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The CIRI Foundation Grants and Scholarships

(ANCHORAGE, AK – August 11, 2010)— The CIRI Foundation (TCF) is proud to announce that during these tough economic times; it has continued to focus on helping eligible individuals attend post-secondary educational and training institutions.

Following the June 1 and June 30 deadlines, approximately 300 individuals received awards, totaling more than $800,000 for the Fall term. These awards include general semester scholarships, career upgrade grants, vocational training grants, and fellowships.

“It is with an overwhelming sense of gratitude,” writes scholarship recipient Myrn McCord, “that I accept this generous scholarship. It is my prayer that I am found worthy of the trust you have placed in me.”

This year a new named scholarship from the Daniel Alex Scholarship Fund was awarded for the first time. This fund was established in memory of Mr. Daniel Alex to offer post-secondary education scholarships and vocational training grants in order to encourage professional preparation for careers after high school and to enhance employment skills of eligible and qualified beneficiaries. Preference is given to students enrolled in the study of Physics, Mathematics, Business Management, and Education.  Applicants must be an original enrollee of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI); Eklutna, Inc; and/or the Native Village of Eklutna and their direct lineal descendants.

Another notable change, as of March 31, 2010, is that TCF no longer administers the Tyonek Native Corporation (TNC) Scholarship and Grant Program. TCF is proud to support TNC in the launch of the Tebughna Foundation. The newly-formed Tebughna Foundation provides the management and oversights for the educational scholarship and grant program for the beneficiaries of TNC.

Apr 29, 2012 01:17 pm
 Posted by  Jenstac

I am interested in starting a sole proprietorship business in the community of Big Lake, AK.

I am a CIRI descendant and am also registered with the BIA. I am looking for any type of available grants for women and minority women to assist with the start up of my business.

I have researched several Alaskan websites that offer assistance in helping prepare an individual in creating an Alaskan owned business.

I am currently drafting my business plan, including an estimate of start up costs, market trends for my particular niche, community feedback for my potential services which would also assist the Alaska State Troopers who are spread thin as it is.

If you are able and interested, I would look forward to the opportunity of any suggestions you may have for me.


Jennifer Stackhouse

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