Apply for a spring scholarship by November 15!

The application period for spring 2022 scholarships from Doyon Foundation is now open, and eligible students could receive up to $2,400 for school! Applications must be received by Monday, November 15, 2021, at 5 p.m. AKST.

Helpful tip: Our basic scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so get your application in early!

With our recently increased scholarship amounts, we’ll be awarding:

  • $2,400 basic scholarships for full-time students (undergraduates taking 12 or more credits, or 9 or more credits for graduate students)
  • $1,600 basic scholarships for part-time students (undergraduates taking 3 to 11 credits, or 2 to 8 credits for graduate students)

Helpful tip: Our basic scholarships are for vocational students, too!

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

If you’re in a vocational program longer than 120 hours or one year, you’re eligible to apply. (And if you’re in a shorter program, check out our short-term vocational scholarship.)

Helpful tip: Our scholarship resource handbook has everything you need to know about scholarship types, eligibility and the application process – check it out before you apply!

Ready to apply? Get started by visiting our online scholarship application portal. If you’re a first-time applicant, you will need to create a new account. Need help? See our step-by-step account creation instructions or view our detailed application instructions.

Once you are logged in, select “apply” and 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 scholarships@doyon.com to obtain one. 

Helpful tip: Foundation staff can help with your online scholarship application if you don’t have computer or internet access.

Remember, scholarship applications are accepted online only. However, we understand that some of our students may have difficulty with a reliable internet connection. If that is the case, please call us and we can assist you in completing your scholarship application by proxy.

Helpful tip: Official transcripts must be submitted once every academic year, which runs August through July.

In the application, you’ll see a requirement to submit transcripts. If you received a fall 2021 scholarship, you may 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 Monday, December 20 at 5 p.m. AKST.

If you did not receive a fall 2021 scholarship, you’ll need to submit official transcripts. These are due by the November 15 deadline. We know this can be confusing, so if you have any questions, just get in touch.

Helpful tip: Make sure that you log in to your student account before the scholarship application deadline to check that you have submitted all the required materials!

Remember – the deadline to apply for a spring 2022 basic scholarship is Monday, November 15, 2021! Questions? We’re here to help! Contact our scholarship program at scholarships@doyon.com or 907.459.2049.

We’re so excited to announce the 20 winners in our first-ever computer giveaway! The following students were selected in a random drawing to receive Lenovo ThinkPads:

  1. Dreana Taylor
  2. Eva Burk
  3. Annie Williams
  4. Lisa Wentz
  5. Bryan Sam
  6. Buddy North
  7. Donetta Tritt
  8. Lorretta Lolnitz
  9. Nadia Al-Shewear
  10. Joseph O’brian
  11. Josie Heyano
  12. Latisha Roberts
  13. Kai Whitmore
  14. Linda Nicholia
  15. Ashley Merica-Nazurak
  16. Cesa Agnes
  17. Jade Titus
  18. Roselie Carrol
  19. Charlotte James
  20. Leah David

A very special thank you to donors designDATA and the Google American Indian Network for making it possible for us to provide these computers to help our students succeed in their educational journeys!

Congratulations to the 291 students who are receiving a total of $706,000 in Doyon Foundation scholarships for the fall 2021 semester!

We are pleased to award 165 full-time basic scholarships, 72 part-time basic scholarships and 54 competitive scholarships.

Students, your scholarship is on its way! Log in to your student account if you have questions about your scholarship application status.

Also, mark your calendar for our next scholarship application deadline: Monday, November 15 at 11:59 p.m. is the deadline to apply for scholarships for the spring 2022 semester.

Learn more about our scholarships in our scholarship brochure, vocational scholarship brochure and scholarship resource handbook, or read about some of our past and current recipients on our blog!

A special thank you to our generous donors who continue to support the scholarship and language revitalization programs at Doyon Foundation. If you would like to join our family of donors, please consider making a gift on our website.

For more information or assistance, contact our scholarship program manager at 907.459.2048 or scholarships@doyon.com.

Doyon, Limited President and CEO Aaron Schutt (left) and Tanana Chiefs Conference Chief Chairman PJ Simon (right) present a $100,000 check to Doyon Foundation Executive Director Tiffany Simmons (middle) for the Foundation’s Health Scholarship Fund.

