Sealaska has announced scholarship awards for the 2016-2017 academic year. Approximately $416,000 in scholarship funds will go to 383 students.
David Russell-Jensen is one of the 383 students. Jensen is attending the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) where he is studying Lingít language and anthropology. He says scholarships and UAS programs like the Come Home to Alaska program are allowing him to attend school debt free. “I have benefited from staying home and receiving Sealaska scholarships all four years of my undergraduate degree,” said Jensen. “For all college students he has a message, Yeeyang̱adlaaḵ, may you succeed.”
Sealaska’s commitment to education for shareholders and descendants is a source of pride. Sealaska has funded the scholarship program since the early 1980s. A scholarship endowment was established in 1989. Sealaska also contributes to the scholarship program through Sealaska Timber Company (STC), a benefit of the timber harvest program.
The Sealaska scholarship program provides financial support to shareholders and descendants who demonstrate scholastic ability and who are seeking higher education. Shareholders and descendants may apply if they are attending, or plan to attend, full-time vocational or college programs.
Sealaska Heritage Institute announced that Lance Twitchell was awarded the Judson L. Brown Leadership Award, a scholarship created by an endowment established by former Sealaska President and CEO Chris McNeil Jr. and his wife Mary. McNeil established the scholarship to honor his uncle Judson Brown.