Sealaska Corp. offers matching funds for new scholarship

News briefs for the week of Feb. 13, 2019.

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Dr. Kaayistaan Marie Olson receiving an honorary doctorate of humane letters from UAS, May 2018. (Courtesy Photo |Michael Penn for UAS)

Dr. Kaayistaan Marie Olson receiving an honorary doctorate of humane letters from UAS, May 2018. (Courtesy Photo |Michael Penn for UAS)

Sealaska Corp. offers matching funds for new scholarship

Sealaska Corporation will help match donations to create a scholarship honoring a Tlingit elder.

The Dr. Kaayistan Marie Olson Native Studies Scholarship will be for students pursuing degrees in Alaska Native Studies at University of Alaska Southeast, the university announced in a release Tuesday.

Sealaska Corp. is pledging $10,000 in cash and will match other donors’ contributions 1:1 up to $5,000 to endow the scholarship fund, which was established with an anonymous gift of $5,000.

To contribute to the Kaayistaan Marie Olson Alaska Native Studies Scholarship and support Native language and studies at UAS, people may pay by check written out to the University of Alaska Foundation with “Marie Olson Scholarship” on the memo line and mail to UAS, 11066 Auke Lake Way, Juneau, AK 99801, or give online at

At the $25,000 level, the fund will generate scholarships annually for students enrolled in Alaska Native language, arts or cultural courses through the Alaska Native Studies Program at UAS.

National historic park wants public comment for new project

SKAGWAY – Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is seeking public comment on the proposed construction of a dormitory on Fourth Avenue. The dormitory will provide park housing for 12 employees. Construction is proposed to begin in spring 2019.

There will be a public meeting to discuss the proposal at the Skagway Traditional Council on Wednesday, Feb.13, 201 from 6-7 p.m.

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