TCF Recipient – Ann Caindec


TCF Recipient Ann Caindec 2023 Excellence Scholarship Spotlight By Rachael Fisher, TCF Communications Manager Welcome to The CIRI Foundation’s ‘TCF Recipient Spotlight’ series. Join us as we proudly celebrate the extraordinary journeys of our scholarship and vocational training grant recipients. These individuals exemplify the heights of academic achievement and the strength of community support. Their … Read more

TCF Recipient Maverick Merrill


Graduate Maverick Merrill Story and Photo from Kellie Merrill Maverick Merrill graduated this May with a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Biology. He is already working for Fish and Game. He is in Eagle, Alaska, using sonar to track the number of salmon coming to the state from Canada via the Yukon River. Maverick and his … Read more

TCF Recipient Kaylee Merrill


Graduate Kaylee Merrill Story and Photo from Kellie Merrill Kaylee Merrill is a 2023 graduate of SUNY Potsdam with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science with magna cum laude honors. Kaylee was awarded Outstanding Exercise Science Student of the 2022-2023 academic year and was on the President’s List every semester she attended Potsdam. Kaylee also … Read more

TCF Recipient Laura Cantrell


TCF Recipient Spotlight: Laura Cantrell By Rachael Fisher, TCF Communications Manager Photos courtesy of Laura Cantrell “Realize you are as good as anybody that ever walked the face of the earth. You have as much potential as anybody.” Francis B. Haldane, Tsimshian Our Stories, Our Lives – 23 Elders of the Cook Inlet Region Talk … Read more

TCF Recipient Sabrina Walker


Graduation Story and Photo from Sabrina Walker Gunalchéesh for supporting my journey. I am honored that I received scholarships from The CIRI Foundation. I graduated with a Master’s of Legal Studies in Indigenous Peoples Law from the University of Oklahoma School of Law this past December.

TCF Recipient Carrie Beck


Mother, son and daughter graduates! Story and Photo from Carrie Beck This May, I graduated with my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, my daughter graduated with her Masters in Experimental/Social Psychology, and my son graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Film with a minor in Music. Thanks to The CIRI Foundation for helping … Read more

TCF Recipient Lynn Carroll


Graduation! Story and Photo from Lynn Carroll Lynn Carroll (descendent) graduated with a Bachelor’s in Biosystems Engineering from the University of Arizona this May. Previously, Lynn served as a youth representative on the CIRI Participation Committee and received a scholarship to help her to complete her education. She will return to the University of Arizona … Read more

TCF Recipient-Shara Diamond


Living my dream! Story and Photo from Shara Diamond Hello, My name is Shara Diamond, I am Unangax and Tlingit. My Grandma Alma Foster was from Unga Island and my Grandfather Paul Rudolph Senior was from Southeast, Alaska. My Mom is Sharon P. Kay, Unangax Culture bearer and Master Basket Weaver of the Attu style. … Read more

TCF Recipient- Hannah Lowery


Thank you TCF! Story and Photo from Hannah Lowery I am going into my senior year of college in the nursing program at Arizona State University. Currently, my plan is to become a postpartum nurse or further my education with graduate school. These scholarships made it possible for me to further my education and begin … Read more

TCF Recipient- Jacob Schmidt


The Gift of Continuing Education Story and Photo from Jacob Schmidt Dear The CIRI Foundation, I wanted to take a moment and try to put into words what the support I have received over the years has meant to me. Financial support from The CIRI foundation has allowed me to pursue educational goals beyond my … Read more