July 2022



Thanks for Coming to Our Alumni Brunch

Thank you to everyone who attended our first-ever alumni brunch in Fairbanks on July 9! We enjoyed food, conversation and games (co-led by future Doyon Foundation student, Kamira Sommer!). If you're interested in getting involved with the Foundation or want updates on future alumni events, get in touch with us at scholarships@doyon.com.


Megan Key 

In this Storyteller profile, we speak with Megan Key, who is both a Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient and a long-time supporter of the Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic. Read, watch or listen to Megan’s profile: bit.ly/3JgYzIH. •


Sarah Henderson

Sarah Henderson, of Edmonds, Washington, is a student at Long Island University, where she is working toward a bachelor’s in veterinary technology with pre-veterinary specialization and a minor in equine medicine. In addition to school, she currently works as a veterinary neurology assistant.

“I am extremely thankful for everything that my scholarship has allowed me to do. Through the support of the Doyon Foundation, I have been able to continue my education at a school that supports my educational career goals and has opened career opportunities to me that I did not think were possible to achieve this early in my education. Thank you to everyone who has supported me this far!”

Watch next month’s e-newsletter for another student thank you or send your thank you note to scholarships@doyon.com



Kimberly Nicholas

In this Storyteller language profile, our language revitalization program director, Allan Hayton, speaks with Denaakk’e language learner, Kimberly Nicholas, who is also a member of our first Native language Mentor-Apprentice Program cohort. Watch, read or listen to Kimberly’s profile: bit.ly/3IAMfCF.


Our July 2022 Native Word of the Month features a clip from our Storyteller language profile on Denaakk’e language learner, Kimberly Nicholas. In the interview, Kimberly shares the Denaakk’e word for “king salmon,” which is “ggaał.” Our language revitalization program director, Allan Hayton, who is interviewing Kimberly, adds that “łuk choo” is the Gwich’in word for “king salmon” (or “big fish”). Watch the clip: bit.ly/July2022NWOM

Learning at CoLang 2022

Last month, Lucy Miller, our Mentor-Apprentice Program manager, attended CoLang 2022, a biennial gathering for people to learn about language documentation, descriptive linguistics, and language revitalization. The conference, which ran June 13 – 24, was hosted by the University of Montana in Missoula, which resides on the aboriginal territories of the Salish and Kalispel people.

Also known as the Institute on Collaborative Language Research, the conference emphasizes community-based approaches to language revitalization and collaboration at all stages of this work, from designing documentation or teaching projects to activism or archiving materials for future use. Learn more: colanginstitute.org


Buy Ducks and We’ll Earn Bucks!

The 2022 Great Alaska Duck Race, hosted by Alaska Excel, takes place September 10 at Ship Creek in Anchorage. For every duck our supporters buy, we will earn half of the proceeds to benefit our students and scholarship program! Plus, you’ll have the chance to win prizes including the $10,000 grand prize! Buy some ducks and help us earn some bucks: bit.ly/3RWZWQY.

2022 Golf Classic Raises $85 Thousand for Scholarships

Golfers, sponsors and volunteers came together to raise a total of $85,615 for the Morris Thompson scholarship fund at this year’s Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic, which took place June 23 – 24 in Fairbanks, Alaska. Find 2022 results and learn more about the event and the students it supports: doyonfoundation.com/mtmgc. •


Join the Doyon Foundation Team – Now Hiring!

Looking for a new career opportunity? We are looking for new members to join our team! We are currently accepting applications for three open positions: administrative assistant, scholarship program coordinator and accounting technician. Positions are based at our office in Fairbanks. Learn more and apply, or help us share the word: bit.ly/3yUa97K.

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

907.459.2048 · 1.888.478.4755 · foundation@doyon.com


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