The 2018 Pick. Click. Give. campaign kicks off Monday, January 1, with the opening of the Alaska PFD application period. We encourage you to consider Pick. Click. Giving to Doyon Foundation when completing your PFD application. The PFD application period runs January 1 – March 31, 2018. Alaskans can apply online at www.pfd.alaska.gov.

student with checkFunds from Pick. Click. Give. directly benefit the Foundation’s student scholarships and support programs, as well as the efforts of our language revitalization program.

Last year, 57 donors contributed $3,975 to support Foundation scholarships. While we are very grateful for all support, last year’s Pick. Click. Give. total was a significant decrease from previous years.

Since the Foundation was established in 1989, we have awarded more than $6 million in scholarships to thousands of high school, vocational and college students pursuing their educational goals and striving to achieve their life dreams. Many of these students have shared that they simply would not have been able to attend college without the support of the Foundation. Yet with that support, they have gone on to become doctors, lawyers, teachers and leaders in our communities, setting positive examples for future generations of students to follow.
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But the support of the Foundation is more than just financial. Homesick students far from family have found comfort in the support of Foundation staff and alumni, and at events designed to celebrate and connect students and Foundation supporters. We also strive to help students develop a deeper connection with and pride in their rich Native culture.
Elder and youth recording Native language translationsIn addition to scholarships, the Foundation also places emphasis on celebrating and revitalizing Native culture. Through our language revitalization program, and Doyon Languages Online project, we are currently developing hundreds of online language-learning lessons for nine of the 10 Doyon region languages.

For more information on Doyon Foundation, contact foundation@doyon.com or 907-459-2048, or visit www.doyonfoundation.com. For more information on Pick. Click. Give., visit www.pickclickgive.org.
 

Doyon Foundation is pleased to announce a new scholarship fund, the Mary Jane and Hugh Fate, Jr. Leadership Fund, established by their daughter, Jennifer Fate. Jennifer, a member of both the Doyon, Limited and Doyon Foundation boards, created the fund to honor Mary Jane and Hugh’s accomplishments for the betterment of the Doyon people.

IMG_2992-001“There are many kinds of leadership. There’s community leadership, business leadership, educational leadership and the kind of leadership that stands up and says difficult truths out loud,” Jennifer said. “This fund is in honor of my parents, Mary Jane and Bud Fate. In their 65-year love story, they lived all of these types of leadership.”

“This fund celebrates those who strive to make our community a better place and our people, a stronger and healthier people,” Jennifer added. “It’s a fund that also recognizes the importance of those who bring leadership to healing past traumas, stopping current abuses and reshaping lives.”

Mary Jane’s life has been a positive example of leadership and involvement in her Alaska Native community. Overcoming adversity at a young age, Mary Jane understood the significance of cultural support and community involvement. Through practicing her Athabascan subsistence traditions, through embracing leadership, and with the resilient support of her husband, Hugh, Mary Jane became one of the most inspirational and motivating Alaska Native leaders of her generation.

Both Mary Jane and Hugh dedicated their lives to the betterment of the Alaska Native and Doyon region people. They were co-founders of the Fairbanks Native Association, mentored many Alaska Natives and Doyon region peoples, and provided dental health services throughout rural interior villages, traveling by small plane to villages where no dental services existed. Mary Jane served as the first female co-chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives, president of Baan O Yeel Kon Village Corporation, and on numerous other boards and commissions.

“We are grateful for the example set by Mary Jane and Hugh Fate, Jr., and we are grateful for Jennifer’s generosity in establishing this scholarship, which will make it possible for future Alaska Native leaders to get the education they need to carry the torch forward into the next generation,” said Doris Miller, Doyon Foundation executive director.

Doyon shareholders studying health care, mental health care, business or any profession that contributes to the greater Alaska Native business, cultural or social community will be eligible for the new scholarship. Funds may be used for college, graduate school, post-secondary education, vocational or certificate programs. Preference will be given to students overcoming adversity or intending to enter a profession that contributes to the social or economic well-being of the Alaska Native community.

The first scholarship from the fund will be a basic scholarship awarded in spring 2018. The deadline for the spring 2018 scholarships has passed. A competitive scholarship will also be awarded in academic year 2018 – 2019. The next competitive scholarship application deadline is Tuesday, May 15, 2018, for scholarships for the 2018 – 2019 academic year.

“Please encourage Doyon shareholders working on a degree or vocation in business, education, mental health and health, substance abuse counseling, or spiritual and cultural training to apply for this scholarship. And thank you to the many leaders out there. Anaa Basee’,” Jennifer said.

