April 2022




Mentor-Apprentice Program application deadline

Apply online at bit.ly/DFMapTeams


Graduate reception

Online and in person

MAY 11

Scholarship opportunities workshop

3 p.m. AKDT on Zoom

MAY 16

Fall scholarship

application deadline


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Apply by May 16 for Fall 2022 Scholarships

Students can now apply for Doyon Foundation scholarships for the fall 2022 semester! Monday, May 16, at 11:59 p.m. AKDT is the deadline to apply for part-time and full-time awards for the fall semester, as well as competitive awards for the 2022 – 2023 academic year. Learn more and apply, or help us spread the word: bit.ly/DFfall2022.

In the Community

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A big thank you to all the students, teachers and schools that participated in our virtual education fair for middle and high school students earlier this month! We had speakers, breakout sessions, a Q&A session and prizes to help students explore careers they are interested in and what it takes to get there. A special thank you to our event co-hosts, Tanana Chiefs Conference and Rural Student Services!

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We had such a great time meeting and talking with students at the Mt. Edgecumbe High School education fair last month! We loved answering your questions and hearing about your plans, and can't wait to support you in the next steps of your educational journey!


To show our support for students during finals week, we delivered healthy snacks and encouraging notes to Rural Student Services at UAF and Native Student Services at UAA. A huge thank you to the Elders at Denakanaaga and the donors to our Facebook fundraiser for their financial support of this effort! 



Ronald “Ranch” Burgett II

In our Storyteller profile series, we highlight the dreams, journeys and achievements of Doyon Foundation students, alumni and supporters. This edition of Storyteller features Doyon Foundation alumni Ronald “Ranch” Burgett II. A lifelong Galena resident, Ranch is the owner of Yukon River & Road Transport, a construction and transportation business he started that specializes in heavy equipment and water transportation. Watch, read or listen to Ranch’s profile: bit.ly/RanchBurgett.

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Carrie Irwin Brown

The Doyon Foundation journey doesn’t end with graduation! We are so proud of our alumni, the amazing places they have gone on to, the achievements they are making, and the positive differences they are having in their communities. Each month, we feature an update on one of our alumni. This month, we are pleased to highlight Carrie Irwin Brown, the Alaska Native program director at Alyeska Pipeline Service Company: bit.ly/CarrieIrwinBrown.

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Charlotte James

Charlotte James of North Pole, Alaska, is a student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she is studying applied business management. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in fall 2023, she plans to use her skills and education to help her tribe and community. “The support and financial aid I receive enables me to attend college and to succeed as a nontraditional student,” Charlotte says. Watch next month’s e-newsletter for another student thank you or send your thank you note to scholarships@doyon.com


Students Encouraged to Apply for Alyeska-Funded Scholarship

Alyeska Pipeline Service Company’s Alaska Native Program has generously awarded $20,000 to Doyon Foundation for scholarships for part-time and full-time students pursuing education in areas that may lead to future careers at Alyeska or TAPS industry-related jobs! Eligible students are encouraged to apply by our fall scholarship application deadline on Monday, May 16, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. AKDT. Learn more and apply: bit.ly/DFAlyeska2022.

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2022 Graduate Reception on May 6

We hope you will join us to celebrate the Class of 2022 at this year's graduate reception, which will take place on Friday, May 6, at 2 p.m. AKDT! This will be a hybrid in-person and virtual event. Attend in person at the Rural Student Services Gathering Room on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, or join in person via Zoom: bit.ly/DF2022gradreception.


Scholarship Opportunities Workshop on May 11

Planning to apply for a fall scholarship? Have questions about eligibility, which scholarship is right for you, or the application process? Join us for our scholarship opportunities workshop on Wednesday, May 11, at 3 p.m. AKDT on Zoom. Register in advance: bit.ly/DFscholarshipworkshoplink.



Learn Hän with New Doyon Languages Online Course

We are thrilled to announce that a language-learning course focused on Hän is now available in Doyon Languages Online! A very special thank you to course developers Ruth Ridley and John Ritter, with contributions from Ethel Beck, Bertha Ulvi, Adeline Juneby Potts and Tyrese Roberts. The online Hän course is available for FREE to all interested language learners; learn more and sign up: bit.ly/DLOHan.


