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Due to the inclement weather, we have decided to cancel tonight’s student dinner in Fairbanks. We are sorry for the last-minute notice and inconvenience, but the safety of our students, Elders, staff and supporters is always our top priority. Please stay safe and stay tuned for details on a new event date.

What are you doing on Wednesday, November 6? If you are in Fairbanks, we hope you’ll join us at our fall student dinner! Denakkanaaga has graciously offered to host the student dinner, which will take place at 5:30 p.m. on November 6 at 101 Dunkel St., Suite 135 in Fairbanks.

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Student Noah Lovell, featured speaker at our 2019 fall student dinner

There will be delicious food, fun activities and great company. Plus, student Noah Lovell will be there to share about his internship experience!

Doyon Foundation alumni are invited to bring a dish to share or a door prize to be awarded at the dinner. If you would like to volunteer, please contact nelsonk@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.

If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP to nelsonk@doyon.com or 907.459.2048. Hope to see you there!

Doyon is seeking Alaska Native students, grades 9 – 12 for or a Robotics Challenge and the deadline is TOMORROW. Twenty students will be accepted into the free program to learn what it’s like to work as an engineer (we’ve received three applications to date).

Doyon Shareholders (only) outside of Fairbanks/North Pole area will be provided travel assistance through Doyon.

Contact Jordanna David, Shareholder Outreach Assistant for any questions you may have (907-459-2127).

We are pleased to present our September 2019 Native words of the month in Holikachuk. Thank you to our speakers, Elizabeth Keating and Mary Deacon.

Windy = xidets’iyh

Xidets’iyh he’? = Is it windy?


Yoonedz xidets’iyh. = There’s a North wind coming down.


For more translations, view our Native word of the month archives on the Foundation website.

We also invite you to access free online language-learning lessons by signing up for Doyon Languages Online! We currently have lessons available for HolikachukDenaakk’eBenhti Kenaga’ and Gwich’in, as well as a special set of Hän lessons based on the work of the late Isaac Juneby. All interested learners may sign up and access the courses at no charge – sign up today!

123_PickClickGive_FinalPush_Promotion_FB-INA big thank you to everyone who made a Pick. Click. Give. pledge to support Doyon Foundation scholarships this year. Thanks to your generosity, we have surpassed the number of donors and total amount pledged from past year. We truly appreciate your support.

The 2019 amount pledged is enough to fund approximately:

  • 9 advanced college credit scholarships for high school students taking college-level courses
  • Nearly 5 basic scholarships for part-time students
  • 3 basic scholarships for full-time students
  • Or nearly 4 short-term vocational scholarships

If you would like to help increase these numbers even further, we welcome your support! You can add or change your Pick. Click. Give. pledge through Saturday, August 31. Simply log back in to your MyAlaska account on the PFD webpage to add or change a pledge.

From all of the Foundation staff, board members and students, we say: Ana Basi’! Dogidinh! Baasee’/Maasee’! Hąį’ęę! Mä̀hsi’! Xisigidasidhut! Tsín’ęę! Tsen’anh! Tsen’įį! Quyanaq! Thank you!

American Indian Services Scholarship


  • Enrolled or will enroll as a matriculated student in a university, college, junior college or technical school (incoming freshman accepted)
  • At least One-Quarter (1/4) enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Native American Tribe.
  • Undergraduate student with no more than 150 semester credits or 210 quarter credits. First bachelor’s degree only. Graduate studies NOT eligible.
  • Full-time or part-time status – excluding non-credit courses (minimum of 6 credits).
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 must be established and maintained after the first semester/quarter of college.
  • Completed Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


*Each deadline is for the Term (semester, trimester or quarter) that starts in one of the months listed.

If Your Term Starts in Either: You Would Apply for Award #: Application and Required Documents are Due: Application Opens:
April, May or June      I  Feb 1st
July, August or September      II Jun 1st Feb 2nd
 October, November or December      III  Aug 1st June 2nd
 January, February or March      IV Nov 1st Aug 2nd


  • Coming Soon! – there will be a new look to the online application. If you are having trouble with this, please let us know and we will walk you through it.
  • Starting November 2, 2019 – our deadline schedule will be updated/changed starting in 2020. Please make a note of this to avoid any misunderstanding and/or missing out on our scholarship. Click here for the new deadline schedule.


