Late 70s - early 80s
VANguard Industries, Inc., a NANA joint
venture, constructed rigs designed for
the extreme conditions of Prudhoe Bay.
These were the ;rst arctic drilling rigs
constructed entirely in Alaska.
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For almost four decades, NANA has delivered
essential products and services to Alaska’s resource
development industry. From engineering, design
and construction, to fabrication, logistics and camp
services – we’ve been there for our clients on the
Slope and beyond.
NANA companies’ expertise has helped shape our
state, and we’re looking forward to the future.
Money is just part of the story, though.
Aside from contributing to economic self-sufficiency through education, the complementary—and no less important—part of the
foundation’s mission is to help develop and
maintain pride in the culture and heritage of
Beatty, who is a direct lineal descendant
and Dena’ina Athabascan from his mother’s
side, is the perfect case study of how TCF and
its sister organizations would like their scholarship programs to work.
Academically, Beatty, now twenty-nine with
regained confidence, decided on a professional
path when he discovered an interest in accounting; in 2015 he graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s
degree in that field. Raised in a poor household
with little structure, Beatty says that without
scholarships from TCF and other programs
that offer Alaska Natives academic support,
college would not have been possible for him.
To date, he has received a total of about $50,000
from TCF, the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Ninilchik Native Association, and Alyeska Pipeline.
Today he is a general ledger accountant for
Cook Inlet Tribal Council and participates in
their apprenticeship program and the Alaska
Native Executive Leadership Program, all
in preparation for transitioning into Alaska
Pacific University’s MBA program next year.
From there, he would like to get his CPA license and eventually go on to become an executive leader for an ANC.
The Kuskokwim Corporation
Most scholarship programs like TCF that are
geared toward advancing the Alaska Native
population are for general tuition support,
though recently several are becoming available that fund academic or vocational training programs in specific disciplines.
The Kuskokwim Corporation (TKC), representing ten villages along the Middle Kuskokwim River region, established the Kuskokwim
Educational Foundation, which provides scholarships to shareholders in the Middle Kuskokwim River region for college and vocational
training. It has awarded more than $600,000 to
date. Maver Carey, president and CEO of TKC,
was one of the program’s first recipients, along
with many TKC Board Members.
The Donlin Gold Kuskokwim Education
Foundation, for the first time this year, is making $50,000 a year available to TKC shareholders in scholarship education and vocational
training funds related to workforce development opportunities resulting from the potential development of the Donlin Gold mine project. Once the mine becomes operational,
funding levels will increase. In addition to a
separate track for heavy equipment operation
and safety training, the foundation will support vocational and professional opportunities
needed to support a mining operation.
The cooperative program between TKC
GCI Hollywood Program
and Donlin Gold was developed as a way for
Donlin Gold to give back to the Southwest
Region in which it will operate by helping cre-
ate jobs in these communities and to ensure a
well-trained labor pool for the proposed proj-
ect, currently in the permitting phase, which
would have an estimated twenty-seven year
mine life once constructed.
A fellowship program to help promote Alaska
Natives in Hollywood was recently launched
by GCI and will send two selected content
creators—including directors, producers, and
playwrights—to the Hollywood Creative Forum in Los Angeles this February. The goal of
the $10,000, statewide pilot program is to help
students make connections that further their
professional careers in the television, film, and
digital industry, while promoting Alaska Native culture and content.
“As an Alaska-born and-raised company,
GCI works to support and promote Alaska Na-
tive culture, whether it’s through the programs
and services we offer or by advocating for
more diverse representation in our industry,”
Heather Handyside, senior director of corpo-
rate communications at GCI, says of the GCI-
Walter Kaitz Fellowship Program.
Collaborating with the Walter Kaitz Foun-
dation, a nonprofit that advances diversity
within the cable industry and specifically the
contributions of women and multi-ethnic
cable professionals, the GCI-Walter Kaitz
Fellowship serves as a catalyst for increasing
diversity in the cable industry’s workforce,
supplier base, and programming. Finalists are
judged, in part, on content creation and indus-
try experience, creativity, their biographies,
cover letters, artistic statements, and ability
to explain how the forum will help them fur-
ther their careers. While applicants must have