Issue 77 | June 21, 2022

Empowering Alutiiq people to achieve their potential through education.

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Student Spotlight

For Keane VanTrease, college was a tough adjustment following the rigid structure of high school. It was challenging for someone who wasn't familiar with having to block out time for work or learn on their own. Keane quickly realized that managing his time was influential during his first year of college. He made the dean's list his last semester of sophomore year by holding himself accountable to a schedule and focusing on his grades.

Double majoring in Economics and Management, Keane has set his sights high and plans to obtain his graduate degree in business, law, or both. "I love economics. I've had several classes so far that have made me choose that as my primary major. Regardless, I still wanted to major in business school, so I chose a management major to balance my studies and potential options after graduation. I think applying economic concepts graphically and determining how one variable affects others is interesting and personally my favorite part of my field of study," says Keane.

Keane has loved the opportunity to take on leadership roles and meet new people through his fraternity. He serves on their executive board, helping to make decisions and planning events. His leadership skills don't stop there. As one of this year's Angayuk Interns and Scholarship recipients, he provides other students with guidance from his experiences, "if you can be on top of your schedule and work from the start and manage your time well, you'll be ahead of the curve."

The Angayuk Interns are currently in Kodiak, fulfilling the remainder of their internship with Koniag. Following their trip, Keane plans to visit Washington State with his family and then travel through Italy. 

Have you graduated?

Send us your final transcript to complete your file.

Shareholders and Descendants who've graduated from preschool, high school, college, or anything in between, send us your photos! KEF and Koniag want to celebrate your accomplishment! We'll post on Facebook and send you a certificate in Alutiiq!

Be sure to include the graduate's name, the school they are graduating from, the date of graduation, and any plans they may have. 

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Annual KGS AISES National Conference Sponsorship

Koniag Government Services is proud to sponsor four KEF students majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math to attend the 2022 American Indian Science & Engineering Conference on October 6-8, 2022, in Palm Springs, CA.

The conference includes the LARGEST college and career fair in the U.S. for Indigenous students and professionals! Last year, two students landed their 'dream jobs' due to attending. 

Applications are open now at The deadline is July 20

Don't hesitate to contact KEF for more information about this exciting opportunity!

End of Year Reminders

Remember to order your official transcripts to be sent to KEF. We need to receive them by June 30

  • By mail: Koniag Education Foundation, 4141 B Street, Ste. 201 Anchorage, AK 99503 ATTN: Scholarship Manager
  • By email: Attn: Lisa Thomsen, Scholarship Manager


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