Rural Student Services
Reach Out NewsletterNovember 2011
In This Issue
November 2011 Happenings
RSS Student Spotlight
Student Club Happenings
Native American Month
Scholarships & Internships

November is Native American Month!
November 2011 

Happenings at RSS


Nov 1, 8, 15, 29

1pm ANSEP Mtg

Nov 3 & 17
1pm AISES Mtg

Nov 3
5pm Troth Yeddh Dance Practice

Nov 3 
1pm Grue 402
Financial $ense:
Understanding Credit

Nov 9-12 

Fiddler's Festival @ Tribal Hall in Fairbanks 


Nov 10 

1pm Grue 402

Financial $ense:

Researching Scholarships


Nov 10-12 

AISES National Conference in Minneapolis


Nov 14
Spring 2012 Registration Begins

Nov 15 & 16 
TCC Education Summit @ Tribal Hall in Fairbanks

Nov 17 
1pm Grue 402
Financial $ense:
UAF Scholarship Applications

Nov 24 & 25 
Thanksgiving Holiday Break~ RSS Offices Closed

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

Troth Yeddh=Athabascan Dance Group   

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RSS Student Spotlight~Sarah Walker
Sarah Walker, a second year UAF student from  Washington State and Fairbanks/North Pole is currently studying in Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development with concentrations in Alaska Native Law, Government, Politics, and Natural Resource Management with a minor in Yup'ik.
Sarah completed two internships with the City of Washougal, WA and Doyon, Limited.  From her internships, she learned the art of the Southwest Washington Native Americans (she mainly dealt with the petroglyphs) and working for a Native Corporation where she learned more about ANCSA, business communications, and marketing.  Her advice to students is to apply for internships and make sure you follow up because most internships aren't applied for and the companies really want to teach you. Internships are a great experience and helps to prepare you for life after college.
Currently Sarah is president of two student clubs: Native Alaskan Business Leaders (NABL) and Festival of Native Arts (FNA).  She also participates in the Inu-Yupiaq Dance Group, UAF LIVE program, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Student Support Services. 

Sarah is a first generation low-income college student. Two of her older siblings didn't graduate high school and had to go to Job Corps to get their degrees; and another older brother that was supposed to graduate before her didn't graduate high school until a year after she did. Plus she would always hear that "if we wanted to go somewhere in life that we would need a college degree".            

Sarah recalls, "And growing up in Washington where people would always ask me "Are you Chinese? Japanese? Mexican? Indian? Hawaiian?" and then when I told them I'm Eskimo (I'm both Yup'ik and Inupiaq) they thought I was lying and they would say that Eskimos aren't real or always ask if I live in an igloo and travel by dog sled."  Growing up in the Fairbanks/North Pole area some other students would look at her as just some "dumb Native," and say that I would never do anything in life because I am just a "dumb" Native and that they never make it past high school and just some other stuff like that.

So I told myself that I'm not going to be included in some stereotypical statistic. I will graduate from a University being proud of my Native heritages and where I came from and nobody/nothing is going to get in my way. And after I graduate I'll get a real good job that will also stop those stereotypes from getting passed on."

Sarah shares, "As a first generation-low income student I had to first find a way to even get here. So when I got my acceptance letters I chose UAF and then worked all summer in Washington state mowing lawns, gardening and tree trimming, washing cars and picking up trash in my apartment complex. (It was one hot summer!! Sometimes 90-100 degrees)".

And then when I came up here I found out that I still had fees due and I thought that I had to quit school but then a very special friend just paid the balance and I was able to stay. So I started searching for a job and couldn't find anything on campus but found a job at Geist Road Pizza Hut. I worked at Pizza Hut at night after all my classes (I was taking 15 credits fall semester and 16 spring semester) so I can repay that friend that paid my school balance and save money to go home for the Holidays and my sister's wedding where I was the Maid of Honor.

While I was making payments to that friend and saving money for that trip home I was also helping my sister pay for her wedding. I bought all the food and my (7 foot) brother's tuxedo and decorations and some of her wedding attire; I was also sending money home so my parents wouldn't get kicked out of the two-bedroom apartment. My Dad was the only one working because my Momma's cancer came back and the chemo and radiation didn't leave her with much energy.  My brothers couldn't get a job because my family just happens to live in the county that has the highest unemployment rate in Washington State.

Then my advisor said I should apply for the FNA's Student Coordinator I did and got it. But I didn't find out about it until January and had less than two months to plan Festival. And for a little over one month I was working two part time jobs and going to school full time (I don't know how I did it, but I made it happen and passed all my classes).

