University of Alaska


melody-hoffmanMelody Hoffman, daughter of Ronald and Cathleen Hoffman, and granddaughter of Mary Demientieff of Holy Cross, Alaska, has a lot to offer her community. As a mother and Doyon Foundation student, Melody juggles her family commitments with her daily workload at Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC) as an operations support staff supervisor in Bethel, Alaska. There, she works with all of the village clinics that YKHC serves in the Yukon-Delta region.

“We are the ‘go-to’ employees for any questions they need to help serve them remotely,” explains Melody.

“My plan is to keep growing with the corporation and to become an advocate for not only our patients, but for our nursing staff too,” says Melody, who balances parenting and a class load at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. “I received my acceptance letter from UAA (University of Alaska Anchorage) for the next nursing cohort that starts in January 2017 that is offered in Bethel. I plan to work at YKHC until December 2016 and when my nursing classes begin I plan to concentrate solely on my nursing classes and my children.” Melody has two children, Ronald, age 7, and Christian, age 2.

Her biggest challenge while pursuing higher education has been balancing her personal life, work life and educational life. “I have learned to manage my time effectively,” Melody shares. “My main priorities are my family and to succeed in any of my projects that are given to me at work and to work tirelessly on my college classes.”

Doyon Foundation has been an integral part of Melody’s success. “With Doyon Foundation’s support I am able to continue my education without the added stress of finding my own funds to pursue my educational dreams. This really shows that Doyon Foundation cares and supports our shareholders to become successful and to give back to our people. Thank you, Doyon Foundation!”

In addition to pursuing her educational goals and raising a family, Melody also contributes to her community. “I am a graduate from one of the Native management programs offered by YKHC and have moved into a leadership role because of the Alaska Native Development Pillar.”

Melody hopes that her educational achievements will be beneficial to not only her family, but her community as well. “In the end, it will be all worth it and I will be able to give back to my community in being an advocate for our people and to provide and be a great role model to my children.”

She attributes her success to time management and constantly having a source of motivation: her kids and family. “To all the parents out there who have dreams to get a college education, it is possible to raise our kids and work hard to get a college degree,” she says.

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

Apply by Thursday, August 4

Doyon Foundation is recruiting Alaska Native high school graduates or GED recipients to apply for a scholarship to attend the 13-week intensive Law Enforcement Academy training program, to be held August 15 – November 11 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College. Completed applications must be received by Thursday, August 4. Download the application packet here.

Completion of the training program will qualify you for employment in the security division of Doyon Universal Services (DUS). We have partnered with DUS, which has offered to pay the fees for items required in the application, including criminal history, drug test, driving record history and fingerprints.

The $7,500 scholarship to attend the training is generously provided by the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company Alaska Native Program.

If you or someone you know are interested in a career in law enforcement, please review the eligibility requirements and learn about the application process in the application packet available on our website. Remember that completed applications must be received by Thursday, August 4.

For more information or to request a hard-copy application packet, please call the Foundation at 907.459.2048 or 1.888.478.4755 ext. 2048.

This May, the University of Alaska Fairbanks will recognize Gilbert’s lasting contributions to students and Alaska with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. At UAF, he serves as an elder and mentor in intensive university courses through the College of Rural and Community Development education and indigenous programs, where his traditional wisdom bridges Western knowledge taught in the classroom with everyday life in rural communities.

Click here to read more.

Summer 2016 classes offered entirely via iPad through the University of Alaska Southeast!

-Intro to Fisheries of Alaska

-Alaska Salmon Culture

-Alaska Salmon Culture II

Once registered, students will be loaned an iPad loaded with all course material, ready for use! See flyers for more details.

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The Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce is proud to offer a $1,000 scholarship open to Fairbanks North Star Borough high school graduating seniors who intend to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks or UAF Community and Technical College (formerly TVC) in the fall of 2015.

The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage promising high school seniors to pursue future education and career opportunities in Fairbanks. In support of the business community, and in recognition of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District’s effort to hire and retain highly qualified teachers, preference will be given to applicants interested in obtaining an education or business related degree.

To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must meet all stated requirements and must complete and submit this application by 5:00 p.m. on April 10, 2015. If you have any questions, please call Jonni Roos at the Chamber office, (907) 374-6705. Email: jonni@fairbankschamber.org

To complete a handwritten application download a copy here: 2015 Scholarship Application.