Doyon Foundation Scholarships


GT STACKED_0There’s Black Friday. There’s Cyber Monday. Then there’s #GivingTuesday … the kick-off of giving season (our favorite time of year!). 
#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement, and we encourage you to get involved! EVERYONE has something to give, whether it be time or expertise, donations large or small, simple acts of kindness, food or clothing.
If students and language revitalization are close to your heart, we welcome your gift to Doyon Foundation. Thank you and happy giving!

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The final report is in for the 2018 Pick. Click. Give. campaign, and we are very grateful for our 52 donors who contributed a total of $3,200 to Doyon Foundation this year.

See photos of our grateful students and happy donors on our Facebook page!

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.

Visit our blog to read profiles featuring students who have benefitted from your generosity!

Thank you again for your support as we work toward our mission to provide educational, career and cultural opportunities to enhance the identity and quality of life for Doyon shareholders. Visit our website to learn more about the Foundation and our work in the areas of scholarships and language revitalization.

Our 2018 Pick. Click. Give. donors

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Linda Armstrong

Barbara Beatus

Lawreen Buresch

Cullen Carlo

Kimberly Carlo

Stacey Demoski

Andrea Durny

Diane Evans-Sommer

Deanna Fitzgerald

Bentley Foster

Collin Foster

Eric Girard

Allan Hayton

Rodney Hildebrand

Sharon Hildebrand

Polly Hyslop

Cole Isaacson

Cruz Isaacson

Diane Kaplan

Tanya Kaquatosh

Hillary King

Joseph Mallott

Maurine McGinty

Doris Miller

Paul Mountain

Denise Newman

Sarah Obed

Susan Paskvan

Macoy Pedebone

Sunny Pedebone

Melinda Peter

Kelsey Potdevin

Harold Richards

Abigail Riggs

Sonta Roach

Aaron Schutt

Breanna Semaken

Geraldine Simon

Caleb Smoke

Larissa Sommer

Dena Sommer-Pedebone

Grayson Thomas

Niesje Tindall

Sean Volavong

Ashley Wallace

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Each year we commemorate the achievements of Doyon Foundation students who have achieved their educational goals in our annual Graduate Yearbook. We are excited to announce that our 2018 Graduate Yearbook is now available – and in a brand new, more interactive format! Check it out here. (Have corrections or additions? Please submit to foundation@doyon.com.)

We celebrated the achievements of these grads at our 2018 graduate reception. See photos on Facebook. This annual event is our opportunity celebrate the hard work and incredible accomplishments of our students who are at the end of one important journey and getting ready to start on the next.

This year we celebrated a total of 51 Doyon Foundation graduates: 17 high school graduates, four obtained a certificate, eight got their associates degree, 20 received a bachelor’s degree, one completed a master’s degree, and one received their PhD!

At the reception, we heard from two inspiring speakers: alumni speaker Larissa Sommer, and graduate speaker Christina Edwin. If you missed the event, you can still check out their addresses on our YouTube channel.

ConGRADulations to our 2018 grads!

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Time is running out to apply for spring 2019 Doyon Foundation scholarships! Applications must be received by Thursday, November 15 at 5 p.m. Remember that our basic scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so get your application in early!

DF_67_Transcripts Infographic_FINALPart-time students are eligible to receive an $800 basic scholarship and full-time students can receive $1,200 basic scholarships. To be considered part-time, students must be enrolled in 3 to 11 credits (or 2 to 8 credits for graduate students). Full-time students are those enrolled in 12 or more credits (9 or more credits for graduate students).

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

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

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!)

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 2018 scholarship), then you need to submit official transcripts by the November 15 deadline.
  • If you’re a “returning” student (meaning you received a fall 2018 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.

We encourage you to review our scholarship resource handbook for all the details on transcripts, eligibility and application requirements. You are also welcome to give us a call or send us an email 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 2019 basic scholarship is Thursday, November 15! If you have questions, contact us at foundation@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.

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Doyon Foundation is seeking a scholarship program manager! If you have strong organizational skills, love working with people, and want to play a hands-on role in helping students achieve their dreams, this could be the perfect fit for you.

This very important position is responsible for the development and management of our scholarship programs and other selected projects. The scholarship program manager also assists with outreach and Alaska Native education issues supported by the Foundation’s mission.

This full-time position is based in Fairbanks at the Foundation office.

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in education, business, organizational or nonprofit management or other appropriate area of study, or four years of work-related experience.

Please view the job description for more information on essential functions, requirements, qualifications, working environment, physical demands, and preference statement.

Interested applicants should create a Talent Bank profile and complete the online job application on the Doyon, Limited website.

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Mark your calendar and plan to join us for the Doyon Foundation 2018 scholarship award ceremony! The event will take place Friday, September 7 at 2 p.m. in Fairbanks at the Doyon Industrial Facility building, 701 Bidwell Avenue, Suite 400, off South Cushman Street.