First-Time Applicants and Re-Applicants – fill out an online application each time and submit all required documents no later than the deadline (see list of required documents below). Students are only able to apply for the current award at a time. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Late documents and/or applications will not be accepted. *If the last time you were awarded was before 2016, you will need to resubmit your photo and proof of heritage.

AIS corresponds with students through emails. Be sure to add scholarship@americanindianservices.org to your contacts and safe senders list to avoid emails from AIS going to your SPAM folder. Check your email frequently.

Please allow 6 to 8 weeks AFTER the deadline for applications to be processed and updated online. With the large amount of documents and emails we receive, it will take us some time to update your online application. (Be advised that during the holiday season it will take us longer.) Please DO NOT call or email about the status of your application. If you are awarded, you will receive an Award Email and you will be required to write a thank you letter (details will be in the email), which needs to be submitted by the specified deadline. Scholarship checks will be sent to the school only after receipt of thank you letters. If no letter is received by the deadline, even after attempts to contact the student, the award will be canceled.

If you have questions about scholarships, please contact us at scholarship@americanindianservices.org

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In honor of the 2019 Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic, we’d like to introduce you to another of our amazing Morris Thompson competitive scholarship recipients: Cory LePore is a student at the University of Hawaii Manoa where he’s pursuing a master of arts degree in economics. Originally from Bethel, Cory is the son of Cory LePore Sr. and Cindy LePore, both of Bethel. His maternal grandparents are Beverly Turner and Thaddeus Tikiun, both of Holy Cross.

Cory earned an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in 2018. He is a member of the International Economics Honor Society, which recognizes scholastic achievement.

Doyon Foundation: Congratulations as you look ahead to earning your master’s degree in 2020. What attracts you to economics?

Cory LePore: Our world has many economic challenges that we’re facing daily and the fact that there’s no one correct way to approach those problems is so fascinating. Studying economics provides me with skills to make an impact on those problems throughout my lifetime.

DF: Economics is famous for being a difficult field, one that requires good ability in math and statistics as well as an understanding of human behavior.

CL: My biggest challenge has been trying to find my proper way to study. I found myself trying to cram math material into my brain the night before an exam and I ended up doing subpar.

I was in my first year as undergraduate at UAF when I found a way to study that suited me. I realized I’d have to dedicate more time and effort. I tried breaking my study time into several days, usually starting a week before an exam, and then study a couple of hours a day. I saw a massive change for the better in my grades.

I found this approach by trying all sorts of study techniques. I tried studying in a group and using flash cards. I’d read and research different strategies online.

DF: Your advice to other students is to remember that teachers and advisers are there to help. How did you learn this lesson? Why do you think so many students overlook these sources of help?

CL: I think they’re afraid. Students tend to think that teachers are there to teach and that’s it. But in reality, most teachers love when you interact with them outside of class. It shows you’re willing to challenge yourself and that you really want to learn the topic.

DF: You’ll be interning at Alyeska Pipeline Service Company this summer.

CL: I’ve been at Alyeska the past three summers. The work involves spreadsheet modeling, demand and market analysis, profit maximization analysis, and assisting in contract negotiations.

Interning provides me with hands-on experience so I’ll be better prepared as soon as I enter the workforce.

DF: How did Doyon Foundation scholarships help you?

CL: I was able to just take my classes and focus on school. Doyon Foundation scholarships freed up so much of my time and stress by allowing me to not have to work full time while in school.

Thank you so much for your academic support of Alaska Native students. It’s very much appreciated!

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 took place June 13 and 14 in Fairbanks.

A special thank you to all of our 2019 Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic sponsors, including our Doctorate-level sponsors: Associated Pipe Line Contractors, Inc., Doyon Family of Companies, and KeyBank and Key Equipment Finance. Your support makes scholarships for students like Cory possible! View all 2019 sponsors on our website.

To learn about future opportunities to support the event as a sponsor, golfer or volunteer, visit the Foundation website for details. 

The Indigenous Intern’s Guide to Washington, D.C. includes advice, a map of Native organizations, a listing of other D.C. Native intern programs, and information about free events throughout the summer.

The Guide is a resource for Native youth who come to Washington, D.C. for internships, conferences, or to meet with their elected officials. The Guide will be updated annually and provide the most recent ways to network and get involved while in D.C.

Click Here to Access the Intern Guide

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