Doyon Foundation is pleased to announce a $100,000 donation award from Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC). 

“We at TCC value and understand the importance of investing in our future generations,” said TCC Chief Chairman PJ Simon. “We hope that this funding provides the chance for youth who want to pursue their career in the health field to do so.” 

The award from TCC is matched by a financial commitment from Doyon, Limited to dedicate $200,000 to the Foundation’s Health Scholarship Fund. “We have seen the significant value and need for health care professionals in our communities,” said Aaron Schutt, President and CEO of Doyon, Limited. “We are honored to be able to contribute to students’ success.” 

TCC and Doyon, Limited are joining forces to support and encourage shareholder students in the health field through the establishment of the Health Scholarship Fund at Doyon Foundation. With the expansion of TCC’s Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center set to open next year, and with the COVID-19 pandemic highlighting the need for an increase in the healthcare workforce, both organizations agree that supporting Alaska Native students in pursuing healthcare careers is a priority. 

“For years, we have seen the need in the health field growing and as we look forward, that need will continue to increase,” said Doyon Foundation Executive Director, Tiffany Simmons. “The funding will not only support shareholder students financially, it will encourage students to continue their education.” 

The additional funding allowed Doyon Foundation to award eight additional health competitive scholarships to students for the fall 2021 semester. 

For more information on Doyon Foundation and its scholarship programs, including the new Health Scholarship Fund, please visit www.doyonfoundation.com or contact 907.459.2048 or foundation@doyon.com

Doyon Foundation is seeking interested and qualified applicants for our new accounting manager position. This is a full-time position based at our office in Fairbanks.

Working closely with our executive director, the accounting manager will be responsible for accounting services for the Foundation. A typical workday may include filing reports, maintaining files, processing accounts receivable transactions, reviewing expense reports, and performing bank reconciliations, among other duties. View a detailed list of essential functions in the job description.

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in accounting or equivalent experience, experience with Microsoft Excel, and knowledge of accounting systems. Learn more about applicant qualifications in the job description.

If you are looking for a new opportunity, and would like to join a team dedicated to providing educational, career and cultural opportunities for Doyon, Limited shareholders, we encourage you to view the job description and apply today.

Or if you know someone who might be the perfect fit for this position, please help us spread the word!

Interested applicants should create a talent bank profile on the Doyon, Limited website and then complete the online application. This position will be open until filled. 

To learn more about Doyon Foundation and our work, visit www.doyonfoundation.com, or contact us at foundation@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.

2021 Scholarship Award Recognition Video Premiere September 10

Join Doyon Foundation to celebrate the start of a new school year and recognize our fall 2021 scholarship recipients! Mark your calendar and plan to tune in for the virtual premiere of our 2021 scholarship award recognition video on Friday, September 10 at 1 p.m. AKDT. The video will premiere on our Facebook page, and also be posted to our YouTube channel for viewing later. RSVP to our Facebook event or add the event to your calendar!

We’ll have welcomes from Doyon, Limited and Doyon Foundation leaders, a special prayer for students, words of inspiration and encouragement from a student speaker, announcement of all our fall 2021 basic and competitive recipients, and recognition of our donors, who make our scholarships possible.

Be sure to watch until the very end, when we draw the names of the 20 students selected to receive Lenovo ThinkPads, generously donated by designDATA and the Google American Indian Network. If you are a Doyon Foundation student who needs a computer for school, be sure to complete our need survey by Friday, August 27, at 5 p.m. We will then review the submissions and eligible students will be entered into a random drawing, with the winners announced at the end of our scholarship award recognition video on September 10.

We hope to see you at the premiere on September 10 to celebrate the start of the school year and our 2021 – 2022 our scholarship recipients. Remember to RSVP to our Facebook event or add the event to your calendar!

This year, Doyon Foundation is partnering with the Great Alaska Duck Race, which takes place in Anchorage on September 11. (Please note this duck race is separate from the Rubber Duckie Race in Fairbanks!)

The event is organized by Alaska EXCEL, a nonprofit providing educational opportunities to rural Alaska youth. For every duck we sell, Doyon Foundation will receive half of the proceeds, which will go to support our scholarship program. Visit our fundraising page to buy a duck and help us earn some bucks!

