Message from the Leadership

Thank you for giving to the University of Alaska (UA) through the UA Foundation. You make exploration possible and you help University of Alaska students to find their paths. Along the way, great things happen – lifelong friends are made, faculty and staff provide guidance and keep students on track, and lives are enriched through the entire educational experience. Students become alumni and, grateful for the support they received, they give  back to help those on the path behind them. Private support matters at the University of Alaska. In partnership with UA’s 16 campuses across the state, the UA Foundation works to increase the private philanthropic support that fosters excellence and paves the way for students, faculty, researchers, and staff to go farther and faster. Lace up your boots, grab your walking stick, and join us on a journey to discover the impact of your philanthropy....

Stories to Inspire

Financial Summary

Donor Roll

UAS | Marie Olsen

Marie Olson’s experiences as a young girl in Southeast Alaska have molded her vision of a richly diverse cultural experience at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. She has supported UAS in many ways, including through the Native and Rural Student Center. The mission of the Native & Rural Student Center (NRSC) is to create a student-centered inclusive environment that honors diversity, celebrates cultural traditions and knowledge, and enhances the learning experiences of the University of Alaska Southeast students. Since 1996, the NRSC has provided a warm, inviting atmosphere filled with opportunities to gather with peers, receive academic support, and develop leadership skills. To further her vision, she has also been the driving force behind the formation of the Native and Rural Student Center Scholarship. The fund will provide tuition and other financial assistance to...

UAA | Becky Patterson Bunde

Becky Patterson Bunde, a Professor Emerita who taught English for 30 years at Anchorage Community College and UAA, created a scholarship that will help nontraditional students. The Becky Patterson and Murphy Turner Endowed Scholarship provides assistance for tuition and related educational expenses to motivated undergraduate students at UAA. Becky is also making annual gifts and directing 80% of her Individual Retirement Account to the scholarship fund. When Becky passes, her IRA gift will transfer to her scholarship fund outside of probate and the interest will help with scholarship recipients’ tuition, books, and associated expenses, forever. “Money doesn’t mean anything by itself,” Becky says, “but if you can do something like this, it means a lot. Think of how lucky I am. I got to help people in my career and now it will...

UAF | James Pruitt, ’73 and Cassidy Brewer, ’18

Jim first came to Alaska in the summer of 1969 to work at a salmon cannery and quickly fell in love with the state, returning the following year to enroll at UAF. While living in Moore Hall and working at the Rasmuson Library, he took a wide range of classes, met people from all over the globe and experienced a completely different climate and way of life. In 1973, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. “Afterward, I was immediately hired with Amoco Corporation, largely due to my UAF education, and lived in Alaska for an additional 15 years. I now, more than ever, appreciate the value of attending UAF and I feel that it’s important for alumni like you and me to give back.” “For nearly 40 years, I had very minimal involvement with UAF — I was a sporadic donor, giving to both UAF and the Alumni Association. In 2013, I...

UAF | Kinross Fort Knox and Sumitomo Pogo Mine

Kinross Fort Knox and Sumitomo Pogo Mine, both international mining companies with gold mining operations near Fairbanks, Alaska, have given generously to the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Fairbanks community— inspiring each other through their shared commitment to philanthropy. They jointly and individually support the UAF College of Engineering and Mines’ Mining Engineering Research Endowment and the UAF Community and Technical College. Both Kinross Fort Knox and Sumitomo Pogo Mine have contributed to the community where they live and work — with particular investments in helping to grow Alaska’s workforce. Through partnerships with UAF, both mines have dedicated time and resources to the education of Alaska’s future engineers, mechanics, and innovators. In 2011, Kinross Fort Knox helped to establish the UAF College of Engineering and Mines’ Mining Engineering Research...