June/July to award the scholarships.
  • Meeting with Doyon Foundation administration to review and recommend competitive scholarship policy changes.

Please note that service on the scholarship review committee is on a voluntary basis.

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

Make your pledge by March 31 PFD deadline

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Let’s work together to give students a head start on making their dreams a reality by Pick. Click. Giving. to support Doyon Foundation’s scholarship program! You can make your pledge online at www.pfd.alaska.gov.

As of February 1, a total of 22 donors had pledged $1,550 to the Foundation. At the end of last year’s Pick. Click. Give. campaign, 57 donors contributed $3,975 to support Foundation scholarships. As you can see, we have a ways to go, so we need your help!

If you’ve already pledged, THANK YOU! You can still help by spreading the word – send an email, tell a friend, or share this post on social media.

If you’re thinking about making a Pick. Click. Give. pledge, please consider making one before the PFD application deadline on March 31.

Already applied for your PFD? Not a problem. Simply log back into www.pfd.alaska.gov and it’s easy to add a Pick. Click. Give. pledge.

Want to learn more about the Foundation and our scholarships? Visit us at www.doyonfoundation.com!

Fill our our grad info form by April 25

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Did you graduate this year? Or are you expecting to graduate in academic year 2017 – 18? Doyon Foundation wants to hear from you!

We are asking all Doyon Foundation students who are graduating during the 2017 – 18 school year to complete a short graduate information request form by Wednesday, April 25.

We’ll feature the information you share in our popular annual graduate yearbook! Check out the 2017 graduate yearbook on our website.  

This is our opportunity to celebrate all of your hard work and accomplishments! So please take a few moments now to fill out our graduate questionnaire.

Not graduating but know someone who is? Be sure to pass along this info to them! Thank you!

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