Duck race tickets range from $10 to $20, and the grand prize is $10,000! Last year, there were winners from all over the state. In fact, the $10,000 grand prize was won by a woman in Fairbanks! Only 12,000 tickets will be sold, so don’t wait – get your tickets today on our fundraising page, https://bit.ly/DoyonFoundationDuckRace.

$10 ticket prizes:

  • 1st place duck wins $5,000
  • 2nd place duck wins $500
  • 3rd place duck wins $250 

$20 ticket prizes:

  • GRAND PRIZE duck wins $10,000 
  • 2nd place duck wins $1,000
  • 3rd place duck wins $500

Winners don’t need to be present to win, but if you want to join in the fun, be at Ship Creek in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, September 11 at 11 a.m. If you can’t attend in person, you can watch the livestream on the race website!

We’re also looking for volunteers to help us meet our volunteer commitment as an event partner. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Selling duck race tickets at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer, three-hour shift on a day of your choosing from August 20 to September 6, two volunteers needed
  • Tagging ducks at a TBA location in Anchorage, September 9, 3 – 7 p.m., at least one volunteer needed
  • Race set up or clean up, Ship Creek in Anchorage, September 11, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., at least one volunteer needed

If you are interested in volunteering, please call 907.459.2048 or email foundation@doyon.com with your preferred date, time and any questions.

Thank you for your support. Go buy a duck – and good luck!

We’re giving away 20 laptops to Foundation students!

With the shift to virtual work, classes and social interaction over the past year, computer and online access is more important than ever. At Doyon Foundation, we know this can cause hardship for students who do not have easy access to these resources. 

In an effort to support our students in a comprehensive way, we are pleased to launch our computer gifting program! Thanks to the generosity of donors designDATA and the Google American Indian Network, we have a pool of Lenovo ThinkPads to gift to students at no cost, to help them succeed in their educational journeys.

To be eligible to receive a computer, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled to Doyon, Limited, or the child of an original enrollee.
  • Be accepted to an accredited college, university, technical or vocational school.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 (undergraduates), 3.0 (graduate/master’s) or 3.25 (specialists/doctorates).
  • Have applied or been awarded a Doyon Foundation scholarship in the past.

This program is need-based. Students who do not currently have access to a computer, and need one to pursue their educational goals, are invited to complete our online student computer need survey. Students who cannot access the online form may contact us at 907.459.2049 or scholarships@doyon.com and a Foundation staff member can complete the online form by proxy.

The deadline to complete the computer need survey is Friday, August 27, at 5 p.m. We will then review the submissions and eligible students will be entered into a random drawing to receive one of 20 Lenovo ThinkPads.

We will announce the computer recipients during our scholarship award recognition presentation, which will take place virtually on Friday, September 10. Watch the Foundation website and social media for more details on the event, or sign up for our email updates to receive the latest news.  

Remember – complete the computer need survey online by Friday, August 27, at 5 p.m. If you have questions or need help completing the form by proxy, contact us at 907.459.2049 or scholarships@doyon.com.

13 recipients receive $5,000 awards for language revitalization projects

Doyon Foundation is pleased to announce its 2021 Our Language grant recipients. A total $65,000 will be awarded to 13 organizations to support language revitalization projects across the Doyon region. The 2021 Our Language grant recipients include:

Athabascan Fiddlers Association

Project title: Native Language Digital Archive

This project will work to preserve spoken examples of Alaska Native languages for use in current and future efforts to revitalize them throughout Interior Alaska. The project archivist will extract 1,000 audio files from “Word of the Day” and “Phrase of the Day” programs. Audio files to be posted on KRFF website.

Beaver Village Council

Project title: Canvas Canoe Making Project

This project will build traditional canvas canoes, documenting the process and the Gwich’in words and phrases for each step. A 20-page booklet with simple sentences describing each activity will be produced and shared through social media.

Birch Creek Tribal Council

Project title: Birch Creek Elder Stories

This project will record five life stories from Elders in the Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in) language. Stories will be transcribed in English, capturing the story in the Elder’s own words. A PowerPoint presentation will also be created, showing the Elder’s video story in Gwich’in and the written version side by side. The presentation will be made accessible on YouTube or other social media sites.

