Rural Student Services
 Reach Out Newsletter
November 2010
In This Issue
November 2010 Happenings
RSS Alum Spotlight
RSS Student Reps @ AFN
National Student Exchange
Spring 2011 Registration
Scholarships & Internships
November 2010 Happenings at RSS

Nov 1 & 10
Doyon Foundation Scholarship Help, lunch provided
Nov 1
CVRF Scholarship application Due
Nov 5
1pm ANSWA Mtg @ Rm 108 Brooks
Nov 7
Daylight Savings Time Ends~Set clocks back 1 hr
Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
1pm ANSEP Mtgs
Nov 4 & 18
1pm AISES Mtgs
Nov 2, 16, 30
1pm NABL Mtgs in Brooks Rm 104A
Nov 10-13
Fiddler's Festival @ Tribal Hall

Nov 12
5pm PCN: Native Authors share challenges & process of writing
Nov 17 & 18
TCC Interior Education Summit @ Tribal Hall
Nov 19
5pm PCN: NABL Money Game Night
Nov 24
10am-2pm CRCD Thanksgiving Potluck
Nov 25 & 26
Thanksgiving Holiday~RSS Offices Closed
Nov 30
AVCP Scholarship application Due

All events in the Gathering Room are open to the public and we encourage all students to attend.  Stop by for more events posted every day at RSS!

 Different Student Clubs:
ANSWA=Alaska Native Social Workers Association

ANESA=Alaska Native Education Student Association

FNA=Festival of Native Arts planning committee

AISES=American Indian Science & Engineering Society

ANSEP=Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program

NABL=Native Alaskan Business Leaders

IYDG= Inu-Yupiaq Dance Group

RSS Alum Spotlight ~ Amelia Ruerup
Amelia Ruerup from Hoonah Alaska graduated from UAF in 2002 with her B.A. Degree in Justice.  Her parents are Susan Price of San Diego California and Bill Wilson, Kachadi (Land Otter) Clan Leader from Hoonah Alaska.  Her grandparents are the late Bill Wilson Sr and Elsie Wilson of Hoonah. 

Amelia recalls "As a student at UAF, it was challenging to find my niche and where I fit into such a foreign environment.  RSS became home away from home and I spent much time studying, visiting with other students, attending activities and events sponsored by the department and finding my place, confidence and support needed to successfully complete my degree.  I must also admit that the food was always delicious and much appreciated, especially AK Native 'home' food which was always so much more than just something to eat!"  While in college Amelia did not participate in any student clubs on campus, however she did participate in two internship opportunities.  Her first internship was with the U.S. Attorney's Office and it proved an amazing experience.  Her second internship was with the Dept. of Juvenile Justice, learning the juvenile system and what it meant to be a juvenile probation officer.  Both of these experiences helped shape and guide her career path and she found them invaluable in providing her with a solid sense of direction.  Amelia highly recommend internships to any college student as a means of exploring career options in a meaningful hands-on way.  And while she didn't participate in any campus clubs she do think they offer a means to connect, network and positively impact anyone's University experience.  Amelia recalls "I think I faced the same challenges most students face while attending college and the only thing that separates me from them is that I reached out for support in order to overcome the obstacles and hurdles that arose.  I must say that RSS and my advisor Sue McHenry in particular were my saving grace and I'm delighted that Sue dedicates several of her gray hairs to me personally.  I was also a parent while in college which presented certain challenges, although my boys and husband proved more of a source of strength and inspiration to succeed than a challenge."  Amelia wish she had never taken student loans and highly recommend that students use loans as an absolute last resort.  She also experienced undue stress and tearful disappoint by not completing her scholarship applications in a timely manner and encourage students to submit all applications on time so that their funding is not received too late.  Amelia  have experienced amazing opportunities by obtaining her bachelor's and have gotten to work in areas of personal, professional and cultural interest as a result of having a degree.  She is grateful for the opportunities she have experienced working for the UAF Interior-Aleutians Campus (IAC) and look forward to being a part of IAC's vision, mission and efforts in serving students aspiring to obtain a college education.

Amelia would like to work on getting her Master's degree so that she is in a better position to help others and she really  enjoy learning.  Amelia had the privilege of spending time with and learning from Howard Luke and  would like to follow his advice and get to "know both sides." Amelia is currently working on learning more Tlingit songs and would like to learn to speak her language and become a better storyteller, hunter and gatherer.  Amelia quotes "I am proud to say that I consider myself a product of RSS and I can't express enough  gratitude for what they do every day for students and all they did for me.  Gunal'cheesh!"
RSS Student Club Reps @ AFN Banquet
afn crcd

National Student Exchange Program
Do you like to travel?  Want to get out of Alaska for a semester or two and go on exchange?  Then the National Student Exchange program is for you!  Come to an information session to learn more about the exciting opportunities you have as a UAF student to study at participating schools in the lower 48, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. For a complete list of participating schools visit the National Student Exchange website at

Information meetings are held every Tuesday.  To reserve your spot at an upcoming information session, follow this link: National Student Exchange Information Meetings

Feel free to email any questions to [email protected].  See you at a meeting!


           Monday and Tuesday         November 1st and 2nd

Wood Center Multi-level area            

Look for the red, white, and blue voting booths.

