A new competitive scholarship for “aspiring young lawyers” will be available through Doyon Foundation starting in fall 2018. Doyon, Limited President and CEO Aaron Schutt and his wife, Marissa Flannery, announced the establishment of an endowment for the new scholarship during the Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic reception in June. Watch a video of the announcement.

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Both graduates of Stanford Law School, the couple partnered with the Doyon, Limited board to help establish the fund, and have made a five-year commitment to getting the scholarship in place. Schutt presented the first check, in the amount of $10,000, to Doyon Foundation Executive Director Doris Miller at the reception.

“Did you know there is not a single Alaska Native judge in our entire court system? And I’m not sure there ever has been,” Schutt told the audience at the reception. “In our Native community, there is a great need for more Native lawyers, so I am proud to work with the Doyon board on this.”

“I know very well the cost and benefits a legal degree can have for Native students,” said Flannery, who shared that she and her husband each graduated with more than $100,000 in student loan debts. “We’ve never regretted our choice, and we hope that other students will make that choice.”

“We believe our degrees have benefited our communities tremendously,” continued Flannery, a partner at Sonosky and Chambers, a law firm devoted to representing Native American interests. “I hope that other young, aspiring Alaska Native lawyers who receive this scholarship will also go back to work for their communities.”

Establishing the scholarship was also very personally meaningful to Flannery. “When Aaron came to me with this idea, it reminded me of my grandmother. She didn’t graduate from high school, but she always prioritized education. She made sure all eight of her daughters graduated high school, she encouraged them to go on to college and a number of them did.”

“Before I finished law school, she passed away,” Flannery shared. “One of her requests to her daughters was they sell her house and her truck, and put those funds into a scholarship fund. So I am excited about the opportunity to do something similar, to follow in her footsteps and continue to promote education.”

“We are very grateful for the vision and the dedication Aaron, Marissa and the Doyon, Limited board have shown by establishing this scholarship,” Miller said. “It will undoubtedly benefit many students who want to go into this important field, but who need the financial support to do so. Many of our students return to their home communities to work after graduating, so this is an investment with long-term benefits for us all.”

If you would like to join in supporting this new scholarship fund, you may make a secure online donation on the Foundation website; be sure to note “competitive law scholarship” in the “special instructions” box. Donations may also be made by mailing a check to Doyon Foundation at 615 Bidwell Ave., Suite 101, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701. Please note “competitive law scholarship” in the memo line.

For more information about Doyon Foundation, scholarship eligibility and application instructions, or opportunities to support students, please visit www.doyonfoundation.com or contact 907.459.2048 or foundation@doyon.com.

 

May 15 is our biggest deadline of the year! This is the last day to apply for competitive and basic scholarships for the 2017 fall semester. If you or someone you know is planning to attend school this fall, you do not want to miss this deadline.

Here’s what’s up for grabs:

  • Competitive scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $9,000
  • $800 basic scholarships for part-time students
  • $1,200 basic scholarships for full-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!)

Good news for part-time students! Last fall, we lowered our part-time credit requirement from six credits to three credits. This means more students qualify for a basic scholarship!

Wondering if you are eligible? Applicants must:

Ready to apply? Please note that scholarship applications are only accepted online. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Create an account if you don’t already have one. It is highly recommended that students create an account at least two weeks prior to the application deadline, as the shareholder verification process can take up to three business days.
  • Log in.
  • After successfully logging on, click “students,” then select “Scholarship Apply/Review/Edit.”
  • Pick a scholarship by clicking “apply now.”

Questions? We’re here to help! Visit www.doyonfoundation.com or contact Maurine McGinty, scholarship program manager, at mcgintym@doyon.com or 907.459.2049.

Doyon Foundation is currently accepting applications for scholarships for the fall 2016 semester! If you are planning to attend college or vocational school this fall, be sure to submit your application by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 16.

We’ll be awarding competitive scholarships, which range from $5,000 to $9,000, as well as basic scholarships, which are $800 for part-time students and $1,200 for full-time students.

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.

To be eligible for a scholarship, you must:

Remember – scholarship applications are only accepted online. To apply, students should:

  • Create an account if you don’t already have one. It is highly recommended you create an account at least two weeks prior to the application deadline, as the shareholder verification process can take up to three business days.
  • Log in.
  • After successfully logging on, click “students,” then select “Scholarship Apply/Review/Edit.”
  • Pick a scholarship by clicking “apply now.”

If you need computer access, you are welcome to come to the Foundation office at the Doyon Industrial Facility, 615 Bidwell Ave., Suite 101 in Fairbanks. Foundation staff is also available to answer any questions or help with any issues you encounter with the application process.

In addition to the competitive and basic scholarships, we also offer short-term vocational and advanced college credit scholarships. Applications for these are accepted year-round.

For more information on scholarship eligibility or the application process, visit www.doyonfoundation.com or contact Maurine McGinty, scholarship program manager, at mcgintym@doyon.com or 907.459.2049.

There is one open seat on the Doyon Foundation competitive scholarship review committee. Candidates residing in rural areas are preferred, but applications from urban candidates will also be accepted.

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 Thursday, April 30, 2015. The Doyon Foundation board of directors will select the new committee member at their next regularly scheduled meeting in Fairbanks.

For details on candidate qualifications and responsibilities, please visit the Foundation website. For additional information, please contact the Doyon Foundation at 907.459.2048 or foundation@doyon.com.