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Mellon Foundation to Help Increase Alaska Native PhDs
Alaska Natives constitute nearly 20 percent of the state’s population and 16 percent of UA’s student body – but represent only three percent of the university’s faculty positions, a fact that is commonly attributed to a lack of educational credentials. To increase the number of Alaska Native students earning doctoral degrees – and subsequently raise the number of Alaska Native faculty – the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently awarded a $700,000 grant to UAF to support students in the dissertation-writing phase of their doctoral programs.
Partnership Helps Support Lifelong Learning and Re-entry Students
Bernard Osher Foundation Donation Creates Endowment Fund and Scholarship Fund
A $1 million gift from the Bernard Osher Foundation will provide a permanent and stable source of support for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks . The eight-year old institute serves the Interior's older adult population through classes ranging from art, computer technology, current events, to health, history, literature, and more. Students meet for classes or study groups, but there are no tests or grades. “In addition to offering 100 courses a year and a lecture series, we offer educational travel excursions during the summer months to other areas of Alaska such as Katmai National Park , Kotzebue and McCarthy," says Barbara Lando, Director of OLLI.