Contributions from other donors to the Mary Jane and Hugh Fate, Jr. Leadership Fund are welcome. Secure online donations may be made on the Foundation website; be sure to note “Fate leadership 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 “Fate leadership 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.

Consider adding one more name to your shopping list – a student

Dear friends,

‘Tis the season of giving! If you’re like us, you have a long list of special people to shop for. It’s such a wonderful time of year and wonderful opportunity to demonstrate to friends, family and colleagues how much you love and appreciate them.

holiday gift listAs you consider the perfect gift for each person on your list, we’d like to encourage you to consider adding one more name to your list – a student. While most gifts end up on a shelf somewhere, a gift to the Doyon Foundation scholarship fund has lasting meaning.

By investing in a student’s education today, you allow them to attend school tomorrow, ultimately giving them the tools they need to become leaders and positive community contributors in the future.

Your gift this holiday season will be impactful for many years to come.

Plus, if you make a gift by December 31, 2017, your donation is tax-deductible this year.

There are two easy ways to make your gift:

  1. Make a secure online donation at doyonfoundation.com.
  2. Mail in a check to Doyon Foundation, 615 Bidwell Ave., Suite 101, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701.

Undirected gifts will go to our general scholarship fund, which awards basic scholarships to part-time and full-time students. You may also choose to direct your donation to a specific scholarship fund by noting that when you make your gift.

You may also make a gift in honor or in memory of someone special. Simply note that in the “special instructions” online or in the memo line of your check.

From all of us at Doyon Foundation, we wish you happy holidays and all the best in the coming year!

Doris

Doris Miller, Doyon Foundation Executive Director

Student Gift List

Here are a few ways your gift can make a tangible gift for a student:

  • $15: Starting cost for a required textbook
  • $22: Shuttle and bus transportation for one semester
  • $51: Parking permit for one semester
  • $135: One semester of basic medical services
  • $202: One in-state credit
  • $595: Basic meal plan for one semester
  • $1,000: Half the estimated cost of books and supplies
  • $2,070: One semester of on-campus housing

* Estimated expenses from uaf.edu.

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.

 

Spring 2018 Application Deadline Extended to December 11

HOW TO CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT INSTRUCTIONS

HOW TO APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP INSTRUCTIONS

Students applying for a Doyon Foundation scholarship will now be using the Foundation’s new streamlined, user-friendly online application process. The scholarship application portal is now accessible, and applications are currently being accepted for the spring 2018 semester.

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Due to the new application process, the Foundation has extended the scholarship application deadline to Monday, December 11 at 5 p.m. AKST.

To apply for a scholarship, students should visit the Foundation’s website. All previous scholarship data was transferred to the new system, so existing scholarship recipients do not need to create a new account. Current students should type in their email address for their user name; their password will be the same. First-time applicants should follow the instructions for creating a new account: HOW TO CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT INSTRUCTIONS.

For additional details on using the new system to apply for a scholarship, view step-by-step instructions: HOW TO APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP INSTRUCTIONS.  Applicants who need assistance accessing or using the new system should contact the scholarship program manager at foundation@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.

Applicants will find the new system to offer a more streamlined, user-friendly experience. For example, through the new system, students will receive automatic reminders of upcoming deadlines and items needed to complete their applications. Letters of recommendation can also be uploaded directly to the scholarship portal. The new system will also offer better scholarship reporting and management for Foundation staff.

“We chose this new system because it has a simple, intuitive design and is easy to understand and navigate,” said Doris Miller, the Foundation executive director. “Our hope is that it will make applying for scholarships even easier for our students.”

For more information or assistance, visit the Foundation website, www.doyonfoundation.com, or contact foundation@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.

 

Doyon Foundation is in the final stages of finalizing its new online scholarship application process, and the new application portal will be available soon. Due to the new application process, the Foundation has extended the spring 2018 scholarship application deadline to Monday, December 11 at 5 p.m. AKST.

As soon as the new portal is available, the Foundation will make an announcement on its website, blog and Facebook page. Current students will also be contacted via email with instructions on logging into the new portal and completing the application process.

Applicants will find the new system to offer a more streamlined, user-friendly experience. For example, through the new system, students will receive automatic reminders of upcoming deadlines and items needed to complete their applications. Letters of recommendation can also be uploaded directly to the scholarship portal. The new system will also offer better scholarship reporting and management for Foundation staff.

“We chose this new system because it has a simple, intuitive design and is easy to understand and navigate,” said Doris Miller, the Foundation executive director. “Our hope is that it will make applying for scholarships even easier for our students.”

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

 

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.