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Class of 2011
Crystal Breithaupt
“I am blessed that I was able to get the financial help that I needed to succeed.”
Crystal Breithaupt, 37, Kotzebue, Bachelor of Science, English Education, Grace University, Omaha, Neb.
#8220;I was born and raised in Kotzebue. My parents are the late Sen. Frank R. Ferguson and Sophie A. Ferguson who taught me the value of serving others and the importance of education.”
What's next? Teach high school English.
 

Autumn Hadley
Autumn Hadley, 25, Kotzebue, Bachelor of Science, Construction Management, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska
“Soon after I started with NANA WorleyParsons, they gave me a taste of AutoCAD, which I loved, so ended up changing my course of study and got an Associate of Applied Science in Architectural Engineering Technology. I ended up changing my mind and decided to go for my Bachelor of Science. I am now in Project Controls.”
What's next? See where her new job takes her.
 

Muriel Lewis
“It was nice to know that I had so many people supporting my decision to pursue post-secondary education.”
Muriel Lewis, 23, Wasilla, Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Economics, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, AK
“The Robert Aqqaluk Newlin, Sr. Memorial Scholarship has helped me so much in the last few years. Without it, finishing my post secondary education would have been impossible.”
What's next? Finishing school in December.
 

Iris Lie
“First in immediate family to earn college degree.”
Iris Lie, 26, Kotzebue, Associate Degree, Criminal Justice, College of Southern Nevada. Las Vegas, Nev.
“The scholarship I was awarded allowed me to pursue my goal in becoming the first in my immediate family to earn a college degree.”
What's next? Back to school for a Bachelor's Degree.
 

Lepa Marinkovski
“I have become more passionate about becoming a life-long learner.”
Lepa Marinkovski, 24, Soldotna, Bachelor of Education, English, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah.
“My future holds post-baccalaureate adventures. I plan to teach high school while I earn a Masters and eventually a PhD.”
What's next? Master of Fine Arts degree in English Language and Literature.
 

Reza Mohammed Mesmarian
“Wants to work for Indian Health Services.”
Reza Mohammed Mesmarian, 22, Iran, Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho
“My grandfather was stationed in Alaska with the U.S. Air Force where he met my grandmother, a Native American Iñupiaq Eskimo. This puts my ethnicity in quite the perplexing mixture of ½ Iranian, ¼ German and ¼ Native American Eskimo.”
What's next? Dental school.
 

Victoria Morris
“NANA has provided employment for three out of five of my immediate family.”
Victoria Morris, 22, Noatak, Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education, University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau, Alaska
“It was nice to know I had people supporting my education.”
What's next? Teaching school near her hometown.
 

Katherine Paul
Katherine Paul; 21; Swinomish Indian Reservation, La Conner, Wash.; Sociology and Anthropology and Gender Studies; Lewis and Clark College; Portland, Ore.
“When I received the scholarship, I was utterly heart-warmed and felt so glad that I had this kind of security that could potentially surround me for all four years of college.”
What's next? A year off and then law school.
 

Mike Scanlan
“NANA provided the funds for our education so we could give back to them in the future.”
Mike Scanlan, 23, Anchorage, Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Alaska Anchorage
“The scholarship gave me a deeper understanding of how important we all are to our region and community. They provided us the funds for our education so we could give back to them in the future.”
What's next? Summer internship with Qivliq in Herndon, VA.
 

Lorenz Schuerch
Lorenz Schuerch, 26, Belgium, Bachelor of Science, Psychology/Pre-Law, Brigham Young University – Idaho, Rexburg, Idaho
“I grew up in Belgium and lived in Chicago. My dad is a shareholder and our family is from Kiana.”
What's next? Law school and a job in D.C.
 

Nathan Schuerch
Nathan Schuerch, 28, Belgium, Bachelor of Science, Political Science, Brigham Young University – Idaho
“NANA has helped me obtain employment which I still hold today. My internship was with a company within the Qivliq family of companies … That job has provided me with professional experience, has opened doors to many opportunities and has enabled me to work while at school.”
What's next? Back to work in D.C. and then graduate school.
 

Nuna Swan
Nuna Swan, Kivalina, Bachelor of Technology, Architectural Drafting/Construction Design, University of Alaska Anchorage
“NANA’s provided endless support, summer scholarships, internships in my field.”
What's next? A job for which she was trained.
 

Melissa Tabor
Melissa Tabor, Kotzebue, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology/Religion, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
“I am very lucky to belong to an Alaska Native corporation that invests in the future of its shareholders.”
What's next? Return to Alaska and start a career in the social services field.
 

