Doyon Foundation hosted its 2013 scholarship award ceremony on September 6 in Fairbanks. Students, staff and supporters gathered for the ceremony, which took place at the Doyon Industrial Facility cafeteria.Image

During the ceremony, the Foundation announced it is awarding $199,000 in scholarships to 233 students this fall. The scholarships include 157 $800 basic scholarships for full-time students, 45 $400 basic scholarships for part-time students, and 31 competitive scholarships ranging from $2,500 – $5,000.

Last year, the Foundation awarded 18 competitive scholarships totaling $68,000. This year, the Foundation nearly doubled the amount awarded to $110,500, and presented competitive scholarships to an additional 13 recipients, who will receive half of the award for the fall semester and the remainder next spring.

“We’re so pleased to be able to award these scholarships, and are so thankful to our donors for their support to make these scholarships possible,” said Doris Miller, Foundation executive director.

The event featured a welcome and introductions by Miller and Foundation Board President Lanien Livingston, who gave special acknowledgement to the Foundation’s generous individual and corporate donors. The Foundation also recognized the competitive and basic scholarship recipients, and recipients in attendance had the opportunity to introduce themselves to the audience.

Among the recipients was student speaker Sharon Hildebrand, who is originally from Nulato and was raised by her grandmother the late Ellen Peters. Hildebrand shared about her experience as a single mother and moving to Fairbanks, where she enrolled for her first year of college, but dropped out and started working full-time to support her son.

Several years later, while working for Gana-A’Yoo, Hildebrand mentioned her dreams of becoming a lawyer to her husband. With his encouragement, she began working toward her goals, starting with a college degree, as she believes that education is the key. During this time, Hildebrand realized that she was encouraging her children to seek an education and found she can be a role model for her children while pursuing her own goals.

Hildebrand also stressed the importance of knowing your culture and where your people came from. “The further you go back, the further forward you will go,” she said.

Hildebrand, who is a 2013 Morris Thompson Memorial Scholarship recipient and a senior at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Alaska Native studies with a concentration in Alaska Native law, government and politics. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree, Hildebrand and family plan to move out of state next fall as she pursues a law degree.

Hildebrand thanked Doyon, Limited and Doyon Foundation, as well as the many mentors who have helped her along the way. “We each possess a unique talent; you must be willing to tap into it. There are so many willing to help as long as you are willing to step forward,” she said.Image

Doyon Foundation awards scholarships to Doyon, Limited shareholders and their children who are accepted to an accredited college, university, technical or vocational school, and who meet GPA and credit load requirements. Applications are accepted three times per year: March 15 for the summer semester, April 15 for the fall semester, and November 15 for the spring semester.

For more information on Doyon Foundation and the scholarship program, please visit or contact 907.459.2048 or

Three new members and one incumbent were elected to the Doyon Foundation board of directors at the Foundation’s annual membership meeting on November 10. Joining the board are Joshua Peter, elected for a three-year term; Allan Hayton, elected for a two-year remainder term; and Lanien M. Livingston, elected for a one-year remainder term. Incumbent board member Julie Anderson was re-elected for a three-year term.

Joshua Peter

Joshua Peter

Allan Hayton

Allan Hayton

Lanien Livingston

Lanien Livingston

Joshua Peter, originally of Nulato and currently residing in Fairbanks, is the son of the late Hattie Peter, and the grandson of the late Simel and Vivian Peter. He and his wife, Margaret Matthew, have two sons, Daniel and Mathias. Peter, a Doyon Foundation alumnus, holds an associate’s of applied science degree in computer and information technology systems from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). His 14-year career in IT services included employment at UAF and Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. Peter is now working as an assistant professor with the UAF Community and Technical College. He also serves on the Gana-A’Yoo investment and shareholder committees.

“I’ve been fortunate to have guidance and motivation from amazing mentors and leaders. What I hope to accomplish as a member of the board is to share my experience with Doyon shareholder students,” Peter said.

Allan Hayton (Diton) is Gwich’in Athabascan and grew up in Arctic Village (Vashrąįį K’ǫǫ), Alaska. His parents are Lena Pauline Hayton from Fort Yukon, and James T. Hayton. His grandparents are Robert and Lena Albert from Tanana and Fort Yukon. Hayton, a Doyon Foundation alumnus, studied theatre at Haskell Indian Nations University and the University of Kansas, finishing his bachelor’s of arts degree in 1992. Hayton is currently finishing a master’s of arts degree in applied linguistics at UAF, and has been teaching Gwich’in language to new generations of speakers. He previously served on the Doyon Foundation language revitalization committee, and is active at St. Matthew’s Church.

Hayton said he believes in the goals of the Doyon Foundation and has benefited from their support in pursuit of his educational goals. He hopes to return that support by working to create educational opportunities for others.

Lanien M. Livingston is originally from Anchorage and makes her home in Fairbanks. She is the daughter of Phyllis Sing Garrett from Sitka and the granddaughter of the late Sam Sing from Sitka and the late Sarah Frances Lindgren from Kenai. She is Tlingit/Kenaitze. Livingston, a Doyon Foundation alumna, holds an associate’s of applied science degree in applied business and a business management certificate from UAF. She is also a 2004 graduate of the Doyon Management Training program. Livingston currently works as a recruiter for Tanana Chiefs Conference in the human resources department.

“I am honored to serve on the Doyon Foundation board. I hope to help the Doyon Foundation support the educational needs of our students. Furthering one’s education is very important and will provide many rewards for years to come,” Livingston said.

Julie Anderson, an incumbent board member who served as board secretary and treasurer last year, was re-elected to the board. Read more about Anderson on the Foundation’s website.

Peter, Hayton, Livingston and Anderson join Paul Mountain, Victor Nicholas and Teisha Simmons on the Foundation’s seven-member board of directors.