Circle Tribal Council

Project title: Circle Elder Stories

This project will record Elders or fluent individuals in the community and produce a DVD for distribution. Stories will have accompanying lessons to include the alphabet, numbers, colors, animals and traditional activities, such as muskratting, beaver trapping, fishing, and fish wheel building.

Dodi Zrunh Consulting, LLC

Project title: Dratakh Chelik

This project will create a Dratakh Chilik (Crying Song) song book based on a CD from the 1970s that has 30 songs. This song book will be easy to read for all age groups, while giving a meaning of the words in the songs. In addition, the composer and who they made the song for will be named.

Holy Cross Tribal Council

Project title: Ałixi Gitr’idalyayh “We are Singing Together”

This project will record children of Shageluk/Anvik/Holy Cross/Grayling singing in Deg Xinag from the songbook, Gileg. The goal is to have more Deg Xinag songs sung at events such as weddings, potlucks, school settings, the Athabascan Fiddle Festival and on social media.

Hughes Village Council

Project title: Denaayeets (Our Breath)

This project will host weekly cultural gatherings with at least one Elder language teacher present. The goal is to have high community participation in these gatherings so that all community members will understand basic Denaakk’e vocabulary and practical phases. 

McGrath

Project title: Dinak’i Curriculum Project

This project will provide teaching materials for McGrath School, including Native language flashcards, Native language classroom aids for classroom displays, Native language daily-word flip calendar, and hall posters for the promotion of Native language.  

Minto Village Council

Project title: Benhti Kenaga’ Documentaries

This project will make two short documentaries, featuring the sled making process, while identifying sled parts and verbs in Denakenaga’, and how to produce brain-tanned smoked moose skin.

Nulato Tribal Council

Project title: Lower Koyukon Learning Materials

This project will develop a practical and accessible set of language-learning materials, including a short guide for writing and pronouncing written Lower Koyukon, a more extensive account of the structure of Lower Koyukon verbs, and a full primer, or introductory handbook, for use with the Koyukon Athabaskan Dictionary.

Tanan Ch’at’oh

Project title: The Tanan Ch’at’oh Project

The goal of this project is to launch a full immersion Gwich’in language nest, Tanan Ch’at’oh, in Fairbanks in the spring 2021. The language nest will educate children in the Gwich’in language up to kindergarten. A Tanan Ch’at’oh intern will be hired and they will be expected to increase their own fluency in Gwich’in by learning the phrases that students are using in the classroom and using those phrases with the students. This will increase the fluency of one staff member to support student learning.

Tetlin

Project title: Tetlin Village Council Culture Camp

The purpose of this project is to revitalize the Upper Tanana language through a culture camp in Tetlin, in which 15 youth participants will engage in Elder-led language sessions. During the culture camp, Elders and adults will teach traditional singing and dancing sessions. 

Yukon Flats School District

Project title: Gwich’in Curriculum Project

The purpose of this project is to revitalize the Gwich’in language by teaching participants how to introduce themselves in Gwich’in, helping students create a family ancestry history and present their family ancestry, and learning and practicing with Elders. At least five Elders and five youth will participate in the language project.

Doyon Foundation, with support from Doyon, Limited, awards Our Language grants annually, in a continuing effort to revitalize the endangered Native languages of the Doyon region. Doyon region tribal governments/tribal councils/communities; nonprofit Alaska Native organizations, societies and community groups; and Alaska Native cultural, educational and recreational organizations/centers were eligible to apply.

The 10 ancestral languages of the Doyon region are all severely to critically endangered, and will be lost within the span of a few generations if no action is taken. These languages are Benhti Kokhut’ana Kenaga’ (Lower Tanana), Deg Xinag, Denaakk’e (Koyukon), Dihthaad Xt’een Iin Aanděeg’ (Tanacross), Dinak’i (Upper Kuskokwim), Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in), Hän, Holikachuk, Inupiaq and Nee’aanèegn’ (Upper Tanana).

For additional information, visit www.doyonfoundation.com or contact Doyon Foundation’s language revitalization program at haytona@doyon.com or 907.459.2162.

The Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center and Doyon Foundation have partnered to offer “Language Journeys,” a new series of online discussions on the Morris Thompson Center platform featuring Alaska Native language speakers from across the Interior sharing experiences with their traditional languages, what inspired them to learn them, and what they would like to see for the future of the languages. Episodes will air the last Friday of each month at 12 p.m. AKST on the Morris Thompson Center’s website.

The premiere episode of this series aired on April 30, 2021, and featured Denaakke’ and Holikachuk language speaker, Tristan Madros. Tristan grew up in both Kaltag and Nulato around many Elders who spoke their Native languages. This experience inspired him to learn Denaakke’ and Holikachuk. Allan Hayton, the Doyon Foundation language revitalization program director and moderator of the series, joined Tristan in discussing the significance of one’s connection to their Native language.

Please visit www.morristhompsoncenter.org/events/ to view this program and both upcoming and past cultural programs. You can also sign up for email updates about future events at the website.

These programs are proudly brought to you by the partnership between Doyon Foundation and the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center.


RSVP to join us Friday, May 21 on Zoom

Graduates, alumni, family, friends and other supporters are invited to join Doyon Foundation for our 2021 virtual graduate reception! The event will take place via Zoom on Friday, May 21 at 1 p.m. AKDT.

To participate, please complete and submit our RSVP form by Thursday, May 20 at 5 p.m. Then, watch your email for the Zoom link to participate in the reception.

The reception will feature graduate speaker Taniesha Moses and alumna speaker Andrea Nield. Taniesha, from Northway, graduated May 1 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a bachelor’s degree in social work. Andrea, from Nultao, is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she received a bachelor’s of business administration, management and organizations.

If you are graduating this year, there is still time to complete our graduate information request form. We’ll feature the information you share in our 2021 electronic graduate yearbook and in our 2021 graduate video! Check out the 2020 graduate yearbook and 2020 graduate video.

While we’ll miss coming together in person again this year, we are pleased that the virtual format will allow students and supporters from across the state and country to participate.

We hope you can join us to celebrate the Class of 2021! Please complete our RSVP form today, and watch your email for the Zoom link to participate in the reception.

Tiffany Simmons to assume Doyon Foundation executive director role May 17

Doyon Foundation and Doyon, Limited are pleased to announce Tiffany Simmons as the nonprofit organization’s new executive director. Simmons will assume the role, based at the Foundation’s office in Fairbanks, beginning Monday, May 17, 2021.

“Doyon Foundation is delighted to welcome Tiffany Simmons as our new executive director, to lead and grow the Foundation to the next level,” said Jennifer Fate, president of the Foundation’s board of directors and secretary of the Doyon, Limited board. “Tiffany brings a wealth of skills in program development, workforce services, culturally driven initiatives, strategic partnerships, and educational scholarships – all critical growth areas we care about at the Foundation. We are very excited to have Tiffany fill this key leadership position in the state.”

A Doyon, Limited shareholder, Simmons is Central Koyukon Athabascan and was raised in the Yukon River communities of Koyukuk and Galena. She is the daughter of Marie Simmons and the late James Walldow, and her grandparents are the late Sidney and Angela and Jennie Huntington. Simmons raised her two children, Traven and Tessa Sweetsir, in Fairbanks, where she currently resides with her husband, Harold Attla.

Simmons graduated from the Galena City High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has extensive experience working with tribal members and tribal governments in various management and senior leadership positions. In her free time, Simmons enjoys beading, sewing, teaching others to bead and sew, and getting out on the rivers and land.

“Over 20 years ago, the Doyon Foundation provided invaluable support to me in various ways as I experienced obstacles in the beginning of my educational journey,” Simmons said. “I am excited to be in a role where I can now return that support to fellow shareholders as they pursue their academic dreams.”

Doyon Foundation was established as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in 1989 by Doyon, Limited, the Alaska Native regional corporation for Interior Alaska. As the private foundation for Doyon, Limited, it serves the educational and cultural needs of Doyon’s shareholders and their children. Since inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $11.6 million in scholarships to students pursuing higher education and vocational training. Through the Foundation’s language revitalization program, established in 2012, efforts are underway to revitalize the languages of the Doyon region, which represent half of the 20 Native languages in the state of Alaska.