At the event, we will announce and celebrate our 2018 full-time and part-time scholarship recipients, as well as our 2018 – 2019 competitive scholarship recipients. We’ll also hear from Foundation staff, a student speaker and one of our alumni.

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2018 student speaker, Ryan McCarty

We are pleased to announce our student and alumni speakers! This year’s student speaker is Ryan McCarty, a freshman at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he is working toward an associate degree in process technology.

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2018 alumna speaker, Diloola Erickson

Our 2018 alumna speaker is Diloola Erickson. Diloola graduated in May 2018 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with dual bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and rural development, with a concentration in small business and rural community planning. Diloola recently joined the Foundation as our Doyon Languages Online II project manager!

Students, family, friends, teachers, donors and other supporters are invited and encouraged to attend. We hope to see you there!

Born and raised in Fairbanks, Julian Thibedeau is a student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). He’ll earn a certificate in rural human services in 2019 and begin his associate’s degree in the Tribal Management Program at UAF in the fall of 2018. Julian’s mother is the late Ruth Maxine Thibedeau; his grandparents are the late Richard “Shorty” Thibedeau of Stone Lake, Wisconsin, and the late Ruth Lillian Mayo of Rampart. 

Julian, 29, is a full-time maintenance technician at Doyon, Limited. He received a Morris Thompson scholarship for the 2017 – 2018 school year.

JulianDoyon Foundation: Julian, you were away from school from several years before earning a Doyon Foundation scholarship and pursuing your degree. What prompted you to go back to school?

Julian: It had been 10 or 12 years since I’d been to school. College was really foreign to me. I’d say to myself, “Man, what I am even doing here?” It was as if I was in strange territory!

I’d just put my best foot forward, give it my all and not be afraid to ask questions. I’d like to thank my professors and classmates who really helped introduce me to college. It took dedication and perseverance to see it through.

Doyon Foundation: And Doyon Foundation scholarships helped hold you accountable?

Julian: I wanted to keep earning that scholarship to complete my degree and of course I’d have to keep my grades up. The scholarship kind of helped keep me in check because I knew my funding depended on my grades.

I’d like to say thank you to Doyon Foundation. I don’t think it would have been possible to go to school worry free and stress free otherwise.

Doyon Foundation: How did you manage tough courses? Everyone faces them eventually.

Julian: Courses with a lot of writing and research were a challenge. Classes in library science, introduction to databases and resources – these require being able to cite information and I wasn’t familiar with that. My strategy was to just do the assignments. Even if I knew they weren’t 100 percent right, I’d just give it my best effort. I had really helpful professors.

Doyon Foundation: You’re looking forward to finishing the semester and starting an internship with First Alaskans.

Julian: My internship starts June 10 with an orientation week in Anchorage, then an assignment in Fairbanks for the summer. I’d like to intern in behavioral health or community outreach.

I’ll also go fishing during the summer at Rampart with my daughter, Adriel. She’ll be 7 and I want her to have a connection with the land. I think there’s a lot of healing within traditional knowledge, learning from Elders, knowing who you are and where you come from.

Doyon Foundation: You’ve said that Adriel inspires you. How do you mean?

Julian: My daughter is on my mind because I’d like to see the advancement of Alaska Native people, not just my generation but generations to come. In the long-term, I’d like to mentor at-risk youth and those who fall through the cracks. My sobriety and recovery make me want to give back to the community that I used to take away from.

I’m Athabascan, and I drum and sing Athabascan songs. I’d like to go across the country, parts of the United States and Canada, and learn more songs.

Doyon Foundation: Giving back is something you’re committed to.

Julian: Yes. In my free time, I speak at the Fairbanks Native Association’s Youth Treatment Center. I come from that background. Sometimes the youth need people to talk to who know what it’s like to be in treatment.

I’ve also organized a volunteer street cleanup every year for the past three years in downtown Fairbanks and the neighborhood south of downtown. I chose those places because they get overlooked.

I went to the mayor and said that if I got the litter bags and the bags were filled up, would public works pick up all those yellow bags. The answer was yes. It was just another way for me to give back.

Doyon Foundation: Any advice for students who identify with your experiences?

Julian: We all have that inner voice that says you can’t do it, that you’re not worthy. For instance, accepting scholarships and grants felt to me at first as if I was taking a handout. I had to suck up my pride, but then I realized that these things were an opportunity – and not only an opportunity but an obligation to your people, to your tribe, and to yourself.

My advice is simple: Believe in yourself!

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 earn college degrees. 

The annual Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic raises money for this competitive scholarship fund. This year’s golf classic takes place June 21 and 22 in Fairbanks. To learn about opportunities to support the event as a sponsor or volunteer, visit the Foundation website for details. 

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