Ballots from all 40 districts across Alaska will be available for registered voters to express your choice for national, statewide and local offices and propositions.  With an absentee ballot, you can vote on issues that impact your home community just as if you were there in person.   Be sure to carry your state or UAF ID card.

Monday  Nov. 1st   8am-5pm     

Tuesday   Nov. 2nd  7am-8pm      Wood Center

Spring 2011 Registration Begins!
The information for Spring Semester class registration is available now on the UAF main website (see so get ahead of the game by scheduling your appointment with your advisor to go over your degree requirements and course choices.  Registration and fee payment for spring 2011 semester begins November 8, 2010.
Stop by RSS to schedule a time with your advisor.
Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance
sal army
The Salvation Army
Family Service Office
1602 10th Ave
               Fairbanks, AK 99701
Application Date: now open thru Nov 12, 2010
Hours of Operation: Mon - Fri 10am - 2pm
Required Items:
1) ID for parents and children (BC, Tribal Cards, DKC)
2) Proof of physical address
3) Poof of Income
4) If you have children, three gift ideas per child

Please contact the Salvation Army for more information.
Scholarships & Internships

RurAL CAP is recruiting for our 2011 BIRCH (Building Initiatives in Rural Community Health) and RAVEN (Rural Alaska Village Environmental Network) AmeriCorps teams.  To learn more about these programs and to download the application and forms, go to or call 1-800-478-7227 and ask for Charlie Ess at ext. 7355 (RAVEN) or Margaret David at ext. 7361 (BIRCH).
Americorps Members are recruited locally and work to address your community's needs.
The program year begins January 16, 2011 and requires a commitment to one year of service.  Members receive living stipends, an education award, childcare benefits, on the job training, and much more. 
Applications deadline: November 5, 2010

Alaska Association of Environmental Professionals (AAEP) Scholarship
To provide scholarships for full-time undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program in at the area of environmental (or natural) sciences, environmental technology, or environmental policy. 
One scholarship of $1000 will be awarded for the 2010/2011 school year.
Application Procedure:
Complete the Alaska Association of Environmental Professionals Scholarships application, available from academic departments or the UAF Financial Aid Office.  Applications must be received (not postpone) by November 12, 2010 to be considered.
Return completed applications to:
Alaska Association of Environmental Professionals Scholarship
UAF Financial Aid Office
Room107 Eielson Building
PO BOX 757530
Fairbanks, AK 99775
General questions about this scholarship can be addressed to the Scholarship Coordinator (907) 474-6228 or via email [email protected]

The Women's Self Worth Foundation has pledged $250,000 to the American Indian College Fund over the period of four years for 14 scholarships to benefit American Indian women attending college.

The goal of the grant is to empower American Indian women by providing scholarship support to ensure women obtain higher education. The grant will be used to fund seven scholarships at the amount of $4,000 per year for a period of two years for Native women pursuing an associate's degree at a tribal college; four scholarships for $6,000 per year for four years for Native women students pursuing a bachelor's degree at a tribal college; and three scholarships for $8,000 per year for four years for Native women pursuing a bachelor's degree at a mainstream college or university.

Preference will be given to Native women applicants who show academic achievement and involvement in their communities.

About the American Indian College Fund: with its credo "Educating the Mind and Spirit," the Fund is the nation's largest provider of private scholarships for American Indian students, providing 6,000 scholarships annually for students seeking to better their lives and communities through education. For more information about American Indian College Fund please visit

American Indian College Fund
8333 Greenwood Blvd.
Denver, CO 80221 USA
Toll Free: (800) 776-3863
Phone: (303) 426-8900
Fax: (303) 426-1200 

Intertribal Timber Council Scholarship Announcement

For Native American/Alaskan Natural Resource Students

The Truman D. Picard Scholarship Program is dedicated to the support of Native American students pursuing a higher education in Natural Resources.

Required Materials:

1) Letter of Application

2) Resume

3)Three Letters of Reference

4)Evidence of validated enrollment in a federally recognized tribe or Alaska Native Corporation.

5) Transcripts

All requested information MUST be received by the close of business (5:00 pm) March 18, 2011.  For more information, please visit the website Fax (503) 282-1274 and email [email protected]

BP Process Tech Scholarship
Note the deadline to receive applications this year is Friday, November 5th at 5:00 PM The BP Process Technology Scholarship is awarded to recipients selected for a two year Process Technology (PRT) Degree Program. The number of students selected is dependent on the allocated level of funding/credit enrolment. The scholarship awards are Level 1 = $3000 (12 + credits/ semester), Level II = $2000 (9 + credits/ semester) and Level III = $1500 (6 + credits). BP and AASSP work collaboratively to identify an interview team who interview prospective applicants. Only required PRT and required Core degree classes are funded. Recipients of the scholarship, once selected, are required to provide verification of enrollment each semester in an accredited Alaska Process Technology degree program, a sealed transcript showing they have maintained at least a 2.5 GPA. For more information or to apply, go to or email

American Indian Services scholarship
upcoming deadline Nov. 15

The Joan Hamilton Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a post-secondary school Alaska student who wishes to pursue a career related to the law in which s/he will advocate for Alaska Native rights, and defend the civil liberties of the peoples of rural Alaska. Your completed Application Forms must be RECEIVED by 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 22, 2010, at the ACLU of Alaska offices.

Doyon Scholarship Renewal for 2011 Spring Semester deadline is November 15, 2010.