Sarah applies for grants and scholarships to help pay for college expenses.  She recommends getting the applications done as soon as possible and answer all the questions honestly.  Most of the places that give scholarships also provide internships.  Also filling out the FAFSA early is a big help.   

"I love being back in Alaska and being a part of UAF and RSS. You guys are awesome!"

And RSS is amazed and inspired by your energy and enthusiasm Sarah.  Keep up the good work!  

Student Club Happenings:

NEW student club ~
Natives For Positive Change
Club President: Barbara Blake
Club Advisor: Carol Murphrey
Focus on Alaska Native policy and governance

Some things they will work on this year:
 -Start an Alaska Native Oratory Society at  
Students will compete in four speaking
   categories: Oratory, Native Languages,
   Storytelling, and Commemorative Narration. This
   will be open to high school students as well. 
-Work with Rural Student Services to celebrate
  Elizabeth Peratrovich Day (February) 
-Provide a forum where Alaska Natives or anyone
  interested may discuss Alaska Native issues
   involving, but not limited to:
    Tribal, Regional, State, National, and Global
    Social Science
    Natural Resources

Please feel free to email for further information
Native American Month 

Nov 4-8
Alaska Native Art Show @ Art Gallery in UAF Fine Arts Bldg

Nov 5
Native American Month Opening Ceremony @ Effie Kokrine Charter School 4-6pm

Nov 12
Elder's Tea @ EKCS

Nov 14 & 21
1pm Brown Bag Lunch with presentations @ IAC
Nov 18
AK Native Language Center Open House on 1st & 4th Floors Brooks Bldg

Nov 23
12:45-2:45pm EKCS Potluck

Nov 25
EKCS Basketball Tournament
Scholarships & Internships

Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. (APSC) is currently accepting 2012 internship applications from highly motivated college students currently attending an accredited university. Internship opportunities are available in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Valdez and Pump Stations and we are seeking students who are currently participating in a university undergraduate or graduate degree program in the areas of:

� Engineering (Civil/Mechanical/Electrical/Chemical)

� Business Administration / Accounting

� Information Technology

� Project Management

� Safety

� Process Technology

� Science

� Audit

The application submission date is January 20, 2012.  You may visit APSC's website for more information regarding our Alaska Native Programs and other employment opportunities (

If you have questions, contact:

Tabetha M.Toloff, PHR

Alaska Native Program Manager


P.O. Box 196660 - MS 536

Anchorage, Alaska 99519

Tel: 907-787-8394 / Cell: 907-717-6468

Fax: 907-787-8448



To asssist undergraduate and graduate students conducting research in the area of Environmental Health Sciences, in its broadcast perspective, at UAF who may have either no current funding or only limited funding.  All research methodologies are eligible for consideration, including those in the social and behavioral sciences.

Qualifcations: Recipient must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at UAF in a program leading to a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree.  Recipients must maintain an academic standing sufficient to meet the requirements of the appropriate degree program and have achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at the time of the application. 

Mail, email, fax, or deliver completed proposals by 5p.m. on November 30, 2011 to: 

 James R. Cook Memorial Fund Selection     


 c/o UAF Financial Aid

 107 Eielson Building

 PO BOX 756360  

 Fairbanks, Alaska 99775

 Fax: 907-474-7065

 [email protected] 

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Fairbanks Scholarships
The purpose of the NAMI scholarship is to provide scholarships to part-time or full-time students in any field of study at UAF.  First preference is given to those who have been treated for a serious mental illness.  Preference is also given to other students who are interested in education, advocacy and removal of stigma regarding mental illness, particularly those majoring in the disciplines of counseling, psychology, social work or similar fields and who intend to serve those who live with mental illness.  
Applicants must submit the 2011-2012 NAMI  Scholarships application available from UAF Financial Aid or NAMI of Fairbanks by 5 p.m. on December 12, 2011.
Return completed applications to:
NAMI scholarships
c/o UAF Financial Aid Scholarship Coordinator
107 Eielson Building
PO BOX 756360
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775
fax: 907-474-7065
[email protected]

For more information, please call the scholarship coordinator at 907-474-6228.

*Bill Gates Announces 2012 Scholarship Program For Low-Income Minority Students*
Eligibility: Gates' non-profit organization is giving away 1,000 scholarships for the 2012 school season. Bill Gates' Millennium Scholarship
Program (GMS) will select 1,000 talented students next year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of
their choice. Scholars will also be provided with personal and professional development through their leadership programs along with academic support
throughout their college career.
The program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established to provide outstanding low income minority students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any area of interest. To date, the program has given scholarships to more than 15,000
students. Continuing scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following disciplines: education engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science
Contact: To apply, visit <
Deadline: The deadline for submitting an application is Wednesday, January 11, 2012