Doyon Foundation celebrated our fall 2014 recipients at a scholarship award ceremony held in Fairbanks on September 5. More than $214,000 in competitive and basic scholarships were awarded to 239 students this fall.DF Award Ceremony

The ceremony also provided the opportunity to recognize the donors whose support make our scholarships possible. Donors are listed on the Doyon Foundation website at

Approximately 50 Foundation staff, board members, students and supporters were in attendance, including Geri Simon, senior vice president of administration at Doyon, Limited; Chris Simon, rural education coordinator and Doyon, Limited board member; Wally Carlo, Doyon, Limited board member; Joshua Peter, Foundation board member; Evon Peter, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) vice chancellor for Rural, Community and Native Education; and Annette Frieberger, UAF Rural Student Services director.

Diloola Erikson, our 2014 natural resources competitive scholarship recipient, gave the keynote address, speaking about her experiences as a student at UAF, where she is pursuing her bachelor’s of science in mechanical engineering.

Scholarship recipients in attendance had the opportunity to introduce themselves during the ceremony, which concluded with mingling and refreshments.

58,693 + 5,750 + 124 + 50 + 28 = 64,645. That’s the number of reasons Doyon Foundation has to be thankful for this year’s Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic, held June 13 and 14 at Chena Bend Golf Course in Fairbanks.

A total of $58,693 was raised at the event, which is the Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser. Proceeds from the classic support the Morris Thompson Scholarship Fund, an endowed fund benefitting Alaska Native, higher education students studying business management and leadership. This year’s proceeds were just slightly lower than last year’s total of $59,515.

Funds were also raised for the Foundation’s health competitive scholarship fund, which was established in 2011 with the support of a Rasmuson Foundation matching grant, plus the donations of numerous corporate and individual sponsors. Tanana Chiefs Conference presented a $5,000 donation at this year’s classic and challenged participants to contribute toward it as well. An additional $750 was raised for the health scholarship fund, for a total of $5,750.

The Foundation saw an increase in the number of golfers this year, with 124 players hitting the greens in support of scholarships. The first place team was comprised of Lane Keator, Howard Thies, Gene Carlson and Don Castle. See the full list of winners here.

The Foundation was honored that U.S. Congressman Don Young attended the 2012 golf classic. In addition to playing in the tournament, the honorary event host also spoke at the Calcutta on Thursday evening.

The event would not be possible without the generosity of the 50 sponsors, who contributed everything from significant financial donations to door prizes. A special thank you to this year’s Doctorate Level sponsors, the Doyon Family of Companies, KeyBank and Key Equipment Finance, and Master’s Level sponsor Premier Earthwork. See a full list of sponsors here.

The dedicated group of volunteers was also key to the event’s success; 28 individuals donated their time in support of this year’s classic. View a list of volunteers here. They were honored at a volunteer appreciation lunch on Friday, August 3. More than a dozen door prizes were given out. Volunteer Mariah Pitka went home with 40,000 Alaska Airlines miles donated by Doyon, Limited; Geri Simon won a one-year pass to the University of Alaska Museum of the North; and Lori MacCafferty received an overnight stay at the River’s Edge Resort.

The golf classic, established in 2000, is held in memory of the late Morris Thompson, who served as the president/CEO of Doyon, Limited from 1985 until his passing in 2000. Read more about the classic here.

We celebrated 61 graduates at the Doyon Foundation 2012 Graduation Reception held Thursday, May 10. Among our 2012 graduates were 48 college graduates, 13 high school graduates and even one Head Start graduate! Visit our Facebook page to see photos from the event.

More than 50 students and supporters attended the event, which was held at our building in Fairbanks. Attendees heard an inspiring keynote speech from Maurine Isaacson, a University of Alaska Fairbanks student who graduated with a bachelor’s of business administration, and who is also the Foundation’s new scholarship program manager! You can view a transcript of Maurine’s speech on our website.

We also heard a motivational message from our alumna speaker Sarah Obed, currently serving as Doyon, Limited’s government relations director. Sarah’s speech is available on our website, as well.

Geri Simon, Doyon Limited’s senior vice president of administration, and Charlene Ostbloom, Doyon’s human resources training and development manager, also spoke before we recognized our 60+ graduates, and heard introductions from several in attendance. Following the presentation, attendees enjoyed some light refreshments.

If you’re graduating from high school, college or a vocational program this year, it’s not too late to complete our short 2012 graduate questionnaire at Respondents will be featured in a special graduate edition of the Doyon Foundation e-newsletter. (Check out last year’s edition here on our website!) We’ve extended the deadline to this Friday, May 18.

We continue to be showered with positive feedback on our Pick. Click. Give. campaign, which is proving to be a great success in its first year. Here are two more stories from our generous Pick. Click. Give. donors.

“As a past recipient and current board member, I know first hand what a difference the Foundation scholarships make when attending college. Please consider making a donation today, every dollar counts! Thank you.”

–       Julie Anderson, Doyon Foundation board member

“The Doyon Foundation supported my educational goals throughout undergraduate and graduate school with scholarships. This opportunity to give back to the Foundation and support current and future students is an honor. I look forward to seeing more bright, energetic and accomplished Doyon shareholders participate in the scholarship and internship programs! The Pick-Click-Give program made it easy to contribute and with many people contributing, it will provide a boost to the Doyon Foundation!”

–       Geri Simon, Former Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient, alumna & volunteer

If you’ve donated to the Foundation through Pick. Click. Give., we want to hear from you, as well! Please share your testimonial on our Facebook page, blog or email us at And remember, there is still time to Pick. Click. Give.! The application deadline is Saturday, March 31. Thank you so much for your support!