Issue 84 | January 13, 2023

Empowering Alutiiq people to achieve their potential through education.

Reminders and Upcoming Deadlines

NEW for Current Students! Remember to log into your student account HERE to upload your transcripts so you can receive your next award disbursement. KEF can not send them until your transcripts have been received.

Virtual Scholarship Q & A Sessions for New and Returning Students:

Zoom Info

  • January 20 at 12:00 PM AKST
  • February 10 at 12:00 PM AKST
  • February 21 at 3:00 PM AKST
  • March 13 at 3:00 PM AKST

Upcoming Deadlines:

February 1

  • KEF General Early Bird Deadline - receive an extra $50 added to your scholarship

March 15


To learn more about scholarships or start an application, please visit us online today at or call the office at (907) 562-9093!

Laptop Drawing - Deadline Extended!

Quyanaa to Koniag for generously donating several gently used laptops to KEF for students in need. Current KEF students are eligible to submit an entry to win. Entries must include a photo(s) or a video. If submitting a video, please share how receiving KEF scholarships have impacted your life. Each entry must contain a short statement including who you are, where you attend school, your major, and any other fun facts you'd like our followers to know. These videos and photos may be featured on KEF's social media accounts.


Deadline: Monday, January 31st, 2023.


Please send entries to: If submitting a video, please send a YouTube/Vimeo/Dropbox/Google Drive link to the email above.


Entries must include a response to the following statement (this will not be shared with the public):


  • What would make you a good recipient of a laptop?
  • How would having a computer help you be more successful in school?



  • A photo(s) and/or video
  • Written statement including:
  • About you:
  • Name
  • School
  • Major
  • Fun or interesting facts about you
  • Private statement:
  • What would make you a good recipient of a laptop?
  • How would having a computer help you be more successful in school?

Student Spotlight

Tony Ponte

This past June, I began working with Fors Marsh as a Marketing Intern as part of the Indigenous Internship Program (IIP). Fors Marsh is a market research company based in Arlington, VA, that addresses society’s problems and tackles the underlying systems that cause them to create lasting change. Rhy Curry, the Chief of Staff at Fors Marsh, made the IIP to bring awareness to the company and create more opportunities for entry into Corporate America for Indigenous students. Fueled by empathy and grounded in evidence, they bring together the science of research and the art of communication to design targeted solutions that improve behavior and positively impact people and the planet.

At the start of the internship, I was reluctant to be open and honest about certain aspects of my identity and self. I quickly realized there was no reason to feel afraid to share who I am. Being in this space showed and reassured me that, being my authentic, vulnerable, and quirky self, I would be supported. I had a goal to improve my public speaking skills, so Rhy decided to have the interns present to the CEO and Vice Presidents of the company. This was an excellent opportunity to practice our public speaking, presentation, and networking skills.

After our presentations, we spent the next couple of days exploring the Washington Monuments, the National Museum of the American Indian, and other museums. We got to know each other better and made connections that will last a lifetime, and I look forward to building upon these relationships.

A couple weeks following this trip, I was brought back to D.C. for the Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit. I was tasked with helping set up the Fors Marsh Booth, attending various fire-side chats and discussions, and finally just experiencing the summit! I gained confidence in myself over the 8 hours of networking and socializing. Especially after a few years of staying at home due to the pandemic, I needed to get back out there.

Overall, I enjoyed my time on both trips and cannot wait to head back down in February for the Company’s Annual Meeting! I am grateful to have had this opportunity and look forward to continuing with Fors Marsh as a full-time Marketing Coordinator!

Quyanaa Koniag! With your support, doors open to spaces I didn’t even know existed. I’m excited to see what’s next on this journey!

Board Spotlight

Jon Panamaroff

Jon Panamaroff is the Board President of the

Koniag Education Foundation. He has served on the board since 2010. Panamaroff’s family comes from Afognak, Larsen Bay, Karluk, and Kodiak City. He was born and raised on Kodiak Island for the first half of his youth.

After high school, Panamaroff attended Eastern Washington University (EWU) on a football scholarship. He now holds two bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Psychology and a Master of Public Administration. Panamaroff values higher education and lifelong learning. He has completed industry-focused programs at the University of Washington, the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado, and Harvard Business School. Panamaroff is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

Panamaroff is the Chief Executive Officer of Command Holdings, a sustainable, self-sufficient economic development arm of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe. Before joining Command Holdings, Panamaroff had spent his professional career in finance and Native American economic development working with/for Native-owned corporations, Community Development Financial Institutions, the Federal government, and banks.

Panamaroff chose his career path to enable him to give back to his Native Communities. His advice to students is, “Just Keep Going! Life will continue to come at you, never give up and continue to push towards your goals.”

What's your New Year's Resolution?

“Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.”

― Germany Kent

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