Nearly 60 Doyon Foundation students, alumni and supporters gathered to celebrate the Foundation’s fall 2019 scholarship recipients at the annual scholarship award ceremony, which took place August 30 in Fairbanks. Doris Miller, Foundation executive director, and LaVerne Demientieff, Foundation board member and chair of the language revitalization committee, welcomed all in attendance.830192.jpg

At the event, the Foundation announced its 2019 full-time and part-time basic scholarship recipients, as well as the 2019 – 2020 competitive scholarship recipients. This fall, the Foundation awarded 277 scholarships, including 83 part-time basic scholarships, 148 full-time basic scholarships, and 46 competitive scholarships, for a grand total of $378,000.

Guests, including VIPs University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen and members of Doyon, Limited’s board of directors and senior management, heard from alumna speaker, Sonja Sommer, and student speaker, Rebekah Hartman.

Sommer received an associate degree in applied accounting, an occupational endorsement certificate in bookkeeping, and a bachelor’s of business administration in general business, all from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Hartman, a junior at UAF pursuing a bachelor’s degree in animation, was selected this fall for the $5,000 Morris Thompson Committee Choice competitive scholarship. The event was particularly special for Hartman, whose parents surprised her by driving from Wasilla to Fairbanks to show their support at the ceremony.

p1000800.jpgThe 23 students in attendance also had the opportunity to introduce themselves to the audience.

Miller offered a special thank you to donors, including Doyon, Limited, whose generosity makes these scholarships possible.

The next scholarship application deadline is Friday, November 15, 2019, for basic scholarships for the spring 2020 semester. Doyon shareholders and descendants are eligible to apply for Foundation scholarships, which include advanced college credit awards for high school students, short-term vocational scholarships, basic scholarships for part-time and full-time students, and competitive scholarships.

For more information, visit www.doyonfoundation.com or contact foundation@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.

 

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We hope to see you this Friday, August 30, at the Doyon Foundation 2019 scholarship award ceremony! The event will take place at 4 p.m. in Fairbanks at the Doyon Industrial Facility building, 701 Bidwell Avenue, Suite 400, off South Cushman Street.

At the event, we will announce and celebrate our 2019 full-time and part-time basic scholarship recipients, as well as our 2019 – 2020 competitive scholarship recipients. This fall, we are awarding 277 scholarships, including 83 part-time basic scholarships, 148 full-time basic scholarships, and 46 competitive scholarships, for a grand total of $378,000 in scholarships!

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Alumna speaker, Sonja Sommer

We’ll also hear from Foundation staff, a student speaker and one of our alumni. We are pleased to announce this year’s alumna speaker, Sonja Sommer, who received an associate degree in applied accounting, an occupational endorsement certificate in bookkeeping, and a bachelor’s of business administration in general business, all from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF).

This year’s student speaker is Rebekah Hartman, a junior at UAF, where she is going for her bachelor’s degree in animation. Rebekah was selected this fall for the $5,000 Morris Thompson Committee Choice competitive scholarship.

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Student speaker, Rebekah Hartman

Students, family, friends, teachers, donors and other supporters are invited and encouraged to attend. We hope to see you there!

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Mark your calendar and plan to join us for the Doyon Foundation 2018 scholarship award ceremony! The event will take place Friday, September 7 at 2 p.m. in Fairbanks at the Doyon Industrial Facility building, 701 Bidwell Avenue, Suite 400, off South Cushman Street.

At the event, we will announce and celebrate our 2018 full-time and part-time scholarship recipients, as well as our 2018 – 2019 competitive scholarship recipients. We’ll also hear from Foundation staff, a student speaker and one of our alumni.

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2018 student speaker, Ryan McCarty

We are pleased to announce our student and alumni speakers! This year’s student speaker is Ryan McCarty, a freshman at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he is working toward an associate degree in process technology.

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2018 alumna speaker, Diloola Erickson

Our 2018 alumna speaker is Diloola Erickson. Diloola graduated in May 2018 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with dual bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and rural development, with a concentration in small business and rural community planning. Diloola recently joined the Foundation as our Doyon Languages Online II project manager!

Students, family, friends, teachers, donors and other supporters are invited and encouraged to attend. We hope to see you there!

Doyon Foundation will host our 2017 Scholarship Award Ceremony on Friday, September 8 at 2 p.m. The event, which celebrates our 302 fall scholarship recipients, will take place in the Doyon Facilities classroom, located at 701 Bidwell Ave. in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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The scholarship award ceremony will feature our always popular photo booth!

This fall, the Foundation will award a total of $395,300 in scholarships. The fall 2017 awards include 37 competitive scholarships, 73 basic part-time scholarships, and 192 basic full-time scholarships. Congratulations to all of this fall’s recipients!

In addition to presenting the scholarship recipients, the ceremony will also feature an opening prayer by Allan Hayton, our language revitalization program director; a welcome from Doris Miller, our executive director; and words from our alumni speaker and student speaker! The event will culminate with light refreshments and our always-popular photo booth.

Tanya - alumni speakerWe are excited to announce this year’s alumni speaker is Tanya Kaquatosh of Hughes, Alaska. Tanya is the daughter of Barbara Beatus and the late Norman Beatus of Hughes.  Her maternal grandparents are Johnson Moses and the late Bertha Moses of Allakaket and her paternal grandparents are Henry and Sophie Beatus of Hughes. Tanya holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford and a MBA from Arizona State University.  She has also completed the Doyon Leadership Training in 2014. Tanya has worked as the director of regulatory affairs at Doyon Utilities since 2015; previous to that she was a financial specialist in the finance department for 3 years. Tanya was also the executive assistant to the president/CEO of Doyon, Limited for over 4 years. Tanya resides in Fairbanks with her husband, Steve, and their daughters, Skye and Kaytona.

