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December 15th, 2017 | Staff Report Print this article   Email this article  

Scholarship deadline approaching

By Shady Grove Oliver

The Arctic Sounder

One of the local scholarships offered to many Kotzebue residents is now open for applications. The deadline to apply for the Kotzebue I.R.A.'s Higher Education Scholarship for spring semester/winter quarter is Jan. 10.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, an enrolled member of the Kotzebue I.R.A. and currently enrolled at an accredited postsecondary educational institution, meaning a college or university.

To apply, students must be able to provide a copy of their Certificate of Indian Blood, along with proof of their financial need.

The Native Village of Kotzebue offers higher education scholarships throughout the year. For the spring quarter, the deadline is Feb. 15. For the summer semester/summer quarter, the deadline is April 15.

More information about the scholarship, including a downloadable application, can be found at From the home page, click on "Education & Scholarships" on the navigation bar and choose "Higher Education Scholarship" from the drop-down menu.

Christmas card contest open to North Slope students

By Shady Grove Oliver

The Arctic Sounder

Students across the North Slope Borough School District have the opportunity to put their art skills to the test during this year's Christmas card contest.

The theme of the contest is "Family Traditions — Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!" Artwork on the cards should reflect what kids and their families do during the holiday season.

"It is wonderful to give our students an opportunity to compete in an art contest ... which gives the schools across the North Slope a chance for students to discuss their family traditions surrounding the holidays," said Superintendent Steward McDonald in a release on Dec. 1. "And, we know that there is a great talent at our schools and we hope to engage our students to continue family traditional activities during the Christmas break."

The winning artwork will be displayed at the district's central office in the display case that also highlights distinguished students. In addition, the winner will be recognized alongside their parents and teacher at the next board of education meeting in January.

"It is a fitting time for our students to focus on this project as we remember our Inupiaq core values of caring and sharing," the release noted.

Along with the completed Christmas card, students must describe the card and why they made it in 100 words or less and provide a short biography.

Entries must be submitted by Dec. 16 to:

Superintendent's Office, P.O. Box 169, Utqiaġvik/Barrow, AK 99723. Attn: Susan Hope.

More information, including a downloadable application, can be found through a link on the district's home page,

School district invites you to say "quyanaaq"

By Shady Grove Oliver

The Arctic Sounder

The North Slope Borough School District is giving people the opportunity to thank members of the educational community for their service to the region.

By filling out a simple online form, anyone can say "quyanaaq" to a district employee or volunteer to recognize them for their achievement, service or dedication.

Parents, students, supervisors or community members who want to nominate someone for a "Quyanaaq Award" will just need to know the person's name, school and/or department where they work, and the reason for the nomination. Awards are then posted on the district's website.

More information is available through a link on the district's Facebook page or at, on the home page under "District Highlights."


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