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2019 Friendship Potlatch Donors

On behalf of The CIRI Foundation (TCF), we would like to thank you the following for their donations to the 2019 Fall Friendship Potlatches. The winners were so pleased! This year’s Friendship Potlatches celebrated Alaska Native Culture in three locations: Kenai, Alaska; Anchorage, Alaska; and Puyallup, Washington. Each event was a huge success! Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) shareholders, descendants, and their families enjoyed traditional Alaska Native moose and salmon dishes, cultural performances, as well as the great door prizes that you helped provide.

Alaska Bead Company
Alaska Botanical Garden
Alaska SeaLife Center
Anchorage Yoga and Cycle
Arctic Roadrunner 
Bass Pro Shop
Cabin Fever
Calista Corporation
Cook Inlet Tribal Council
Cyrano’s Theatre Company
Danielle Larsen, CIRI Artist
Demientieff Promotions
EBSC Engineering LLC
Eklutna Inc.
Great Harvest Bread Co. 
Hard Rock Cafe
Jewel Lake Tastee Freez
Kaladi Brothers Coffee Company
Koahnic Broadcast Corporation
Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria
Out Of The Box
Pursuit: Alaska Collection
Red Robin Burger & Spirits Emporiums
Rhonda Shelford Jansen, CIRI Artist
Salamatof Native Association, Inc.
Skinny Raven Sports
Sweet Caribou
The Alaska Zoo
The Cannery Lodge
The Hearth Eatery, LLC
Title Wave Books
Chiqinik! Bas'ee! Hai'! Mahsi'! Chinan! Qagaasakung!
Quyana! Quyanaq! Háw'aa! Way dankoo! Dogedinh!
Tsin'aen! 'Awa'ahdah! Gunalchéesh! Thank you!

Previous Donors

Thanks to your generosity, The CIRI Foundation is able to continue to support the educational goals of Alaska Native students through post-secondary scholarships and grants, research and other education projects.

A.G. Hiebert
Alaska Village Initiatives
Alaska’s People
Alban & Company CPA’s
Anchorage Daily News
APC Export, Inc.
Arden E. Page
Barbara Donatelli
Camilla Brinchmann
Chris Arend Photography
Church of the Nazarene
Coldwell Banker Fortune
Cook Inlet Region, Inc.
Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc.
Craig & Thea Floerchinger
Davis Wright Tremaine
Deanna Sackett
Dennis Demmert
Dorothy Cook
Dowl LLC
Faith Rose
Frank and Agnes Di Scala
Gloria O’Neill
Ikluat, Inc.
Kenai Natives Association Inc.
Kirk McGee
Koniag Incorporated

Leslie Street
Malcolm & Cindy Roberts
Marathon Oil Company
Margaret Kuphaldt
Mark Kroloff
Nancy Williams
Native Village of Eklutna
Ninilchik Native Association, Inc.
Northwest Stategies, Inc.
Peter D. & Evelyn M. Hocson
Placer Dome U.S. Inc.
Princess Cruises Community Foundation Rural Community Development Consultant
Salamatof Native Association, Inc.
Sally Berlin & Frank Saracoff
Sharon Isaak
Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, et al
Southcentral Foundation
Sramek Hightower CPAs, PC
Stephen and Janis Malkewic
Tesoro Alaska Company
The Alliance
Theodore Pederson
Tyonek Native Corporation

Named Scholarships & Designated Endowment Funds 

The CIRI Foundation awards scholarships from a variety of endowments and named scholarship funds. Over the years, Alaska Native leaders, supporters of education, and those dedicated to the future generations have been honored with named endowment and scholarship funds which assist TCF in helping others meet their educational goals.

Jason Moore Scholarship Fund
Established by CIRI in 2018, in memory of Mr. Moore. Students in public relations, journalism, communications or other similar fields of study related fields.

Cap Lathrop Endowment Scholarship Fund
Established in 1997 by A.G. Hiebert, GCI and other private donors.  The Cap Lathrop Broadcast and Telecommunications Scholarship is for eligible Alaska Native original enrollees/descendants to an ANCSA regional or village corporation. Preference is given to Native original enrollees/descendants of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. An applicant must be a declared major in broadcast, telecommunications, business, engineering, journalism, or other media related degree programs to be considered.

George Miller, Jr. Management Leadership Endowment Fund
Established by CIRI in 1996 in memory of Mr. Miller of Dena ’ina Athabascan ancestry from Kenai , Alaska , who was the first President of CIRI (1972-1973) and President of Kenai Natives Association (1973-1986). Scholarships are available to foster improvement of tribal/cultural and corporate management skills for career advancement. Up to $6000 per year. Additional guidelines apply. Please contact The CIRI Foundation for further details.