Julian - student speakerJoining Tanya is our student speaker, Julian Thibedeau. Julian is a freshman at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he is in the Rural Human Services Program.

Students, family, friends, teachers, donors and other supporters are invited and encouraged to attend. We hope to see you there!

Doyon Foundation hosted the 2016 scholarship award ceremony on September 9 at the Doyon Industrial Facility in Fairbanks, Alaska. Approximately 50 people attended, including 11 scholarship recipients as well as special guests Walter “Wally” Carlo, Dr. Al Ketzer and Geri Simon. View event photos on the Foundation’s Facebook page.

student-photo-boothDuring the ceremony, the Foundation awarded $447,600 in basic and competitive scholarships to 296 students – a $105,600 increase from 2015! The awards included 72 competitive scholarships totaling more than $204,500, which is three times more than the previous year.

Allan Hayton, the Foundation’s language revitalization program director, began the event with an opening prayer. He was then joined by the Foundation’s executive director, Doris Miller, who shared exciting news about a three-year, $900,000 grant from the Administration for Native Americans to benefit the Doyon Languages Online program.samantha-ervin

The audience then heard from alumni speaker, Samantha Smith Ervin, who graduated in spring 2011 from the University of New Mexico with a doctor of pharmacy. See a video of Samantha’s address on the Foundation’s YouTube channel.brooke

Following Samantha was student speaker Brooke Wright, a sophomore at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she is pursuing an associate’s degree in tribal management. Brooke’s speech is also available on the Foundation’s YouTube channel.

The scholarship recipients in attendance then had the opportunity to introduce themselves, and each student shared a touching story about his or her school career.group

Doyon Foundation will host the 2016 Scholarship Award Ceremony next Friday, September 9 at 2 p.m. The event, which celebrates the Foundation’s 296 fall scholarship recipients, will take place at the Doyon Industrial Facility cafeteria at 615 Bidwell Ave. in Fairbanks, Alaska. Guests are asked to RSVP to stickmans@doyon.com.

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2015 Scholarship Award Ceremony

This fall, the Foundation will award a total of $447,600 in scholarships, which is $105,600 more than last year. The fall 2016 awards include 72 competitive scholarships totaling $204,500 – that is three times more than in 2015!

In addition to presenting the scholarship recipients, the ceremony will also feature a welcome from the Foundation’s executive director, alumni speaker Samantha Ervin, student speaker Brooke Wright, and refreshments.

Students, family, friends, teachers, donors and other supporters are invited and encouraged to attend.

Planning to be there? Please RSVP to stickmans@doyon.com.

K’eegwaadhat t’aih shats’an ahtsii…Yeendaa leii agwahal’ee geenjit. Nigwizhii, nich’eet’eegwiniindhan khit shaa’ooli’.

God give me strength…So I may learn much in the future. May your wisdom and love always be with me. (Gwich’in)

These are the words that marked the start of the 2015 Doyon Foundation Scholarship Award Ceremony on September 11 in Fairbanks. Allan Hayton, the Foundation’s language revitalization program director, wrote the prayer as a blessing for the students as they began a new semester.

The ceremony, which took place in the Doyon Industrial Facility cafeteria, celebrated the Foundation’s 277 fall scholarship recipients. A total of $342,000 in scholarships, including full-time basic, part-time basic and competitive scholarships, was awarded this fall. These were the first awarded since the Foundation board approved a significant increase of scholarship amounts earlier this year. Read more about the increase on the Foundation blog.

Among the scholarships awarded was the Vincent Troy Williams Memorial Scholarship, created in memory of Vincent “Troy” Williams by his sister, Kristie Williams-Cuttriss. Vincent was just 24 years old when he died in a work-related accident on the North Slope in 1987.

“We created the scholarship because we know that what we give and what others give today will collectively help future generations attend college. Creating this opportunity for others is important not only for our family personally, but for our entire community,” Kristie said.

Approximately 50 people attended the celebration, including about a dozen scholarship recipients. Among the guests were alumna speaker Jessica Black, a PhD candidate in social work and an assistant professor/special projects liaison in the Office of the Vice Chancellor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), and student speaker Joseph Bifelt, a Committee’s Choice competitive scholarship recipient and student at UAF pursuing a bachelor’s degree in secondary education.

During her address, Jessica shared about how she lives life to the fullest in the form of the mnemonic “wonder,” which she went on to explain means:

W = Working hard.

O = Own your goals and create the life you want.

N = Never doubt yourself.

D = Determination.

E = Enjoy the journey.

R = Reward yourself.

Joseph shared with the audience why he is pursuing a degree in secondary audience. “Growing up in the village, I witnessed many teachers come and go. We, the students, were not really able to build trusting, respectful teacher-student relationships with them because they did not necessarily understand our culture and who we were. I feel that I would be able to relate very well to the rural Alaskan students and have the ability to help them build brighter futures both for themselves and their community.”

View videos of Jessica’s speech and Joseph’s speech.

The event also included acknowledgement of the Foundation’s donors and supporters. The Foundation extended a special thank you to Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC), which doubled its donation to the Foundation’s health competitive scholarship from $5,000 to $10,000 this year.

The ceremony culminated with introductions by the scholarship recipients in attendance, a post-ceremony reception, and a photo booth where students, staff and supporters showed off their silly side by wearing props and holding an oversized scholarship check.

“This is an exciting day, and the Doyon Foundation team thought the photo booth would be a fun addition to the celebration,” said Doris Miller, the Foundation’s executive director.