Alaine Tate
Alaine Tate, 49, Nome, Bachelor of Arts, Heath Services Administration, Alaska Pacific University
“My senior project topic is titled ‘Knitting as Therapy for Native Americans in an Alcohol Treatment program.’ I want to expand my senior project to other forms of traditional needle arts and crafts – the creative and expressive arts that are cultural.”
What's next? Master of Arts in the humanities.
 

 
Sarah Randall, Ambler, Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, Alaska
“It’s not easy managing family, work and school but knowing this scholarship was there helped alleviate the stress of funding my tuition.”
What's next? Continue working for NMS.
 

Other Graduates
Keoni Kotch, Bachelor in Information Technology Engineering, Charter College, Anchorage
James Mills, Bachelor of Science, Geography, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska
Lucy Nelson, Masters in Business Administration, University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau, Alaska
Carissa Sullivan, Bachelor of Science, Biology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore.
Erica West, Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education, University of Alaska Fairbanks Chukchi Campus, Kotzebue
Jessica West, Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education, University of Alaska Fairbanks Chukchi Campus, Kotzebue
Technical Graduates
Alice Adams, Personal Care Attendant, Certified Nursing Assistant, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue
Lee Marvin Ballot, National Center for Construction Education and Research Core Curriculum, Millwright Maintenance Level I, II, III, Mine Safety and Health Administration, CPR/First Aid, Alaska Drivers License, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue
Sam Edwin Ballot, National Center for Construction Education and Research Core Curriculum, Millwright Maintenance Level I, II, III, CPR/First Aid, Alaska Drivers License, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue
Reggie Barr, National Center for Construction Education and Research Core Curriculum, CPR/First Aid, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue
Dorothy Brown, Community Health Practioner Certification, University of Alaska Fairbanks Chukchi Campus, Kotzebue
Audrey Cleveland, National Center for Construction Education and Research Core Curriculum, Millwright Maintenance Level I, II, III, Mine Safety and Health Administration, CPR/First Aid, Alaska Drivers License, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue
Clive Cleveland, National Center for Construction Education and Research Core Curriculum, Millwright Maintenance Level I, II, III, Mine Safety and Health Administration, CPR/First Aid, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue
Jenny Cleveland, Community Health Practioner Certification, University of Alaska Fairbanks Chukchi Campus, Kotzebue
Antonia Commack, Personal Care Attendant, Certified Nursing Assistant, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue
Warren Compton, Community Health Practioner Certification, University of Alaska Fairbanks Chukchi Campus, Kotzebue
Peter Garfield, National Center for Construction Education and Research Core Curriculum, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue
Carrie Goodwin, Medical Terminology, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue
Lena Hanna, Alaska Native Language Certification, University of Alaska Fairbanks Chukchi Campus, Kotzebue
Matthew Hanshaw, National Center for Construction Education and Research Core Curriculum, Millwright Maintenance Level I, II, III, CPR/First Aid, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue
Frank Heffle, National Center for Construction Education and Research Core Curriculum, Millwright Maintenance Level I, II, III, CPR/First Aid, Trainee of the Month/September, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue
Flora Henry, Certified Nursing Assistant, Trainee of the Month/April, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue
Alan Howarth, National Center for Construction Education and Research Core Curriculum, Millwright Maintenance Level I, II, III, CPR/First Aid, ADL, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue
Melissa Ivanoff, Certified Nursing Assistant, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue
William Jackson, National Center for Construction Education and Research Core Curriculum, Millwright Maintenance Level I, II, III, CPR/First Aid, Trainee of the Month/October, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue
Nicole Johnson, Personal Care Attendant, Certified Nursing Assistant, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue
Heidi McConnell, Clerk Receptionist, CPR/First Aid, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue
Sondra Outwater, Clerk Receptionist, Administrative Assistant, CPR/First Aid, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue
Sooyuk Pirtle, Clerk Receptionist, Accounting Clerk, CPR/First Aid, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue
Earl Reed, National Center for Construction Education and Research Core Curriculum, Millwright Maintenance Level I, II, III, Mine Safety and Health Administration, CPR/First Aid, ADL, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue
Martha Riley, Personal Care Attendant, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue
Betty Sheldon, Clerk Receptionist, CPR/First Aid, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue
Derek Sheldon, Construction Trades Technology Certification, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue
Alvin Ray Walton, GED, National Center for Construction Education and Research Core Curriculum, Millwright Maintenance Level I, II, III, CPR/First Aid, Trainee of the Month/February, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue
Vernon Washington, National Center for Construction Education and Research Core Curriculum, Millwright Maintenance Level I, II, III, Mine Safety and Health Administration, CPR/First Aid, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue
Gladys Woods, Medical Terminology, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue
Erin Zibell, Medical Terminology, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue
 
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