Now Accepting Applications for Language Mentor-Apprentice Teams

We are now accepting applications for the first cohort for our new Native language Mentor-Apprentice Program! Applications are due by Friday, April 29, 2022, at 5 p.m. AKDT. The program is open to all interested participants, with an emphasis on Doyon, Limited shareholders who wish to learn one of their region’s 10 Native languages. Learn more and apply or help us spread the word: bit.ly/DFMapTeams.


Learn Your Language on the Go with DLO App

Now you can learn your Native language wherever you go with the app for Doyon Languages Online! To get started, go to the App Store, Google Play or Amazon Appstore and search for “Transparent Language Online.” Download and login with your existing Doyon Languages Online username and password. If you don't have an account yet, create one at doyonfoundation.com/dlo before downloading the app. Then, start learning your Native language wherever you are!



Effie Kokrine Charter School Language Class

In this Storyteller language profile, we speak with the instructor and students from the Native language class at Effie Kokrine Charter School in Fairbanks. The high school students are learning different Doyon region languages using Doyon Languages Online as well as other language-learning programs. They also spend time giving presentations on the languages, watching and discussing documentaries, and working on various projects. Watch, read or listen to their interview: bit.ly/EffieKokrineStoryteller. 



Our April Native Word of the Month features students from the Native language class at Effie Kokrine Charter School introducing themselves and sharing a word or phrase in their Native language. We are so excited that students are using our Doyon Languages Online program to learn and earn credit! Check out what they are learning: bit.ly/April2022NWOM.


Want to be in Molly of Denali?

We are seeking a youth voice actor to record the part of Tooey, a young male character, in a Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in) episode of Molly of Denali!

Auditions should be submitted via the online submission form by Friday, May 13, 2022, at 5 p.m. AKDT. Learn more and audition at bit.ly/DFMollyAuditions2



Celebrate Your Special Day with a Facebook Fundraiser

We are so grateful to our donors who choose to celebrate their special days by creating a Facebook fundraiser benefitting Doyon Foundation! If you’d like to create a fundraiser, we invite you to use our special Facebook cover image. Thank you for your support! Download the cover image: bit.ly/DFFBFundraiser.

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2022 Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic

The 2022 Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic will take place on Thursday and Friday, June 23 – 24, at Chena Bend Golf Course on Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks! The event was established in honor of the late Morris Thompson, president and CEO of Doyon, Limited from 1985 – 2000. Event proceeds support the Morris Thompson memorial scholarship fund, which has awarded $583,680 to 221 students since inception. There are opportunities to support the event as a sponsor or volunteer. Learn more and sign up: doyonfoundation.com/mtmgc.


Support Scholarships While You Shop

Between January and December, we earned $364.39 in donations from Fred Meyer - simply because shoppers linked their Rewards card to the Foundation! Join the 60 households supporting the Foundation while they shop by linking your card to the Foundation at fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. You can search for the Foundation by name or by nonprofit number QB344. Watch this short video as we walk you through the simple instructions step-by-step: youtu.be/eBDNYHh6L74.


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Foundation Finalizes Strategic Plans for the Future

The Doyon Foundation staff and board of directors recently finalized a set of strategic plans that will guide the future growth and success of the organization. The overarching strategic plan details the Foundation’s 20-year goals and includes detailed goals and action items for year one, year three and year five. The Foundation also created separate strategic plans for the language program and development efforts. Read more about our plans: bit.ly/DFstrategicplans.

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Two Opportunities to Join the Foundation Team – Apply by May 3

There are two opportunities to join the team at Doyon Foundation! We are currently accepting applications for an administrative assistant and a Morris Thompson executive intern. Interested applicants are encouraged to learn more about the positions and apply online by the close date of May 3: bit.ly/DFjobopps.


615 Bidwill Ave., Suite 101· Fairbanks, AK 99701

907.459.2048 · 1.888.478.4755 · foundation@doyon.com


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