Keck/Westin Endowment Scholarship Fund
Established in 1986 by The CIRI Foundation through funds provided by Howard Keck/Westmin Ltd. Scholarships in all fields are available.

Kirby McDonald Education Endowment Fund
Established in 1991 by Kirby McDonald, president of Universal Ogden Services, a worldwide caterer of remote sites. Scholarships in culinary arts (preferred), business administration and engineering.

Lawrence Matson Memorial Endowment Scholarship Fund
Established by CIRI in 1989, in memory of Mr. Matson. Of Aleut-Russian descent, he served on the CIRI Board of Directors and held deep convictions about his Native heritage and the importance of education for Natives. Scholarships in language, education, social sciences, arts, communications and law.

Peter Kalifornsky Memorial Endowment Scholarship Fund
Established by CIRI in 1993 in memory of Mr. Kalifornsky, a self-taught writer and scholar of Dena ’ina Athabascan descent. Students enrolled in Alaska Native studies are preferred.

Roy M. Huhndorf Scholarship Endowment
Established in 1995 by Southcentral Foundation in recognition of Mr. Huhndorf, retired CIRI President/CEO (1975-95) and Chairman Emeritus of the CIRI Board of Directors, for his vigorous advocacy of health care services and higher education for CIRI Shareholders. These achievement and general scholarships are awarded to students pursuing health science degrees.

Susie Qimmiqsak Bevins Endowment Scholarship Fund
Established in 1990 through the CIRI Golf Classic in appreciation of Ms. Bevins, a renowned Inupiat artist and proponent of Alaska Native heritage preservation. General semester scholarships are available for post-secondary visual, performing and literary arts students. Not currently available

Carl M. Marrs Scholarship Fund
Established in 2001 by The CIRI Foundation through funds provided by Barbara Donatelli, Craig and Thea Floerchinger, Mark and Leslie Kroloff, and Kirk McGee and Gloria O’Neill in recognition of Carl H. Marrs, President/CEO of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (1995-2004) for his vigorous advocacy of Pre-K-12 and post-secondary opportunities for CIRI shareholders, original enrollees, and their direct lineal descendants. Scholarships in business administration, economics, finance, organizational management, accounting or similar fields.

Daniel Alex Scholarship Fund
The Daniel Alex Scholarship Fund was awarded for the first time at the June 1, 2010 deadline. This fund was established in memory of Mr. Daniel Alex to offer post-secondary education scholarships and vocational training grants in order to encourage professional preparation for careers after high school and to enhance employment skills of eligible and qualified beneficiaries. Preference is given to students enrolled in the study of Physics, Mathematics, Business Management, and Education.  Applicants must be an original enrollee of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI); Eklutna, Inc; and/or the Native Village of Eklutna and their direct lineal descendants. Not currently available

John N. Colberg Scholarship Fund
Established in 2003 by CIRI and other private donors, in memory of Mr. Colberg, who served with distinction as Chairman and Chairman Emeritus on the CIRI Board of Directors for almost 30 years. Scholarships with preference leading to the study of law.

Margaret L. Brown Scholarship Fund
Recently established (2013) by Cook Inlet Region Inc. (CIRI) in recognition of Margaret L. Brown, retired CIRI President/CEO (2005-2012) for her vigorous advocacy for post-secondary education, support of The CIRI Foundation’s goals and belief that making education financially accessible to CIRI original enrollees and their descendants will enable them to pursue life-changing education opportunities. These achievement scholarships are awarded to students pursuing degrees in Land Use Policy and Planning, Conversation Economics, Environmental Science, Education Policy or related fields.

William D. Phillips Scholarship Fund
Established by CIRI, in memory of Mr. William D. Phillips to award annual scholarships at the special excellence level – for students in fields of study including government and public policy, public administration, budget and public finance, social policy, education policy or related fields. Applicants must be an original enrollee of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) or their direct lineal descendants to be eligible. The deadline is June 1 only, for full-time degree seeking students.

Howard Rock Foundation Scholarship Program
The Howard Rock Foundation Scholarship Program was created in 1986 to promote and assist innovative economic development projects for rural Alaska. The mission of the Howard Rock Foundation is to empower Alaska Natives to achieve maximum benefit from post-secondary educational and leadership opportunities. By maximizing these opportunities, the Howard Rock Foundation will provide Alaska ’s Natives with credentials to develop stronger and healthier communities and economies. Awards are made based on available funding from Alaska Village Initiatives, Inc. and through the generous donations by Verbeck Smith. Not currently available.