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GCI Awards $46,000 in Scholarships to 23 Alaskan Students

Jun 2, 2020 | Education, Telecom & Tech

Students from fifteen communities will receive scholarships for the 2020-21 school year

Twenty-three Alaska students from communities across the state will each receive $2,000 for the 2020-21 academic year through the GCI Scholarship Program in partnership with the Alaska Community Foundation. The program was launched more than twenty years ago to help develop and grow Alaska’s next generation of leaders.

Since the program began, GCI has awarded more than $6 million in scholarship funds to hundreds of Alaska students attending accredited colleges and vocational/trade schools across the country.

“Through all of the disruptions and uncertainty Alaska’s students have faced these last few months, staying focused on their post-secondary education goals is more important than ever,” said Dr. Pam Lloyd, VP of GCI Government, Healthcare & Education Corporate Strategy. “We strongly believe that encouraging and enabling Alaska’s young people to pursue advanced educational opportunities is critical for the future of our state, and we hope the GCI Scholarship Program provides these students the assistance they need to achieve their education goals.”

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Recipients represent fifteen communities across Alaska, stretching from Unalaska in the Aleutians, east to Ketchikan, and more than 1,300 miles north to Utqiagvik. Awardees plan to seek a degree or certification with a STEM focus with an intention to return to Alaska to start their careers.


2020-21 GCI Scholarship Recipients

Cessna Keene

Anchorage, AK

Kaitlin Chon

Anchorage, AK

William Thomas

Anchorage, AK

Sebastien Libbrecht

Anchorage, AK

Lucas Lohman

Anchorage, AK

Nikita Shangin

Anchorage, AK

Savanna Maxon

Anchorage, AK

Kiana Ortilla

Utqiagvik, AK

Esau Weyiouanna

Utqiagvik, AK

Lindsey Beans-Polk

Bethel, AK

Kali Smedley

Eagle River, AK

Michael Odom

Fairbanks, AK

Alexie Evan

Goodnews Bay, AK

Rio Shemet Pitcher

Homer, AK

Joseph Tovar


Dalton Hoy

Juneau, AK

Ryan Scarzella

Ketchikan, AK

Annrael, Jerusalem

King Cove, AK

Melchora Pagsolingan

Kodiak, AK

Iris George

Kwethluk, AK

Anastasia Rankin

Unalaska, AK

Ivana Ingle

Wasilla, AK

Julianna Johnson

Wasilla, AK



GCI is one of Alaska’s leaders in corporate philanthropy, donating approximately $2 million each year in cash, products and connectivity to organizations across the state. GCI is committed to giving back to the communities it serves and provides employees with 16 hours of paid leave to volunteer with local organizations. In 2019, nearly 550 GCI employees volunteered more than 5,300 hours.

For more information about the GCI Scholarship Program, visit alaskacf.org/blog/scholarships/the-gci-scholarship/.

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