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TCF Scholarship Recipient- Lauren Sanford

My Journey to Becoming a Speech Pathologist Story and Photo from: Lauren Sanford​ My name is Lauren Sanford and I was born and raised in Washington State. My mom was born and raised in Fairbanks, and has taught me to love and appreciate my Alaska Native heritage through educating me about my great grandmother, a strong Iñupiaq woman who served Alaska during World War II and ran her own dog team. Hearing stories like her’s inspired me to pursue a career where I will be able to serve and make a difference in others’ lives as a speech pathologist. The CIRI Foundation has been a large contributor to my journey to becoming a speech pathologist. I attended Baylor University in Texas for four years of undergraduate studies in the speech pathology department, and it would not have been possible without the generous funding from TCF, all four years. Currently, I am pursuing my Master’s in speech language pathology at Washington State University and earned an Annual Achievement Scholarship from The CIRI Foundation. This generous scholarship covered a large portion of my graduate tuition, allowing for minimal debt post grad, and the ability to pursue a career I love with much less stress. In the future, I plan to use my degree to serve rural areas of the Alaska Native community, where speech pathologists are greatly needed. I am so thankful to be a part of an Alaska Native community that supports continuing education and provides scholarships that make a huge difference in many students’ lives like myself!
By |August 27th, 2019|Featured Posts, TCF Recipient|Comments Off on TCF Scholarship Recipient- Lauren Sanford

TCF Scholarship Recipient- Peter DuBois

“An Inuit in Arizona” Story and Photo from: Peter DuBois I am Yupik Inuit, and a CIRI descendant of James and Mabel Larsen, my grandparents, original CIRI shareholders and my mother, Katherine DuBois, also an original CIRI shareholder. I am a PhD candidate in […]
By |August 1st, 2019|Featured Posts, TCF Recipient|Comments Off on TCF Scholarship Recipient- Peter DuBois

TCF Scholarship Recipient- Ayyu Qassataq

“Iḷisimmaaġiksuaq” Story and Photo from: Ayyu Qassataq Through my work and studies, I aspire to embody one of our traditional Iñupiaq characteristics: Iḷisimmaaġiksuaq – one who seeks knowledge and wisdom to become an informed and active contributor to their community. I strongly believe […]
By |July 31st, 2019|Featured Posts, TCF Recipient|Comments Off on TCF Scholarship Recipient- Ayyu Qassataq

TCF Scholarship Recipient- Trey Oursler

“Rocketing Bearkat” Story and Photo from: Trey Oursler I was extremely lucky to be chosen as a recipient through The CIRI Foundation to pursue my college education at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. I studied Communications with a minor in English Literature […]
By |January 4th, 2019|Featured Posts, TCF Recipient|Comments Off on TCF Scholarship Recipient- Trey Oursler

TCF Scholarship Recipient- Janelle Feller

“My Education Journey” Story and Photo by: Janelle Feller (2017) Hello, my name is Janelle Feller and I am an Athabascan Alaska Native, as well as a member of the Native Village of Ruby. I was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and plan […]
By |March 5th, 2018|Featured Posts, TCF Recipient|Comments Off on TCF Scholarship Recipient- Janelle Feller

TCF Scholarship Recipient- Marcus Nolan

Patricia Baldwin captured the moment her grandson, Marcus Nolan, received notification that he would have a scholarship from The CIRI Foundation to support his study of engineering. She says, “One very happy Grandson and very happy family. Thank you.”
By |December 8th, 2017|Featured Posts, TCF Recipient|Comments Off on TCF Scholarship Recipient- Marcus Nolan

TCF Scholarship Recipient- Denise Tuttle

Story by: Denise Tuttle (2017) “Going Back to School” Although I teach full-time and have periodically taken educational classes, a Master’s Degree seemed unreachable for me. I wondered if I could manage as a full-time teacher, a mom, a wife and a […]
By |June 13th, 2017|TCF Recipient|Comments Off on TCF Scholarship Recipient- Denise Tuttle

TCF Scholarship Recipient- Vanessa Standard

Story and Photo by: Vanessa Standard (2017) Dear TCF- Thank you so much for the generous vocational grant that you awarded me. I was able to graduate with my yoga teacher training certification. I am now working with others – teaching them the healing […]
By |June 13th, 2017|Featured Posts, TCF Alumni, TCF Recipient|Comments Off on TCF Scholarship Recipient- Vanessa Standard
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    TCF Scholarship Recipient- Ashlee Rowland “Now I am Certified!”

TCF Scholarship Recipient- Ashlee Rowland “Now I am Certified!”

Story and Photo by: Ashlee Rowland (2017) As of October I graduated from my vigorous 800 hour nutrition certification program. I learned so much during the program and would now love to get plugged into the native community or just the Alaskan community in […]
By |June 13th, 2017|Featured Posts, TCF Alumni, TCF Recipient|Comments Off on TCF Scholarship Recipient- Ashlee Rowland “Now I am Certified!”

TCF Scholarship Recipient- Christian Kamkoff

Story and Photo by: Christian Kamkoff The cultural support of American Indians and Alaskan Natives is incredibly important to the community. A critical component of this support comes through cultural preservation. Equally significant, however, is the continued growth of Native American culture. It is […]
By |June 13th, 2017|Featured Posts, TCF Recipient|Comments Off on TCF Scholarship Recipient- Christian Kamkoff