I was born and raised on Kodiak Island and am currently a student at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. I am entering my junior year, studying accounting and business administration with a concentration in law and public policy. I have been very fortunate to receive two scholarships from the Koniag Education Foundation for the upcoming year.
The first is the general scholarship and the second is the Angayuk Scholarship and Internship. The Angayuk scholarship requires that I work as an intern for 6-10 weeks in the Koniag office doing work that relates to my major. This summer I was in the Anchorage office working with the accounting team to learn the nuts and bolts of accounting. When I am not studying or working, I enjoy hiking, fishing, and running.
I love the close community at Gonzaga; it makes me feel as though I belong and am part of a large family. Of course, the basketball games are always a great time! I recently just finished my summer study abroad program in Florence, Italy. During my two months in Europe, I spent time in Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, and Spain. All four countries had something new to offer and gave me insight into the local cultures. After receiving my college degree, I hope to give back to the native community since they have provided so many opportunities for me as I learn and grow. And last but not least GO ZAGS!
James is a vocational student attending the Auto Diesel Technology II Program at the Universal Technical Institute. Receiving an ASE Certified Master Mechanic will allow him advance in an ever growing industry that will open many doors in the auto industry. James wants to use his knowledge to help his family, friends, and community with their auto and mechanical needs.
Joshua is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree and double major in Economics and Statistics at the University of Toronto. Joshua is interested in learning how countries can foster long-term economic growth and then applying what he’s learned to Alaska’s oil and gas driven economy.
Ann grew up in Kodiak and hopes to return once she completes her Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree at Eastern Washington University. She is looking forward to broadening her academic career through her degree in areas such as language, health, and nutrition.
Benjamin graduated in June with a BA in genetics and molecular biology from Northwestern University. During his undergrad Benjamin was a Resident Assistant (RA) in the dorms and president of his student group, the Ballroom, Latin, and Swing Team (BLAST). He is now pursuing a Masters of Science in Management Studies at the Kellogg School of Management. Upon completing his masters, he intends to go into the workforce of Human Relations to bridge the gap between employees and management.
Alyssa Madrid is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Alaskan Native Languages and Studies at the University of Alaska Southeast. Alyssa is an advocate for cultural and language revitalization a member of the Kodiak Alutiiq Dancers for over 6 years. Alyssa works as the Cultural Programs Assistant for the Sun’aq Tribe on Kodiak. She organizes travel, performances, and fundraises events. Once she completes her degree she would like to return to Kodiak and be an advocate for Native youth.
Kelly is a junior at Washington State University and is working to earn her undergraduate degree in athletic training with a pre-physical therapy specialization and a minor in psychology. After completing her undergraduate degree Kelly plans on attending physical therapy school to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, and has a goal to specialize in sports physical therapy.
Benjamin is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at the University of North Dakota. Once he graduates he would like to pursue medical school. He has been volunteering as an EMT since 2015 and would like to make an impact on the community as a future physician.
Tatiana is a pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is a member of UAA’s Construction Management club and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). Tatiana hopes to travel throughout Alaska working on various construction projects, like the Kodiak High School addition and renovation project she was involved in.
Josh is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences at Louisiana State University. Once Josh graduates with honors, he plans to further his education by attending medical school. He is the treasurer of LSU’s Native American Student Organization (NASO) and an active member of Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) Premedical Honors Society.
Diana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management is pursuing an Accelerated Masters of Business Administration degree at the Alaska Pacific University. Currently, she works at Southcentral Foundation Detox as a Program Coordinator full time and attending Alaska Pacific University (APU) part time. Diana is passionate about giving back to her community and seeks out various ways to donate her time.