Learn more about Doyon Foundation and its efforts at www.doyonfoundation.com.

Funded by the Alyeska Pipeline Native Scholarship Program; Apply by May 17

Doyon Foundation students enrolled in vocational/technical programs are encouraged to apply for a 2021 – 2022 competitive scholarship, funded by the Alyeska Pipeline Native Scholarship Program. Both part-time and full-time vocational students are eligible to apply. The application deadline is Monday, May 17, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

“This scholarship is optimal for students who are pursuing a vocational education while also working,” says Purestyn Milk, Doyon Foundation scholarship manager. “We understand the difficulties of balancing work with school, and we’re grateful for Alyeska’s partnership to help support these students.”

The scholarship is specifically for students in programs focused on one of the following discipline areas:

  • Heavy equipment/diesel mechanics
  • Process technology/instrumentation
  • Construction
  • Welding
  • Electrical training
  • CDL

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled to Doyon, Limited or be the child of an original enrollee
  • Be accepted or enrolled in a one- to three-year program in one of the focus discipline areas (described above)
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0

To apply, interested students should complete Doyon Foundation’s 2021 – 2022 competitive scholarship application, available online at www.doyonfoundation.com. Note that students will not apply specifically for the Alyeska scholarship, but should complete the general competitive scholarship application. The applications will then be reviewed following the Foundation’s competitive scholarship review process.

For additional details on eligibility and the application and selection process, please review the Foundation’s scholarship resource handbook. Applications are due no later than Monday, May 17, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Applications must be submitted online via the Foundation website.

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

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RSVP today to join us May 22

The Doyon Foundation graduate reception is going virtual this year! While we will miss coming together in person in Fairbanks, we are excited for the opportunity to include students and supporters from across the country in a way we’ve never done before.

Whether you are a graduate, student, alumni, family, friend, teacher or other supporter, please mark your calendar and plan to join us:

Doyon Foundation 2020 Graduate Reception

Friday, May 22

2 p.m. AKST

Via ZOOM

RSVP to milkp@doyon.com by Wednesday, May 20 at 5 p.m. to receive the ZOOM link to join us

Our agenda includes a welcome from our executive director, Doris Miller; Doyon, Limited’s president and CEO, Aaron Schutt; and our board president, Jennifer Fate.

Plus, we’ll hear from our 2020 graduate speaker, Bruce Ervin, who graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) with his bachelor’s degree in Alaska Native studies, and our alumni speaker (and board member!) Matthew Calhoun, who received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) in 2002, his master’s in civil engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2010, and a doctorate of philosophy in civil engineering from UAF in 2015. Calhoun is currently a tenure-track assistant professor of civil engineering at UAA.

Then, all of our 2020 grads in attendance will have the opportunity to introduce themselves live from wherever they are!

If you are graduating this year, please be sure to complete our 2020 graduate information form in advance of the event so we can include you in the graduate reception presentation.

A special thank you to Doyon, Limited’s communications and IT teams for helping us arrange this very special, first-of-its-kind Foundation event. We hope you can join us to celebrate the Class of 2020!

 

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Mary Jane Fate was a visionary leader and influential advocate who dedicated her life to creating opportunities for Alaska Native people. Mary Jane’s accomplishments are too numerous to list and include co-founding the Fairbanks Native Association, co-founding the Breast Cancer Detection Center, co-chairing the Alaska Federation of Natives, serving as president and board member of Rampart Village Corporation, Baan O Yeel Kon, and serving on the Alaska Airlines board of directors for 25 years. Mary Jane was one of the original lobbyists for the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which created Alaska Native Corporations and conveyed 40 million acres of land to Alaska Natives.

We at Doyon Foundation are honored to have a scholarship in her name: The Mary Jane and Hugh Fate, Jr. Leadership Fund was established by their daughter, Jennifer Fate, in 2017 to honor her parents’ accomplishments for the betterment of the Doyon people. The scholarship supports students who contribute to the social or economic well-being of the Alaska Native community – following in Mary Jane’s inspiring footsteps. We are pleased that this scholarship will carry forward Mary Jane’s incredible legacy to future generations.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to Mary Jane’s husband, Hugh “Bud” Fate, and her daughter, our board president, Jennifer, as well as all of her family and friends.